August 28, 2012

Being Friends With Boys by Terra Elan McVoy

Title: Being Friends With Boys
Author: Terra Elan McVoy
Ships launched: 565
Pages: 361
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Year published: 2012
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Synopsis: 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.

Being Friends With Boys was kind of a cute story, but it wasn't great. Most of the time, the drama felt overdone and pointless. The story also seemed a tad slow, yet somehow rushed, if that makes any sense.
The characters. Hm.
Trip and Oliver were just plain weird. What's up with the moodiness, guys? That was never really explained too well.
And Fabian! Oh, you were gorgeously amazing. I couldn't believe (spoiler, highlight the following with cursor to see:) you were gay! Well, I could. But it was disappointing. You would have been good for Charlotte. :) 
Fabian, you helped Charlotte tremendously. You were a good friend, my sweet little nerd boy. :) You were undoubtedly my favorite character.
For some reason, I was always, throughout the entire book, suspicious of Benji. He just seemed off.
Lish. Is it just me, or is that a weird name? Well, a weird name for a weird person, I guess. I read about them all the time, but I've never met people who are actually mean and manipulative.
A lot of times, in books, stepsisters are portrayed as cruel, heartless little evil things. Charlotte's stepsisters were so sisterly that it was easy to love them. :)

Why. WHY? WHY ALL THE DRAMA? I mean, I understand how a story is boring without some conflict, but really? The characters were like toddlers in a play pretending to be angry. Stomping around, being all huffy, while trying not to laugh. Without all the cuteness.
Maybe I'm being a bit harsh, but I didn't really like this book.
                      +15 - Fabian - He rocks. End of story. And his name? Isn't it the coolest thing ever???

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