You know how I am BIG on characterization? Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks has characterization in spades. I fell in love with almost every character, except the volleyball team douchebags. But, seriously, if you like your characters well drawn (see what I did there) pick up Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks.
Maggie is the youngest of four, with three older brothers. She’s been home schooled all her life. When her mom leaves the family, Maggie must go to high school for the first time. Her older brothers have all been through high school before, and it’s a rite of passage for Maggie to go alone on her first day. I loved reading and seeing Maggie make her first real female friend – a nonconformist named Lucy who is super friendly and fan girly and AWESOME.
Plus you guys the relationship between Maggie and her bros is a huge component of why Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks is so good! Maggie’s oldest brother is like a confidant and kind and funny and I wish he was my older brother. You guys will love him when you read about him. Her other brothers are twins who are always fighting, but love each other in the end. I loved seeing how Maggie’s family all have each other’s backs.
ALSO! Maggie is haunted by a ghost – not a nutty one like in Anya’s Ghost, but still, that just adds to the cool factor. Especially the end which has a bit to do with the ghost, but really the most important part of the end of Friends With Boys is that I really actually smiled.
The paranormal level of Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks is very light so if you are more of a contemporary person anyways, you need to read this! Seriously, it’s worth reading for the zombie musical. OH YEAH, I and perked your attention with that I bet. But I won’t elaborate and instead will urge you to just go ahead and read Friends With Boys, if you are anything like me you won’t regret picking up this awesome graphic novel.
Disclosure: Received for review