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Being Friends with Boys

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  5,004 ratings  ·  378 reviews
Charlotte and Oliver have been friends forever. She knows that he, Abe, and Trip consider her to be one of the guys, and she likes it that way. She likes being the friend who keeps them all together. Likes offering a girl's perspective on their love lives. Likes being the behind-the-scenes wordsmith who writes all the lyrics for the boys' band. Char has a house full of ste ...more
Hardcover, 361 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Jun 28, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book was okay, I did read the whole thing, so that says something, but it was definitely not what I expected. I was frustrated a lot of the time.

A few complaints:
- The book is different than what I expected from the synopsis. There isn't much "real" romance except for at the end. The rest is just confusing with no hints at all as to what the other characters' feelings are.
- I don't understand why Oliver gets mad at her or ignores her for like the entire book? And I can't believe the main ch
3.5 stars

“Don’t forget who your real friends are”

Charlotte has always hung out with the boys; she practically grew up with Oliver and when Trip moved to their new school, they’ve been inseparable since. Over the summer they grew even closer when they started messing around in Oliver’s basement, what started off as fun and a bunch of laughs soon developed in a four group band (with Abe) called Sad Jackal. You had Oliver singing and messing around on guitar, Trip being the heart and soul of the gr
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: play-on
Originally reviewed here.

I approached Being Friends With Boys with a bit of trepidation. See, those of you who read my blog regularly know by now that contemporary isn’t what I call ‘my thing’, on top of which I’ve been in a complete YA reading slump as of late. Being Friends With Boys sounded more or less like the perfect YA contemp for me, and I was so afraid that it wouldn’t live up to that expectation. Well friends, I’m happy to say, it surpassed it! Being Friends With Boys wasn’t cutesy or
May 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: music
Soooo.. i finally finished reading this one ! Yay me .

What a disappointment . Seriously .
LOOK at the title ! doesn't it just grab your heart and call out your soul ?!
It's about Being friends with boys for god's sake ! BOYS.
If someone asked me as to what i expected out of this book here , I would have easily pointed out stuff like Love-triangle , Lots of music , A really great premises and ofcourse , BOYS. I'm a romantic , So cheesy ideas come naturally to me .

you come across many books where you
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
A wave of unexpected pleasure sweeps over me, and I hunch down farther into the cushions, not wanting anyone to see if they look up. This is my song- this sad, lame, wierd thing I wrote, this mysterious thing that came out of me- and they've made it into something

You know, this would be an acceptable statement, had it not been the twenty seventh time in a span of 50 pages that you've tried to shove it down our throats. And guys, there were a lot more pages to go

Contemporary in general is more ch
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Anesha †Curious & Obsessive Bookworm†
I dont even know where to start.

This book got so frustrating at times, and so easily.

I hate how Char seem to just take things as it came. I mean Oliver was such a jerk so many times and she kept running back to him - like a softy... Then there's Trip... The relationship between them was amazing... even when they weren't talking... The only thing that got me mad was the lack of communication which in all honesty made it that much more fun to read.

He without a doubt deserve her - He noticed her be
Paige Brydson
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm still so confused as to how I felt this book. The first 18 or so chapters DRAGGED on for me and I really had to force myself through it because it just wasn't grabbing my attention. I wasn't falling in love with the characters. All around it just felt like a story I had heard before.

Then in the last two chapters all the sudden it gets pretty cute. Could this just be me getting emotional that I was almost finished and could start my next read? Nah, it was genuinely cute. But just that. Not e
Review also on my blog: wrapped up in books

The overwhelming majority of my friends are guys. I quickly learned in college that it was far easier to have guys as roommates. I was drawn to this title because I figured it would be something I could relate to, and I was right. I’ve been through many of the same issues that Charlotte deals with in this book that tend to crop up when girls are friends with guys: the gay guy crush, the just-a-friend guy whose girlfriend can’t deal, the guy friend you m
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviews
To be honest, I was not really all that thrilled with this book. I pushed myself to finish it, because I was curious how everything was going to tie together in the end... And again, I really was not all that impressed.

