Every Boy's Got One

Every Boy's Got One

by Meg Cabot


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Cartoonist Jane Harris is delighted by the prospect of her first-ever trip to Europe. But it's hate at first sight for Jane and Cal Langdon, and neither is too happy at the prospect of sharing a villa with one another for a week—not even in the beautiful and picturesque Marches countryside. But when Holly and Mark's wedding plans hit a major snag that only Jane and Cal can repair, the two find themselves having to put aside their mutual dislike for one another in order to get their best friends on the road to wedded bliss—and end up on a road themselves ... one neither of them ever expected.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060085469
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/17/2009
Series: Boy Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 552,744
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. Over 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, FL, with her husband.


New York, New York

Place of Birth:

Bloomington, Indiana


B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

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Travel Diary of
Holly Caputo and Mark Levine
On Their Elopement
Composed by Jane Harris, Witness
aka Maid of Honor
aka Holly's best friend since first grade and
roommate since freshman year at
Parsons School of Design

Dear Holly and Mark,


I know neither one of you would bother to keep a record of your elopement, so I've decided to do it for you! This way, when you're approaching your twentieth anniversary and your oldest kid has just wrecked the Volvo and your youngest has just come home from her cushy Westchester private school with head lice and the dog's thrown up all over the living room rug and, Holly, you're asking yourself why you ever moved out of the righteous East Village pad we shared for so long, and, Mark, you're wishing you'd stayed in resident housing down at St. Vincents, you can open this diary and go, "Oh, so THAT's why we got married."

Because you two are the grooviest couple I know, and totally belong together, and I think eloping to Italy is a BRILLIANT idea, even if you did steal it from Kate Mackenzie in Human Resources.

The eloping part, I mean. Not the Italy part.

But she HAD to elope. I mean, with in-laws like hers? What CHOICE did she have?

But you two are doing it for the pure romance of the thing -- not because you HAVE to, because both your families are perfectly respectable.

Well, I guess there is that teensy religion thing with your moms.

But whatever! They'll get over it.

Anyway, that's what makes your elopement so special.

And I plan to record every detail of that special-ness, starting now, before we even get on the plane. Before I even meet you guys at the gate. Which, by the way, where ARE you, anyway? I mean, we were supposed to get here three hours before our departure time. You know that, don't you? I mean, it says that right on the ticket. For international travel, please arrive no later than three hours prior to departure time.

So. Where are you guys?

I suppose I could email you on my new BLACKBERRY, but as you keep reminding me, Holly, it's for WORK PURPOSES ONLY, which is the only reason the IT guys let you have them (thanks for mine, by the way. I mean, it's nice of Tim and those guys to think of me, even though I don't exactly work there anymore).

God, I hope nothing happened to you. I mean, on the way. People drive like maniacs on the expressway.

Wait -- you didn't change your minds, did you? About getting married? You can't. That would be awful! Just AWFUL! I mean, you two are so perfect for each other ... not to mention, it would be totally unfair to cancel on me. My first trip to Europe, and my travel companions ditch me? As it is, I can't even believe I'm really doing it. Why did I wait so long? Who turns thirty without having been outside the continental United States at least once in her life? No Paris with French class in the 11th grade. No "Cabo" for Spring Break in college. What's wrong with me, anyway? Why am I such a nontranscontinental flying freak?

And okay, seriously, what is with the guy with the cell phone over there? I mean, he's cute and everything. But why is he yelling? We're going to Italy, dude. Italy! So chill.

Okay, ignore the guy on the cell phone. IGNORE THE GUY ON THE CELL PHONE. I can't believe I'm wasting the first pages of your travel diary on him. Who cares about him? I'M GOING TO EUROPE!

I mean, WE'RE going to Europe.

I think. If you two aren't lying in the twisted wreckage of your taxi to the airport on the Long Island Expressway.

Let's just assume you were running a little late this morning and that you aren't dead.

Thank God you two are making me do this. You and Mark, I mean, Holly. I'm finally crossing the Atlantic, and for what better REASON? God, it's so romantic --

(Oh, wait, that's the same guy who was in front of me at the duty free! The one who was rolling his eyes because I bought all those bottles of Aquafina. Obviously he hasn't read this month's Shape. They say air travel is very dehydrating, and that you should drink half your body weight in water during the course of your flight if you want to avoid jet lag.)

And okay, they have water on the plane and all, but is it good water? I mean, as good as Aquafina? Probably not. I saw this thing on Ask Asa on Channel 4 where they sent the water from a plane to a lab and it was filled with all these microbes! And okay, it was the water from the tap in the plane bathroom, and no one would really drink that, but still.

Not that MY mom and dad wouldn't kill me if I did what you're doing, Holly. Elope, I mean. And to ITALY, of all places.

But it's just so totally you, Holly. God, you're lucky. Mark is so ... grounded. And Mark, I know I give you a hard time about being such a sci-fi geek and all, but seriously, if I could meet a guy as --

(Oh my God! Cell Phone Guy just practically threw his phone at one of those little carts with the old people in it! The one taking them to their gate! And just because the guy driving it made that backing-up-truck sound to warn him he was in the way. God, what's got his panties in such a bunch? Although he hardly looks like a panty-wearing type of guy. Jockeys, more likely. Or maybe boxers ...

