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Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  4,790 Ratings  ·  281 Reviews
A debut novel from the bestselling author of Queen Bees and Wannabes!

Charlie Healy just wants a drama-free year, but it doesn't seem like she's going to get it. After surviving a middle school packed with mean girls, Charlie is ready to leave all that behind in high school. But then, on her very first day, she runs into her former best friend, Will, who moved away years a
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by Speak (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
Nhi Vo
Jul 15, 2011 Nhi Vo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 08, 2009 Faye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 09, 2009 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
Jan 23, 2010 Carla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 26, 2011 Myranda rated it it was amazing
I love this book...I can't put it down I just bought it yesterday and im already on the ninetenth chapter!
Marzana Mutee
Apr 30, 2014 Marzana Mutee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
Feb 17, 2012 Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads

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
Oct 03, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, not-graphic, life
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
Oct 27, 2013 Sahar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Ashlyn Rae (TeenageReader)
Nov 29, 2010 Ashlyn Rae (TeenageReader) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
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!
Jillian B
May 25, 2011 Jillian B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Talia Smart
Apr 11, 2011 Talia Smart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Sep 09, 2011 Maricela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Melanie Gin
Jan 11, 2014 Melanie Gin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serious
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
Jun 24, 2011 Faye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011, romance
Well, I kind of think that this would be a so-so book before I read it and just wanted to see if I can prove myself correct but after finishing it, I think it was better than that. Not brilliantly made but this book being a reality-based fiction seems much more okay than the other books I’ve read on the same genre.

First, I did quite like the plot with Charlie or Charlotte transferring to another school because she wants a change from being friends or rather frenemies with two of the girls she’
Anna Gray

To me, reading this book was like watching Mean Girls 2. I started out with high hopes, but shortly after it started, I remembered that Tina Fey had nothing to do with it. Still, I struggled through it hoping that it would be good. It had to get good, right? Sadly that never happened with the movie, and it never happened with this book.

Here's the thing though. It's painfully obvious that Rosalind Wiseman is not generally a fiction writer. Queen Bees an
Oct 14, 2016 Mischa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Not bad, but nothing I would particularly lose myself in. Also, the main character was really forgiving at times.
Feb 17, 2010 Robby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mean Girls, when it was released, really affected the world of teenagers. It was an accurate portrayal of teenage girls and boys and the things we do to each other. I was nine years old when Mean Girls came out. What did I know?
I know a lot more now.
When I read that Rosalind Wiseman, the author of the book that Mean Girls was based on, had a new book coming out, I knew I had to read it.
Of course Around The World Tours was already having a tour for it and it was too late to sign up. Somehow, thou
Karen Keyte

After a horrendous end to her middle school career, Charlie Healey made the decision to leave her best ‘frenemies’ behind and attend high school in the next town over. What she’s looking for is a fresh start and a drama-free freshman year.

The school year begins in a fairly promising way. Charlie makes a great new friend at orientation and then funs into her former best friend and neighbor, Will Edwards. Will’s parents have just moved back to the area and he’ll be attending Harmony Falls, too. Be
Aug 31, 2012 Harman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was really good! I was expecting something average. Like " Ok I just read that whatever," and then just walk away from it, but I really liked this book. The first few pages were not so well written, but gradually it became less amateur and a lot more fun to read. I loved some of the points that this author hit about high school and friendships.

Charlie had two friends in middle school that pushed her around and got her into trouble and then blamed her for everything. She was being bullied b
Katrina Belle
Mar 30, 2013 Katrina Belle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa Nocita
Jan 18, 2012 Lisa Nocita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, ya-2011
Plot review from School Library Journal
"Attempting to avoid vicious, former "frenemies" (and their influence), Charlotte Healey starts her high school career in neighboring Harmony Falls, hoping for a clean slate. Things look promising when she makes friends the first day and awkwardly reunites, after three years, with ex-best friend/boy-next-door-turned-crush Will. Unfortunately, people from Charlie's past keep turning up, like Nidhi, former target of the nasty kids at her old school. Charlie a
Nov 06, 2011 Noelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 10th-grade
Charlie in the beginning had a normal happy friendship with her neighbor Will, they were the best of friends and practically grew up together. Unfortunately as they got older girls started to invade their friendship, by hanging out with them and sort of taking away Will from Charlie. Charlie realized that they were getting older and he was getting into a phase of being interested in girls never said anything. She also noticed how happy he was and how much he enjoyed their attention that she neve ...more
Jul 01, 2013 Taffy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
First line:

"Here's the deal."

What will you put up with to have friends?

Charlotte, AKA Charlie, was in a negative relationship in junior high and was ecstatic to leave it behind when she entered a different high school. The girls were mean, degrading and enjoyed putting others down. When something happened they didn't like, they resorted to bullying and cyber bullying. Unfortunately, Charlie did not stand up for the other person nor did she stand up to her friends. That is hard to do!

But after Ch
Feb 28, 2011 Madisyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 25, 2013 Sydneyg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book Boys, Girls and Hazardous Materials is all about the gossip. In this realistic fiction book, all Charlie wants is a drama free year, and that is the opposite of what she gets. Between school, friends, and boys she doesn’t have time for it all.
Could you imagine crushing on your best friend? It all starts when a girl named Charlotte Healy (but she goes by Charlie) starts at her new high school. Middle school was rough for Charlie because she was surrounded by mean girls. Now she is star
Sara Grochowski
Sep 21, 2009 Sara Grochowski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rosalind Wiseman’s Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials is a hilarious and truthful look into the life of American high school students. It’d be difficult to find someone who can’t relate to at least one character in Wiseman’s novel. While I don’t remember my high school experience being quite as funny, I could definitely draw parallels between Charlie’s experiences and my own.

This novel had some laugh-out-loud funny passages that kept me entertained throughout the book. Charlie was an enga
Joana (The Boundless Booklist)

Plot: The first half of the book focuses on Charlie finding her way around her new school and making new, and much better, friends while the second half focuses on the actual hazing stuff and what some students feel they need to do in order to fit in. I can’t really say I related much to either because that sort of thing doesn’t happen at my high school, but I know it is a common occurrence in others. There was a lot more dialogue then I felt
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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
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