**An ARC of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.**
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.
This started out really slow. So Toni is supposed to be 17, right? This is the summer before her senior year of high school. But she still dresses like a boy, in basketball shorts and baggy T-shirts, belches like a man and doesn’t show any real interest in boys romantically, even though she’s straight. I get the the Tom-boy, thing. I was one. But I grew out of it when I was, like, 12. As most girls do. The way Toni acts and tries to hold on to the past and still insists on acting like a boy made me think there might be something wrong with her. And the mooning thing? What 17-year-old girl, Tom-boy or not, would come up with the idea to moon anyone and who would do it on foot? The way to moon someone is to roll down the car window and drive by so you have a quick getaway and it’s harder to identify the moon-er. I didn’t get it.
So it wasn’t until, about 70 pages in, Toni recruits her guy friends to go on fake dates that I finally became interested in the book. After that point, I actually really liked the book.
The writing wasn’t stellar, but it was readable. There were a lot of typos and grammar things that pulled me out of the story and a few too many, “Why do I have these feelings about my friend?” moments. But, overall, I wanted to read. I wanted to know what would happen and I enjoyed it.
And once you learn Toni’s backstory you realize that there was, in fact, a legitimate emotional reason for Toni wanting to hold onto the past; There was something wrong with her. Emotionally.
There’s not much to say about this book. It was a cute fluff read. That’s all.
Sexual Content: Mild