Thursday, September 5, 2013

Review: Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
Release Date: February 28th 2012
Publisher: First Second
Format: Paperback
: 220
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After years of homeschooling, Maggie is starting high school. It's pretty terrifying.

Maggie's big brothers are there to watch her back, but ever since Mom left it just hasn't been the same.

Besides her brothers, Maggie's never had any real friends before. Lucy and Alistair don't have lots of friends either. But they eat lunch with her at school and bring her along on their small-town adventures.

Missing mothers...distant brothers...high friends... It's a lot to deal with. But there's just one more thing.



Next to Anya’s Ghost and Scott Pilgrim, this is now one of my favorite graphic novels. When I first picked it up I was a little hesitant of it but I had heard some pretty good things about it. I think it would have set on my shelf for a while if it wasn’t for my Bout of Book 8.0 goal of reading two graphic novels. I am so glad I ended up reading it.

Let me introduce you to the family first. Our main character is Maggie, who is starting her first year in not only high school but public school in general. She has older twin brothers, Lloyd and Zander, who have a love hate relationship with each other, and another older, talented brother named Daniel. They all live with their Chief of Police father. We learn right away that their mother has run off.

Then for the other characters, we have Maggie’s soon to be BFF Lucy, and her wonderfully hot brother Alistair (I love, love, love the Mohawk.) There are also some volleyball guys from the Volleyball team thrown in there and a ghost. Yea I said a ghost. I’m still sort of confused about the ghost, it was sort of stalkerish and popped up in some weird places.

As I said, this is Maggie’s first day of public school since her mom used to homeschool everyone. All her brothers also go to the school but say that she needs to do this on her own. She is pretty sad about not getting to hang out with her brothers so she feels all alone. To her it seems that she was the only one of them that really enjoyed being homeschooled. She finds out that her brother is in the theater group and is quiet talented and her twin brothers are having some problems of their own so it’s just left her to deal with what she feels are problems.

She pretty quickly becomes friends with an outcast girl named Lucy and her older brother Alistair. We learn quite a few things about Alistair and why he doesn’t get along with the boys from the Volleyball team. As the book progresses she becomes better friends with Lucy and finds out she never really had any friends except for her brothers. (Hence the name of the book).

I really enjoyed this book and would love to read more by the author. It was a fun quick read and it almost ended with what seems like there may be a second book but I can’t find out if that is going to happen or not. I really wish there would be! I definitely recommend reading this book.


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  1. Sounds like a fun read, and I think I need to read more Graphic Novels!


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