Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
Faith Hicks of Zombies Calling fame has a new Young Adult (YA) book out called Friends with Boys, and from what we are gathering around the campfire this is going to be an awesome graphic novel that will be well worth checking out. The book is on Amazon and knowing the publisher, you should see this in stores soon, but without the usual Amazon discount. The story centers on Maggie McKay, who has been home schooled, her entire life, but has to go to a public high school after the death of her mother. Therefore, it is time for a young girl to face the horror that is high school, but with an awesome ghost who just happens to tag along to make sure everything is ok. Add to that a ghost who could be just a tad more happy and you have the setting for this graphic novel.
This is a traditional story of girl is thrown into the world, and has to find friends who are not close family members. School is always interesting, and high school is particularly difficult for a large segment of kids being thrown into the meat grinder of public schooling. (Nothing against teachers in that statement, I do not have fond memories of high school outside of my best friends during that time). With all the rough and tumble of the age group, the time, and the experiences that are in the book, you have a ghost that has followed Maggie around all of her life, and is now, just now that she is being thrown in to the real world, is a mystery that has to be solved.
Honestly, this looks awesome and excellent fodder for a graphic novel that is stand alone, without men in tights, and is geared towards the YA audience. Given my experience with her writing in Zombies Calling, which was awesome and well worth getting, adding “Friends with Boys” to your collection is something you probably want to do. I am going to give this the awesome must own and put into your physical comic book collection five of five stars. Honestly, Faith Hicks is one of the better authors out there, and does some amazingly good things with graphic novels. So you should at least put it on order for yourself, and your kid if you have kids around 12 to 16. They should dig the book too.
- Friends With Boys: graphic novel about fitting in at high school, seeing ghosts (boingboing.net)
- *Friends With Boys – Recommended (comicsworthreading.com)