Kid Konnection: Friends With Boys
Maggie has been home schooled all of her life but she’ll be starting the 9th grade at the local high school. Her three older brothers already go there, but that doesn’t keep her from being nervous, especially since they’re not going out of her way to help her. Maggie manages to make a few friends but she can’t help but notice that one of her friends and one of her brothers have some kind of history and it’s not pleasant.
Besides adjusting to the drama of high school, Maggie is dealing with the fact that her mother has left them and a ghost is haunting her. She thinks she knows what to do to get the ghost to leave her alone and enlists her friends to help her. Things don’t go exactly the way she planned though.
I haven’t read a graphic novel in a while and was intrigued by Fizzy Jill’s review of Friends With Boys, by Faith Erin Hicks, so I decided to check it out. The first thing I noticed was the outstanding illustrations – they’re full of detail and emotion so it’s easy to tell how the characters feel no matter what they say.
I enjoyed the story as well. I like that Maggie isn’t overly dramatic as she tries to navigate her first year of high school. I thought high school students were portrayed pretty accurately as well. The ghost was a little bit of a stretch for me but it’s not a huge part of the story so it wasn’t really a detraction. My only problem with Friends With Boys was it felt incomplete to me – I’m hoping Hicks will remedy that with a sequel.
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