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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Write Way to Get a Girlfriend is a coming of age/concept novel for young adults written by Alfred R. Taylor. Juan Rivera was not at all impressed by his mother’s decision to hire a writing tutor for him. He did well in his math classes and just didn’t see why English composition was such a big deal for him anyway. The idea of spending his afternoons in the tutoring center working with some aged librarian sounded pretty awful, but his mom was insistent. English class that morning was awful as well, despite the earlier surprise at having the new girl approach him at his locker. Her name was Kirsten, and she had just transferred from Okinawa. She was taking the same English class and having her there in class helped a bit when Mr. Kline used Juan’s essay as an example of what not to do. What made him feel even better was that Kirsten refused to accept his belief that he could never be a good writer -- she even put money on him scoring higher than the previous year’s winner in the Writer’s Club Contest.
Alfred R. Taylor’s coming of age/concept novel, The Write Way to Get a Girlfriend, introduces the elements of composition writing in a relatively pain-free manner. Between his innovative English teacher, Mr. Kline, and Kirsten, his unexpectedly pleasant tutor, Juan slowly begins to grasp the importance of being able to communicate effectively in writing and to master the basic mechanics of essay writing. Taylor also addresses the social issues facing children and young adults, such as cyber-bullying, toxic friendships and the dangers of alcohol and drugs, particularly when driving. I enjoyed reviewing, along with Juan, the importance of outlining, and I found Kirsten’s approaches to essay writing to be intuitive and useful. Taylor’s plot works particularly well, especially considering the amount of real-world instruction he manages to impart in his story, and his characters, particularly Juan and Kirsten, are credible and engaging. The Write Way to Get a Girlfriend entertains as it educates, and that’s a good thing. It’s most highly recommended.