Being Friends with Boys

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Let me start off by saying that I’ve never read nor heard of this author before picking up this book. This was one of those “oh, I like the title. I shall buy it.” kind of books. Usually, when I buy a book, I’ve done my research on it. I know exactly what I’m going into the store for.

But when I was grazing the shelves, I came across this. And the cover of this book comes across warm and fuzzy. Its got a teacup with some warm coffee/tea in it and looks like the type of book you’d read on a rainy/snowy day. A cold day.

And the title is something that resonates with me. In high school, a lot of my friends were guys. I didn’t plan it that way; I just seemed to get alone better with guys. And it’s the same with the protagonist of this story, Charlotte.

A quick synopsis: Charlotte has no girl friends. None. She writes songs for her band (which is composed of all her guy friends) and is seemingly happy. And then all of a sudden, the band is falling apart. One of the members leaves for unknown reasons and no one will tell her what really happened. From then on, Charlotte has about a billion things happen to her.

Reading the back of this book, I was thinking that the band member that left would be a big factor of the book, but nope!

He’s in the book towards the beginning and then reappears for a few split seconds throughout the book, not doing much besides piss me and Charlotte off, and wonder if the back of the book lied to me. And then he has a grand reappearance at the very end, and I’m like “No. No. That . . . that . . . just no. Stop it right now!” Because I wanted him to be around more than this, and if you’re going to take away the cake after the first few pages, don’t give me a bloody cookie at the last few pages!!! IT DOESN’T MAKE UP FOR MY ANGUISH!

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So many things happen in this book, but here’s what really annoyed me. If you read a synopsis about a book and come to find out that what sounded like a big factor is not, in any way, a big factor, and said big factor was one of the main reason you (I) bought this book to begin with, well then, I’m not too happy and I kind of feel lied to.

Anyone else?

I thought that (based on the title) this would be a book I could relate to and say “ooh yeah, that’s totally what it’s like to have a lot of guy friends.” But not once did that happen. I felt like Charlotte was getting thrown around from scene to scene and I really wanted to strangle some of her guy friends. It was unrealistic! And when she does get some girl friends, they’re horrible!

Point of this book: There is no hope for female friends. At all.

Okay, I know that sounds like a lot of bad about this book, but let me also say this: I don’t hate it. I don’t even dislike it. True, it’s not what I expected, but that’s okay. It was still an entertaining read and I might even re-read it sometime in the future. I just don’t know.

I think I have a love/hate relationship with this book.

And the whole thing at the beginning of this rant about it looking to be the kind of book you would read on a snowy/rainy day? It is. Completely.

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