Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

friends with boys

Friends with Boys
Faith Erin Hicks
First Second, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-59643-556-8
FORMAT: Graphic Novel
AGES: Young Adult
4 Stars

I read this book as part of the 2013 YALSA The Hub Reading Challenge. So far for the challenge I have read:

12. The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, and Nate Powell
11. Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
10. Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert
9. Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
8. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
6. Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
5. We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson
4. Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
3. Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal
2. Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
1. Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose

This is a book about a girl named Maggie who is about to start her freshman year of high school. She had been home-schooled up until this point, so she hasn’t actually had a social-school experience before. Her three older brothers all go to the same high school that she will be attending. But, they want her to make her own friends and make her own way. They start to wonder though when the two people she starts to be friends with are two of the social outcasts at school. And to top off her crazy new life, Maggie also sees a ghost every time she¬† goes through the graveyard. Between juggling a new social scene, new school work, ghosts, and a complecated family life Maggie isn’t completely sure how she is going to accomplish it all.

Wow, this was one of my all-time favorite graphic novels so far this year. I really like Maggie. She is the type of girl that I would have wanted as a friend in high school. And the complexity of her relationships with her family and friends adds some depth to the story that makes it feel all the more real, despite the constant appearance of the silent ghost. I like how she is close to her family. I like how she isn’t bothered by what others think (and therefore is still friends with the girl that everyone else shuns). I like her willingness to try new things and get out of her comfort zone (even though she doesn’t really want to). And I especially like that she has a good relationship with her dad. It feels refreshing to have a caring parent around in a teen book (even though there are still some issues since the mother left–but the dad is one solid parent). This is the type of story that feels as if someone took a picture of a real high school girl and put it in a graphic novel. Well done!

My favorite quote from the book:[When speaking of Princess Leia’s buns] “It combines two of the greatest things in the world: science fiction and breakfast pastries.”

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