Being Friends with Boys is Terra Elan McVoy's fourth book. Pure was wonderful. I loved After the Kiss. The Summer of Firsts and Lasts was terrific. I find it really amazing when an author can craft all of these worlds, all of these different people and they aren't all the same. It is like McVoy has a ton of people in her mind and she just brings them to life. Even though her books are super long, I love them and will continue to read them as they come out.
This is one of those books that you can just get lost in its world. It has a "lesson" but its not in your face. Being Friends with Boys is the story of Char who is, well, friends with boys. She plays in a boy band, she confides in her guy friends, studies with them, has a boy best friend. It can be complicated, but getting to meet her girl friends, you can't blame Char for favoring guy friends over girls. Char begins as the manager of the band Sad Jackal, made up of her guy friends Trip, Oliver and Abe. As school begins, things begin to get complicated, Trip is out of the band. He and Oliver had a falling out. Char and Trip try to remain friends, but it becomes very difficult when Sad Jackal takes on new members and Char begins to date guys. The book is all about relationships and real life and it is quite entertaining and lovable.
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.