The Boy Project

The Boy Project

(notes and Observations of Kara McAllister)

Book - 2012
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Eighth-grader Kara McAllister chronicles her efforts when she tries to use the scientific method to transform her social blunders into romantic victories.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780545345156
Branch Call Number: jFIC Kina
Characteristics: 253 p. : ill. ; 21 cm


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Sep 14, 2015

Sympathetic, entertaining and an overall heroine. Any guy would fall for a girl like that. Right? But for whatever reason, that’s not the case for Kara McAllister and she just can’t figure out why. Upset and shamed at not having a boyfriend or been kissed by age thirteen, Kara is determined to use the scientific method to get a boyfriend: “I’ll be the eighth grade version of Jane Goodall, except I’ll be observing boys instead of chimps. Not that there’s a huge difference.” She only has one goal; to win the science fair with this project and achieve an A, which means unlimited texting promised by her parents. So many things are able to be accomplished in one goal! Well, that’s what Kara thinks. Observations, charts, note taking, graphs and secret surveys are all part of her plan, which has humorous and unexpected twists and turns as her views of (and feelings for) her subjects shift during the course of her research. A book of a teenage universe of popular girls, dorky boys, misunderstanding teachers and friendship; through it all, Kara manages the tough life of a teenage girl and learns that the scientific method does not always apply to human beings.

I think that many teenage girls could relate to this book if they have ever felt left out or shamed of who they were. Unexpected twists are sure to lead you through the many different pathways Kara chooses to go through; she has to make her decisions carefully, though, as any decision she makes could carry her to her doom, much like the tough years of teenage-hood. I personally found that this was a hilarious and exciting book. This easy read talks about the true meanings of being a teenage girl and through the hardships and heart-breaks, Kara finally comes to understand. You might spend all day and night finding a way to get what isn’t in your life but in the end all that matters are the things that are already in your life; the little things hiding in the corner that you never realized were there that blossom into the big things you could never be more grateful for.

Jun 24, 2015

This book is awesome! I can't wait till I can read the Boy Problem.

Jun 03, 2015

best book in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 30, 2014

i loved the book

Nov 08, 2012

I like this book

Feb 29, 2012

A good easy read


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Jun 24, 2015

Kara McAllister has come to the stage of Desperate and she needs a boyfriend! She signs up for Bebe Truelove. Science Fair comes along and she has the perfect idea. But then her BFF has a new boyfriend... her CRUSH!!!!!!! Will she get one by the end of the year?


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