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Being Friends with Boys

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  4,062 ratings  ·  306 reviews
Charlotte and Oliver have been friends forever. She knows that he, Abe, and Trip consider her to be one of the guys, and she likes it that way. She likes being the friend who keeps them all together. Likes offering a girl's perspective on their love lives. Likes being the behind-the-scenes wordsmith who writes all the lyrics for the boys' band. Char has a house full of ste ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Simon Pulse
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This book was okay, I did read the whole thing, so that says something, but it was definitely not what I expected. I was frustrated a lot of the time.

A few complaints:
- The book is different than what I expected from the synopsis. There isn't much "real" romance except for at the end. The rest is just confusing with no hints at all as to what the other characters' feelings are.
- I don't understand why Oliver gets mad at her or ignores her for like the entire book? And I can't believe the main ch
3.5 stars

“Don’t forget who your real friends are”

Charlotte has always hung out with the boys; she practically grew up with Oliver and when Trip moved to their new school, they’ve been inseparable since. Over the summer they grew even closer when they started messing around in Oliver’s basement, what started off as fun and a bunch of laughs soon developed in a four group band (with Abe) called Sad Jackal. You had Oliver singing and messing around on guitar, Trip being the heart and soul of the gr
Originally reviewed here.

I approached Being Friends With Boys with a bit of trepidation. See, those of you who read my blog regularly know by now that contemporary isn’t what I call ‘my thing’, on top of which I’ve been in a complete YA reading slump as of late. Being Friends With Boys sounded more or less like the perfect YA contemp for me, and I was so afraid that it wouldn’t live up to that expectation. Well friends, I’m happy to say, it surpassed it! Being Friends With Boys wasn’t cutesy or
Soooo.. i finally finished reading this one ! Yay me .

What a disappointment . Seriously .
LOOK at the title ! doesn't it just grab your heart and call out your soul ?!
It's about Being friends with boys for god's sake ! BOYS.
If someone asked me as to what i expected out of this book here , I would have easily pointed out stuff like Love-triangle , Lots of music , A really great premises and ofcourse , BOYS. I'm a romantic , So cheesy ideas come naturally to me .

you come across many books where you
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
A wave of unexpected pleasure sweeps over me, and I hunch down farther into the cushions, not wanting anyone to see if they look up. This is my song- this sad, lame, wierd thing I wrote, this mysterious thing that came out of me- and they've made it into something

You know, this would be an acceptable statement, had it not been the twenty seventh time in a span of 50 pages that you've tried to shove it down our throats. And guys, there were a lot more pages to go

Contemporary in general is more c
Anesha †Curious & Obsessive Bookworm†
I dont even know where to start.

This book got so frustrating at times, and so easily.

I hate how Char seem to just take things as it came. I mean Oliver was such a jerk so many times and she kept running back to him - like a softy... Then there's Trip... The relationship between them was amazing... even when they weren't talking... The only thing that got me mad was the lack of communication which in all honesty made it that much more fun to read.

He without a doubt deserve her - He noticed her be
Review also on my blog: wrapped up in books

The overwhelming majority of my friends are guys. I quickly learned in college that it was far easier to have guys as roommates. I was drawn to this title because I figured it would be something I could relate to, and I was right. I’ve been through many of the same issues that Charlotte deals with in this book that tend to crop up when girls are friends with guys: the gay guy crush, the just-a-friend guy whose girlfriend can’t deal, the guy friend you m
To be honest, I was not really all that thrilled with this book. I pushed myself to finish it, because I was curious how everything was going to tie together in the end... And again, I really was not all that impressed.

Okay, so Charlotte, our main character, seems to me, to be a bit mousy and is just OK with letting other people walk over her, without putting up a fight. I feel she wasn't strong enough of a main character, and while she was going thru some stuff throughout
Crash Queen (Whimsy and Stardust)
It's not that this book was poorly written or anything. It's just that...I didn't care. Charlotte just rubbed me the wrong way (that's what she said) one too many times.

To give it to you straight, this would be her biography.

"My name's Charlotte. I'm not like other girls. I don't wear makeup and I don't like getting dressed up for things. I have so many friends that are boys because girls are too dramatic, but it turns out that every guy I speak to wants me."

No. Just no.
I gave this book 3.5 stars.

