Review: Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman

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Boys Don’t Cry

by Malorie Blackman

YA Contemporary

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This is the explosively page-turning new novel for teenagers from the author of the award-winning “Noughts and Crosses” sequence. You’re about to receive your A-level results and then a future of university and journalism awaits. But the day they’re due to arrive your old girlfriend Melanie turns up unexpectedly …with a baby …You assume Melanie’s helping a friend, until she nips out to buy some essentials, leaving you literally holding the baby …Malorie’s dramatic new novel will keep you on the edge of your seat right to the final page.

Like many others, I am a big fan of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses series, so when I picked this title out of my TBR Jar, I was really excited. Unfortunately it got lost among my huge TBR pile and I didn’t give it the attention it definitely deserves.

It’s just such a comforting, UKYA title. It follows the story of Dante and his unexpected circumstances. One day he is waiting by the door for his A-Level results that determine whether he gets into university, when his old girlfriend Melanie shows up and leaves his baby on his doorstep. His mind races all at once as he had no clue that he had a child, and when Melanie flees, he has to come to terms with the new path his life is taking before it completely overwhelms him.

I really enjoyed this and would honestly recommend it to anyone! It felt such a fresh read because I don’t think there are as many male YA protagonists as there are female so it was a nice change-up. It also alternated perspectives between Dante and his brother Adam, who has struggles of his own including coming to terms with his sexuality and how people treat him because of it.

It was a light read that didn’t take me long at all to get through. It was paced so well that it never felt like there was a dull moment and I constantly wanted to keep reading. Blackman has such a simple yet powerful way with words that it’s impossible not to get hooked in her stories and with her characters. I simply can’t fault this book.