Friends With Boys

Faith Erin Hicks

Age 12 +
02 November 2023
224 pages


A coming-of-age YA graphic novel with a spooky twist, from the New York Times bestselling Faith Erin Hicks!

Maggie McKay hardly knows what to do with herself. After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and rough-housing with her older brothers, it's time for Maggie to face the outside world, all on her own. But that means facing high school first. And it also means solving the mystery of the melancholy ghost who has silently followed Maggie throughout her entire life. Maybe it even means making a new friend — one who isn't one of her brothers . . .

Funny, surprising, and tender, Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks is a pitch perfect YA graphic novel full of spooky supernatural fun, with black and white illustrations. Don't miss Faith's other YA graphic novels: Hockey Girl Loves Drama Boy, One Year at Ellsmere, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (with Prudence Shen) and Pumpkinheads (with Rainbow Rowell).

Easy-to-read slice-of-life action . . . Maggie is a likable main character . . . and her anxiety about school is well portrayed, while Hicks's black and white art is sharp and comically expressive.
Fun for kids who can appreciate stories about teen angst that do not wallow in depression or self-loathing.
Hicks excels at depicting adolescent emotion and the way feelings ricochet off the actions and reactions of others, each teenager suffering a constant and confusing onslaught of hurt and acceptance, infatuation and rejection, loneliness and relief. . .She also shows flashes of clever humor. . .But what mostly emerges is a fundamentally sweet and sensitive story, one with a rare, genuine-feeling portrait of loving sibling relations.