Monday, July 8, 2013

Review of Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Friends with Boys 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 school...new friends... It's a lot to deal with. But there's just one more thing.

MAGGIE IS HAUNTED.


(Summary from GoodReads) 



Ever since reading Anya’s Ghost I’ve come to have high expectations regarding any graphic novel published by First Second.  Friends with Boys actually felt a tad reminiscent of Anya’s Ghost, only because both stories had spooky elements.  Friends with Boys was a wholly enjoyable novel and, like Anya’s Ghost, I finished thinking I would have been happy to read more of it.

The characters and setting in this book are really well done, which made Friends with Boys feel like a flashback to my own high school experience.  Lucy and Alistair are both quirky people, the type I might have been friends with in high school. I think the illustrative style helped as well—I always knew what the characters were thinking and feeling.

Friends with Boys has an enjoyable story to it.  The storyline is complex, but I can see how even a reader going into middle school could pick up, comprehend, and relate to this story just as much as a high schooler.  The ghost storyline felt a little reminiscent of Anya’s Ghost, but it tied together nicely in the end.  Readers who can’t get enough of graphic novels with a creepy twist will love this one.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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