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Boys Don't Cry

(Boys Don't Cry #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  7,356 ratings  ·  634 reviews
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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Oct 17, 2011 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
Jun 26, 2014 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
Yousra & Books
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was sooooo gooooood!!!

Review to come...
Nov 27, 2011 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
Oct 19, 2014 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
Liam Owens
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: masculinity, lgbt
I read this book as I'm researching how modern masculinity is represented in contemporary teen fiction as part of my Masters degree in Children's Literature. This is the first book I've read by Malorie Blackman, though I had pretty high expectations as I know she's a celebrated author who has received considerable recognition for her contributions to children's fiction.

In short, I thought this was a fantastic book. Teenage pregnancy isn't exactly a new topic in YA, but the decision to approach t

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)
Jun 01, 2011 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
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
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
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Whilst primarily a novel aimed squarely at the 'young adult' market - as with all good books, this transcends the confines and limitations of that genre.

Ostensibly a simple, straightforward and unsurprising coming of age story of contemporary family life and dynamics - this is powerfully, emotionally and movingly told.

The standard of writing and the quality of characterisation ensure that this story avoids becoming what could so easily have been a two dimensional, patronising and stereotypical t
Jul 01, 2013 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
Jane Branson
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is excellent. As you would expect from Malorie Blackman: a pacy, intelligent, emotionally-charged, contemporary coming-of-age story, which focuses on young and unwanted fatherhood but also deals with issues around sexuality, bereavement, family and relationships. Maybe it's a tad predictable - but even while Blackman is presenting harsh realities she is sensitive to young readers' needs, and the sentimentality is woven with a couple of loose threads left for tying up later. Indeed, there is ...more
J. Taylor
I loved this book so much. I wanted to read it for ages and kind of forgot down the line then I eventually got it and it was amazing. I am a sucker for single fathers, let alone a teenager one and I loved every moment.

I do wish we had more from Adam, instead of a half of a page from him though most of the time or all Dante, there just wasn't enough that he shouldn't have had his perspective or should have had more of it.

Truly amazing, a must read.

Re-read: I love this book so damm much and it m
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Oct 01, 2010 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
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.

Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed most of the beginning of this book but when I got to the ending I felt unmotivated to read it and since the ending was mostly based on Adam, and my favourite point of view was Dante, it seemed quite boring.
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Heart wrenching story, absolutely loved it.
Feb 22, 2012 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.
Dani C
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: signed
Really loved this! Why did it take me so long to pick it up?

Full review coming soon.
Sep 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
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I genuinely don't understand the high rating for this book. I'm so bored reading it that I just cannot finish. First off, I was quite unsure on whether I was up for reading Boys Don't Cry but it's not a long book so I thought I'd give it a go. Personally, I don't see the point of this story in the slightest.

So Dante's ex-girlfriend shows up at his door and leaves their baby with him then never comes back. I thought this book was going to be solely on this but it's not. Basically there's some P
Chanel Lindsay
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this author's Noughts and Crosses series so I thought I'd give her standalone books a try, starting with this one. (Well sort of, I have read Noble Conflict but didn't enjoy that one very much). This one was a very bold and captivating story that I really enjoyed.

This book follows Dante, a 17-year-old, who has it all planned out. A summer of freedom, university, a career as a journalist - his future looks bright. But then the doorbell rings. It's Dante's ex-girlfriend, and sh
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Just amazing. The whole plot, the story. Phenomenal.

Good Points.
The way Malorie Blackman identified the boys' story and their past life before the semi-climax was amazing. The unimaginable events that occur take your heart for a spin but feed your mind with knowledge.

Bad Points.
We don't really hear Melanie's perspective as much as we need to. And yes I know there's a sequel based on it but having a mini chapter purely for Melanie would help us to understand and gath
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book and am definitely now a Malorie Blackman fan. I particularly like how Blackman used modern issues and makes us think about important topics without knowing it. It is very cleverly written and has a great ending. It also plays on stereotypes and makes you not only think about but question your perception of the book. Another aspect I loved was the duel narrative; I think it was very effective on showing two sides of a story and different views of the same character - all ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was really enjoyable to read. It was very different from Malorie Blackman’s usual stories, but the fact that this addressed problems that aren’t necessarily thought of or recognised made it a really interesting read. It was really eye opening and shows that life can’t always go as you want it to or plan it to. The book also didn’t have a definitive end, it wasn’t a cliffhanger but I’d love to read a sequel to it, rather then left what happened to Emma and Dante and Adam and Josh.

I woul
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a teenage drama. I really enjoyed the book as it is very dramatic and sad at times which pulls the reader in making them want to carry on reading.The story has a bunch of emotions throughout starting with a very calm setting towards the beginning and gradually getting more intense. The ending was clear and helped you understand the full book.The ending was quit happy.The story talks about the boys brother being gay and the issues with being pregnant at such a young age.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book because it started off a bit confusing but then all the secrets unfold and you discover about pasts and presents. It gets less confusing the further you get and it makes you want to read on and on and you never want to put the book down.
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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.

More information available at:
British Council: Contemporary Authors
British Council: Encompass Culture
Channel 4 Learning: Book Box

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