Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn
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What if you could get inside the head of the boy you love? Hear his every thought...? Know his every dream...? Listen in on his every fantasy...?
The narrator of Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn can, and she tells us the story of her beloved Gid, an adorably clueless boy who flukes his way into one of the fanciest New England prep schools. Gideon's more than a little out of his league at Midvale, especially compared to Cullen and Nicholas, his charming but morally ambiguous rommates. They terrorize Gideon as they initiate him with a bet over Gid's borderline virginity, and the feisty, sexy Molly McGarry. Gideon is torn--he wants to prove himself, bu he also wants Pilar Benitez-Jones, the most beautiful girl he's ever seen. Hooking up with Molly might be possible, but winning Pilar would be legendary. On the other hand, Gideon actually likes Molly. It's all incredibly confusing and intoxicating. And one hysterically funny girl is savoring Gideon's every thought. But who is she?
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Wow. I'm actually impressed by how little I liked this story. The concept is intriguing: suddenly a young girl finds that she is inside the mind of a cute teen boy, one she might just be able to fall in love with, and she can hear and see everything that he thinks and experiences.
But the execution fell short, in my opinion. Some of the characters are likeable, Gideon himself, the nameless female narrator, etc. However, I was annoyed by the majority of them. How vacuous and self-centered do the characters have to be to get the point across? Also, I know that teens (ok, and us adults, too) think about sex a lot (and it's not just the guys, although this book beats that dead horse a few times too many), but if this book is in any way accurate, then I'm surprised that teens can get anything done on a daily basis. It was too over the top for my tastes. I don't know if the author was using exaggeration to make a point about overly indulged rich boarding school kids or if she really thinks this is typical of all teens, but I was bored with much of this story. It was almost like listening to a written version of an "American Pie" movie or something.
There are some serious issues at play here - eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, unsafe sex. I really hate to sound like an old school marm or something, but this story treats these issues like they are just run-of-the-mill things that everyone does.
Maybe Sarah Miller wants to scare parents out of sending their children away to school?
Anyway this was not the story for me. I hope I can find a more appreciative home for this audiobook.