Okay, so Charlotte, our main character, seems to me, to be a bit mousy and is just OK with letting other people walk over her, without putting up a fight. I feel she wasn't strong enough of a main character, and while she was going thru some stuff throughout
I gave this book 3.5 stars.

The synopsis of this book is a little misleading, but the overall plot is very cute and very high school chic. I loved the main character, Charlotte, she was a strong and talented lead and McVoy gave her a magnificent storyline.

I recommend this to readers who just want an easy and quick read that leaves them feeling good.
catherine ♡
This was definitely different from what I had gathered from the synopsis.
It felt okay for me - I was able to get through it without much trouble, but I wasn't full "in" it, and there wasn't much romance until the end.
Emerald Sue
Dec 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
“I know—better than anyone—that once someone’s made up her mind to leave you, there’s nothing you can do to make her stay.”
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.
Seriously, what kind of ending was that??
it was rushed and then it was done. cmon man.

The boy wasn't even there for half the book!!

You know what this reminds me of? the movie Justice League. where the hero's save everyone and everything, and Superman is only at the beginning and end, but somehow is still the star. like, NO.

Oliver: I get you, but I don't get you. shady of you to act like the songs were yours.

Benji: RULE OF BEN!! What'd i say? All Bens are awesome and nice. Honestly, I w
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

Ahh, the age old question of whether or not guys and girls can really be friends. Readers, I’m here to tell you I still don’t know the answer to that one. I’d like to say yes, but based on my own personal experiences…. it’s not looking too good. And maybe that’s why I connected so strongly to Char’s story. She’s not exactly your typical girl and we know how much that can make you an outcast in high school. She’s not too big on fashion, not the be
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Being Friends with Boys is about friendship. It explores friendships with girls, boys, and sisters. It shows that being friends with boys isn't always greener on the other side. All relationships have problems, arguments, fall outs, and boys are not always easy to understand or communicate with. They lie, keep secrets, and shut you out just the same as girls. The other huge plot point of the book is the dynamic of a being in a band. I wish the synopsis had mentioned this being a bigger plot poin ...more
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Mar 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kiona
Originally featured on, review by Kiona

Charlotte is just one of the guys. She always thought being friends with boys would be much more drama-free than being friends with girls. And she was right, for awhile. She and her best guy pals spent their time practicing, playing video games, and just hanging out. But then her best friend, Trip, leaves their band, which, coincidentally enough, changes Charlotte’s entire world.

For anyone who’s ever wanted to know what it’s like to be one o

** Got it from Simon & Schuster Galley Grab. Thanks!**

I was already planning to read this one even before I found out it was up for grabs on galley grab (and I snatched two more, which is nice. Despite the lack of the monthly newsletter, I’m glad that Simon and Schuster didn’t completely discontinue the service. But it’ll be great if the newsletter is back. Those titles I bumped into were completely accidental. And I don’t always have the time to check it out, and I don’t like missing out o
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Terra Elan McVoy’s a local author. I’ve never read any of her books before this one, but I own a couple because I try to buy a book or two when I visit Little Shop of Stories, my favorite local shop, and they generally have signed copies of her books in stock. Plus, several of them sounded like cute contemporaries right up my alley. This purchase was an excellent one. Being Friends with Boys does a great job depicting high school friendship and the complexities of emotions.

Generally, when I’m re
May 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Again. Boys. Boys. BOYS!

That feeling when you think you've had enough of them but what you really feel is like they are everything to you? :)

1. Boys. Sometimes a girl just needs one. But a lot can be better too.
This book is about being friends with boys. They are pretty complicated sometimes because of how they react or how they view stuff in life. But most of the time they are just like just normal friends who listens and goofs around with. I really liked how Charlotte has a lot of guy friends
Apr 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-galley

Oh Thank God… Lately, I’ve been feeling less than enthusiastic over the stuff I’ve been picking. I think I’ve had me fill of girls saving the world/ post apoc/ whatever. Apparently, it takes a bunch of teenagers who don’t know what they want and how to say what they want once they’ve figured things out to get me pumped. Being Friends with Boys is not without its problems, take the girl who’s not aware of what she’s got going for her, take her very complicated non-love life… but I enjoyed it
Magic Shop
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of falling in love with someone you never expected to.
Recommended to Magic Shop by:, public library.

