What Boys Really Want, by Pete Hautman

Summary: The crumbling friendship between writer Lita and entrepreneurial Adam is compromised by unexpected jealousies over each other’s romantic entanglements, stolen blog posts and a premature offer to sell a new self-help book.


Find it at WCPL



  1. This book did have humorous passages throughout it, but I felt that it was written for preteens instead of teens. The reason is because I felt that middle schoolers would enjoy it as another slice-of-life high school book since they have not yet experienced high school yet.

  2. I found the characters to be somewhat unrealistic, but I think the author did this on purpose to exaggerate their personalities and give humor to the book. It was a fast paced book with lots of laughs, but it still contained a moral and a happy ending. The plot was somewhat original, but I feel like I’ve read this style many times before. So while I definitely enjoyed the book, I don’t think it was unique enough to win the Printz award.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s