Kara McAllister is the only girl in the seventh grade who’s never been kissed. Even worse, she’s never come close to having a boyfriend. But she’s determined to change all that. This year is her year. She’s even going to make her quest for a boyfriend her science project. She’ll use what she knows about the scientific method to gather data on guys she finds attractive and what they’re looking for in a potential girlfriend, and–Voilà!–she’ll apply her new-found knowledge and nab herself a boyfriend–and an A in science. Simple, right?
As you can imagine, nothing is simple when it comes to figuring out boys and finding the perfect boyfriend, especially when the guy at the top of your list asks out your BFF. Kara uses observations, “expert” advice, interviews with her sister, surveys, and eavesdropping in the boys’ bathroom to answer her all-important question: How do I get a boyfriend? Sometimes her research methods land Kara in a bit of trouble, and she even considers abandoning her project altogether, but she moves forward and realizes that maybe the key to finding a boyfriend isn’t to figure out what they’re looking for but to realize what she’slooking for.
Kara learns that she has to be true to herself if she wants others to see how great she is. Yes, she (like everyone else in the world) could improve on a few things, but she has to be herself if she wants a boyfriend. No, not just a boyfriend, but a boyfriend who will really make her happy.
Will Kara McAllister ever succeed in finding a boyfriend? What will be the final results of her science project? I’ll leave that for you to find out when you read The Boy Project by Kami Kinard.