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

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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 Melanie turns up unexpectedly ...with a baby ...You assume Melanie's helping a friend, unti ...more
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Doubleday Books
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Feb 21, 2012 Jo rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jo by: Amy (Turn the Page)
“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 fri
Liz* Fashionably Late
Aug 29, 2014 Liz* Fashionably Late marked it as to-read
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
Ana Banda
Dec 12, 2015 Ana Banda rated it it was amazing
Wow! cuando leí la sinopsis esperaba a un tipo de 30 años mujeriego pero ¡Oh Sorpresa! Nada que ver!
Dante representa al típico chavo que no tiene idea sobre lo que implica ser papá y que en el día a día con su bebé van dándose cuenta de lo maravilloso que es! Me encantó la forma en la que se volvio gracias a Emma; más maduro; un hombre real!
Adam mi vida; no es el único que ha pasado por esas cosas! ): Malditos ignorantes -.-
Emma es una belleza de niña! amé cuando ya hablaba :3 aw qu
Mar 19, 2016 Yousra rated it really liked it
This book was sooooo gooooood!!!

Review to come...
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 h
Istefani Marcos
Jan 12, 2016 Istefani Marcos rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Estou tão apaixonada pelo livro que o que mais quero agora é abraçar todos os personagens, principalmente o papai Dante.
O plot do livro é muito diferente, nunca havia lido nada igual. Geralmente o que a gente tem nesse universo literário é o cara dando no pé e deixando a mocinha com um filho para criar. Aqui temos a situação contrária. O Dante, aos 17 anos, fica responsável pela filha, já que a mãe da bebê some.
Gostei muito mesmo do livro, foi incrível ver a transformação do Dante de a
Nov 24, 2014 Zorana rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 27, 2011 Anna rated it really liked it
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
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

It was sweet book, much better than the other book I had read by Malorie Blackman which I had some issues with.
I liked that we had Adam's POV and his story because otherwise the book would have been much groomier. Although Adam was a "happy" character and then all this shit happenned to him but Dante's POV got a bit brighter as he got to get comfortable with the situation.
I was expecting a big dramatic ending where Melanie comes back and they decide Emma's future but this was was open ending th
Amy (Turn the Page)
May 31, 2012 Amy (Turn the Page) rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 13, 2013 Tara rated it it was ok
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
Mar 24, 2013 Rosa rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
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
Oct 01, 2010 Dwayne rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 08, 2012 Sonia rated it really liked it
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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.

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

Full review coming soon.
Aug 04, 2012 Irene rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
Uff. No sé por qué hay libros con los que me tardó mucho tiempo en leer. Éste fue uno de esos. Adam me divirtió con su actitud; y el libro fue curioso. La opinión de Dante de los bebés -al principio- me recordó a la de muchos chicos que conozco; y su cambio de actitud conforme a su hija, se me hizo dulce. El libro es bonito, pero no de la manera profunda que esperaba.
Kerry Leonard
Mar 05, 2016 Kerry Leonard rated it it was amazing
This is the first Malorie Blackman book I have read. I don't know what stopped me before but it will not the last book of hers which I will read. The characters in this book had a particular depth to them, they felt so real and I only wish I knew what happened to Emma as I felt as though I was watching her grow up throughout the novel.
Aug 23, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
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.
Wen Iuit
Jul 28, 2016 Wen Iuit rated it liked it
Un libro para pasar el rato. Me entretuvo, pero nada más.
Aug 31, 2014 Christopher rated it it was amazing
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
Decepción. Continuación de malas lecturas.

Esperaba otra cosa, la sinopsis prometía otra cosa; una historia conmovedora, divertida, sobre el crecimiento de un adolescente que de repente tiene que dejar ir todas sus metas para poder cuidar de su recién descubierta hija. El paso diario, las situaciones divertidas y terribles que te lleva un niño cada día, tensión, miedos, ganas de gritarle al mundo, amor, esperanza, alegría.

¿Y qué es lo que tuve? Nada. Literalmente nada. No pasa absolutamente nad
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
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
Apr 22, 2014 Carly rated it really liked it
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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
Apr 04, 2015 Lint rated it did not like it
'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
Dec 24, 2011 Sarah Harrison rated it it was amazing
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
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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.

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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.” 37 likes
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