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Every Boy's Got One 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 120 reviews.
shannon1080 More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure at first if I would like this book, because of the style of writing. Boy was I wrong! I loved it! Very creative, had me hooked on page one! Every Boy's Got One has lots of humor and a great set of characters to fall in love with. Give it a read, it will not disappoint!
DeniseAT More than 1 year ago
I loved the premise of the book and really liked the characters but...I really wanted the romance beefed up. We only had brief interaction between Cal and Jane I would have loved more flirting throughout not just the last section.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't let the journal and email style of writing fool you. I was hesitant to start the book b/c of its writing style but after the fist page I was hooked. This book was sharp, witty and romantic. If you love Meg Cabot this book will not dissapoint.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loosely connected third in the Boy series, this novel does not disappoint if you are looking for light, romantic reading. The edition I read had an interesting section at the end by the author detailing all the ways in which the novel used real life events of her Italian wedding. On top of all that, I kept being reminded of basic plotlines in "Pride and Prejudice". Two people - each forming an unflattering and unbalanced picture of each other - undeniably attracted to each other none-the-less. The hero saves the day, they each admit they were wrong, happily ever after. Cabot does have a way of making me giggle.
shamille on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just to start off, I'm pretty sure it's "a heart".Anyway, this story is about Jane, a cat-obsessed cartoonist, who helps her friends Mark and Holly elope in Italy. "Oh wait," you might ask, "where's the boy?" Coming along for the ride is Cal, Mark's friend.Before they even officially meet, Jane and Cal hate each other (wonder where that could end up?). But as you know.. mm... stuff happens. XD. I would have loved a story about Mark and Holly, since they are Jewish and Catholic and their families are having issues about that. That should be interesting. Oh wait, there probably is one The Boy Next Door... that could be it?Anyway, this book, like Boy Meets Girl is told in an untraditional way. It's made up of journal entries, blackberry text messages, emails, signs, menus, programs, notes, etc., which are all very lovely.Also, Cal has a very amusing foot fetish which should have been used as an inside joke somewhere. Oh right they did have an inside joke about him. Ahhhh, I remember now.The book is pure fluff, but fluff is the stuff that I luff, so get over it.
Deesirings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On the same trip to the library (as when I got Swimming Upstream Slowly), I also picked up (again, randomly, just from perusing the shelves), Meg Cabot's Every Boy's Got One. The component of this book that attracted me to it was that it was made up not of traditional paragraphs but of e-mails and journal entries. I've always had a penchant for that type of writing -- I loved the Baby-Sitters Club books because each chapter started with a hand-written entries and one book I read multiple times as a young person was Norma Fox Mazer's I, Trissy (in which the heroine receives a typewriter for her birthday and the whole book is made up of things she's written on it).But from the first page, the book's heroine, Jane Harris, grated on my nerves. After about 50-pages, when she still hadn't grown on me, I was about to put the book aside for good when I found myself in a situation with nothing else to read. It was only about two-thirds of the way through that Jane became a sympathetic heroine to me.This book was definitely not life altering. It is fluff. Fairly fun fluff (aside from the main character being a little too oblivious about her true emotions and kinda full of herself, and disinterested in politics and world events and pretty much anything of consequence).Even though I love the format of journal entries, I was unable to suspend my disbelief in this case. It seemed implausible that anyone would have that much time to hand write long-winded entries about every detail of their trip to Italy. Or that their hand-writing would be legible when written on drives on narrow roads on the mountainside.One element that was pretty cute and worked well was the character of Peter, the house-keeper's German nephew who was a great fan of Jane's famous cartoon cat and whose posts to a fan site were included in the novel, broken English and all.Another component I liked was the post-script, in which the author included material about how she'd come up for the idea for the book and her own travels to Italy, where she got married herself. I liked that part better than the book itself.And right now, the title of the book strikes me as a complete mystery. Every boy's got what, again? Maybe it was a heart? A soft spot? A romantic bone? I can't quite remember now.So what I get out of this this is that using a different format might draw a reader in, but if the characters and plot don't appeal to the reader, the interest is unikely to be sustained. The format becomes a gimmick. For a novel to really work, it needs more than that.
kimmy0ne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A laugh out loud sparkling read
bibliophile26 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
didn't enjoy this book and found it boring and too predictable. A couple go off to Italy to elope. Their best man and maid of honor go with them. The two do not hit it off and actually detest each other. See where this is going?
paghababian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cute and fluffy, but definitely one of Cabot's worst. I still love the modern epistolary style (email, PDA diary, etc), but it didn't work for this context, where all the main characters are almost always together... nobody emails each other when they're sitting next to each other in a car... at least not that much. Also, the love interest made a complete and utter turn-around in the end; it was much too sudden and there was nothing leading up to him changing his ways and thinking so drastically.
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I've read this book multiple times since I was 19. It has gotten me through bad break ups and lousy dates.
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I really loved the writing style! A great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A five star review! This one was seriously hilarious, so funny that I LOL'd many, many times. Cal was just so annoying, and Jane was just so witty and sarcastic that they fit perfectly for one another, as you could tell from the moment they unofficially met. It wasn't predictable, though, because I had PLENTY of OMG!!!! moments throughout the plot. Definitely amother good one from Meg Cabot. ;)
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theresayack More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! The characters were so witty and playful! I especially liked Jane!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every Boy's Got One is a decent novel. It has just enough humor and action to carry it through the end. However, the romance is a little too stuffy. It's just plain second-rate, and that makes it inferior to Cabot's last two novels, The Boy Next Door and Boy Meets Girl.
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This book was so sweet, and there was just the right amount of romance
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Annette Galarza More than 1 year ago
I usually HATE books written in e-mail and journal form, but i completely loved this book. I could read it over and over again. It was hilarious and sweet and well thought out. I loved Holly and Mark, but Jane ans Cal where my favorite. You kind of expected how it was going to end, but always kinda unsure like maybe there would be a twist to the typical love story. Well, youll just have to find out