Being Friends With Boys
By Terra Elan McVoy
Available May 2012
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 stepsisters and a past full of backstabbing (female) ex-best friends, so for her, being friends with boys is refreshingly drama-free…until it isn’t any more.
When a new boy enters the scene and makes Char feel like, well, a total girl…and two of her other friends have a falling out that may or may not be related to one of them deciding he possibly wants to be more than friends with Char…being friends with all these boys suddenly becomes a lot more complicated.
This Blonde’s Review:
Char has been one of the guys forever. Just one of the guys, nothing more. Then all at once life gets complicated.
Oliver, Trip, and Charlotte are great friends who are part of a band. Charlotte writes the songs and manages the band. Trip writes the music to go with her songs and Oliver is lead singer. When the guys surprise her and tell her that Trip is no longer in the band she doesn’t know what to think.
When Charlotte meets the guys auditioning for the bad she quickly falls for the new guy. She’s also getting to know a guy in her class that everyone warns her to stay away from, a guy who is more than the rumors make him out to be. Char’s friendships are affected by these guys more than she realized. But how can she choose?
Despite Trip not being in the band, Charlotte is still very involved. Soon she’s more involved than she ever was before. As her life is changing and her friendships with the guys around her get more complicated, she has to figure out what sh really wants. Does she want to be the sidekick or is she ready to step out of the shadows and claim what she wants?
Charlotte’s life changed practically overnight. She went from being one of the guys to having complicated overtones to her friendships she didn’t understand. Was she supposed to stay one of the guys forever? Or could she stay friends while finally being seen as the girl she is? Will the changes help or hurt the band?
I loved watching Charlotte attempt to deal with all the new complications in her life. She doesn’t understand why her friendships aren’t as simple as they always seemed to be. Why does it feel like there is more being said than she understands? As she gains new friends and feels like she’s losing the old, Charlotte has to decide what really matters to her. She has to decide who she needs in her life.
I didn’t understand some of the people she wanted in her life or why she wanted them there. Of all the guys in her life there was one I thought was the obvious relationship choice and another I really liked for her. I couldn’t help but hope she’d end up with the boy who was there for her more than all the rest. I won’t say who she does end up, but I’m sure you’ll be happy to see her so happy.
As one of the guys turns into a girl, she’ll learn who her real friends are. She’ll also learn what she really wants from her life and what she really wants from the band.
If you enjoy stories about girls figuring out complicated friendships with guys and figuring out where her heart lies, then you’ll enjoy Charlotte’s story. I know I enjoyed it and I am looking forward to reading another of Terra Elan McVoy’s books.