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What if you could see inside the head of the guy you love?  Know his every thought?  Feel his every dream and fantasy?  The mystery girl who's Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn can. She tells us the intoxicating story of her beloved Gideon, an adorably clueless boy who flukes his way into New England's fanciest prep school.   Gideon's naïve compared to the wolves at Midv What if you could see inside the head of the guy you love?  Know his every thought?  Feel his every dream and fantasy?  The mystery girl who's Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn can. She tells us the intoxicating story of her beloved Gideon, an adorably clueless boy who flukes his way into New England's fanciest prep school.   Gideon's naïve compared to the wolves at Midvale Academy, especially Cullen and Nicholas, his charming, morally ambiguous roommates.  They welcome Gid by trashing his music and betting big on when he'll lose his virginity. Will he lose it with the cute and feisty Molly McGarry? Or Pilar Benitez-Jones, the most beautiful girl Gid's ever seen? Gid actually likes Molly and hooking up with her might be possible. But winning Pilar would be legendary. Gid is torn--he wants to prove himself to his roommates, but he also wants love.   Through it all there is one hysterically funny girl sharing every thought in Gid's conflicted little mind. But who is she?


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What if you could see inside the head of the guy you love?  Know his every thought?  Feel his every dream and fantasy?  The mystery girl who's Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn can. She tells us the intoxicating story of her beloved Gideon, an adorably clueless boy who flukes his way into New England's fanciest prep school.   Gideon's naïve compared to the wolves at Midv What if you could see inside the head of the guy you love?  Know his every thought?  Feel his every dream and fantasy?  The mystery girl who's Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn can. She tells us the intoxicating story of her beloved Gideon, an adorably clueless boy who flukes his way into New England's fanciest prep school.   Gideon's naïve compared to the wolves at Midvale Academy, especially Cullen and Nicholas, his charming, morally ambiguous roommates.  They welcome Gid by trashing his music and betting big on when he'll lose his virginity. Will he lose it with the cute and feisty Molly McGarry? Or Pilar Benitez-Jones, the most beautiful girl Gid's ever seen? Gid actually likes Molly and hooking up with her might be possible. But winning Pilar would be legendary. Gid is torn--he wants to prove himself to his roommates, but he also wants love.   Through it all there is one hysterically funny girl sharing every thought in Gid's conflicted little mind. But who is she?

30 review for Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    It’s an okay book, but you’re better off reading something else; Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn revolves around teens obsessing over who is or isn't a virgin and making sure they have enough time to get high before class. It’s an okay book, but you’re better off reading something else; Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn revolves around teens obsessing over who is or isn't a virgin and making sure they have enough time to get high before class.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    I don't really know what to say about this one. I read the first fifty pages and trust me, that was really hard to do. I don't really understand the premise: A girl, a real person who is somewhere in the story, can be inside this guy's mind (hear what he's thinking, see what he's seeing etc.) all the time, yet also function and live her life normally. I don't know...I mean, I love using my imagination while reading, but this just doesn't make any sense. I think another part of the reason I didn' I don't really know what to say about this one. I read the first fifty pages and trust me, that was really hard to do. I don't really understand the premise: A girl, a real person who is somewhere in the story, can be inside this guy's mind (hear what he's thinking, see what he's seeing etc.) all the time, yet also function and live her life normally. I don't know...I mean, I love using my imagination while reading, but this just doesn't make any sense. I think another part of the reason I didn't like what I've read is because 10-15 pages is just about the guys drinking, smoking pot, and talking about sex. Okay, maybe this is what guys really do...MAYBE. But 15 year olds? Maybe it's just wishful thinking, but I don't know about that. I went and looked at others' reviews of the book...evidently a lot of other people liked it. I wanted to continue and try and finish...I just can't do it. Too many other good books on my shelf to waste my time with something like this.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Su

