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I slide my eyes over to the girls who know how to stand nonchalantly in underwear, just chatting. The group includes Nelly and Inez. Nelly's leg is up on the bench between the lockers and she is rubbing glitter lotion onto her calves.

How did girls like that become so comfortable with their bodies? How did I miss out on that lesson?

I am uncomfortable in this body.

I cannot wear a cute tank top with confidence.

I listen like a fly on the wall. It doesn't matter to them that I'm there. Because I'm the Invisible Girl.

"Well, I think Max Carter is cute," Nelly says. "There's just something

about him."

"Yeah, but he's always got his nose in that little sketchbook. It's kind of creepy," Inez says while fixing the braids in her hair.

"It's not creepy. It's mysterious. He's totally driven," Nelly says. "He's really smart and cultured. He's so not a boy."

I suck my lips in and mock her to myself.

"Maybe you should ask him out," another girl says.

"Yeah, maybe I should. I love talking to him. He's so deep."

The lockers slam shut, and the voices echo down the hallway to the door to the gym until it's just me and the tick of the large caged clock.

I smart a little. A pinprick. I'm used to envy, but this pain is different.

Max Carter doesn't have deep conversations only with me.


BOY PROOF by Cecil Castellucci. Copyright (c) 2005 by Cecil Castellucci. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.

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Squeaky123, June 5, 2006 (view all comments by Squeaky123)
This book is a great book. This book is "weird" but just like a book that is turely real not what people think real is. This book is not for everyone out there. It for the people that are sick of bad news, and are for the loners nerdy girls that in need of some help to actually make friend. Also for anyone who wants see what someone else life is turely like. If you don't want to listen to me than read it yourself.
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Castellucci, Cecil
Candlewick Press (MA)
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Motion pictures
Social Situations - Dating & Sex
Motion picture industry
Social Issues - Dating & Sex
Los angeles (calif.)
Situations / Adolescence
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Dating and Sex
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
young adult;fiction;ya;identity;high school;movies;romance;teen;science fiction;relationships;young adult fiction;coming of age;individuality;family;geeks;hollywood;los angeles;fitting in;teen fiction
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Debut author Castellucci gives voice to a memorable teenage narrator, Victoria Jurgen, living in Hollywood. A senior at Melrose Prep, she has set her sights on becoming valedictorian. She not only aces her AP classes, is photographer for the school paper and a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Club, she has also seen the movie Terminal Earth 42 times and calls herself 'Egg,' after the heroine in the movie. Egg even shaves her head and wears a white cloak like the movie's star (her mother says that Egg's appearance makes her 'boy proof'). 'Egg is a woman who can't afford to get close to anyone,' she says. But a cascade of subtle changes begin with the arrival of classmate Max Carter. Suddenly Egg bumps into him everywhere; they share the same interests, and she respects his intelligence in spite of herself (after reading his poem in class, she says, 'I thought he was stupid. Now I know he's gifted, just like me'). Through Egg's narration, Castellucci allows readers a glimpse of the girl's inner struggle and prickly exterior. Some wrenching moments arise when Egg's mother, an actress whose career was put on hold due to her pregnancy, tries to connect with her daughter and is rebuffed. And with just a few scenes, the author demonstrates how much Egg resembles her father, an Oscar-winner for his creatures in a sci-fi film. Castellucci effortlessly paints a picture of Hollywood as a setting that shapes her characters as much as they shape it. Egg's journey to shed her trappings and to confidently inhabit her own character is one readers won't want to miss. Ages 14-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This is a busy first novel whose secondary characters often outshine the protagonist. Still, lonely, overachieving girls may find themselves cheering for Victoria."
"Review" by , "Castellucci's brooding, smart, self-confident narrator gives an edge to the geeky sci-fi fan stereotype, as well as a warts-and-all glimpse into Hollywood."
"Review" by , "[T]his first novel's clipped, funny, first-person, present-tense narrative will grab teens...with its romance and the screwball special effects, and with the story of an outsider's struggle both to belong and to be true to herself."
"Review" by , "Few readers will be as smart and talented as Victoria, and few will share her incredible life experiences as a child of Hollywood, but most will enjoy reading about her woes and triumphs."
"Review" by , "This entertaining novel will appeal to anyone who has felt like an outsider, and Egg/Victoria's strong voice adds to the pleasure."
"Review" by , "[An] unusual, successful, appealing effort from first-time novelist Castellucci."
"Synopsis" by , In this unforgettable debut novel, an antisocial, sci-fi and fantasy movie buff doesn't want to be bothered with friends — especially the opposite sex. But then she meets a new guy at school — one who's smart, funny, creative, and who happens to like her.
"Synopsis" by , What happens when an aloof and antisocial cinephile meets a new boy savvy enough to see through her cool, impenetrable disguise? Castellucci's smart and vulnerable heroine will please teen readers struggling with identity, choices, and relationships. Young Adult.
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