Reading Horoscope: Pisces
Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks (2013 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens)
Maggie is starting high school. It’s a big deal, but everyone goes through it, right? But Maggie is not just starting high school; she’s attending school for the first time after being home-schooled her whole life. Sure, her older brothers are there to help, having already gone through the transition themselves. But things are even more tense between her family since their mom left suddenly and hasn’t been heard from. If making new friends and dealing with the drama at home isn’t enough, Maggie has a ghost problem to worry about: she’s being haunted and doesn’t know how to stop it. Filled with humor, warmth, crushes, and a touch of the supernatural, Friends With Boys is a graphic novel that shows how terrifying and fantastic starting high school can be.
Some people could call Sam a slacker, and they wouldn’t be totally wrong. He’s a college drop-out working at a crappy fast food job with fellow slackers he calls friends. They’re all good people, really, just bored and unchallenged by the drudgery of the menial food service job. All that changes when a prank goes wrong and a very bad man, Douglas, comes looking for the punks who damaged his car and finds Sam instead. Sam never suspected he was anything other than a normal guy, but when Douglas begins threatening and harming his closest friends and family, Sam quickly learns of a whole world of magic, zombies, werewolves, and other things that go bump in the night. Full of dark humor, terrifying creatures that eat you alive, and catchy song titles for chapters that will leave you humming for hours, this book has something for everyone, including Pisces.
Enjoy your month, Pisces, and don’t forget to watch out for all the interesting and wonderful things the world (and books) have to offer!
— Amanda Margis, currently reading Data, A Love Story by Amy Webb and listening to Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Patillo Beals