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Looking for a new beginning after a terrible mean girl past, Charlie Healey realizes there's no escaping high school drama...

Charlie Healey thinks Harmony Falls is the beginning of a whole new life. Middle school was brutal. But high school is Charlie's big chance to start over and stay out of drama, except that on her first day she runs into Will, her ex-best friend, who...more
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by Putnam Juvenile (first published January 5th 2010)
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diana (chaotic reader)
Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials is a real catch. The title itself made me want to read this book from the moment I laid eyes on it. And I'm so glad I did! Reading this book is definitely a fun ride. I actually read it for seven hours tops because I couldn't put it down.

The thing I liked most about this book is the characters. They all seem so bubbly and carefree even with all the drama going on around them. I find them all equally interesting. Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials...more
Nhi Vo
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Lauren
Dec 26, 2009 Lauren rated it 2 of 5 stars
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I really wanted to love this novel. I mean Rosalind's Queen Bees and Wannabes was the inspiration behind one of my favorite movies ever Mean Girls. Though, sadly I wasn't starstruck by this novel. Quite the opposite, actually, because I was easily bored by the lackluster and predictable plot that at times seemed like the cliché of all clichés meets an after school special.

The characters were just a total blah. Charlie was the typical "I used to be a follower of the poplars, but now I want to be...more
Faye
Boys Girls and Other Hazardous Materials is funny, insightful and addicting! I devoured it in one sitting. Rosalind focuses on one of the main problems in high school....hazing and makes the awesome debut Boys Girls and Other Hazardous Materials.


When i started reading BGAOHM i was instantly looking back at my high school years(this year being my last year in HS) especially my freshmen year.The Characters are real and honest. I can definitely relate to Charlie, she has a great personally and stro...more
Carla
When I realised that Wiseman was writing a book for teens, I was immensely excited. I mean, this is the woman was the inspiration behind the movie Mean Girls, which resonated with teens everywhere. I expected this book to be a smart witty insight into the mind of a teenager and one which captures the heart of teenagers and portrays them unlike any other. I really really wanted to love this book, but I was left with a bitter aftertaste.

I found the characters to be rather two dimensional, and ther...more
Myranda
I love this book...I can't put it down I just bought it yesterday and im already on the ninetenth chapter!
Karla (Reads and Thoughts)

Best friends turn to "frenemies".

This is what Charlie experienced with her supposed to be bestfriends. After what happened to their friendship, she couldn't wait over to start High School and transfer to Harmony Falls where she plans to reboot her life.

Starting a new life at a new school seems to be exciting and nerve-wracking for Charlie, but on her very first day she'll learn that you simply cannot outrun the past. Now, faced with people from her past such as a bestfriend turned into hunk and...more
Melissa
I’m not quite sure what I was expecting from this book really. I suppose with a title like Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials, I wasn’t going to be getting a deeply philosophical novel about the trials and tribulations of young teenagers these days, but I was at least expecting something wittier by the author whose previous work became the basis for the movie Mean Girls.

Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials is about Charlie Healey who, after suffering a terrible mean girl past, manage...more
Chris
If you had the opportunity to start fresh, to make yourself over as someone new, what would you change and who would you be? All those bad memories you hold onto, the mistakes and humiliations and guilts that haunt you: gone. Do you think you could pull it off, or would you slip right back into your old habits and make yourself over as the same old person?

That’s what Charlie (Charlotte) faces: she found herself inadvertently a mean girl in middle school because she valued her popular place with...more
Sahar
1. The interesting part in the book was when I started to realize what was really going on. It took me a few minutes to actually put together the puzzle pieces together. Usually, you'd think that a girl would do such mean things, but this is not the case.

2. I liked how there was a small switch with boys' and girls' roles. I also liked the drama that occurs between so many people at so many different times and how justice prevailed and in the end, good was brought back together again, which happ...more
Ashlyn Rae (TeenageReader)
I thought Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials was totally cute. I absolutely loved Charlie and Will. You can relate to each of them easily! This book has everything you’d want in a typical American high school novel, too; relationships with your friends and family, school situations, and a little bit of romance. Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials is funny and real. Wiseman is an amazing writer, she gives you exactly what you want to read!

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Jillian B
This was the first book I had read by Wiseman and wasn’t quite sure what to expect. What I got in this book was a fun story about discovering who you are, correcting mistakes, and standing up and doing what’s right. A great story of friendship. This book is really your typical high school drama full of peer pressure, friendship, and kicking away the normal to fit in. There are hunderds and hundreds of books like this, but for some reason, this was different. Many people hated
this book, but i fo...more
Marzana
Book Review:
Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman

Often people will make choices that they regret later on in life and wished they did something to prevent the problem from increasing. Rosalind Wiseman novel, Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials, portrays the development and maturity of a teenage girl and the struggle the protagonist faces while making hard decisions

At first when I read the title, it sounded very cliché. Who wouldn’t think it’s cliché? It was pretty c...more
Talia
I really liked this book. The characters all seemed realistic, and the events seemed to fit perfectly together to create a wonderfully engaging book. I wish it had had a bit more romance though. Judging from the cover, I'd definitely expected that to play a larger role than it actually did.

I'm going to high school next year, so all the hazing stuff kinda freaks me out. I hope my district high school isn't like this!
Kat Nestel
I enjoyed this book to some extent, like the pleasant and sometimes funny banter between the characters. The concept of being honest in the face of peer pressure expresses a higher loyalty to justice. To be able to call out a friend or someone else whom you share a close relationship with is not an easy thing to do, but it's better for everyone in the long run. Even for the loved one in question, though he or she might not be so happy with you at the time.

However, I will admit that there was a n...more
Melanie Gin
3.5 stars
After writing my review I now see the beauty of this book and will give it 4 stars.

