Reviewed by Sarah Hofhine
There’s A Boy In the Girls’ Bathroom is a charming and thought-provoking book. Bradley Chalkers, the protagonist, is avoided and disliked by teachers and classmates. He hates others first before they can hate him. He doesn’t really even know how to handle it when the school counselor and the new kid are nice to him. Yet he’s still a very likeable character; I sympathized with him so deeply, wanted him to succeed and thrive so much.
In one of the best chapters in the book Bradley and Carla, the counselor, are talking about monsters, and how she doesn’t believe they exist. It’s a touching and lovely scene that had a profound effect on me.
A wonderful thing about the book is that although there are obvious themes about expectations and self-esteem and education and friendship they are perfectly natural, a seamless part of the story, not contrived or preachy. It’s also a very amusing and funny book, and a nice quick read.
Although it would be particularly salient to a middle grade student, I highly recommend this book for all ages.
Market: Middle Grades
Violence: NoneMature Themes: None