Sunday, February 21, 2010

Review: Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials

Title: Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials
Author: Rosalind Wiseman

From GoodReads, "Looking for a new beginning after a terrible mean girl past, Charlie Healey realizes there’s no escaping high school drama.

Charlie Healey thinks Harmony Falls is the beginning of a whole new life. Middle school was brutal. But high school is Charlie’s big chance to start over and stay out of drama, except that on her first day she runs into Will, her ex–best friend, who had moved away. Now a varsity athlete and hotter than Charlie
remembered, Will hangs with the crowd running the school. But Charlie doesn’t understand their power until an innocent delivery guy falls victim to a near-deadly hazing prank.

Torn between doing what’s right and her secret feelings for Will, Charlie must decide whether to turn in her very best friend or live with the guilt of knowing what he did.

Rosalind Wiseman’s first novel for young adults is a fresh, funny, and juicy read about friendship, betrayal, and how far some will go to be accepted.

The cover really enticed me to pick up this book. I really like the cute quote, colors used, and mystery behind the notebook! Secondly, the title is very catchy. I started the book and immediately could relate the characters to memories I had back in high school. Charlie is the kind of friend I would have had in high school. She is a, “what you see is what you get kind of girl.” Beginning a new school, Charlie starts and new life for herself and gains some great friends. Charlie and her friends are faced with many high school issues from drinking to the politics of high school sports. I can relate to Charlie because I am someone that also has trouble dealing with the politics in everyday life. This book was an easy, fun read and I would recommend this book to those who like to take trips down memory lane.

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