MG Book Review – The Boy Project by Kami Kinard

boy_project The Blurb: Wildly creative seventh grader Kara McAllister just had her best idea yet. She’s going to take notes on all of the boys in her grade (and a few elsewhere) in order to answer a seemingly simple question: How can she get a boyfriend?

But Kara’s project turns out to be a lot more complicated than she imagined. Soon there are secrets, lies, and an embarrassing incident in the boy’s bathroom. Plus, Kara has to deal with mean girls, her slightly spacey BFF, and some surprising uses for duct tape. Still, if Kara’s research leads her to the right boy, everything may just be worth it. . . .

Full of charts and graphs, heart and humor, this hilarious debut will resonate with tweens everywhere.


Last month I took my 13 year old daughter to my local bookstore and bought her THE BOY PROJECT by Kami Kinard. I was going to be seeing Kami at an SCBWI conference the following weekend and said that if she liked the book, I’d buy her an autographed copy of the second in the series. While I was at the conference, I had the following text exchange:


I think she liked it.

After she’d finished reading, she gave it to me, and I could see why it was such a hit! Kinard has nailed the middle-school voice perfectly. The “project” allows us to tag along while she observes her subjects and finds that first impressions are not always accurate. The charts and graphics really add to the overall enjoyment and I can imagine this would be a big hit with reluctant readers.

I highly recommend this for tweens and teens who like a bit of romance and a lot of humor.

Find it here.

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Author of LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS, (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin)

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