Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Friends With Boys: A graphic novel review
FirstSecond, copyright 2012
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.
It's Maggie's first day of high school, and after being homeschooled most of her life, it's an adjustment. Sure, her three brothers are there as well, but they've got their own lives and don't have time to walk her to class or sit with her at lunch. Enter Lucy and Alistair, two loners who take Maggie under their wing.
I liked this one! Not only did it show a previously homeschooled teen as an intelligent, socially capable individual, there's a positive discussion about bullying and forgiveness and a strong family unit. Funny how the simplest of things can be refreshing! And there's a ghost, which I'm not so sure about so I assume there are more stories to come.
The artwork is fantastic as well. There was definitely more of a comic strip vibe which was visually appealing and easy to follow.