ARC Review: One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin

Title: One of the Guys
Author: Lisa Aldin
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date:  February 10th, 2015
Page Count: 320 pages
Format: eARC
Source: From publisher via Netgalley

Tomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. She'll take horror movies, monster hunts and burping contests over manicures. So Toni is horrified when she's sent to the Winston Academy for Girls, where she has to wear a skirt and learn to be a lady while the guys move on without her.

Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. Word spreads of Toni’s connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates. Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service. 

But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends--the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she's built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love.  
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars

Oh my cuteness! I liked this book so much ♥ One of the Guys is the kind of book perfect for a late afternoon or Friday night read to make you feel light and have butterflies flying around your stomach.

This book tells the story about a girl who's best friends with three boys and is a tomboy true and true. She doesn't like wearing skirts or makeup, and if you ever ask her what she likes to do in her afternoons, she would probably say that hang out with her boys down at the lake looking for monsters. But when a prank doesn't go according to plan, Toni is forced to start her senior year of high school in an all-girls school, a place that makes her wear skirts and demands she act more lady-like, and to top it all off, no more hanging out with her boys. However, after she tries to help out a new friend, she accidentally opens a business where she rents her guy friends for fake dates for those "in need". In other words, a business that screams disaster.

I had a lot of fun reading this book, especially when it gets to the part where Tonya starts setting up the fake dates and starts hanging out with her new girl friend. I was half-expecting every one of the dates would end up in disaster, but most of them were a hit, making it a blooming business.

Tonya's character is one I had some trouble liking at first since she was a bit too much of a tomboy for my liking. I mean, I'm okay with the wearing boy shorts and no makeup stuff, but I didn't like how she was always burping or thinking about scratching her butt. She wasn't a character I wanted to hang around with, but thankfully, once she started hanging out with Emma, she brought her boyish personality down a notch. She's quite cool, smart and so nice once she realizes she can hang around guys, like boy stuff, and be a bit girlie at the same time.

The whole drama inside this book, besides the rent-a-gent business, is how Tonya's friendship with the guys is affected. Everyone grows distant, misunderstandings arise, and feelings that weren't there before soon come to the surface. Oh, this is when the really good stuff comes in. Three words: Best Friends Romance!

I loved Loch/Micah & Tonya as a couple. It took forever for them to kiss or even admit their feelings towards each other. It was a scary step for both, but it was all worth it in the end. 
I read what he wrote on my cast in his sloppy boy-writing: My sincerest apologies. I look up. Before his lips link with mine, Loch adds, "I have to break the promise I made. About avoiding, you know, change between us?"


Bottom line is: I really recommend One of the Guys. I believe it's a great addition to the contemporary genre and it's quite an enjoyable read. You should read it ;)


  1. I couldn't help but adore this book also it really was a cute read...and I loved the best friend romance too..I kept waiting for them to finally just get it together and tell each other how they feel.

    1. It was a bit of torture! I almost fainted from happiness when it finally happened ;)

  2. Sounds like the cutest read. I have to check this one out. I've heard pretty good things! Great review, Melissa!