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Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks - Review by Rebecca, Teen Blogger

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Friends With Boys - book cover

Title: Friends With Boys

Author: Faith Erin Hicks

Summary: Maggie is just like any other high school kid, but she’s been homeschooled her entire life by her police officer father and her recently estranged mother. Her four brothers assure her that high school is easy, but when Maggie gets there she realizes how many different types of kids there are and how much she doesn’t seem to fit in with any crowd. She befriends a goth boy and his younger sister, but soon she finds herself caught up in a fight between her new friends and her brothers. Meanwhile, she is trying to solve a mystery of an eerie woman who keeps following her everywhere she goes.

Six Word Review: sometimes life can be really strange

How many stars (out of 10) would you give this book & why?

I’d give Friends With Boys nine stars, it’s got really great illustrations and an original story.

I started reading it because…I kept reading it because…

I started reading Friends With Boys because I really like graphic novels, especially with paranormal themes. I had borrowed Anya’s Ghost and the library had Friends With Boys so I thought it would be interesting to check out, and I ended up really liking it.

Gut Reaction: Friends With Boys is a book everyone can find interesting. Despite its title which seems aimed at girls, it could be read by boys too, and although it’s a book for teenagers, adults could read it and enjoy it as well.

What you loved/hated/couldn’t get enough of…

I liked how the author added punk/goth/emo characters to the novel, there are a lot of these kids at my school and most people avoid them because they think these kids are weird. It was great that this book showed that just because a person chooses to dress all in black or dye/shave their hair it doesn’t make them strange or creepy.

This book reminded me of…

Friends With Boys reminded me of the graphic novels Anya’s Ghost and Mercury because these books also deal with paranormal themes and have cartoon illustrations.

[Editor: check out Rebecca's previous review of Anya's Ghost]

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Anything else your reader should know…

Friends With Boys began as a webcomic (online comic blog) designed by the author as she drew out the book before it was published.


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