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Boys Don't Cry
Malorie Blackman
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Boys Don't Cry (Boys Don't Cry #1)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  4,359 ratings  ·  381 reviews
This is the explosively page-turning new novel for teenagers from the author of the award-winning "Noughts and Crosses" sequence. You're about to receive your A-level results and then a future of university and journalism awaits. But the day they're due to arrive your old girlfriend Kendra turns up unexpectedly ...with a baby ...You assume Kendra's helping a friend, until ...more
271 pages
Published 2011 by Galaxy Plus (first published October 1st 2010)
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“How could ten forgettable minutes of not much turn both our lives inside out and upside down like this?”

Initial Final Page Thoughts.

High Points.
Dante. Adam and his story. Let’s hear it for the boys! Daddies. Different perspectives. Acceptance. Sleepless nights. Walks in the park. Taking responsibilities. Hiccupping hearts. ”Just bringing up wind.”. Living life out loud.

Low Points.
I would really have loved to see more of the social implications that Dante faced. What was covered- his frie
Aug 29, 2014 Liz* marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
My sister is reading this.
If I find sexy time scenes here, she's gonna hear it from me...

Aly (Fantasy4eva)
After reading NOUGHTS AND CROSSES, the author quickly became one for me to look out for. So I was thrilled to receive this book.

It was freaking awesome.

Just imagine. A 17 year old boy (Dante) that has his life all planned out. He is just about to receive his A Level results and is well on his way to University to study Journalism. But then your ex girlfriend pops up. She has a baby. She claims this baby is your baby. Goes out for a few minutes, promising to return. She never comes back.

I was a l
Laura V.
"A veces las cosas que estás seguro de no querer se convierten en las que más necesitas en este mundo."

A veces, MUY de vez en cuando, me gusta leer este tipo de novelas para recordarme que no siempre hay finales felices con lluvia de arcoiris y ponis voladores.

"¿Pensaba que miraría hacia abajo y decidiría que mover un tirón de hamburguesas para el resto de mi vida sería un pequeño precio que debía pagar por tener esta cosa en mi vida? ¿Pensó que el que yo la sostuviera en mis brazos iba a ha
Ana Banda
Wow! cuando lei la sinopsis esperaba a un tipo de 30 años mujeriego pero ¡Oh Sorpresa! Nada que ver!
Dante representa al tipico chavo que no tiene idea sobre lo que implica ser papá & que en el dia a dia con su bebe van dandose cuenta de lo maravilloso que es! Me encanto la forma en la que se volvio gracias a Emma; mas maduro; un hombre real!
Adam mi vida; no es el unico que ha pasado por esas cosas! ): Malditos ignorantes -.-
Emma es una belleza de werca! ame cuando ya hablaba :3
Dante is just seventeen years old and is anxiously waiting for his A level results to see if he can get a place at university to study journalism. He is an intelligent young man - proven by the fact that he has taken his A levels a year early - and he is looking forward to a glittering future. Everything changes the day his results arrive, but not in the way he was expecting. When his ex-girlfriend turns up out of the blue with a pushchair he is shocked and horrified - especially when she tells ...more
This is EXACTLY the book I needed after Mockingjay!!!

It was SO GOOD! You clearly need to read it guys. Boys and girls.
It's a pretty light written contemporary but dealing with hard themes which is amazing.
Malorie Blackman is so talented and funny this was just a great read!

It's written in Dante and Adam's point of view (more of Dante's). They are brothers, and the story begins with Dante waiting for the mailguy to come and give him his uni admission letter,and once the bell rings he opens the do
What an amazing read! I still can't keep my mind out of it.

I am still bemused that as much as I want to tell the tale I'll try to keep it super vague and not let you miss all the action.

BOYS DON'T CRY is, as the last time I checked, the first book I read about young, single parent/s. Dante is just your 17-year-old dreamer, achiever, and typical teenager who parties and went out with friends. But then in the middle of the biggest moment he's been waiting to turn up in life, he was startled to k
Amy (Turn the Page)
I am a huge fan of Malorie Blackman and advocator of her work ever since I first read Noughts and Crosses many years ago. Not only does Blackman create extremely well written books with relatable characters, but she also tackles difficult, sometimes controversial, subjects for YA literature, in an honest and thought provoking way. Boy’s Don’t Cry is a powerful and unexpected novel. I couldn’t put it down and ended up reading through until 5 in the morning, and then I couldn’t sleep for thinking ...more
I really don't get what Blackman was getting at with this book. She starts well, illustrating the issues faced by Dante as he's thrown into the world of being a single teenage dad and showing how he learns to cope with it... but that's it as far as that part of the book goes.

