Friends With Boys By Faith Erin Hicks
Published 28 Feb 2012 by First Second
Summary: 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.
MAGGIE IS HAUNTED.
I seem to be in the minority when I say I didn’t quite enjoy this book.
The title of this book is a little misleading. I was under the impression that it would focus more on the home schooling to high school transition, adolescence and boys but it turned out to be something quite different.
I didn’t understand one of the main arcs of the story, in which the main character is haunted by a ghost. It was never truly explained why she was haunted and it didn’t seem like the haunting played that much of an importance to the story. I didn’t understand the ending at all. I’m so confused and I don’t exactly know where this story is supposed to be heading.
There were some funny parts and I really enjoyed the family dynamics in this story. I wish it was explained in more detail what happened to their mother, but still, her brothers were extremely entertaining.
Friends With Boys is an okay book. It had its shining moments but it didn’t have a lasting impression.