    I have a habit of reading the books I don't even like just for the sake of finishing them. It's a stupid habit, I know, and this was that kind of book. The idea of being inside someone's mind, reading their thoughts, especially if that someone's your crush sounded interesting to me but the execution was weak. The book wasn't even about the girl who was inside Gideon's mind at all. It could have been written from Gideon's POV and would still be all the same. I didn't like any of the characters at I have a habit of reading the books I don't even like just for the sake of finishing them. It's a stupid habit, I know, and this was that kind of book. The idea of being inside someone's mind, reading their thoughts, especially if that someone's your crush sounded interesting to me but the execution was weak. The book wasn't even about the girl who was inside Gideon's mind at all. It could have been written from Gideon's POV and would still be all the same. I didn't like any of the characters at all. Yet I continued reading the whole thing. I do blame myself for that.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    It's interesting to read "Carter Finally Gets It" and "Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn" within the same time span. Both novels attempt to get inside the mind of a teenage boy and find out what makes him tick. I imagine this is a valid concern for many teenage girls, trying to figure out what makes certain guys tick and why we act that we do. And while each novel concludes that guys are driven by one thing, it's interesting to see how differently each novel approaches that driving factor. With " It's interesting to read "Carter Finally Gets It" and "Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn" within the same time span. Both novels attempt to get inside the mind of a teenage boy and find out what makes him tick. I imagine this is a valid concern for many teenage girls, trying to figure out what makes certain guys tick and why we act that we do. And while each novel concludes that guys are driven by one thing, it's interesting to see how differently each novel approaches that driving factor. With "Gideon" the feeling I got was that guys are motivated only by one thing--sex. And that's it. The insight into the guy's mind is that teenage boys think about sex A LOT. They think about the ways they could possibly have sex, where they could have sex and who they would like to have sex with. And that drives just about everything they do in trying to win over and impress girls. Honestly, the story doesn't go much deeper than that and, in the end, it becomes a bit repetitive by the halfway mark of the book. What will keep you reading is the curiosity factor over which of the characters is the first-person narrator with the all access pass to Gideon's mind. There were times I felt like skipping ahead to find out, but I kept thinking I might miss some pivotal moment or some character development. Alas, that never quite happens. On the other hand, you've got "Carter Finally Gets It," a story about high school freshman Will Carter and his journey though his first year of high school. Carter and his fellow male friends are clearly motivated by lust for their fellow females, but most of them would clearly have no idea what to do with a willing female should they get one. In fact, Carter and his crew really have no clue as to who they really are and instead put on airs and try to be the stud they all think the should be. The results are humorous and realistic. Carter starts off the book in a romance with his home ec partner from the previous year who has blossomed a bit. Helped by his older sister's advice, Carter is able to at first woo her but allows his early small successes such as holding her hand, kissing her and getting to first base to cloud his judgment and boost his ego. Before you know it, Carter is trying to have his cake and eat it too instead of just being the guy that he liked being and that most people liked him being. It all catches up to him in a realistic way and then the rest of the novel finds Carter finally "getting it" and figuring out who he is. Yes, by the novel's end Carter is still a hormonally imbalance waiting to happen, but there's been some growth and learning by Carter along the way. There's also been a couple of nice laughs that are grounded in the character. As I said in my review of "Swim the Fly," the tone is similar to the early "American Pie" movies where you had some crude humor but it was balanced by some heart. That's the case with "Carter" and while the book isn't necessarily perfect, it's still an interesting and enjoyable enough read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kate (VerbVixen)

    nside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn- Sarah Miller Characters: Gideon Rayburn-newbie at prep school and overall nice guy. Unknown female narrator who sees what Gid sees and hears what he thinks, remains anonymous until the end of the book. Molly McGarry-the girl that Gid is supposed to sleep with to win “the bet”. I really got into Gideon and Molly’s story. I rooted for them. I wanted to hit him when he got distracted by other girls and say, “No you moron you’re supposed to be with her!”. Plot: While nside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn- Sarah Miller Characters: Gideon Rayburn-newbie at prep school and overall nice guy. Unknown female narrator who sees what Gid sees and hears what he thinks, remains anonymous until the end of the book. Molly McGarry-the girl that Gid is supposed to sleep with to win “the bet”. I really got into Gideon and Molly’s story. I rooted for them. I wanted to hit him when he got distracted by other girls and say, “No you moron you’re supposed to be with her!”. Plot: While the plot is conventional- Gideon, a virgin, starts a new prep school and his roommates and he make a bet to lose his virginity. While the plot may not be new, the format certainly was! The narrator is a female who sees all of what goes on in the mind of the male protagonist. Genius. My real question is, how accurate of a depiction of the teenage male brain can this be if the author is female? Diluting that depiction by filtering it through a female narrator helps a bit, but sometimes I wonder if Gids more of a girl than Molly is. However, for originality of format alone this book is amazing. Writing: Some of the things Gideon says, Dear me. I don’t know a boy on the planet that would say that. I do however love how sassy Molly is. Ending: I kind of saw this one coming, but I am so so so very glad it ended how it did. I am looking forward to reading the sequel. There are so many questions to be answered! Soundtrack Song: Ari Hest, “Upstairs” Overall: A+ Way to think outside the box!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Krista (Miura Haruma-san, I will always miss you)

