Sunday, December 4, 2011

Boys, Girls And Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman

Rosalind Wiseman Website Description: "Charlie Healey thinks Harmony Falls is the beginning of a whole new life. Middle School was brutal. Mean girls were all around her. But High School’s going to be Charlie’s big chance to start over and stay out of drama, except that on her first day who does she run into? None other than Will, her ex-best friend, who had moved away. Now he’s back, looking a lot cuter and hanging out with a questionable crew. But Charlie doesn’t understand just how questionable until an innocent delivery guy falls victim to a near-deadly hazing prank.All Charlie wanted to do was have a drama-free freshman year, but now she must decide whether to turn in her very best friend, who just told her he loves her, or live with the guilt of knowing what he did.Rosalind Wiseman’s first novel for young adults is a fresh, funny, and juicy read about friendship, betrayal, and how far some will go to be accepted."

My Review: Here's what I have to say: Wiseman is the author of the nonfiction book Queen Bees and Wannabes...and it shows. Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials is actually a pretty good chick-lit book. It's light and easy to read, it's funny, it's not totally mind-numbing, and the main character actually has a brain and a moral compass. And, contrary to the cover and the name of the book, it's not actually ALL about boys and romance, etc, etc. So, on the whole, as a fluffy chick-lit book? Yeah, it's good. But then Wiseman will slip some random sentence in here or there---narrating from Charlie's perspective---that makes no sense. A 15-year-old girl wouldn't be thinking in the terms of a sociologist who is an expert of the social relations between girls...and that's what Charlie did pretty frequently, she would say some sort of sentence that did NOT seem normal for a teenager to say. But that's my only tiny complaint. Otherwise, this was a solid and harmless book.

Cover: I don't think much of it. It's nothing.

Overall Grade: B+

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