Monday, September 10, 2012

Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks


Friends With Boys
by Faith Erin Hicks
Graphic Novel YA

Book Jacket Summary
A coming-of-age tale with a spooky twist!

Maggie McKay hardly knows what to do with herself. After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and rough-housing with her older brothers, it’s time for Maggie to face the outside world, all on her own. But that means facing high school first. And it also means solving the mystery of the melancholy ghost who has silently followed Maggie throughout her entire life. Maybe it even means making a new friend—one who isn’t one of her brothers.

My Thoughts 
I was not a fan of Brain Camp, which Hicks illustrated, but I heard nothing but good reviews about Friends With Boys. It is Maggie's first day at school and the stress is compounded because it is her first day of school EVER! She and her brothers were home schooled by their mother until high school abd now that it is Maggie's on her way their mother ups and leaves. Maggie's three older brothers, Daniel, Lloyd, and Zander have already established themselves in the high school hierarchy and Maggie feels out of place.She has never really had friends, except for her brothers and arriving at a new school has her a little freaked out. It doesn't help that an ancient ghost likes to hover over her bed at night.  
However, Maggie slowly becomes friends with Alistair and Lucy, a brother/sister pair with a punk flair. Maggie navigates friendships, family, and ghosts and finds that she may not be able to fix everything but she may find a way to bring everyone together.
I highly enjoyed this graphic novel and really routed for Maggie because she never really lost who she was in the hard times. She does some pretty stupid things but does find ways to correct them, I really like the artwork, especially Lucy and Alistair's hair. I like Hick's way of bring some sort of  paranormal edge to her graphic novels. It is a great graphic novel to give to teens going through transition or just teens who like a good story.   

Book Pairings
Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Mercury by Hope Larson


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