    I MIGHT have been able to get past the fact that all the male characters in this book are actually female...and then it hits me that the main female character? Is more like a man than the actual guys. She actually claims that girls HATE IT when men apologize to them. Okay, whatever you say. Plus, she refers to everything as "gay," which was so freaking annoying. I really wanted her to die. I mean, her idea of showing affection for a boy is insulting him, sneering at him, and acting all superior. I MIGHT have been able to get past the fact that all the male characters in this book are actually female...and then it hits me that the main female character? Is more like a man than the actual guys. She actually claims that girls HATE IT when men apologize to them. Okay, whatever you say. Plus, she refers to everything as "gay," which was so freaking annoying. I really wanted her to die. I mean, her idea of showing affection for a boy is insulting him, sneering at him, and acting all superior.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    I really enjoyed reading this one. Being a girl, I understood and related to the plot. It was an interesting interpretation of the 'inside' of Gideon's mind. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a simplier read. It brings alot to the table; love triangles, mystery, and humor. The surprise ending is just a bonus. I really enjoyed reading this one. Being a girl, I understood and related to the plot. It was an interesting interpretation of the 'inside' of Gideon's mind. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a simplier read. It brings alot to the table; love triangles, mystery, and humor. The surprise ending is just a bonus.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kendra

    Pretty stupid and I'm not sure anyone should be inside the mind of a teenage boy (certainly not me who will someday have a teenage boy - yikes!) Pretty stupid and I'm not sure anyone should be inside the mind of a teenage boy (certainly not me who will someday have a teenage boy - yikes!)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kellee

    i liked this book as much as i disliked it. i think its impossible to write a guys mind if you are a woman. we just dont think alike.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stef Rozitis

    Ok so I got to page 150 and I was hating it so much I cut to the last 2 chapters (usually I have an ethic about finishing books but this one is so bad it hurts and this is my summer damn it). I feel sorry that I picked it up. I think because the cover was pretty bad and the premise was so terrible I assumed it was going to be satirical or have a twist or deconstruct some expectations but nope, nope and nope. Pure boomer (maybe even pre-boomer) stereotypes prepackaged for zoomers. I don't know wh Ok so I got to page 150 and I was hating it so much I cut to the last 2 chapters (usually I have an ethic about finishing books but this one is so bad it hurts and this is my summer damn it). I feel sorry that I picked it up. I think because the cover was pretty bad and the premise was so terrible I assumed it was going to be satirical or have a twist or deconstruct some expectations but nope, nope and nope. Pure boomer (maybe even pre-boomer) stereotypes prepackaged for zoomers. I don't know who would like this. Boys who think they are "nice guys" I suppose. It's got too much sex and drugs for the Christian crowd and is too conventional and old-fashioned for anyone else. In this worldview girl teenagers and boy teenagers have equal but opposing hormones and are basically always on heat. There is a hierarchy of attractiveness based on being "hot " (ie rich, confident and an overconsumer) and bullying is fine, with boys it can be a type of friendship. You have to treat people badly to get somewhere, misogyny is normal (even girls feel it) and slut-shaming is seen as OK. There is also a massive double standard in this. In one scene they put a girl in a hockey bag FFS and leave her in the woods (she is Ok with this as all the girls in this book are automated sex-zombies who have no will of their own). That sounds kinkier than this book makes it. It's just yawn tedious. The protagonist spends the entire book getting into a boys' head. She is overly soppy and uncritical of what she finds there and puts herself on hold in every way to get close to him. She also keeps making excuses for other more hard-core misogynists who she finds attractive. She has a tendency to propose "All girls...." and "all boys...." heterosexualised and sexist generalisations. She is nothing but a foil for this really boring boy who we are supposed to think is a real sweetheart because he likes sexually harrassing girls more gently than the other boys. I haven't even discussed the normalised drug culture because to be honest the sexism was the worst thing. Did I skip over 100 pages of the book? Yes. From what I read before and after those 100 pages there is no saving this book for me. A YA book for Trump supporters. What do you mean there's a sequel? The author's mum clearly owns a publishing company

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Only because I hate to DNF books I continued on with the book and will read the 2nd book of the series. Blame my OCD on this. I couldn’t get into the story at all. It was too confusing with Molly being in his head and who was saying/thinking what.....was that Gid or was it Molly. Cullen was just an annoying jerk. Sometimes I thought Nicholas was ok but then he’d do something mean and he went straight back to Cullen level. It wasn’t difficult figuring out that Molly was the one in Gid’s head. Her Only because I hate to DNF books I continued on with the book and will read the 2nd book of the series. Blame my OCD on this. I couldn’t get into the story at all. It was too confusing with Molly being in his head and who was saying/thinking what.....was that Gid or was it Molly. Cullen was just an annoying jerk. Sometimes I thought Nicholas was ok but then he’d do something mean and he went straight back to Cullen level. It wasn’t difficult figuring out that Molly was the one in Gid’s head. Here’s hoping the second book is better.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Janelle Hammonds

