Graphic Novel Review: Friends With Boys

Friends With Boys
Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“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.
” – GoodReads

I enjoyed this graphic novel so much! The artwork is beautiful, and I love the use of shadow and light to bring emphasis or attention to a particular character or one side of the page or panel. Just brilliant! The art really tells a big part of the story.

I immediately connected with the main character, Maggie, since she was homeschooled and is going to high school for the first time. (I was also homeschooled, then I attended high school my Senior year.) Seeing her dealing with being a huge school filled with people was just like my experiences in school.
However, unlike myself, Maggie is also dealing with her mom’s abandonment, her 3 older brothers, and a ghost that is haunted her! I have to admit the ghost seemed out of place to me at first, but as the story progressed I saw how it fit in with the rest of the narrative.

Maggie is very insecure in the beginning of the book, but she starts to find some courage and self-assurance as the story goes on. She makes friends and finds out about people, good and bad. She just learns a little more about the world and the society around her.

I loved seeing how Maggie’s brothers will tease her, but are also very helpful, caring, and supportive to their baby sister. All the brothers have such unique characters, even the twins, so that they are well-rounded and develop through the story.

The plot is part high-school drama, part family drama, part ghost story, part coming-of-age story, with a dash of criminal action and street gang fights. There’s some delightful humor too! This book has everything!

It bothered me that the mystery of the ghost is not completely resolved at the end, so I’m hoping that there will be a sequel!

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4 thoughts on “Graphic Novel Review: Friends With Boys

  1. I’ve just started reading graphic novels so now I’m constantly on the lookout for new ones to read. This one sounds interesting so I’ll definitely check it out. Thanks for a great review!

    • Wonderful! yeah, I really loved it. I am also just recently delving into graphic novels, and I borrowed this book from my brother, who is a comic/graphic novel junkie. He knows all the best artists and stuff. Happy Reading!

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