2013 Sakura Medal Books

Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman


Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman

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6 thoughts on “Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman

  1. I really, really liked this book, It was one of the best books that I read last year. Malorie Blackman is a great author and you know that as soon as you pick up one of her books, you are in for a treat. This book certainly does not let you down!
    This book tells us the story of two brothers: Dante, the more serious elder brother waiting for his ‘A’ Level results to find if he can enter university a year earlier than usual and Adam, a fun loving younger brother into drama and very openly gay. Both are about to have their worlds knocked upside down with only their father to help them through. The story moves at a fast pace, revealling all sorts about the main characters with lots of ups and downs. Once I started reading this book I found it really hard to stop and ended up reading it in one sitting. The ending was superb, leaving so glad that I had read such a good book. A fantasitc read not to be missed!

  2. I read this book on the train and I had to pretend I had a cold because I was crying… Still, this is a “feel good books”, a nice one with credible characters and a lot of humor. You will love it!

  3. Once I started, I really couldn’t stop reading this book. It was funny and touching at the same time, with a fast paced storyline. I am the same age as the main character, which made it easier for me to relate to him. This book made me realize the importance of being a family, and the power of love. A great book definitely worth reading, and especially recommended to teenagers.

  4. I am a vivacious reader and am always scouring for interesting novels about topics that are usually avoided, such as teenage pregnancy. When I saw the book, Boys Don’t Cry, by Malorie Blackman I knew I must read this unusually titled book. The novel doesn’t disappoint- it thoroughly discusses the challenges involved with teenage pregnancy, but highlights the subject through the father’s eyes. Dante, the young father in the novel, takes to parent hood like a fish to water, and his initial emotions and reactions are highly relatable. I liked being able to see the father side of parent hood- too often stories talk about the young mom being left to fend for herself so seeing a guy deal with this issue was innovative.

    During the beginning of the novel I thought the dialogue between Dante and his father was used to preach the lesson that having a child impacts a life forever, but the way the message was portrayed seemed a bit cliché. Dialogue in the book also tends to feel clumsy in places and attempts to include humor, but is extremely unsuccessful. Some chapters even seem to mimic an informational packet on suicide and other issues, plus other chapters input various random tidbits of information about Emma simply to remind readers that she too plays a valuable role in the story.

    Overall I am pleased to have read this book. I liked the new perspectives it held, but feel that some simple improvements could have made the book even better. I would recommend this book to 15-17 years olds since this tends to be the age that teens start considering becoming involved in sexual activity and therefore need to be reminded of the responsibilities and challenges that an unintended pregnancy can create.

    A fun, light story told from the point of view of two brothers. The main brother, Dante, has his whole future set out in front of him when his ex-girlfriend shows up at his door, hands over her baby whose father is Dante, and leaves him with the child for good. The younger brother deals with the tension between Dante and their father, as well as the kids at school who bully him for being gay. This novel is about growing up and adapting to drastic changes. It may seem like a cliche theme, but take a chance with Boys Don’t Cry – what made this book memorable for me was that it showed not only the teenage boys maturing, but also their father.

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