Hummingbirds by Joshua Gaylord | Why Girls Are Weird

Friday, October 22, 2010

Hummingbirds by Joshua Gaylord

Leo Binhammer is used to having the all female students at prep school Carmine-Casey wrapped around his little finger.  So when his territory is threatened by a new teacher, Ted Hughes (no, not THAT Ted Hughes!) Binhammer immediately begins to wonder what this will mean for him and his beloved students.  When Binhammer realizes the connection between Hughes and his wife, Sarah, he decides that it's best to keep his friends close and his enemies closer.  Binhammer chooses not to tell Sarah about who Hughes is and soon he finds himself almost liking Hughes (while still being jealous of him).  Meanwhile, there is a war brewing among two students, Dixie Doyle and Liz Warren.  Dixie is a sexually charged Lolita just waiting for a chance to pounce while Liz views the entire school with more than a little scorn.  Soon Dixie and Liz are vying for the attention of the few adult men in the school and what comes next is a mixture of loyalties, attraction and a lot of competition.  In this tangled web there is more to the Carmine-Casey school than meets the eye.

I was asked to review this book by TLC Book Tours and I was super excited to receive the book.  From what I'd read it sounded really good and unlike any of the books I'd been reading lately.  At first I found the book a little hard to get into simply because I had to get used to author Joshua Gaylord's writing style.  But the minute things heated up in the book I found that I was ready to get to the meat of the book.  Every character in the book, I found, was very real but I had a hard time liking any of them.  Each character does things that are just ridiculous and with the girls acting far more womanly than they are and then men acting far more childish than they are I couldn't really like any of them.  I will say that one I got used to the writing style I really liked it.  And all in all it was a good story.  However, I generally judge books on whether or not they make me feel something and whether or not they stick with me when I'm done with them.  This book didn't really make me feel anything and when I was done I was just... done.  I didn't miss any of the characters afterward.  It was a good read but not the best I've ever read either.

P.S. I used Random.Org to pick a winner for the Twenty Five Design Giveaway.  The lucky winner of either a headband of her choice OR a custom headband is entry #48, Kristin from The Bon Bon Rose Girls!  Kristin, please email me and congratulations!


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20 wonderful thoughts:

Dancing Branflake

This book sounds way intriguing! I would definitely read it.
And congrats to Kristin! Love her!

Scientific Housewife

Sounds like a great book and congrats to Kristin!


I had to giggle at the Ted Hughes! :) I like the sound of this, and should check it out. Congrats also to Kristin! :)


This sounds like a great read, I have added so many new books to my must read list! I'll have to put one more. ;)

la petite coquine

Whoa-prep school intrigue! One more to add to the "must read" list!

Anna Walker

The book sounds pretty interesting! I am glad you liked it! Ha now I am thinking about poetry and Ted Hughes though... :)

Pop Champagne

from what you say this sounds like a must read! hope you have a great weekend

Connie @ SogniESorrisi

The book sounds intriguing but, yes, there are some that are a good read but don't stay with you after.

Congrats Kristin and Happy Weekend!

la petite coquine

And as for that cocktail, you've been drinking the wrong gin! Trust me, pick up a bottle of Hendrick's tonight and try it-I think you'll be pleasantly surprised!

Cafe Fashionista

I'm kind of obsessed with any book that involves students at a prep school. Great review, Krysten; I will definitely be checking this book out.

Congratulations to Kristin!! :)


Sounds intresting.


Hmm, I've been meaning to get back into reading, maybe I'll pick this up. Sounds like something I may like. ^_^


I do love a book that stays with me long after I finish the last page. Just so-so doesn't really cut it with so many great ones out there!


It's kinda scary that a male teacher enjoys all the attention from his students so much that he gets jealous of the new one. I'm glad this is fiction.


This sounds fab! I'll definitely have to check it out.
xo Josie

Amber Blue Bird

You do the best book reviews, after I read each one I think "I have to read this book" :)

the "L" spot

I think I'd buy this book just because of the cover! I love birds!!

I'm guilty I do judge books by their covers!!

My name is Renée.

I really love the cover, beautiful colors! Sounds interesting : )


this book sounds delightful! how cool that they asked you to review it!

Heather J. @ TLC Books

I'm glad that you enjoyed the book - sometimes I need books that are simply fun to read, and this sounds like one of those.

Thanks for being a part of the tour!