Sorry, I am not so good at mind controlling people. You got a free pass this time.
Anyway, I recently got done with The Last Boy at St. Edith’s by Lee Gjertsen Malone. Like Lucy Keating’s Dreamology, this is also a debut novel! If you want to know more about Lee Gjertsen Malone’s debut novel, you have to keep on reading to see what this review is all about.
Title: The Last Boy at St. Edith’s
Author: Lee Gjertsen Malone
Publisher / Publishing Date: February 23rd, 2016 by Aladdin
About: Seventh grader Jeremy Miner has a girl problem. Or, more accurately, a girls problem. Four hundred and seventy-five of them. That’s how many girls attend his school, St. Edith’s Academy.
Jeremy is the only boy left after the school’s brief experiment in co-education. And he needs to get out. His mom won’t let him transfer, so Jeremy takes matters into his own hands: He’s going to get expelled.
Together with his best friend, Claudia, Jeremy unleashes a series of hilarious pranks in hopes that he’ll get kicked out with minimum damage to his permanent record. But when his stunts start to backfire, Jeremy has to decide whom he’s willing to knock down on his way out the door. (Goodreads)
Somehow this book was in the YA section of my library, but I would not put it in the YA section. It is more of a Middle School book, which I love. I guess that they put it in the YA section because it said “girl problem” in the summary.
Anyway, this book is about a boy named Jeremy Miner and it turns out that all of the boys are starting to get expelled or transferred to different schools and he is tired of being the only boy.
I thought that this was going to be a dystopian novel because it said “experiment” in the summary, but I was wrong. I mean, when you look at the cover you can tell that this is not going to be a dystopian novel. I was bummed out a little.
Now, it is story time. Just imagine that you have plenty of girl friends or guy friends at an all boy’s or girl’s school. Now, just imagine if every single one of your friends start to leave because they either got expelled or transferred. Now is the time to freak out that you are the only girl or boy at an all girl’s or an all boy’s school.
Okay, maybe that isn’t the happiest story in the world. I can see that you all are acting like the GIF above, so story time is over. *closes book and walks off.*
Anyway, Jeremy really does not want to be the only boy at his school. He and his best friend Claudia come up with an amazing way for Jeremy to get kicked out of school.
Pranks. They decide to do pranks.
Now, I am not the master of pranks. I do know some pranks, but I am not that kind of person that sets a whoopee cushion on somebody’s chair during Thanksgiving dinner. That would be really embarrassing for the person who sat on the cushion and you do not want anybody to feel embarrassed. It just isn’t very nice.
When you are Jeremy and you are in an all girl’s school and you even live in a family of girls, it is kind of hard to fit into places like volleyball games and school events. Jeremy has a very hard time fitting in because he is surrounded by girls 24/7.
Going back to the pranks subject, Claudia comes up with all of the pranks while Jeremy comes up with rules. Nobody gets hurt, nothing gets broken, and more. I can’t remember all of them at once.
What Jeremy and Claudia don’t know is that pranks can sometimes hurt people and leaving your friends behind is not the answer. Also, other people will get in trouble even though they didn’t do the pranks.
This book was the kind that makes you laugh, but it also have a lesson in it about friendship. The ending was really sweet and I really loved it a lot.
The Last Boy at St. Edith’s was a really fantastic book and that is why it is going to be a four star book. ★★★★✩