The latter third or so if the book is preoccupied with his brother Adam and homophobia. Did Blackman start writing one book and then decide halfway through she was out of ideas so let's just entirely change
Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.

There is no one word that can describe just how good of a read Boys Don't Cry is. This book is one of the few that should be read by every teenage boy in the world - it's packed with life's lessons and I'm sure I'm not the only one who says that this book is a thought-provoking and a reflective read.

When Dante Bridgeman finds the biggest surprise in his life lying in a baby buggy, to say that his life is turned upside down is an understatement. Suddenly, he i
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Libro molto carino, che si legge in breve tempo. La trama, abbastanza originale – ammettiamolo è raro che la mamma scappi e lasci il bambino al padre teeneger! – è sviluppata in modo realistico dall’autrice. Dante, il protagonista, non prova un immediato senza paterno, anzi inizialmente cerca in ogni modo di liberarsi di “the thing“, come lui la chiama. H0 apprezzato tantissimo la graduale maturazione di Dante, che col tempo imparerà a
Jennifer Wardrip
BOYS DON'T CRY by Malorie Blackman is an emotionally charged story about love and family and the different shapes they sometimes take. This book is one you won't want to miss.

Dante is anxiously awaiting his A Level exam results. He is proud of himself for taking the exams a year early, and he's eager to know if his scores will have him headed to university in the near future. But when a knock at the door brings his old girlfriend and not the postman, Dante is in for the surprise of his life.

Dani (Pen to Paper)
Really loved this! Why did it take me so long to pick it up?

Full review coming soon.
This was such a good book :) I read it the night before GCSE results and definitely helped to distract me from nerves...I love Dante, and Emma :') a solid 4.5.
Boys Don't Cry is a very emotional book filled with moments of sadness and desperation. This book is about the life of 17 year old boy Dante who's waiting for his A-level results. When he hears the knock of the door he expects the postman but instead he finds his X-girlfriend and a baby, his baby. He's asked to look after the baby for a while so she can get something, but little does he know, she wont be returning. I defiantly recommend this book as it makes you think about the consequences of y ...more
Shambhawi P.
This book was kind of different from what I was expecting but I really liked it nonetheless. Malorie Blackman shows the story of 17 year old Dante who is suddenly having to take care of almost an year old infant he did not know he was the father of. Putting his dreams, plans and future on hold he picks up the child and takes on his responsibility resenting little Emma for barging in and messing everything up. Malorie Blackman shows the story of 16 year old Adam who is not afraid to hide his homo ...more
Muy lindo, muy emotivo, llore en muchos puntos y no lo pude evitar.

Podria darle las 5 estrellas pero no se porque no lo hago, me ha gustado bastante.

Emma unio a toda la familia :) más que una carga fue un alivio y alegria para todos, y Dante maduro, si talvez ya era mayor y bastante responsable, pero aprendio a ver todo de diferentes perspectivas y maduro de una buena manera. Uno pensaria que porque los padres son mayores no se preocupan o no batallan, pero es igual que si fuerann un joven inexp
Jodie (Books for Company)
Ok l want to start this review by saying there isn't anything really terrible with this book, there just isn't anything amazing and at no point was l struggling to put this down. It's just not that sort of book and after the blurb you kind of expect a bit more than what you get! Saying that I am glad l have read this but can't help feeling if l read it a few years back when l was younger (l am 18) then l would of enjoyed this even more.
The writing isn't amaz
Dante is nervously waiting for his A-Level results which will hopefully lead to him going to a top university when his ex-girlfriend turns up with a baby in tow. Explaining that she just can't cope with a baby on her own, she dumps the baby on Dante and leaves.

I loved this book and read it in less than a day. Like all of Blackman's books, it felt very real and believable. I've not been a teenager in almost six years now (I feel old!), but reading this book, I was transported right back in time.
Well I have to be honest right now and confess that Boys Don't Cry is the first Malorie Blackman novel I've ever read. I know - scandalous. I've heard nothing but amazing things about her books and, on Tinie Tempah's recommendation I'm now definitely a member of the fan club. Boys Don't Cry is an absolutely fantastic story about love, growing up and accepting who you are.

I think it's one of the most incredibly diverse novels I've read for a very long time. My case in point - after I finished the
'She's lovely,' said Adam. 'Hello, Emma. Aren't you beautiful? That must be from your mum 'cause you sure didn't get your good looks from your dad.'