The synopsis of this book is a little misleading, but the overall plot is very cute and very high school chic. I loved the main character, Charlotte, she was a strong and talented lead and McVoy gave her a magnificent storyline.

I recommend this to readers who just want an easy and quick read that leaves them feeling good.
Mar 24, 2014 XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of falling in love with someone you never expected to.
Recommended to XxForeverXx_XxVampire_DiariezxxLuvsSHERLOCKandSUPERNATURAL by:, public library.

"That's your problem, Char. You're friends with all these boys...."
-Being Friends With Boys

Wow, who knew being friends with boys could be so complicated. Well, it was for Charlotte. I read two other books by this author which I loved and thought were very good. So I was excited when I was reading this. I was glad that I was able to. It was really good. A nice,messy read with a new perspective on friends, first dates, and romance along with facing your fears and finding out
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Originally featured on, review by Kiona

Charlotte is just one of the guys. She always thought being friends with boys would be much more drama-free than being friends with girls. And she was right, for awhile. She and her best guy pals spent their time practicing, playing video games, and just hanging out. But then her best friend, Trip, leaves their band, which, coincidentally enough, changes Charlotte’s entire world.

For anyone who’s ever wanted to know what it’s like to be one o

** Got it from Simon & Schuster Galley Grab. Thanks!**

I was already planning to read this one even before I found out it was up for grabs on galley grab (and I snatched two more, which is nice. Despite the lack of the monthly newsletter, I’m glad that Simon and Schuster didn’t completely discontinue the service. But it’ll be great if the newsletter is back. Those titles I bumped into were completely accidental. And I don’t always have the time to check it out, and I don’t like missing o
Being Friends with Boys is about friendship. It explores friendships with girls, boys, and sisters. It shows that being friends with boys isn't always greener on the other side. All relationships have problems, arguments, fall outs, and boys are not always easy to understand or communicate with. They lie, keep secrets, and shut you out just the same as girls. The other huge plot point of the book is the dynamic of a being in a band. I wish the synopsis had mentioned this being a bigger plot poin ...more

Oh Thank God… Lately, I’ve been feeling less than enthusiastic over the stuff I’ve been picking. I think I’ve had me fill of girls saving the world/ post apoc/ whatever. Apparently, it takes a bunch of teenagers who don’t know what they want and how to say what they want once they’ve figured things out to get me pumped. Being Friends with Boys is not without its problems, take the girl who’s not aware of what she’s got going for her, take her very complicated non-love life… but I enjoyed it
Kimberly Sabatini
I loved this book--seriously adored it. And what makes it so darn good? It's the characters. McVoy has the gentlest touch with the people she creates. It isn't very long before I'm completely sucked into every aspect of their lives. At about page 159, after growling out loud, I felt compelled to fire off a tweet of utter frustration to McVoy--I'd fallen in love with three possibly even four of the boys in this story. And even worse, I had no ideas how this book could possibly end without my own ...more
From the synopsis, I really thought I could completely relate to our protagonist Charlotte. I just felt like the blurb was talking about me, since my best friends are guys, too. Sadly, the book revolved much more around the music-related aspect of Charlotte's life, all these romantically linked guys coming and going, and finding herself. In fact, to be honest, the romance part was just really confusing throughout the book except until the (very) last parts.

But anyway, I had fun reading the stor
This was a good book, if not a particularly noteworthy one. Like Criminal (which I will get around to reviewing properly, I promise), its focus is on enormous realism, almost to the point of naturalism. It makes it a relatable book, and an honest one. But it doesn't stand out much in my mind, and at times, I kind of wished McVoy would be a little less naturalistic, that she'd write about a less typical protagonist doing less typical things.

Still, there's a lot to like here. McVoy does a very goo
Ok first of all I didn't even finish the whole book. I got to the middle of chapter 16 and just stopped I was so frustrated and irked.

I don't usually leave reviews but this book was so infuriating that I had too.

Let's start with Charlotte, the main character...she was just whiny and way too submissive to be a TOMBOY. I started liking her after the 10th chapter though.

Now let's go to some of the guys. Smh...I'm just getting irritated thinking about them. Oliver, which was her best friend since 5t
Andie Z
Review will be posted on my blog closer to the release date.

