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Jun 24 2012

How to keep a boy as a pet by Diane Messidoro

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Electric Monkey, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-4052-5816-6.
The book How to Keep a Boy as a Pet by Diane Messidoro is a very gripping story written as a blog by the star of the show, Circe Shaw. Circe is a pending journalist who wants to become exactly like her idol, Jess Bradley; a famous journalist who tells things like they are. Joining in our tale is Circe's best guy-friend, Ben and her best friend, Tash. Ben has known Circe all her life and results in calling her 'Witchy' a nickname suited to her because her name sounding like the word 'Curse' when said incorrectly. Tash and Ben are an 'Item' and much to Circe's displeasure they tend to get a bit carried away. Circe's summer project is to write a journalistic article on a new totally hot topic, something so stunningly, fantastically, sophisticated that it will benefit not only the rest of her life, but her career and maybe even her love life. After posting a few things online about her conundrum of not finding an article for her blog, an unexpected comment appears. When reading this inspiring comment (posted by the fantastically mysterious, super smart, Savvy Rose, a stranger from overseas) Circe sees that the writer of this comment (Savvy) mentions that boys are like pets; how odd. Keen to investigate this meaning Circe digs deeper, using all her journalistic powers to find out the answer and to see if this theory is true. During her investigation, Circe discovers more than the meaning to these words, a meaning that puts everything in perspective and changes her life for the better.
This wondrous novel by Diane Messidoro is very inspiring and keeps you wanting more as Circe follows on her journalistic quest to save her love life and her future. The text is written in a blog format so you know absolutely what's going on with whom, what, when and where. This format makes the book so easy to dip in and out of but demands not to be forgotten, especially if you are taking on more than one book at a time.
Sarah Filkin (Student)

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