Author: Terra Elan McVoy
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Source: Finished copy received for blog tour
About the Book: Charlotte and Oliver have been friends forever. She knows that he, Abe, and Trip consider her to be one of the guys, and she likes it that way. She likes being the friend who keeps them all together. Likes offering a girl's perspective on their love lives. Likes being the behind-the-scenes wordsmith who writes all the lyrics for the boys' band. Char has a house full of stepsisters and a past full of backstabbing (female) ex-best friends, so for her, being friends with boys is refreshingly drama-free...until it isn't any more.
When a new boy enters the scene and makes Char feel like, well, a total girl...and two of her other friends have a falling out that may or may not be related to one of them deciding he possibly wants to be more than friends with Char...being friends with all these boys suddenly becomes a lot more complicated.
My Thoughts: As soon as I heard the title of this book I knew I wanted to know more. All through high school and college some of my closest friends were guys. I love a story that has close friendships between guys and girls that are not romantic. I mean, I love me the romantic ones too, but it's refreshing to have platonic friendships as well.
However, the "friends with boys" aspect of this book didn't end up being my favorite part (That doesn't mean I didn't like it! I loved it!) What I really enjoyed most was watching Charlotte gain some confidence and come in to her own. In the beginning of the book she is pretty dependent on her friends and family. It seems she is kind of in the background. As the story progresses she really starts to figure out what she wants and that it's okay to be who you are and not "play second fiddle" to everyone else. I liked her a lot better at the end!
I also really liked the music in the book. I have absolutely no musical ability. None. Less than zero. So, I always like reading about people who are musical. Having a book centered around a group of teens who have formed a band is perfect for me! There is the music, of course, but there is also drama and romance and it's all just so perfect!
Being Friends with Boys was a fun contemporary read that really hit the spot!