This is such a fun, cute story. The writing is clever and engaging, and I pretty much read the entire book in one sitting. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The blurb mentions that the boys are in a band, but it’s actually a much bigger part of the story than I realized, and I LOVED that. I’m a huge live music fan, so it was really fun to see the inner workings of a band trying to write songs and figure out harmonies and get everything sounding j
Why did I wait so long to read a Terra Elan McVoy book? I'd heard great things about her writing, but for some reason I never got around to buying one of her books. So I was excited to see Being Friends With Boys on GalleyGrab, and made use of the opportunity to finally read a Terra Elan McVoy book. And I ended up loving it!

I love the topic of boy-girl-friendships - why aren't there more of them in YA? The topic is interesting, and the relationships are handled really well in Being Friends With
Kaitlyn Francis
The toughest time in anyones life is during the years spent in high school, anything can change and nothing is permanent. Even though its tough, Charlotte never really saw herself in the front of it all, she was always the one to stay in the back. Writing for the band was just something that the guys always relied on, even when Trip decided to leave the band, she knew that she had to continue being friends with them all. But being the only girl in the group isn't drama free even when the girlfri ...more

A really nice young adult contemporary, with interesting characters and a fresh take on a plot (not to mention characters) I was afraid was going to be cliched. I see a lot of reviews complaining about how frustrating and clueless Charlotte could be, and while I totally get that, I think her character was done exactly right, without going too much to one extreme or another (i.e. not so annoying you want to pull her out of the book and bludgeon her over the head with it, but also not so Mary Sue
Patricia (Patricia's Particularity)
I was absolutely thrilled when Terra Elan McVoy sent me a copy of her new book, Being Friends With Boys. I love love the synopsis and then found myself in love with the book and the writing. While I myself have never played any instrument or sang (outside of my brief experience in choir in the 6th grade), I found myself relating to Charlotte completely. I think most girls can relate to having friends that are mainly boys, loving being treated like one of the boys, until that one day you start to ...more
I liked it ok, going through Charlotte's life of trials and tribulations of high school and being in a band with a bunch of her guy friends is basically what this book is about. I liked Charlotte's nickname the band gave her "Spider", it was cute, I liked her character, she wasn't the typical gushy, brainless girl, but I just didn't get as attached to her or the potential love interests...except Benji, I loved the book like I do in other stories. There just wasn't very much romance, l ...more
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I started Being Friends With Boys at 8:30 pm and I finished it at midnight. I became so wrapped up in Charlotte’s story I just had to see it to the end. I’m so happy to find a book I can become engrossed in and can’t put down until the story is over! I read Terra Elan Mcvoy’s Pure…I enjoyed Being Friends with Boys WAY more!

I think many girls/women feel it is difficult to have friendships with girls…or maybe that’s just me…and Charl
Little Paper Rose Reviews
- Review taken from my YA book blog Little Paper Rose


‘Being Friends with Boys’ I’d say, centered around friendship – old friends, current friends, new friends, lost friends. Charlotte will lose and gain friends and, perhaps, something more. McVoy shows a true picture of friendship, how you sometimes lose friends without prior warning and how
you sometimes gain friends through unlikely events.

This was a greatly easy-going, flowing kind of read. The writing was clean and simple.
What you know
Again. Boys. Boys. BOYS!

That feeling when you think you've had enough of them but what you really feel is like they are everything to you? :)

1. Boys. Sometimes a girl just needs one. But a lot can be better too.
This book is about being friends with boys. They are pretty complicated sometimes because of how they react or how they view stuff in life. But most of the time they are just like just normal friends who listens and goofs around with. I really liked how Charlotte has a lot of guy friends
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

Ahh, the age old question of whether or not guys and girls can really be friends. Readers, I’m here to tell you I still don’t know the answer to that one. I’d like to say yes, but based on my own personal experiences…. it’s not looking too good. And maybe that’s why I connected so strongly to Char’s story. She’s not exactly your typical girl and we know how much that can make you an outcast in high school. She’s not too big on fashion, not the be
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
First I must start by saying I am a huge, huge fan of Terra Elan McVoy. I picked her book Pure up on a whim and fell in love with the story. It wasn’t my usual kind of book or subject matter, but it was so fascinating I couldn’t put it down. Basically, I have been a fan ever since. When I heard she was writing a new book I was ecstatic. And then when I was offered an ARC I was so over the moon. And let me tell you it was exactly what I expect from McVoy. Was it as good as Pure for me, no way, bu ...more
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