Wednesday, October 27, 2010

REVIEW: Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman

Boys Don't Cry
Author: Malorie Blackman
Pages: 320
Publisher: Doubleday (Imprint of Random House Children's)
Publication Date: 28th October 2010

From Amazon
In Boys Don't Cry, bestselling author Malorie Blackman explores the unchartered territory of teenage fatherhood.
You’re waiting for the postman--he’s bringing your A level results. University, a career as a journalist--a glittering future lies ahead. But when the doorbell rings it’s your old girlfriend; and she’s carrying a baby. You’re fine to look after it, for an hour or two, while she does some shopping. Then she doesn’t come back and your future suddenly looks very different.
Malorie’s dramatic new novel will take you on a journey from tears to laughter and back again.

I absolutely ADORE Malorie Blackman, and I have ever since I read her Noughts and Crosses series. 

Boys Don't Cry is the only book in a very long time that actually made me cry. No, I'm not a boy, so it is okay. Boys Don't Cry needs to be read by every teenage boy in the world, and even the teenage girls. It's a thought-provoking, emotional, studious novel, and I just want to let you know how much I admire and appreciate Malorie Blackman for writing it.

Boys Don't Cry is the story of two brothers, Dante and Adam. Dante is just seventeen years old and attentively waiting for the arrival of his A level exam results. Bright and intelligent, he's taken them a year early and is excited to find out if his results have scored him a place at university so he can study journalism. 

But then everything changes. There's somebody at the door, Dante's sure it's the postman and eagerly hurries to answer the door, but he's wrong. Standing on the doorstep is Dante's ex-girlfriend, Melanie, and in her arms is a baby. His baby.

Dante's shocked. Melanie disappeared about a year ago, and the last time he actually spent time with her was at a party. They were both drunk and one thing led to another and he hasn't seen her ever since.
Now she claims that Dante has a daughter, called Emma, and Mel asks him to mind her for a little while, while she does some shopping. She's gone before he even has time to reply. And then never comes back.

Everything's different now that he has a daughter. It definitely looks like there's not going to be a chance of going to uni anytime soon.

Dante was a really great character. I felt like I could really relate to him and there was a really good connection between us, even though he's not real; which just shows how skilfully-written the characterisation in this book is. I felt so proud of Dante when he realised that Emma had to be his number one priority now, and it was a really weird thing to feel that about somebody who is completely fictional! He was certainly a very realistic person methinks. I think that's one of my favourite elements of the novel, that the characters are flawed, they're not like those perfect, plastic people that everybody wants to be, but sensitive, defined people who make mistakes sometimes. Nothing is sugarcoated in this book, and that's what makes it such a reflective, truthful read.

I loved Adam. He was such an amazing character, and I felt so sorry for what he had to go through. He was perfectly happy and you'd be surprised to hear how okay and fine he was about coming to terms with his sexuality. He is openly gay and funny and sweet, and doesn't care about who knows about it, but he also brought some dark situations to the story along with himself. The challenges he has to face are literally heartbreaking and I just wanted to lie there and cry for him.

Boys Don't Cry teaches so many valuable lessons and gives us an insight about how hard life can be when you are a single (teenage) parent with a baby to look after. It also deals with homophobic bullying, which is a really serious subject, and Blackman has blended in this topic artfully into the novel, making it so much more amazing on top of what it already is (BLOODY FANTASTIC).

This comes out TOMORROW, so if you haven't already ordered it, GO AND BUY IT NOW. I promise you won't regret it.

An outstanding, complex, eye-opening and intense novel. Boys Don't Cry needs to be read by everyone, whether you are a teenager or an adult, girl or boy. I feel really strongly about this book and I hope you do too. 

I really hope there is a sequel. Maybe more spotlighting Adam? I'd love to hear more about him and what is going on inside his head and how he deals with all these complicated problems.



  1. Wonderful review! I'm really looking forward to reading this.

  2. i loved her previous series and this sounds right down my ally thanks for the awesome review hun!


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