I’m pretty sure I checked Friends with Boys out of the library because the title caught my eye while I was looking for something else; I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it, but graphic novels are such quick reads that I figured–why not? And lo and behold! I was pleasantly surprised. Ghost stories are not so much my thing, but this was less about the ghost (although there IS a ghost) and more about Maggie entering high school after nine years of homeschooling; she has to find her way. She’s used to hanging around with her brothers, but the twins are fighting more than usual and Daniel has a startling number of admirers of the opposite sex. How do you go about finding friends when you’ve never needed them before? As Maggie finds her people and grows more comfortable in her new reality, she also learns more about what can–and can’t–be fixed.
I liked this one enough that I’m contemplating recommending it to my 13-year-old niece; there’s a bit of language, but not much, and the message is perfect. My 9-year-old’s not ready for it yet, but if you’ve got a junior high-er or high schooler, check this one out.
You’ll be glad you did.