"That's your problem, Char. You're friends with all these boys...."
-Being Friends With Boys

Wow, who knew being friends with boys could be so complicated. Well, it was for Charlotte. I read two other books by this author which I loved and thought were very good. So I was excited when I was reading this. I was glad that I was able to. It was really good. A nice,messy read with a new perspective on friends, first dates, and romance along with facing your fears and finding out
Kimberly Sabatini
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-ya
I loved this book--seriously adored it. And what makes it so darn good? It's the characters. McVoy has the gentlest touch with the people she creates. It isn't very long before I'm completely sucked into every aspect of their lives. At about page 159, after growling out loud, I felt compelled to fire off a tweet of utter frustration to McVoy--I'd fallen in love with three possibly even four of the boys in this story. And even worse, I had no ideas how this book could possibly end without my own ...more
Oct 21, 2013 rated it liked it
I think this book had a lot of potential, but in my opinion it fell short. I just think that the plot was okay, and the characters where under developed which js something i cannot look past. Also, Charlotte was sooo annoying! She was always complaining about everything and didnt realize that she made all of these situations because of her choices!

I just really couldnt connect with the main character which sucks. But i really did love Trip, i wouldve loved to read more of him and just hnnng

Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it

I thought this book was super cute! I have this signed paperback copy with a Sad Jackal sticker that I've just sort of been looking at and admiring for a few years a while, and I always kind of walk past my bookshelf and look at it for a bit and debate on reading it but for some reason I never get around to doing so? But today was the day!

Charlotte's voice was really distinct and strong from the start, but not in a way that was overpowering or off-putting. It was a little fumbly, a little aw
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Charlotte has been friends with boys forever. Every friend she had that was a girl always left her. This book is mainly about Charlotte and her guy friends Abe, Oliver, and Trip who are all in a band together named Sad Jackal. Charlotte and Trip are super close and one he leaves the band Charlotte doesn't have much time with him. Then Charlottes life got to complicated with who she decided to like and be friends with.The primary theme in this book is that your true friends will stick around no m ...more
Sam H (Will Read for Booze)
So I didn't hate it but I hated it ya know? The MC's way of life is very similar to mine.... all my friends are men. Always have been. And because of that life can get complicated. Again, super relatable. But it was a struggle for me to relive this story, and it not match my own experiences. ...more
My Bookish Delights
Hm. This was a strange one. I think that 12 year old me would have really liked this book, if it actually had more romance in it. 12 year old me was not messing around with what she liked. 17 year old me would have liked it more since that's when I had my own group of guy friends. Again though, not enough romance. My point is that this feels like it's supposed to be a YA book, but one written for the lower end such as 12-13 year olds. There's no way these characters seem like seniors to me.

I li
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Nov 27, 2011 rated it liked it
First I must start by saying I am a huge, huge fan of Terra Elan McVoy. I picked her book Pure up on a whim and fell in love with the story. It wasn’t my usual kind of book or subject matter, but it was so fascinating I couldn’t put it down. Basically, I have been a fan ever since. When I heard she was writing a new book I was ecstatic. And then when I was offered an ARC I was so over the moon. And let me tell you it was exactly what I expect from McVoy. Was it as good as Pure for me, no way, bu ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I read Terra Elan McVoy’s first novel, “Pure,” two summers ago, I had a hard time relating to the main character and caring about the plot because I am not religious (“Pure” is about what happens when one of four friends bonded by purity rings breaks her pledge). But McVoy’s writing kept me buying her novels. I absolutely loved the two first person narrators who each wrote in unique poetry in “After the Kiss” and reading about the different lives of three sisters in “The Summer of Firsts an ...more
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