Boy Proof. By Cecil Castelucci. (2005). Candlewick Press, Cambridge, MA. ISBN-!): 0763623334 (alk. paper)

Plot Summary

Cinefile, overachiever, “Boy Proof” Egg, named for her favorite character in science fiction, has always been fine on her own. Even with her membership in the sci-fi club at school, she doesn’t rely on anyone. Not even her parents, though she does think her Dad is pretty cool. She wants to become a special effects artist just like him. The trouble is, she can’t stay alone, boy proof, forever. When Max Carter comes into her life, he starts changing everything. When she comes face to face with her idol, will she retreat even further into her dream world? Or will she allow herself to make real friends?

Critical Evaluation

Surprisingly in depth, with a surprisingly likable heroine. Egg, (Victoria,) is tough and self-sufficient, but not annoyingly so.The parents are not cast as villains in this book, and Egg’s relationship to them feels genuine, even though it may be hard for some teens to relate to Egg and her hardened exterior. She becomes even more likable as the book progresses.

Castellucci plays with the science fiction and old Hollywood themes in her language choices, which is at times enlightening. Egg’s voice is dreamy and curt, and her world is filled with creature masks, laser blasters, and Max, that stinky new kid who is as gifted as she is.

The characters represent creativity in multiple forms, and there is a push to use that creativity to better the world, through the character of Max. This is an important lesson for young artists, and Castellucci delivers it in an unpretentious way, completely appropriate for teen readers.

Reader’s Annotation

Egg wants to be invisible. She is afraid to let anyone in, so she is rough, tough, and looks like a character from her favorite science fiction film, Terminal Earth. Her world is thrown out of whack when a new kid comes to school, Max Carter, who is as gifted and strange as she is.
About the Author

Cecil Castellucci is the author of Boy Proof, The Queen of Cool, Beige, Rose Sees Red, and two graphic novels published by DC Comics Minx: The Plain Janes and Janes in Love. Her short stories have appeared in various places including Strange Horizons, The Eternal Kiss, Geektastic (which she co-edited with Holly Black,) and Interfictions.

Recently she was commissioned by ECM+ to write the libretto for an original opera with music composed by Andre Ristic, Les Aventures de Madame Merveille  which premiered in Montreal on May 6th & 7th 2010.

Cecil was a founding member of the Alpha 60 film club, dedicated to discovering narrative voice and encouraging creative endeavors in film. Other activities included field producer on MTV’s Big Urban Myth Show and Director of Recreating Radio at the Museum of Television and Radio (now known as the Paley Center). In 2006 she wrote and directed her first feature film “Happy Is Not Hard To Be.” In addition to  writing books, she writes plays, makes movies, does performance pieces, and still occasionally rocks out.   She lives in Los Angeles.

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Realistic Fiction

Curriculum Ties
-Movie History

-Special Effects



Reading Level/Interest Age

Ages 14-17
Challenge Issues


Best Books:

Best Books for Young Adults, 2006 ; American Library Association-YALSA-Adult Books for Young Adults Task Force; United States
Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2005 ; Bank Street College of Education; United States
Book Sense Kid’s Picks, Fall 2005 ; American Booksellers Association; United States
Capitol Choices, 2006 ; The Capitol Choices Committee; United States
Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, February 21, 2005 ; Cahners; United States
Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2006 ; American Library Association; United States
Senior High Core Collection, Seventeenth Edition, 2007 ; The H. W. Wilson Co.; United States
Senior High School Library Catalog, Sixteenth Edition, 2006 Supplement, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson Company; United States
State and Provincial Reading Lists:
Garden State Teen Book Award, 2008 ; Nominee; Fiction Grades 6-8; New Jersey

Why Did You Include This Book?

This book was written for girls who love science fiction, as well as those who feel different because they are intelligent. “For all nerdy girls everywhere,” is the inscription on the dedication page.

“Egg’s journey to shed her trappings and to confidently inhabit her own character is one readers won’t want to miss.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Review). -Taken from the back cover of Boy Proof.


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