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  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Electric Monkey (7 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405258160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405258166
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,019 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Rayner on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By daney parker on 1 May 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TheBookAddictedGirl on 6 May 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By WatsonThinks on 12 Jun. 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Cardozo on 11 Jun. 2012
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It has been a long time since I loved a book as much as I loved How to Keep a Boy as a Pet by Diane Messidoro! This book is adorable and funny but also incredibly heartfelt and emotional. Right from the first page I fell in love with this beautiful book and I really cannot recommend it enough!

I quite enjoy a story told through blog posts, especially as I have an interest in blogging myself! Circe Shaw, our main character, is fabulous. She starts this blog in order to document her plans for the summer. Unfortunately those plans have been somewhat derailed when her two best friends, Tash and Ben, start going out and do a considerable amount of snogging, leaving Circe to be third wheel.

What Circe really wants is to be a successful journalist ... and to have a boyfriend. She doesn't understand boys at all. And with a little help from her only blog reader, Circe is on her way to taming a boy. Even if it might be the Rudest, Most Despicable Boy Ever.

Honestly, this book. It had me in fits of giggles. I even took it with me on the school run, desperate to read more, and I ended up actually laughing out loud. This book is so fun and funny. Circe is the most adorable character ever without being annoying. She's relatable and believable I fell in love with her instantly. I loved how she took the advice of others and somehow managed to ponder the concept of what type of party she as an individual is and how dating boys is like being around wild animals.

But there's also more to this story that goofy attempts at dating (I loved these bits though! Rufus and Circe are so cute!). A lot of the story seems central to Circe gaining more self esteem and confidence in herself.
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