13. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Courtney, Graphic Novel, Teen Books

Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks, 224 pages, read by Courtney, on 12/12/2012

Maggie has been home-schooled her entire life and now that her mother is no longer in the picture, Maggie is set to begin public school. Her three brothers have already undergone this transition and encourage her to go it alone; calling the move to public school a “rite of passage”. Maggie is freaked. It definitely doesn’t help that she’s being followed around by a ghost.
School winds up being a bit of a social minefield. The only people that talk to Maggie are a pair of outcast siblings that Maggie’s eldest brother doesn’t seem to trust. Maggie’s never had any friends outside of her brothers before, so the tension between her new friends and some of the other kids at school proves both distressing and slightly confusing for her. And then, there’s still the whole ghost thing. And the absent mother-thing. Maggie’s life is a bit stressful.
Great graphic novel with totally believable characters. It’s great to see an outsider’s perspective of the public high school scene, which, through Maggie’s eyes, is appropriately overwhelming. She’s got a lot to deal with and still wants to help everyone at the same time. Odds are good that just about anyone who’s ever been through high school will be able to relate to Maggie’s transition. Home-schoolers will likely be happy to find a cool character that actually loved being home-schooled and isn’t a complete fish out of water with her peers.

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