Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Being Friends with Boys” as Want to Read:
Being Friends with Boys
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Being Friends with Boys

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,460 Ratings  ·  335 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
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Being Friends with Boys, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Being Friends with Boys

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenThe Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. SmithMy Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickEasy by Tammara WebberPushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
2012 YA Contemporaries
39th out of 308 books — 2,618 voters
The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenThe Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. SmithMy Life Next Door by Huntley FitzpatrickEasy by Tammara WebberGraffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
2012 YA Contemporary Challenge!
24th out of 214 books — 1,324 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jul 02, 2012 Vanessa rated it did not like it
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
Jun 28, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it
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
Jun 08, 2012 Devyani rated it it was ok
Shelves: music
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
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.
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
Feb 12, 2013 Silvia rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviews
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
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 really liked it  ·  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
YA Reads Book Reviews
Apr 18, 2012 YA Reads Book Reviews rated it liked it
Shelves: kiona
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
Aug 08, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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
Feb 13, 2016 Joanna rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Apr 26, 2012 Isamlq rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-galley

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
Apr 29, 2012 Kimberly Sabatini rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-ya
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
Jul 16, 2014 Bella rated it liked it
I think this book had a lot of potential, but in my opinion it fell short. I just think that the plot was okay, and the characters where under developed which js something i cannot look past. Also, Charlotte was sooo annoying! She was always complaining about everything and didnt realize that she made all of these situations because of her choices!

I just really couldnt connect with the main character which sucks. But i really did love Trip, i wouldve loved to read more of him and just hnnng

Aug 17, 2015 Wren rated it it was ok
I got this book off Pulse It. Arigato, Pulse It!

Note: Throughout this review, I mention shoujo mangas. Shoujo mangas are the light and fluffy mangas. They're the 'girl' mangas. (But anyone can read them.) They're mostly contemporaries with lots of romance and cute boys!
Want more information? Click here.

The Big Picture:

I first thought I'd like this book. After all, a lot of my close friends are perverted males. I thought, 'Oh cool! Maybe I'll be able to connect to the MC better.' Wrong. I didn't
Jan 06, 2015 bea rated it liked it
Shelves: music-related
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
Where do I even start with this book.
Being Friends With Boys is one of those books that has so many flaws in the writing, the plot, and the characters, but yet you still can't put it down and you still have to finish it. I'm not saying it's bad, oh no. If I were to write down how the book is just based off of the technical stuff, I would give it a one star. But, if I were to review this book like an actual reader who sometimes gets emotionally invested in books, then I'd be more prone to give i
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
Feb 21, 2014 Sasha rated it it was ok
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
Feb 07, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it
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
Apr 20, 2012 Kaitlyn Francis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley, reviewed
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
Jan 01, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it
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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
What did you think of this book ? 5 23 Dec 01, 2014 01:27PM  
  • 7 Clues to Winning You
  • Unbreak My Heart
  • The Summer My Life Began
  • The Summer of No Regrets
  • Love? Maybe
  • Waiting
  • Shooting Stars
  • Flirting in Italian (Flirting in Italian #1)
  • Reunited
  • Ditched: A Love Story
  • The Story of Us
  • The Thing About the Truth
  • While He Was Away
  • Getting Over Garrett Delaney
  • Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters
  • Pieces of Us
  • Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous
  • Kiss the Morning Star
I have been reading and writing, basically, ever since I learned how to, and everything I've done has pretty much been connected to those two things. I went to college at a small, fantastic school (with a super writing program) called St. Andrews Presbyterian College. I got my Master's degree in Creative Writing from Florida State. I have worked as an event coordinator at a major chain bookstore; ...more
More about Terra Elan McVoy...

Share This Book

“I wasn't aware that was how I felt, either, until it was out. And now that I've said it like that, I'm not exactly sure it is how I feel. But this isn't a piece of paper I can crumple up and throw away. they aren't words I can cross out to start over. Now they're out, and I know they'll hang here, between us, maybe forever.” 48 likes
“I know—better than anyone—that once someone’s made up her mind to leave you, there’s nothing you can do to make her stay.” 26 likes
More quotes…