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How to Keep a Boy as a Pet [Paperback]

Diane Messidoro
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Book Description

7 May 2012
The Official Truth about dating the male human species!

Can taming a gorgeous boy really be as easy as walking a dog?

Circe Shaw is on a mission. She must transform into a fabulously sophisticated journalist and discover the amazing scientific truth about boys. Urgently. But life is beyond complicated. Circe has to deal with a poisonous rival, her mum’s annoying ‘just friends’ men and her own Dark Past. Can Circe’s daring investigation really teach her the facts of love? Will it help her finally get a boyfriend? Or will it break her heart…?

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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Electric Monkey (7 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405258160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405258166
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 442,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diane Messidoro has been studying the strange behaviour of the male human species since chasing her first crush across a playground. During her teens and twenties, she made every dating mistake possible in the name of authorial research and hopes Oxford University will recognise her scholarly endeavours in the near future. She lives in London, takes a medium-size mortar board and can be available for lavish PhD presentation ceremonies in flower-strewn hallowed quadrangles at very short notice.

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Diane Messidoro spent her teens shimmying in glittery disco boots, swooning over smouldering moody boys and falling off horses. Now she’s officially grown up, she spends her time far more wisely; shimmying in glittery disco boots, swooning over smouldering moody men and not getting on horses. She lives in a leafy corner of London with two disobedient pet cats and an occasionally obedient pet husband.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I don't usually read the books my teenage daughter devours, but when she said this was the "best book, like ever" I thought I'd take a peek. She said the main character was so much more likeable than the one in Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging and she also said the book was more fun than the Twighlight saga, which she also loved. Once I picked the book up I couldn't put it down. It was just so funny. Almost too funny sometimes. And briliantly written, it was as readable as Bridget Jones, but more original.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just gets better and better the more you read 29 April 2012
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I bought this as I liked the cover and title - it was supposed to be a present for my goddaughter - only it turned out to be more of a present for me. It was very wet yesterday, so thought I'd sneak a peak and soon find myself hooked on the story of Circe Shaw, a 15-year-old with giant hair living in the Nook, a teeny cottage in The Middle of Absolute Nowhere with her mum and their pets, Daniel Craig, Johnny Depp and Jude Law.

Like a lot of the best books, it's a simple story at heart - we follow Circe's mission over her school holidays to transform herself into a fabulously sophisticated journalist and find romance, all told via blog posts - and Circe is a very likeable heroine - quirky and insecure and bright - so I was keen to find out if she succeeded. But what sets the novel apart is the humour and insight. It just gets better and better the more you read, and this morning I was cockahoop to see it was pouring again so I could justify lying in bed and racing all the way to the end.

It sort of reminded me of Jilly Cooper meets Posy Simmonds (who wrote the comic strip 'Tamara Drewe') - both authors who'll probably mean little to you if you're who this book is really aimed at - and also a book I read when I was a teenager called `Fifteen' by Beverley Cleary (look it out, it's fantastic) but suffice it to say they're all funny like this author, and wise about human nature, and their books are also set the back of beyond. Although `How to Keep a Boy as a Pet' is aimed at the teen market (and will appeal especially, but not exclusively, to girls), I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever been in any of the quandaries Circe has been in, which I suspect is everybody.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, smart and very entertaining 12 Jun 2012
I bought this book as soon as it came out and devoured it practically in one go! I may be slightly older than the intended target audience, but it kept me hooked from beginning to end, with a lot of laughs and a few sniffles along the way. It is a sweet tale of 15 year old Circe Shaw who has to deal with all the usual trials and tribulations of being a teenager, while also dealing with big hair and a mum who thinks it's funny to name their pets Johnny Depp, Daniel Craig and Jude Law.

While trying to become a fabulously sophisticated journalist, conduct 'Male Human Pet Control Experiments', deal with her mum's "just friends" men and hide from her loved up BFF and BBFF, Circe learns a thing or two about being "where-it's-at" and teaches us a thing or two too! A great read for everyone who remembers what it's like being a teenage girl, who actually is a teenage girl right now, or who still feels like one inside.

