Thursday, March 2, 2017

Friends With Boys

Friends With Boys

YA Graphic novel
Freshperson year in high school can be scary with no other
complications. Imagine if everything in your life is going through
upheaval at the same time. That's the situation Maggie, protagonist
of Faith Erin Hicks' Friends With Boys, is in.
Maggie is not just starting a new school. It's her first
official school. She learns at breakfast that the mother who took 17
years to homeschool her and her brothers has celebrated by leaving the
family. Her brothers leave her on her own to sink or swim. She's
always relied on them for friendship, never needing friends outside
her family.
Oh, yeah, and Maggie is being stalked--not by a flesh and blood
boy, but by a ghost from another century.
Anyone who has had a lot of changes piled on at the same time
will find Friends With Boys to be a must read.
On a personal note, activeminds, a UMaine group that works to
destigmatize mental illness, put on a very powerful presentation. It
was called Mental Health Monologues. People who have had to cope with
challenges such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder shared
their intimate personal stories. It was in a huge auditorium and the
place was packed. People were so moved. I predict it will become an
annual production.
A great big shout out goes out to the amazing beautiful people who
took the huge risks of sharing their stories.
jules hathaway

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