Way back at the beginning of the month when I was still a semi-responsible blogger (in other words, I might have read and responded to a post or two), Lu posted about Friends With Boys and I fell in love. And then I got even more excited because my library actually had the book (I know! I practically fell out of my chair!). But then I remembered it was a Monday and my library is closed on Monday (if I’d actually fallen out of the chair I probably would’ve kicked it in frustration) and before I knew it it was the weekend and I was in Seattle (yay!) and I was at Elliot Bay Book Company (double yay!!) and they had the book.
I might have maybe bought it.
It’s been awhile since I read a graphic novel, and this was a great way to re-visit the genre. Also, it was the perfect way to end the long (but fun!) days traipsing up and down and around the streets of Seattle. It was a little bit cute, and a little bit sad, and a little bit hopeful. Basically, it was a story of teenagers being teenagers only it was nice in that it doesn’t beat you over the head with angst. And the art? Kick-ass. I loved all of the emotion you could see in the faces.
And if you’re wondering what it’s actually about? In brief, it’s the story of Maggie’s first year of high school. Meeting new friends, wondering what’s up with her older brothers (why do the twins fight all the time? why does her oldest brother Daniel keep glaring daggers at her new friend Alistair?), dealing with her mother’s abandonment. Some of the usual teenage drama, along with some not-so-usual teenage drama.
Also, there’s a ghost. But no vampires! That’s right…a book with teenagers but no vampires! How refreshing.