Review: Friends With Boys, by Faith Erin Hicks
I was expecting to wake up from surgery with a rhinoceros horn, and was deeply disapponted when I didn't. What's the point of private health cover if you can't get a rhinoceros horn out of it?
Earlier this week I read the graphic novel FRIENDS WITH BOYS by Faith Erin Hicks.
It's the story of teenager Maggie, who is starting high school after being homeschooled her whole life by her mother. But Maggie's mother has left under mysterious circumstances, and Maggie has to learn how to make friends outside her own family while carrying the guilty feeling that she was somehow responsible for her mother leaving.
And there's a ghost, too.
Maggie is an archetypal YA heroine - clever but shy, determined but uncertain - but she still feels real and rounded. One of the friends she makes at high school is a hyperactive punk girl named Lucy, who is a cross between Hopey from Love and Rockets and Delirium from The Sandman.
Needless to say I was smitten. There may have been fanart.
I really liked this comic book. It's a fast read, but it's got humour and some emotional depth to it. The artwork is clean and expressive. Hicks clearly has a lot of affection for her characters, but she's never saccharine. Friends With Boys isn't an epic comic. But it's warm and intimate and it stayed with me for days after I finished it.
You can read a preview of the first twenty pages for free at www.friendswithboys.com.
(Edited to correct: my surgery was yesterday. I may not yet be completely with it.)
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