Maggie has grown up, home-schooled no less, in a house full of guys. After her mother left, it’s just been her, her older brothers and their father. Starting high school means leaving the safety and comfort of her home-schooled life. Maggie will have to make new friends that aren’t family members, all while finding out who the mysteriously sad spirit is that follows her around.
A fairly simple story, with a spooky element is exactly what Friends with Boys is all about. The characters are full of personality and the writing is vivacious. Maggie’s new friend Lucy is just about the most hilariously written character in this novel, with her over-the-top antics and mannerisms. All this doesn’t even begin to describe the great layout and illustration of the graphic novel. I loved the intricate panels that were interspersed with more simple, minimal ones. One page would have full detail on all the background and scenery, clothing, everything while the very next will be a fully blank page but for one key picture. I love that kind of juxtaposition. There were so many great moments in these illustrated pages, some that actually caused me to laugh out loud. The style and banter reminded me a bit of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s successful Scott Pilgrim series and fans of graphic novels are sure to enjoy!
This came highly recommended by a fellow blogger, and it definitely was as delightful a read as she said it would be! I have always been a big fan of comic books and graphic novels, but this is the first I’ve reviewed on this blog – and certainly won’t be the last. Friends with Boys is a fantastically fun contemporary read, with a ghostly twist!
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ (4/5 stars)
Friends with Boys is available in stores February 28, 2012
I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.