    I pushed through and read the whole book just to prove myself right in that it was an easy guess as to who the narrator was. I disagreed with how some parts were written just in that they didn’t seem realistic even in a novel about a girl who somehow gets a front row seat to the new kids mind.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mary Chreene

    Cute, fun and a creative way to tell a story!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kel Moate

    It’s just okay. Nothing special, just a unique POV.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Ever wonder what it would be like to be inside the mind of your crush? The narrator of Inside The Mind Of Gideon Rayburn by Sarah Miller (her identity is a secret until the end of the book) knows just what it’s like. When Gideon Rayburn is in the car on the way to his first day at Midvale Academy, our narrator hears a voice inside her head that’s definitely not hers. She isn’t sure why, but she has just entered the mind of Gideon Rayburn. Throughout the book, our narrator begins to have a crush o Ever wonder what it would be like to be inside the mind of your crush? The narrator of Inside The Mind Of Gideon Rayburn by Sarah Miller (her identity is a secret until the end of the book) knows just what it’s like. When Gideon Rayburn is in the car on the way to his first day at Midvale Academy, our narrator hears a voice inside her head that’s definitely not hers. She isn’t sure why, but she has just entered the mind of Gideon Rayburn. Throughout the book, our narrator begins to have a crush on Gideon. He is the perfect guy for her; sweet, caring, a little insecure. Gideon becomes roommates with two of the most popular guys at school, Cullen and Nicholas. Cullen and Nicholas convince Gideon to start drinking, smoking pot and hanging out with their group of friends, all of whom comprise most of the popular kids on campus. Cullen and Nicholas decide to challenge Gideon to a little bet. If Gideon can sleep with the girl of their choosing by Halloween, they will give Gideon a car. Gideon is a little skeptical but accepts the bet. Cullen and Nicholas choose Molly McGarry, a cute, but unassuming girl in their grade. Gideon is worried about how he will get Molly’s attention, especially when he finds himself falling for Pilar, the most gorgeous and exotic girl at Midvale. Can Gideon win the bet, fall in love and maintain his growing popularity? It took me a long time to get into this book, but once I did, I was hooked. The most interesting part of this book was getting to hear the story from both the perspective of Gideon and from the perspective of the girl in his head, who was slowly falling for him. I loved hearing the witty banter between the three main male characters, especially since I don’t read many novels with males as the focus. The dialogue between the three male roommates definitely sounded accurate, and it was interesting to “get in the head” of Gideon. What didn’t I like about the book? Well, it was very slow-going. Several times in the first hundred pages, I wanted to just put down the book and give up. I didn’t think the story was going anywhere and I was sick of reading about Gideon, Cullen and Nicholas getting high and drunk. However, I’m definitely glad that I didn’t put the book down because the ending was worth it and the sequel (review later this week!) was absolutely amazing.

