Friends with Boys by Hicks

Maggie McKay is going to High School – well, any school really since she’s been home schooled her whole life – and she’s spooked. It doesn’t help that a local ghost won’t leave her alone, either.

Friends with Boys
by Faith Erin Hicks
First Second
February 2012

Fortunately, Maggie has older brothers at the high school to look after her, in a way. As she starts to find herself and becomes friends with a couple of outcasts she starts to open up. When they decide to try to solve a local mystery involving the ghost things get interesting.

This is billed as a Young Adult graphic novel but really it should be a teen graphic novel. (No jokes about the similarity of reading level between those two.) Maggie’s plight is one that any teen would understand. The ostracism, the difficulty in trusting, the feeling of loneliness are all relatable and well done. The art is cartoony, but stylish and comes off well in this genre.

Overall, this is a fun graphic novel that Junior High and High School students, especially girls, will enjoy.


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This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.