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Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  4,454 ratings  ·  266 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
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
Nhi Vo
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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
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
I love this book...I can't put it down I just bought it yesterday and im already on the ninetenth chapter!
Marzana Mutee
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
“Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials” by Rosalind Wiseman was a book that I can related to considering I have just started high school. It was about Charlie, a girl who is completely done with her drama filled middle school life, hoping to start over. On the first day she makes a new best friend named Sydney. Then, she finds her old best friend Will. And not only is she excited to see him, she notices that he’s is absolutely gorgeous. She becomes friends with him then it all starts, the dr ...more
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!
My book is about a girl named Charlie that is starting her first day as a freshman in a new high school because her family moved to a new town.Charlie's first day in school she has a rough time making friends but Charlie is going to meet this girl named Cindy that is going to help out Charlie find her classes. Cindy and Charlie are going to become best friends and do everything together but one day at school Charlie is going to see her ex-boyfriend that moved away from where she use to live at,C ...more
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
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
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
This book is about a freshman named Charlie who is looking for a new start. She's starting a new school with new friends and a new personality. It seems to be going pretty good for her until one of her old friends comes and changes everything. After a while though her and her friend patch things up and are starting fresh together. with their other friends by their side what could possibly go wrong. Read the book to find out what happens to Charlie and the gang.

I think this book is one of my top
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
Brianda Barrera
Okay I'll admit I picked this book based on the cover. I had never heard of the author, and I needed some frivolous reading to get me back in the reading mood. I actually ended up really liking the book because it was a bit shallow, but the author really tried to hone in on some important issues. I feel like it could have been written a little bit better, but I was pleased with the outcome. I'd compare this book a little to a book written by E. Lockhart, the "Disreputable History of Frankie Land ...more
When I read the tittle, I just wanted to read it and being honest, I do judge books by their cover and this one was not the exception. A very catchy book that made me laugh a lot. a very entertaining book if you are looking for a light comedy, drama and romance. the only think I didn't like was that everything was so cliche and predictable, I mean, I don't have nothing against this type of books but I think it would be better if it wasn't too cliche. However, it was a good book and I don't regre ...more
Morgan Deiseroth
This book is about a girl who starts high school at a new school to escape her rotten ex-friends. After successfully finding herself some real friends and reuniting with her childhood best friend, she begins to come into her own and realize what she can do. While she and one of her new friends become two of the first freshmen ever to have their own column on the school paper, she begins to see some serious issues with the school. The varsity lacrosse team has some ridiculous hazing idea
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
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
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
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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
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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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