Graphic Novel Review: Friends with Boys

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Graphic Novel Review: Friends with BoysFriends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
Published by First Second on February 28th 2012
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 224

A coming-of-age tale with a spooky twist!

Maggie McKay hardly knows what to do with herself. After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and rough-housing with her older brothers, it’s time for Maggie to face the outside world, all on her own. But that means facing high school first. And it also means solving the mystery of the melancholy ghost who has silently followed Maggie throughout her entire life. Maybe it even means making a new friend—one who isn’t one of her brothers.

Funny, surprising, and tender, Friends with Boys is a pitch perfect YA graphic novel full of spooky supernatural fun.

Plot: I was not expecting the twist of supernatural towards in this graphic novel. It started off as a fantastic realistic story about a girl starting public high school who was home schooled up til this point. She has three older brothers looking out for her who have had to go through the same thing and she is the youngest of them all. Then, the ghost who has followed her wants her help in solving a mystery and with the help of a new friend she finds herself doing just that. Definitely a great story line and one that a lot of teenagers will relate to.

Characters: I just love Maggie. She’s definitely her own person, but still timid and uncertain as she heads to public school for the first time. I love that she had such a close relationship with her brothers and they gave her enough space while still looking out for her. Definitely Maggie has the type of older brother that one dreams of having.

Graphics: I love the graphics in Friends with Boys. Fantastic. I love the way they all look and how a bit cartoony but realistic they are.



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5 responses to “Graphic Novel Review: Friends with Boys

  1. This was actually the first graphic novel I’ve dipped into besides the manga I was obsessed with as a tween. I really enjoyed it and I believe I’ll be exploring other graphic novels in the future. 🙂

  2. Christina Kit.

    This is one graphic novel which looks AMAZING! Both coming of age and spooky with incredible illustrations. It sounds like such a touching story and it is ingenious when the artist makes you really connect with a character (like you did with Maggie).

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