  16. 4 out of 5

    kingshearte

    Although the premise here tries to make it more, ultimately, this book is really just a boy's coming of age story. The whole told-from-the-perspective-of-the-girl-inside-his-brain thing? Eh, it didn't really work for me. For one thing, despite the endorsements from a couple of (female) authors, who claim that reading this book is just like actually being in a guy's head!, I'm not sure I buy that. Leaving aside the fact that even if you could get into one guy's head, that's not necessarily an acc Although the premise here tries to make it more, ultimately, this book is really just a boy's coming of age story. The whole told-from-the-perspective-of-the-girl-inside-his-brain thing? Eh, it didn't really work for me. For one thing, despite the endorsements from a couple of (female) authors, who claim that reading this book is just like actually being in a guy's head!, I'm not sure I buy that. Leaving aside the fact that even if you could get into one guy's head, that's not necessarily an accurate picture of what goes on in all guys' heads, what we have here is two women praising the accuracy of another woman's portrayal of something they can have no actual knowledge of. Now, if a male author had endorsed the book, all "This was like reading my own journal from when I was in high school," then maybe I'd buy it. But this is really just what one woman thinks might go on in a teenage boy's head. Which is fine, I guess, but it's not exactly earth-shattering. (view spoiler)[The other thing I didn't really care for was the mystery aspect, of who will this girl turn out to be? It was directly referenced as such in the book a few times, which I found very annoying and gimmicky. But I also thought, especially when we find out that it's Molly, that it actually would have provided much more interesting fodder to know that all along. Particularly in respect to the infamous bet. Because if she knew all along what was going on in his head, and his feelings about it all, etc. there could have been some much more interesting commentary from her in there. Plus, maybe there could have been some kind of awesome double dealing, where, knowing he was kind of playing her, she could have played him right back. I just think it could have added a much more interesting layer to the story. (hide spoiler)] Ultimately, the book had some cute moments, but I didn't think it was anything particularly special. If I want a good teen boy story, I'll stick with my John Green.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Have you ever wondered what the opposite sex was thinking? Well in this book, a nameless girl (you have to figure out who she is throughout the book) gets inside Gideon Rayburn's head, she can hear and see what Gid is thinking and see what hes doing. Gideon's new at a Connecticut Prep School called Midvale Academy, where he meets his two roommates and friends, Cullen and Nicholas. Cullen and Nicholas are popular, handsome, and wealthy-everything Gideon is not. To help Gid "fit in", they make a b Have you ever wondered what the opposite sex was thinking? Well in this book, a nameless girl (you have to figure out who she is throughout the book) gets inside Gideon Rayburn's head, she can hear and see what Gid is thinking and see what hes doing. Gideon's new at a Connecticut Prep School called Midvale Academy, where he meets his two roommates and friends, Cullen and Nicholas. Cullen and Nicholas are popular, handsome, and wealthy-everything Gideon is not. To help Gid "fit in", they make a bet with Gid to have sex with a girl of their choice by Halloween. The girl they pick is Molly McGarry, a girl who isn't like other girls at Midvale. Gideon takes the bet to up his "coolness factor and because afterall, he is a virgin. I found this book very funny but also found it to be a bit too risk-ay for middle school or even high school. I am a 22 year old women and at times in this book I felt uncomfortable reading. I found this book to be a some what spin off of the teen movie- " She's all that". Although it deals a lot with sex, drugs and underage drinking, the story line is very fast pasted and funny. I even laughed out loud a couple times. I rated this 3 stars because it was an okay book but the other factors (Sex, drugs, underage drinking) was a bit overwhelming at times for the 16 year old characters. Characters: Gideon: a 16 year boy who take his roommates up on a bet to lose his virginity Cullen: Gid's roommate who is handsome and very wealthy, have no problem in the girl dept. they seem to flock to him Nicholas: Gid's other roommate who is also handsome and very wealthy. The strong silent type. Molly McGarry: the girl who Gideon must have sex with in the bet, Molly says what's on her mind and doesn't care what others think. Pilar: The object of Gideon's affection, a beautiful girl who continues to lead Gideon on throughout the book

  18. 5 out of 5

    Els

    Okay, inside the mind of Gideon Rayburn. Yep, we were definitely inside it, kinda, sorta, maybe. Im not sure if there's a purpose to this book or not but if the purpose is to help girls understand boys then this book has failed at its job. Everything written in this book I knew already, I don't know if its just because I'm best friends with a few boys and I have a boyfriend so I talk to boys a lot or if it was just a pants book and didn't serve its purpose but I learnt nothing. Another thing, it Okay, inside the mind of Gideon Rayburn. Yep, we were definitely inside it, kinda, sorta, maybe. Im not sure if there's a purpose to this book or not but if the purpose is to help girls understand boys then this book has failed at its job. Everything written in this book I knew already, I don't know if its just because I'm best friends with a few boys and I have a boyfriend so I talk to boys a lot or if it was just a pants book and didn't serve its purpose but I learnt nothing. Another thing, it was written by a girl!!! It should've been called "inside the mind of a girl who thinks she knows what Gideon Rayburn is thinking". Much more fitting, don't you agree? I could understand the book more if it was written by a boy but since it was written by a girl it sorta changes things since that's what she thinks boys think about. I didn't like the fact that every person in the school that Gideon went to was beautiful, that annoyed me. And the fact that there were only what, two people that couldn't be classed as beautiful annoyed me as well. I didn't like being introduced to everyone by the Gideon or whoever was thinking, I don't even care, saying how gorgeous they are and that they have perfect teeth, guess what! I do not care! The book was predictable, I knew what was coming up every time I turned the page. The ending was dull as well, and although it is what people would've wanted, I actually wanted a different one. I dunno, maybe he catches the train up to Molly's and accidentally falls onto the tracks and then dies? Sounds way more interesting! Anyway, I didn't like this book that much, thought it was a bit suckish. I'm going to get a coffee now so adios.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Amanda Dissinger for TeensReadToo.com Ever wondered what exactly is going on in the mind of a teenage boy? Then INSIDE THE MIND OF GIDEON RAYBURN by Sarah Miller is the perfect book for you. This is a captivating story about a girl at a prep school in Massachusetts who suddenly finds herself experiencing all of the thoughts, feelings, and sights of Gideon Rayburn, a new student at the school. She faces all of the problems Gid faces, from the embarrassing to the sweet to the sexual to Reviewed by Amanda Dissinger for TeensReadToo.com Ever wondered what exactly is going on in the mind of a teenage boy? Then INSIDE THE MIND OF GIDEON RAYBURN by Sarah Miller is the perfect book for you. This is a captivating story about a girl at a prep school in Massachusetts who suddenly finds herself experiencing all of the thoughts, feelings, and sights of Gideon Rayburn, a new student at the school. She faces all of the problems Gid faces, from the embarrassing to the sweet to the sexual to the anxious. Then Gid's roommates, the popular and handsome Cullen and Nicholas, make a bet to see if Gideon can actually achieve his manhood by sleeping with a girl by Halloween. The girl is Molly McGarry, who's cute and funny, but not who Gid really wants. His ultimate desire is in the form of Pilar Benitez-Jones: very beautiful and very confident. As Gid tries to decide which girl is right for him, the reader gets to take a trip through his mind, and see how a real, live, hormone-charged 15-year-old boy really thinks. INSIDE THE MIND OF GIDEON RAYBURN has an intriguing premise, and is very entertaining and hilarious. It takes a very creative idea, a story from the viewpoint of a girl inside a guy's mind, and makes it believable and worthwhile. Readers will enjoy guessing exactly who and what is inside the mind of Gideon Rayburn, while going on a quick, witty journey of thinking like a boy, if only for a few hours.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Wawa

