Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Review: Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

For all of her educational life, Maggie has been homeschooled by her mother.  Now, her mother is gone and she's faced with the overwhelming experience of starting her freshman year at the local high school.  Her older brothers have already been at the high school, but each has found their niche.  Thus, it's up to Maggie to face this new world on her own.  If only she could give up the ghost...that's been following her, and make some real friends.  

How can you not love an awkward new girl?  If Zoey Deschanel has taught us anything, it is that Peter Pan collars go with everything "new girl" is someone in whom you can see parts of your awkward self.  Maggie is awkward.  She is quiet. But that doesn't mean she can't be confident or loud in the right circumstance.  She'll call her brothers out on stuff and take the blame when it belongs to her. She's offbeat. And she sees ghosts! Well, okay, just one ghost.  So much to love. In fact, the only thing I didn't like about this graphic novel is that it ended too quickly.  There are a lot of loose threads.  What's the deal with her mom? Will she and cute alterna-girl Lucy and her mohawk-y brother Alistair stay friends? What was up with that ghost?   And will we see Maggie again in another book?  I hope so.

Want to check out the first 20 pages?  They're available free on Faith Erin Hicks' website!

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