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Guyaholic : a story of finding, flirting, and forgetting (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Carolyn Mackler

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Title:Guyaholic : a story of finding, flirting, and forgetting
Authors:Carolyn Mackler
Info:London : Walker, 2008.
Collections:Your library, Finished
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Tags:grp-fiction, for-chi-ya, grp-gen, read in 2009, series

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This was the sequel to Vegan Virgin Valentine which is in the library. I thought it was a bit predictable but an excellent look into one girl's dysfunctional family. ( )
  hoganedix | Jul 19, 2010 |
Reviewed by Angie Fisher for TeensReadToo.com

Vivienne Vail Valentine - no wonder she needs a nickname. "V" is her name, and guys are her game.

A game she learned well ...from her mom. That would be the same mom who dumped her at her grandparents house to live, which, by the way, was probably the best gift she ever gave her one and only child.

To say V has trust issues would be like saying the sun can burn. She shimmies from one guy to the next with the grace of a goddess, leaving nothing but broken hearts in her wake. That is, until she finds herself on the wrong end of a hockey puck, bleeding in the lap of a fellow fan.

Head wounds bleed, by the way, a lot. And Sam Almond didn't flinch when he used his sweatshirt to plug the hole in her head that would later require eighteen stitches.

Sam didn't consider himself a hero, and V didn't want to think of him as such, because it scared her. He scared her. He was different.

When the opportunity arises for her to return to her old ways, she convinces herself it's the way to go, it's who she is; it's who her mother made her. But at what cost? ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 11, 2009 |
While I enjoyed Guyaholic, I wouldn't call it Mackler's best work. The story seemed a little on the simplistic side, wrapping up way too quickly with a minimal of fuss. V's attitude toward guys in general will probably put off most young female readers, and her road trip isn't very believable. All in all, it was a pretty cute story that was over a little too quickly and easily, but still an enjoyable read. ( )
  ZareksMom | Aug 7, 2009 |
Wow. That was my first reaction to this book. I didn’t realize that today’s YA involves such powerful storylines that are this masterfully done. (Guess I’ve been reading too much Gossip Girl, Private, and the like—while enjoyable, they’re nothing like this!) Throughout Guyaholic, I felt I was right there with V to experience all her ups and downs.

V was born to a teenager who moved them from place to place and, of course, boyfriend to boyfriend before leaving V with her parents so she could pursue yet another man. Even though V’s had stability for a while with her grandparents, she still experiences many letdowns at the hands of her mother. Promises are made and quickly broken, which causes V’s grandparents to become concerned enough to suggest therapy. V’s unhappy relationship with her mother is likely why she sets about sabotaging her relationship with Sam, the one guy who made it past her two week limit, before he “abandons” her when it comes time for both of them to leave for college.

I quite enjoyed the ending. It actually came as a surprise to me. Somehow I just expected a different outcome to her road trip; although part of the ending is sad, V does get the chance for a happy ending. ( )
  nicole | May 23, 2009 |
This book is really good. I really like it. It’s about this girl named V and the problems she has through her very difficult life. Her mom never is with her she’s to busy with her own life living with her boyfriend in other countries while V stays at her grandparent's house. She has a lot of guy problems like she goes out with everyone and she is bad at school. She doesn’t care especially when her grandparents tell her to be more like her “perfect” cousin. She hurts people’s feelings a lot but one day she meets this guy and he kind of changes the way she is, but one mistake that she makes can cause her to lose him forever. This book is really interesting because you don’t know what she’s going to do. E.V. ( )
  teachermike | Jan 31, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 076362537X, Hardcover)

Sometimes it takes getting hit with a hockey puck to help you see what’s good for you! Carolyn Mackler is back — and V is off on a solo road trip — in this funny, poignant follow-up to VEGAN VIRGIN VALENTINE.

V Valentine is the queen of meaningless hookups. Ever since her mom dumped her with her grandparents, she has bounced from guy to guy. But in the spring of senior year, a fateful hockey puck lands her in the lap of Sam Almond. Right from the start, things with Sam are different. V is terrified to admit it, but this might be meaningful after all. On the afternoon of graduation, V receives some shocking news. Later, at a party, she makes an irreversible mistake and risks losing Sam forever. When her mom invites her to Texas, V embarks on a cross-country road trip with the hopes of putting two thousand miles between herself, Sam, and the wreckage of that night. With her trademark blend of humor and compassion, Carolyn Mackler takes readers on an unforgettable ride of missed exits, misadventures, and the kind of epiphanies that come only when you’re on a route you’ve never taken before.

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