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Friends with Boys Paperback – February 28, 2012
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“ Easy-to-read slice-of-life action . . . . Maggie is a likable main character . . . and her anxiety about school is well portrayed, while Hicks's black and white art is sharp and comically expressive.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Friends With Boys started as a daily web comic, still available online, but was designed to work as a book and is a pleasurable read in both formats. The art is easy to follow, lively, and engaging, with plenty of effective silent moments. For all the expected family and high school angst, the book is rife with humor. Maggie is a sympathetic and likeable character and carries the story capably . . . . Hicks handles it all with warmth and aplomb.” ―VOYA
“Fun for kids who can appreciate stories about teen angst that do not wallow in depression or self-loathing.” ―Children's Literature
“The black-and-white coloring adds a nice somber tone to resonate emotional power, capturing a textual tone that moves from comedic to serious.” ―ALAN Review
“Various panel sizes are used to full advantage, creating a cinematic effect that moves from long shots to tight close-ups. Night scenes provide good contrast and heighten the dramatic tension. Excellent pacing gives pause for reflective moments and sets up the action scenes. Hicks is a master of wordless panels, using facial expressions, gestures, and character placement to effectively convey emotions that transcend words. Her artistic brilliance is especially evidenced in the character's expressive faces, particularly the eyes. . . . Originally published as a web comic, this excellent high school drama has already developed an online following. Friends with Boys will win new fans for this talented cartoonist.” ―School Library Journal
“Filling monochrome ink-and-wash panels with wonderfully mobile faces, expressively posed bodies, wordless conversations in meaningful glances, funny banter and easy-to-read visual sequences ranging from hilarious to violent, Hicks crafts an upbeat, uncommonly engaging tale rich in humor, suspense and smart, complex characters. Readers will definitely want to have, know or be Maggie's brothers--but she herself proves to be no slouch when it comes to coping with change and taking on challenges.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Hicks excels at depicting adolescent emotion and the way feelings ricochet off the actions and reactions of others, each teenager suffering a constant and confusing onslaught of hurt and acceptance, infatuation and rejection, loneliness and relief…She also shows flashes of clever humor…But what mostly emerges is a fundamentally sweet and sensitive story, one with a rare, genuine-feeling portrait of loving sibling relations.” ―The New York Times
About the Author
FAITH ERIN HICKS is a writer and artist in Halifax, Canada. Her first two graphic novels, Zombies Calling and The War at Ellsmere, were published by SLG Publishing. Most recently, she illustrated First Second's Brain Camp. Hicks has three brothers and was homeschooled until high school. She has never seen a ghost.
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Maggie has a lot going on in her life. Her mother, who has home-schooled Maggie up until this point, has left the family. She's starting high-school with no prior experience, and really no other friends besides her three older brothers. Add to that, she's being haunted by a very sad ghost for reasons unknown. Maggie is really overwhelmed trying to make her way in school. Just figuring out who she's going to eat lunch with, makes her completely nervous. Understandably so, all of us remember the awkwardness of high-school, even with established friends! Maggie ends up befriended by Alistair and Lucy, brother and sister, who are sort of outcasts in school. They look and dress different: Mohawk, piercing, but very sweet. Maggie's oldest brother, Daniel, warns her off of Alistair, apparently he has a past with him. Alistair used to be part of the popular crowd which gave anyone who was different a hard time. But that's in the past, and there's a story behind why he's no longer in that crowd. The story touched my heart, and Maggie's too.
Maggie, the main character was super cute. She's a tomboy who had me at scary movie fan. Who doesn't love a girl that loves the movie Alien? I love her excited quote about Ripley: "I mean, she drives a spaceship and uses a flamethrower and kills the alien in the end-" Aliens is one of my all-time favorite movies. I love it when Ripley gets into that cargo mover and says, "Get away from her, you B%*!" Sorry, didn't mean to get sidetracked, but Maggie is my type of girl! I also loved the family dynamic, and her relationship with her brothers; all those boys, so protective of her. The twins were a crack-up, always killing each other but under all that you could see their affection. Like I said before, this was the first graphic novel I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I really liked it; so much comes across with very few words. The pictures convey a lot of the emotion. I was hoping there would be a sequel to this story but I guess this is a stand-alone, which is a little disappointing because there were some questions unanswered. I guess it's better to be left wanting a little more than wishing it was over, right? Anyways, I really enjoyed this and would highly recommend to fans of this genre or anyone looking for a cute story.
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Loved the Alastair character's backstory, looking forward to the next one