Review by Kayla, In Love & Words Teen Reader
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman
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.
Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials had me smiling and continuously turning the pages!
I expected there to be a more romance in this book and I was slowly realizing this as I was getting closer and closer to the end. But, I do have to say this was a good story overall.
Charlie is starting her freshman year at a new high school in hopes she can leave her past behind. To her surprise, she sees her childhood friend Will.
Later in the story, she learns that her middle school problems are somehow finding her. Charlie learns to take risks on doing what is right for not only her but for the people around her. I think this book really portrayed real world problems and how Charlie worked through them.
Butterfly Rating: 3 stars
Book Boyfriend Rating: 3 stars
Age Recommendation: 13+
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