This book is basically about a guy that made a stupid mistake, ruining his future.
Dante, the main character, was waiting for the postman to deliver his results for an exam but when the door bell went, he answered it hoping he would get good grades.
When he opened the door, it was his ex girlfriend, Melanie, that dropped out last year and with her was
Sarah Harrison
This book, is AMAZING. Not only does it tackle the tough and uneducated issue of teen pregnancies but the trials of being a young gay person too. When you think of a single teen parent you automatically assume that they are going to be the mother, which is why I love this book. It tells the story from the other point of view, where the father gets left with the baby. Malorie Blackman explores the problems Dante faces of being unsure that Emma is his, and how he copes with bringing up a nearly 1 ...more
Alice Radwell
This novel caught my interest because I thought I was in for a unique read on the overworked teenage-parent theme, and in some ways I wasn't wrong. Emotionally charged and morally engaging, the story takes us on a journey not only of unexpected fatherhood, but of the whirlwind of family in all it's colours and shapes. Dante, our protagonist, takes to sudden parenthood like a bird to the ocean, and his initial reactions and reasonings are easy to relate to. It was a nice change to witness the fat ...more
Katherine (Katerina K.)
“Don't you know that boys don't cry?' Adam grinned.
'Shall I tell you something I've only recently discovered,' I replied, not attempting to hide the tears rolling down my face and not the least bit ashamed of them. 'Boys don't cry, but real men do.”

"Boys don't cry" is a sweet, funny and thought-provoking book about tenage pregnancy, the difficulty of single-parenting and stuff like gay issues.


“The point is, you have family and friends who love you. You have a world out there just waiting for yo
La république des livres
En finissant cette lecture, je n'ai qu'un seul regret c'est de ne pas l'avoir lu plutôt. Pourquoi est-il rester aussi longtemps dans ma pile à lire ? Je me pose encore la question.

Ce que j'ai beaucoup aimé dans ce livre, c'est le fait d'avoir deux points de vue, celui de Dante d'un côté et celui de son jeune frère Adam de l'autre. Cela m'a permis de voir l'histoire sous deux facettes. Mais en même temps, les deux points de vues nous permettent aussi d'aborder deux thèmes forts : la monoparentali
English Bibliophile
I loved this story so much that I read it in the space of 3 hours. I seriously could not put this book down I didn't even stop for food reading whilst eating it was that good. I was gripped. Blackman is such a good writer not only does she explore the emotions of the lead character perfectly but she incorporates the feelings of all those involved as well from the father to the brother to his current girlfriend and close friends. There are a lot of unexpected things in this book that certainly ma ...more
Malorie Blackman tackles lots of difficult themes in this book, such as: teenage pregnancy, single teen parenting, being gay and violence. The book starts with the main character, (Dante), in his house- waiting for his A-level results- to come through the post. Suddenly; he hears a knock on the door. Upon opening it- he finds his ex girlfriend Melanie on his doorstep, and she's holding a baby...

She asks him to look after the baby for ten minutes so she can go to the shop, but she never comes bac
I read this book in three hours. I think that is my review done right there. Just three hours. I couldn't put it down. This is the first Malorie Blackman book that I've read in years and the only one outside of the Noughts and Crosses series. I don't know what the hell I've been waiting for because she writes such beautiful, real stories. Her work explores such real situations and is dealt with so sensitively; I can't praise her enough. This is the first book I've read about teenage pregnancy an ...more
Jax Holt
Wow and wow again! This is Boy's Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman and this is my second time reading it.

The book is about Dante waiting for his A level results at home, someone is at the door. He thinks it's the postman but he's got it wrong. It's in fact, Melanie, his ex-girlfriend. What the hell is she doing here!? She has a baby with her, which is in fact Dante's. She's got to the shop but doesn't return, leaving Dante holding the baby. He had his whole life planned only to be put on hold by a b
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An award-winning children's author, Malorie Blackman was honoured with an OBE in 2008. Her work has been adapted for TV and stage.

More information available at:
British Council: Contemporary Authors
British Council: Encompass Culture
Channel 4 Learning: Book Box
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“Don't you know that boys don't cry?' Adam grinned.
'Shall I tell you something I've only recently discovered,' I replied, not attempting to hide the tears rolling down my face and not the least bit ashamed of them. 'Boys don't cry, but real men do.”
“The point is, you have family and friends who love you. You have a world out there just waiting for you to conquer it. You have a life that will be anything you make it. That's the point.” 32 likes
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