Feb 23, 2012
Review - Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks (+Giveaway)
February 28th, 212 from First Second Books
After being homeschooled her entire life by her now estranged mother, Maggie starts her first day of 9th grade at a public high school. As she walks through the cemetery on the way to school, she meets up with an old acquaintance...a ghost. Maggie has been followed by this curly haired woman in a long, white gown for years, but lately she has been following Maggie home. At school, she befriends a quirky girl, Lucy, with half a shaved head and piercings and her quiet mohawked older brother, Alistair. Eventually, Maggie confides in Lucy and Alistair about her otherwordly follower and they devise a plan to help the ghost settle her "unfinished business" and send her on her merry way. Everything comes to a head when the plan goes horribly wrong. Words are said, punches are thrown, and the cops are called.
There is a lot going on in this book and, at times, with little dialogue. Isn't that what a graphic novel is all about? Using art to tell a story. Facial expressions are all that is needed and luckily, the detail in these pages are terrific. In fact, there is an extraordinary amount of detail in the settings as well. The opening pages of Maggie waking up on that first day in her bedroom are terrific. There is so much to look at and so much we can learn about her in those opening scenes.
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