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Being Friends with Boys

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  3,388 ratings  ·  276 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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Crash Queen (Weaver of Dreams)
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.
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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...more

** 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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...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
You can also find my review of Being Friends with Boys on my blog

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...more
Belle (Little Paper Rose)
- 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...more
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...more
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...more
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
When I read Terra Elan McVoy’s first novel, “Pure,” two summers ago, I had a hard time relating to the main character and caring about the plot because I am not religious (“Pure” is about what happens when one of four friends bonded by purity rings breaks her pledge). But McVoy’s writing kept me buying her novels. I absolutely loved the two first person narrators who each wrote in unique poetry in “After the Kiss” and reading about the different lives of three sisters in “The Summer of Firsts an...more
Charlotte is friends with a bunch of boys. She's in a band with said boys. She used to have girl friends, but her former bff kind of really sucks and just blew Charlotte off. It hurt Charlotte, who is no stranger to feeling blown off after her mother leaves the family and then later, her sister takes off for college.

What I learned from this book was that relationships with boys can be just as complicated as relationships with girls. Considering they never really talk about what they're really t...more
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
The thing is, I could probably rate this a 3, but I'm trying to be a bit more honest about my ratings, and if I base my 2 stars off of Goodreads then it's definitely applicable. Because, to me, this book was okay. I finished reading it because I wanted to find out the ending, and I didn't have any other books pressing at the time, but I probably also could have left it and not really cared if I read the whole thing or not.

I love the idea of this book, and parts of it were cool. I liked the band...more
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

Patricia BookExhibitionism
I really enjoyed this novel.

I'm not a big Contemporary reader, which might either be a compliment because I enjoyed it or mean that because I'm not too used to the typical Contemp tropes I'm simply not as critical when it comes to the genre.

Sometimes it felt like parts should have been expanded, like the whole Hansel and Gretel song or the final Notebook-thing. But it was a good, very enjoyable read. It was also very comfortable. (Probably also comforting, but with YA novels it seems many auth...more
No, just no.
Normally I don't leave reviews or even rate books I did not enjoy, but it was so dissapointing that I thought it'd be a good idea to explain my one-star rating.
Charlotte let's everyone treat her like shit. And seriously, why does everyone treat her like shit? She writes the bands songs, listens to the boys rant on about possessive girlfriends, all while staying in the background. I'm going to say this as bluntly as possible. All the guys in this book are dicks or pricks (with an exce...more
Rachel Blom
I heard a lot of good reviews about this one, so I was looking forward to reading it. It disappointed me a bit to be honest. The book is true to its title, it deals with Charlotte and her friendship with various boys. There's long time friend Oliver (who treats her like crap by the way - and she accepts it), another old friend Trip (who is the perfect friend and then suddenly disappears out of her life), a possible boyfriends **SPOILER ALERT** who turns out to be gay, and another **SPOILER ALERT...more
2.5 stars

I probably would have given this book 3 stars except that there are lots of other books that I gave 3 to that I liked much more than this one. I think my biggest complaint about this book was that I found Charlotte to be kind of weak-willed for most of it. All of these people who we supposed to be her friends keep blowing her off for no apparent reason and she just takes it lying down. I wanted her to actually voice some of the thoughts that go through her head, especially during her in...more
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