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If only boy-training were as easy as puppy-training...
— Cover Quote
Boys Are Dogs
Boys Are Dogs
Author Leslie Margolis
Publisher Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Number of Pages 224
Series Guide
Secrets at the Chocolate Mansion
Girls Acting Chatty

Boys Are Dogs is a book about a girl named Anabelle who have to cope with her new lifestyle, a new school, a new dog and all the messy boys. She finds out she can use her dog-training manual to control boys too. Disney Channel Original Movie Zapped, starring Zendaya as main character Zoey Stevens, is based upon this book.


Annabelle's all-girls elementary was very different from Birchwood Middle School where the boys run through the halls like wild animals. But with a little experimenting, Annabelle realizes that like her new puppy, maybe boys can be trained too.

Featuring Annabelle’s hilarious take on friendship, boys, and her all-new life, this novel and/or survival guide perfectly captures the joy and agony of junior high school. And it might just teach you how to tame the wildest beast of all, the teenage boy.


  • Annabelle
  • Annabelle's mother
  • Annabelle's mother's boyfriend
  • Annabelle's neighbor Rachel
  • Annabelle's dog Stripes (later Peppers)

Book to movie differencesEdit

  • The book is called Boys Are Dogs and the movie is called Zapped (originally "Unleashed").
  • The main character is called Anabelle in the book, and Zoey Stevens in the movie.
  • Anabelle is white and have blonde hair, Zoey Stevens have been changed to be black and have brown hair to match Zendaya's features.
  • In the book the characters are in sixth grade, and in the movie, they are in high school.
  • Annabelle has a manual to train boys and Zoey has an app that got messed up to train boys.
  • Annabelle's dog is a little black puppy with white spots while Zoey's dog is full-grown with white hairs.
  • Annabelle's former school is known as an all-girls elementary while Zoey's former school isn't known or mentioned at all.
  • Annabelle's new school is called Birchwood Middle while Zoey's new school is called Westlake High School.
  • In Boys Are Dogs, Rachel is Annabelle's neighbor while in Zapped, Zoey meets Rachel in school and become her friend.
    • Rachel and Jackson are sister and brother. In Zapped, Rachel Todds and Jackson Kale are just fellow students.
  • Annabelle's dog is called Stripes, later Peppers, while Zoey's dog is called Humphrey.