Book Review: Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials

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.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

     Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials is a real catch. The title itself made me want to read this book from the moment I laid eyes on it. And ain't I glad that I did! Reading this book is definitely a fun ride. I actually read it for seven hours tops 'cause I couldn't find myself to put it down.

     The thing I liked most about this book is the characters. They all seem so bubbly and carefree even with all the dramas going on around them. I find them all equally interesting. Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials is such a light read with just the right amount of humor, romance, typical highschool drama and more.
Then there's the main character Charlotte, or as she prefers to be called, Charlie. Charlie is looking for a new start when she decided to transfer to Harmony Falls. After what happened at her last school, she's determined to start over and forget everything that happened in the past. And just as she was adjusting in her new school, she makes an unlikely friend, sees her childhood friend after not seeing him for three years, develops a crush on the hottest guy at school and then learns that one girl she's avoiding from her past is actually in the same school with her. Charlie is a likable character. Yes, sometimes I think she overthink things and overreacts but for the most part, she's a girl with strong determination and doesn't easily back down. I find her relationship with her brother real sweet. They're real open with each other and even if they occasionally seem to dislike one another, you can still see the love.
But honestly, the character I find most intriguing is Charlie's new-found bff, Sydney. She's a total kick-ass, tough, totally outgoing and with a bucketful of guts. Personally, I would love to be her best friend. She will always have your back and she's not one to back off of a fight even if it's with a guy bigger than her.
     Oh, and how can I forget, Will! I absolutely adore him. How could I not? He's hot, nice and charming. There were subtle hints throughout the book that seemed to me like he kinda likes Charlie too (or maybe I'm just delusional?) and when I was near the last part of the book, I was actually worried that they might not end up together. I wish I could have seen more of their past though since they're childhood bestfriends and such. Oh, well.

     Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials is a YA novel mostly about high school drama. You'll see that there's more to it than what one would expect and it holds so much more than meets the eye. It is mostly about accepting one's imperfections and having to deal with them. Also, it is not always about worrying about what other people might think or do, sometimes you just have to have the courage and do the right thing and stand up for others and your friends - real friends.

I surely recommend this book to anyone who has got their eyes on it.

Keep the books coming - 

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