    Hmmm...can I just say how not so good for me reading this book was. Well, just a little bit of advice if you’re hoping to read it: 1. Don’t read the synopsis for the second book. You’ll find out an answer to a question you don’t wanna know right away. Trust me. unless you want that spoiler, in that case, read away 2. Don’t read this book when you’re trying to do homework or finish another book. It will take over your life The title of this book is what grabbed my attention and then I read the synops Hmmm...can I just say how not so good for me reading this book was. Well, just a little bit of advice if you’re hoping to read it: 1. Don’t read the synopsis for the second book. You’ll find out an answer to a question you don’t wanna know right away. Trust me. unless you want that spoiler, in that case, read away 2. Don’t read this book when you’re trying to do homework or finish another book. It will take over your life The title of this book is what grabbed my attention and then I read the synopsis and I was curious. The idea of stepping into the mind of a boy, unfiltered seems cool and all. It’s a bit of an old book, so the descriptions and the culture especially offensive language use[e.g the word gay] is a bit different but the read was gold. Yes, I said gold and you’re wondering, what’s with this weird girl. There was authenticity injected into this book. I really felt like I was following Gideon around in his head, feeling his feelings and feeling like the girl behind the story. Granted it’s a little hard to imagine someone functioning well in their lives while also virtually living someone else’s life but I got over over-examining it and just let go in the pages It’s well written, funny, intense and filled with independent, unique characters who come alive. You grow with Gid and maybe you fall in love with him a little too. If only love were that easy...can’t wait for the sequel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    This is closer to a 2.5 stars. As I was reading this book I had to wonder if this is really what goes on in the mind of a teenage boy. I know the stereotype is that they constantly think about sex but I seriously thought I was going to go crazy reading his thoughts about getting laid, where a good place to have sex is, how beautiful the girls all around him were. Geez, it's amazing guys are able to function if that is what their minds are like. I did like the concept of this book though. It was s This is closer to a 2.5 stars. As I was reading this book I had to wonder if this is really what goes on in the mind of a teenage boy. I know the stereotype is that they constantly think about sex but I seriously thought I was going to go crazy reading his thoughts about getting laid, where a good place to have sex is, how beautiful the girls all around him were. Geez, it's amazing guys are able to function if that is what their minds are like. I did like the concept of this book though. It was sort of What a Girl Wants but with a girl being in a guys mind. You do not actually find out who the girl is until the very last page. It was a little confusing at times to figure out what were Gideon's thoughts and what were the mystery girls thoughts about what Gideon was seeing going on around him. The main reason I did not give this a higher rating is I was starting to get bored with the repetition of Gideon's thoughts. It picked up enough at the end that I am curious about the next book, The Other Girl, which has the mystery girl gets stuck in the mind of a beautiful girl that Gideon has been lusting over. As a warning there is quite a bit of underage drinking, drugs and sex talk going on in this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angelique

