YA Guest Reviewer: Carolyn Graham
Title: Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials
Author: Rosalind Wiseman
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers
Release Date: January 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Fiction
Publisherís Age/Grade Recommendation: 12 and up
OUARís Age/Grade Recommendation: 14 and up
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: None
Rosalind's Website/Blog: rosalindwiseman.com
Charlie Healey is just entering High school. She got a scholarship to go to the most exceptional high school in the area. She was supposed to go to a different high school but she chose this one to get away from the girls who made her middle school years the most horrible years of her life. She leaves to escape them. Sheís expecting this year to be a little less drama free. Which isnít even close to what she gets.
But she makes friends with a girl named Sydney, who had strawberry blond hair, blue eyes and thin. She is outgoing and is also new to this area. They become fast friends. But then, she runs into her former best friend Will, who moved away years ago. Heís back, heís hot, and heís already popular. But becoming friends with him again will cause her to be catapulted into stress and way more drama then she can handle. And when a hazing prank goes wrong, Charlie becomes terrified for Will. Torn between her feelings for Will or betraying him to do what she feels is right.
High school was supposed to give Charlie a chance to get away from drama and mean girls and leave it the pain behind her, in the past. Except thatís far from the truth. Charlie gets pushed into drama left and right, and realizes maybe high school isnít what she thought it would be.
This book was amazing. The writer, Rosalind Wiseman, did an exceptional job. She really summed up high school well. Well, my high school anyway. I read the book from start to finish in two days and never got bored with it. Iíve reread it three times now, and I still get enjoyment out of it.
Charlie was a great character. Had everything a nervous freshman in high school has. It was a great book and I recommend it to, well anyone. It brings back the enjoyment I had in freshman year. Made me laugh and it made me worry. I could really picture this book in my head, ever scene and everything Charlie did.
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