Thursday, June 07, 2012

REVIEW: How to Keep a Boy as a Pet by Diane Messidoro

It has been a long time since I loved a book as much as I loved How to Keep a Boy as a Pet by Diane Messidoro!  This book is adorable and funny but also incredibly heartfelt and emotional.  Right from the first page I fell in love with this beautiful book and I really cannot recommend it enough!

I quite enjoy a story told through blog posts, especially as I have an interest in blogging myself! Circe Shaw, our main character, is fabulous.  She starts this blog in order to document her plans for the summer. Unfortunately those plans have been somewhat derailed when her two best friends, Tash and Ben, start going out and do a considerable amount of snogging, leaving Circe to be third wheel. 

What Circe really wants is to be a successful journalist ... and to have a boyfriend.  She doesn't understand boys at all.  And with a little help from her only blog reader, Circe is on her way to taming a boy.  Even if it might be the Rudest, Most Despicable Boy Ever. 

Honestly, this book.  It had me in fits of giggles.  I even took it with me on the school run, desperate to read more, and I ended up actually laughing out loud.  This book is so fun and funny.  Circe is the most adorable character ever without being annoying.  She's relatable and believable I fell in love with her instantly.  I loved how she took the advice of others and somehow managed to ponder the concept of what type of party she as an individual is and how dating boys is like being around wild animals. 

But there's also more to this story that goofy attempts at dating (I loved these bits though! Rufus and Circe are so cute!).  A lot of the story seems central to Circe gaining more self esteem and confidence in herself. Especially after some incident in the past that is only hinted about through Circe's blog posts.  There seems to be more going on with Circe's nemesis, Portia, than Circe would lead us to believe and there's also a lot of baggage and questions that Circe carries around concerning her father.  I love the ways in which Diane Messidoro handles each of these aspects and I cannot wait to read more of Circe Shaw and her adventures...


  1. I so agree with you, this book is amazing! It's funny, but still quite heartfelt. Fab review!

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  3. Great review Clover :) You actually made it seem like a must for me to go get this book ;) Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo, Mariam @ Book-A-Holic

  4. I've been hearing such good things about this book, think I'm going to have to add it to my wishlist.

  5. Thanks for the fab review, Michelle! This has been recommended to me bit lots of people, and your review has made me understand that i *really* need to get a copy!!


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