BOOK REVIEW: Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn

GideonrayburnInside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn has a really interesting premise. Gideon Rayburn starts a prestigious boarding school, but he's not alone. Well, as far as he knows he is, but we know better, because the book is narrated by a girl. A girl who is living in Gideon's head.

I know. It sounds far-fetched - well, it *is* far-fetched, obviously - but it's only weird for the first couple of chapters, then you come to accept it and it's fine. In fact, it's very entertaining to have a girl's take on a boy's thoughts and behaviour. If only it could have happened to me when I was 16 ... or maybe not.

Gideon's two roommates set him a challenge to lose his virginity to a nice girl named Molly, but of course, Gideon, because he's a boy, has set his own sights on a not quite so nice (but far hotter) girl named Pilar.

At first I thought this book was going to be fairly typical - the roommates would set Gideon up and humiliate him and it would all be terrible and I would find it very stressful, but it wasn't like that at all. Gideon is a lovely character (the girl inside his head falls in love with him within the first few chapters) and the events of the book are much more realistic and less painful than I imagined.

It was actually issued as an adult novel, but it's YA through and through (apart from one instance of a very rude word). Judging by the colours on the back of the book, the publishers were presumably trying to cash in on the success of Curtis Sittenfeld's Prep.

I  haven't read Prep, but I really enjoyed Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn.

Rating: 4/5

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BOOK REVIEW: Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn - Comments

  • Muntaha

    what are 8 major events in this book?

  • Lucie, I think a lot of the YA covers are easily as provocative as that and possibly more. I&#39d say it&#39s intended for a female audience, but it may - possibly - just about appeal to males. Definitely teens though.

    The paperback cover is a close-up of a girl&#39s face though, so it&#39s definitely aimed at the female of the species.

  • That provocative cover certainly doesn&#39t look YA! Is it intended for a male or female audience?

  • Great review, Keris - I definitely want to read it.

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