Definitely going to recommend it!!
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By Katie
How to keep a boy a pet is hilarious! the kind of book that i love! when i was at the book shop i was browsing through some books and nothing really took my interest. but at the back of the shelf i saw this book and the title jumped right out at me! i haven't had much luck boys so i picked it up and read the first few pages. before i knew it i had bought it and taken it home. the knowledge on boys is amazing and i had finished within a day! i don't read very quickly but it is one of those books that if you start you just can't put down! definitely a good read and a one to get!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Circe Shaw wants to become a fabulously sophisticated journalist and uncover the mysterious truth about the male species.
But she has some major problems. It's hard being fabulously sophisticated living in "The Nook" (the smallest cottage ever) with her mum and her "just friends" guys "in The Middle Of Absolute Nowhere", while facing down an arch enemy and her romantic Dark Past...
In amongst blogging and "Male Human Pet Control Experiments", can Circe find out the real truth about guys - and maybe get herself a boyfriend of her own?
Or is this mystery meant to remain a mystery for all eternity - as it has a tendency to cause way to too many problems and broken hearts when seriously investigated...?
I love, love, love books that make me laugh. Always have. How To Keep A Boy As A Pet? Constant LOL-ING! Quirky and fun and bonkers, I just sped through this book: I felt myself being drawn in by Circe's madness from the word go and couldn't stop reading! But what I truly loved was that it was more than just funny, it was also really thoughtful, insightful and pure genius - and will definitely help in attracting a pet boy! For everyone looking for an amazingly written, hilarious and bonkers book: *thrusts How To Keep A Boy As A Pet at you*! This really is a must read for all teen girls! Seriously!
Circe Shaw was bonkers and funny and cute and oh-so fabulously sophisticated! Evidence of her wit, insanity and cuteness: "hamstericidal ratlets". I adored Circe - she was the most teenage teen, so relatable and loveable. An average, normal teen girl with abnormally large hair! As fabulous as she was, she was also dreadfully insecure - it just made you love her more, that vulnerability beneath the bravado, and I loved watching her grow and mature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute joy to read
Total epitome of a quality book. An absolute joy to read. Warm, witty and wise. I loved it.
Published 1 month ago by KimDealRocks
3.0 out of 5 stars How To Keep a Boy as a Pet
This book sparked my interest just by its name, unfortunately when I opened it I was disappointed and put the book down. A few days later I found myself opening it again. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Hastie
5.0 out of 5 stars funny
my daughter found this book a very good read and funny. i brought this book from amazon. i recommend this book to teenagers.
Published 17 months ago by ireadnovels
4.0 out of 5 stars gripping and a great read!
....all the way from beginning to end! deserves to be a big hit and the first of many from this unique and delightful author. more circe soon, i hope!
Published on 31 Aug 2012 by christuart
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea!
It took me almost 100 pages to get Circe and the story, which is probably too long for some but as I'm on holiday and Circe's narration was entertaining enough it wasn't a big... Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2012 by lunaslittlelibrary
5.0 out of 5 stars Super duper must read
I started this book with my I'm not sure if I am in the mood for a teenage read hat on (I'm way beyond my teens now sadly) but it didn't take long before I got stuck in and it... Read more
Published on 31 July 2012 by crokey
5.0 out of 5 stars How to keep a boy as a pet
What a great read. It is aimed at young teens I believe but I loved it anyway! Started reading it one eve on holiday and read into the night, unable to put it down and laughing out... Read more
Published on 18 July 2012 by Jc
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, warm, lively and charming
I adored this book. Even though I am way older than the target audience, it made me laugh and also moved me very much at the end. Read more
Published on 12 July 2012 by V Cambridge
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern day Adrian Mole
This book is a modern day Adrian Mole that will provide solace and smiles to teenagers dealing with their own emotions, whilst trying to make sense of their parents' complicated... Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2012 by Longtail
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Keep a Boy as a Pet
I bought this book for my daughter, and thought I would read the first couple of pages! I was hooked. Absolutely loved it. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2012 by Nicky
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