I was really excited to read this book and I was not disappointed.

I really enjoyed how real it was. Especially being a freshman. All the excitement of new friends, new start, crushes, appearances, trust issues, hazing, harassment, sexism, etc. To be honest it took awhile for the hazing events to get started, but it wasn't bad! I was building up perfectly.
But I found myself saying, when is this delivery gu...more
Maricela
I really don't know where to begin my review. All I have to say is that I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me a lot about my school years.
(;Lucy.Lala;) (;Book-A-Holic;)
Ok, this book was a 3/5 stars.....

I'm not gonna lie, but at first I thought I wasn't going to like it. But, it turned out that I did. I expected more from it but oh well :P

Stuff that I like for this book:
1. Charlie; she was a tough freshmen, she didn't let anyone mess with her, she wasn't a weakling, she being friends with Nidhi, and Sydney, and she took down the jerks from the lacross team, the principal, and basically the entire school and made the school peaceful ;D GO CHARLIE!!!!!!
2. Syd...more
Michelle
I found this book to be a fun and enjoyably read with an underlying message revolving around high school politics.

I haven't' read many YA novels where the main characters are freshman and I liked that Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials incorporated characters of this age. It's difficult starting a new school and having not only to make new friends but to find your place as well. I think Rosalind has crafted a book that many readers can relate to, especially teens entering or already in t...more
Katrina Belle
I love how the book has some story behind it. This book talks about bullying and mean people, like every high school drama is.
The thing I liked most about this book is the characters. They all seem so descriptive and carefree even with all the dramas going on around them. I find them all equally interesting. A boy, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials is an easy book that you can finish the book for a day. The book has the right amount of humor, high school crushes, typical high school drama a...more
Katie
I don't exactly know how to start this review. I enjoyed the book overall but it was pretty predictable. I wasn't shocked by anything that happened and I didn't think the story was anything spectacular. Then again, I did read it all in pretty much one sitting so that means it was good enough to keep me reading.

Charlotte "Charlie" Healy has had enough of mean girls. In fact, she's had so much she decided to change schools to get away from them. Her new school seems to be great. It's more advanced...more
Page (One Book At A Time)
I liked this book, it just felt like the intended audience was a little younger than I was expecting. The main character is a freshman in high school so I'm not sure why I was expecting a little bit more mature YA. I liked Charlie though. She's just learning who she is and how not to let people walk over her. I thought she was very brave for going to a brand new school to try and overcome what happened in the past. She handled herself extremely well for the situations she was put in. She didn't...more
Arminzerella
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Bookworm1858
Summary: Charlie had an awful time in middle school so she is determined to have a drama-free high school. She makes friends at her new school, including meeting up again with the newly hot Will. But a hazing situation tests her loyalties to him, to the school, and to what's right.

Why I Read This: I had seen this book around and saw that it was available in my library system so I requested it.

My Thoughts: I guess I would classify this more as young YA because the main character is 14 and just se...more
The Bookologist
Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials is a humorous, realistic, unique novel about a typical girl's life in high school with friendship and acceptance. I absolutely loved this book. Wiseman just kept me so absorbed that I consumed this in one sitting.

Wiseman's writing is amazing. It's unique and it's addicting. She knows exactly what teenagers want to read. She talks about issues, friendship, anything that happens in high school. I could relate to this book so easily since I go through thes...more
Afra
Truly this book had all of high school; the drama, crushes, friends, peer pressure and the innate desire to fit in. Charlotte-Charlie-spends her junior high years surrounded by frenemies who constantly put her down and she deals with it. All she wants to do is start over, so when she gets an opportunity to transfer to a different high school for her freshman year, she jumps on it. Right away it's a great start; making a new and promising friend right away and then seeing her best friend, Will Ed...more
Idalia
Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials was fresh, funny, and juicy about friendship, betrayal, and how far some will go to be accepted. Surprisingly not enough to make me want to keep reading. Certainly, it doesn't live up to its title and cover.

Charlie was the typical teen in search to become the leader of the popular groups. She moves to Harmony Fall in search to leave behind the traumas and “frenemies” of middle school. Ironically, the drama Charlie's trying to escape swirls back when Wil...more
Cassie
Charlie got the opportunity to apply to Harmony Falls, a high school on the other side of the city. She's ready to leave behind the drama and mess from middle school and her ‘frienemies’. On her first day at Harmony Falls she runs into Will, her best friend who had moved away 3 years ago. He's now back and attending Harmony Falls, playing soccer and lacrosse. Charlie and Will catch up but when Charlie finds out what the lacrosse guys are making Will do as a freshman hazing attempt, she gets worr...more
Madisyn
This book was truly a delight to read! While still light and engaging it still dealt with problems that teens deal with all the time. I loved it from beginning to end and was sad to see it end. I will definitely look to read more of this authors books.

Our narrator, Charlie is starting fresh at a new high school for her freshman year. Her years in junior high are not something that she wants to look back on, you could say they weren't her finest moments. Starting fresh is exactly what she needs a...more
Ariel Cummins
I'm giving this book one of the lowest ratings I've given a book in a long time. Mostly because it was so boring that I can barely stand to waste more brain power thinking about it to critique what it was boring. But, really, this book was full of bland dialouge, bland characters, bland plot developments, bland vocabulary... were you bored reading that sentence? Then this book is not for you!

Seriously, let me list off the top of my head the things in this book that I felt were trite:
- the main...more
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Rosalind Wiseman is an internationally recognized expert on children, teens, parenting, bullying, social justice, and ethical leadership.

Wiseman is the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence. Twice a New York Times Bestseller, Queen Bees & Wannabes was the basis for the 2004 movie Mean Girls. Her follow‐u...more
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