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. (Goodreads)
Source: egalley from Spencer Hill Press/netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Toni, a renowned tomboy, gets in trouble and as “punishment” is sent away from her best friends, three guys, to attend an all-girls school. She basically has no experience with girls but is thrown in there and is floundering, especially when it seems like her best friends, Loch, Cowboy, and Ollie, are phasing her out. In an effort to help a fellow classmate and maybe friend, Emma, Toni offers up Loch to make Emma’s boyfriend jealous. This spurs other classmates to ask for rental services of the guys that Toni knows and a business takes off. It also spurs a jealousy from Toni regarding her friends, Loch in particular.
When I saw this book on netgalley, I was very excited. I am such a sucker for friends to lovers story. So I knew going in that she was going to fall for someone and it’s pretty clear early on that it’s her best friend and neighbor, Micah, aka Loch. I really enjoyed watching her slowly realize the depth of her feelings for him. She was very hesitant to change and it was sometimes painful to see her put in situations where her feelings were put to the test because she really could not handle them. I loved Toni and Emma’s relationship, and Emma’s personality. I really loved Micah, he was such a cutie and so patient with Toni.
Overall, it was a very sweet book, focusing on relationships with friends and overcoming resistence to change. I read it very quickly and would recommend it to younger teens. Toni’s friendship with the guys is based on their growing up in the same neighborhood and their belief in monsters, like Sasquatch, so that was different and interesting. I wanted them to find that mysterious creature they’re searching for, who they call Champ. But mostly, I enjoyed watching Toni grow up.