    Where do I start? Where do I even start? - I saw this book in a bookshop and the fact that it was on sale should have told me that there is a REASON they couldn't sell this for the actual price. But I was intrigued by the idea of a girl hearing the thoughts of a guy. Before reading Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn I thought this was an interesting idea. It might have been - but not in the way it was done in this book. I don't even know where to start explaining why this is not a good book. I di Where do I start? Where do I even start? - I saw this book in a bookshop and the fact that it was on sale should have told me that there is a REASON they couldn't sell this for the actual price. But I was intrigued by the idea of a girl hearing the thoughts of a guy. Before reading Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn I thought this was an interesting idea. It might have been - but not in the way it was done in this book. I don't even know where to start explaining why this is not a good book. I didn't like any of the characters, the plot was shallow and there was no tension to be felt throughout the whole book! The descriptions of people couldn't have been more superficial. The beginning was not too bad but the rest was indeed really bad. The word 'boring' lost all meaning while I read this and it was painful to keep myself from skipping just to get this book done with (I hate leaving things unfinished). To summarize: This is a book in which nothing happens action-wise and nothing happens in the mind of your average teenage boy. Welcome to the mind of Gideon Rayburn! Be prepared to fall asleep! Warning: Book contains content that is boring to such an extent that it can cause long-term brain damage!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah A

    I didn't like this book at all, it wasn't good. The book had wasn't age appropriate for Middle School. It just talked about a stupid boy teenager and how a girl was in his mind. I didn't enjoy this book and I wouldn't read it again. I do not recommend this book for you to read. I didn't like this book at all, it wasn't good. The book had wasn't age appropriate for Middle School. It just talked about a stupid boy teenager and how a girl was in his mind. I didn't enjoy this book and I wouldn't read it again. I do not recommend this book for you to read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katie R. Herring

    This was really good when I read this at 12 (maybe not 12, but around that age), and really good when I read it at 19. Of course, the reason for the mind reading got to me, but ignoring that, it's a good, entertaining novel. I rolled my eyes at parts (see the sex talk below), but the eye rolling parts didn't take away from the novel, which, as I said, I really liked. I see that there's a sequel, and I'm quite excited, but I don't know if I'll actually read it. Some stories are better not continue This was really good when I read this at 12 (maybe not 12, but around that age), and really good when I read it at 19. Of course, the reason for the mind reading got to me, but ignoring that, it's a good, entertaining novel. I rolled my eyes at parts (see the sex talk below), but the eye rolling parts didn't take away from the novel, which, as I said, I really liked. I see that there's a sequel, and I'm quite excited, but I don't know if I'll actually read it. Some stories are better not continued. This girl, for reasons unknown, is inside the mind of this boy (Gid). His new friends (he's at a boarding school, and I had a perfect image of Avon) make a bet that he will lose his virginity. Said girl does not disclose her identity, but it becomes obvious who she is near the end of the novel. I couldn't remember for the life of me who she was, so even though it was a reread, it seemed new. These characters, mind you, are 16. When I read this at 12 or so, the sex, drugs, and rock and roll (not really the last one), seemed cool. But now that I'm older than the characters, I kind of wanted to go into the book and tell them to keep their pants on. Ah, youth is wasted on the young.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Peyton Staroscik

    "Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn" is a contemporary romance/comedy style of book. It's different from others of its kind though in the sense that it goes through the perspective of the boy involved. It shows what a boy truly thinks, while other books like this show the story through the girl and what the girl thinks. It's about a boy, Gideon Rayburn, and the girl who happens to end up inside his head at all times. She sees what he sees and feels what he feels, but he has no idea she is there. "Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn" is a contemporary romance/comedy style of book. It's different from others of its kind though in the sense that it goes through the perspective of the boy involved. It shows what a boy truly thinks, while other books like this show the story through the girl and what the girl thinks. It's about a boy, Gideon Rayburn, and the girl who happens to end up inside his head at all times. She sees what he sees and feels what he feels, but he has no idea she is there. The book follows the story of Gideon at his new prep school and along the way, he may or may not meet the girl who is inside his head. Read the book to find out! It took me a while to really get into the book, but about 50 pages in, I started to really enjoy it. It's funny to read through a boy's perspective and the author really did a good job portraying a boy. I would highly recommend reading this book!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Toria

    Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn is such a good read, it makes your heart throb with every page you turn thinking how Gideon is going to survive his new boarding school with so many beautiful girls, and guys theres no way he can compete with. Gideon is confused about who he should be, who he should like, and who his real friends are. Through this whole book, a girl is in his mind. (Eventually you'll figure out who it is, i did). But in the middle somewhere, through Gideon trying to figure out w Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn is such a good read, it makes your heart throb with every page you turn thinking how Gideon is going to survive his new boarding school with so many beautiful girls, and guys theres no way he can compete with. Gideon is confused about who he should be, who he should like, and who his real friends are. Through this whole book, a girl is in his mind. (Eventually you'll figure out who it is, i did). But in the middle somewhere, through Gideon trying to figure out who he is and what he wants, she falls in love him. And your hoping with everything, that Gideon picks the right girl, hoping that its her. This mystery girl who understands Gideon, more than he understands himself. This book is truely about finding yourself, and who you really are. But ulitimately, the realization on who you should be with, that makes you happy more than anyone else.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    I actual liked this book a lot. I thought it was so funny especially with the boy and girl thoughts. I didn't like the second part as much as the beginning part. I though Gideon was hilarious and so was the mystery girl. I thought it was funny and just a book to be read just because. I liked Gideon and his friends. I thought that it was stupid of Gideon to start smoking weed though, but that one scene (view spoiler)[where they had to get rid of it, so they dumped it in the soup (hide spoiler)] ! H I actual liked this book a lot. I thought it was so funny especially with the boy and girl thoughts. I didn't like the second part as much as the beginning part. I though Gideon was hilarious and so was the mystery girl. I thought it was funny and just a book to be read just because. I liked Gideon and his friends. I thought that it was stupid of Gideon to start smoking weed though, but that one scene (view spoiler)[where they had to get rid of it, so they dumped it in the soup (hide spoiler)] ! HAHAHA! I thought this book was just funny and just fun to read. What did I think of the other girls? Molly was nice and funny, but sometimes she did the weirdest things. I hated Pillar. She was so self centered and conceded. I read this book because I got "The Other Girl" (book 2) and I have no idea what it's going to be like, but I hope it is funny like this one. Rating: 7/10 Parental Rating: 15+

  28. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    The book tells the story of Gideon Rayburn's first few months at prep school. Gideon falls in with his two roommates, who are the cool kids on campus, and struggles with love. The story would be completely uninteresting, except for the narrator. The narrator is some unnamed girl who magically knows Gideon's every thought and comments on many of them. The narrator is also a character in the story and it adds a compelling element of mystery to try and figure out who the narrator is by the end of t The book tells the story of Gideon Rayburn's first few months at prep school. Gideon falls in with his two roommates, who are the cool kids on campus, and struggles with love. The story would be completely uninteresting, except for the narrator. The narrator is some unnamed girl who magically knows Gideon's every thought and comments on many of them. The narrator is also a character in the story and it adds a compelling element of mystery to try and figure out who the narrator is by the end of the story. Red herrings abound, and, as is often the case, applying meta-knowledge of "good story structure" will get you to the right answer much quicker than trying to analyze the actual words. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the conceit and enjoyed reading the book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Hager

    A girl accidentally is able to read the mind of a boy at her prep school. Gideon Rayburn is kind of a dork and he’s also the new kid. His roommates are two of the most popular boys at the school and they decide to help him lose his virginity. There’s a bet involved. It’s basically like every teen movie you’ve seen since the late 90s. There’s a lot of American Pie and some She’s All That thrown in for good measure. I really wasn’t a huge fan. I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t think Gideon was A girl accidentally is able to read the mind of a boy at her prep school. Gideon Rayburn is kind of a dork and he’s also the new kid. His roommates are two of the most popular boys at the school and they decide to help him lose his virginity. There’s a bet involved. It’s basically like every teen movie you’ve seen since the late 90s. There’s a lot of American Pie and some She’s All That thrown in for good measure. I really wasn’t a huge fan. I’m not sure if it’s because I didn’t think Gideon was all that adorable or what. It didn’t help that the girl used gay as an insult a lot. (Speaking as an actual lesbian, no it’s not cute or cool to use gay as a synonym for stupid or lame or ridiculous or whatever.)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Kelley

    I thought this book was pretty weird at first. I mean, how many girls get to know what exactly is going on in guy's head. However, I do love the fact how the girl in his head starts to fall in love with him. Despite the fact that he is not the brightest or the most good-looking. I also think it is pretty cool that we get to know and idea of what goes through an male teenager's mind. This story really reflects on how teenagers act and how they get in trouble and also how they get out of trouble. I thought this book was pretty weird at first. I mean, how many girls get to know what exactly is going on in guy's head. However, I do love the fact how the girl in his head starts to fall in love with him. Despite the fact that he is not the brightest or the most good-looking. I also think it is pretty cool that we get to know and idea of what goes through an male teenager's mind. This story really reflects on how teenagers act and how they get in trouble and also how they get out of trouble. I think the theme in this story is not to pay attention to people's physical features and focus what is on the inside. I would recommend this story to my friends because it isn't just a sappy love story but it also has humor and keeps me entertained.

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