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Boys Don't Cry

Boys Don't CryMore suitable for teenage readers
by Malorie Blackman

So far we have received 25 reviews of Boys Don't Cry. You can read them below.

Abby from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

Boys Don’t Cry is quite a mature book about a seventeen year
old boy who finds out he has a child and the child’s mother
runs out on the baby leaving Dante with the baby. The story is
about how the baby, Emma, affects Dante and his family which
consists of his Dad and gay brother, Adam. The story is written
from the aspects of Dante and Adam. The opening is interesting
because it is a text, this caught my attention because I wanted
to know who sent the text and what its’ about because all it
basically says is good luck. The story is about the after
effects of having sex without using contraception but it is
also about being gay and homophobia.
I only found one part of the book disappointing and that was
the fact that Dante’s family didn’t react the way that a
normal family would have reacted because they were disappointed
at him but not as much as any other parent would have been.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a book about
families who pull together even through serious problems.
I think this book would appeal to both boys and girls as it is
a tear jerking story at times but it also involves violence
too.
This is one of the best books I’ve read as it has a really
good storyline. If I had to give it a rating out of ten, I
would give it an eight as it is really good but not as
realistic as I would have liked.


Marks out of 10: 10

Cameron from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

This book is good. I like the bit when the girlfriend went to
her ex's house and she givs him the baby and walks off. He is
left holding the baby, and he begins to love it, it is so
sweet. I would give this book 10/10 because it is so good. If
I did not become a member of readers group I would never have
read this book, and i really enjoyed it.

Marks out of 10: 10

Emily from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

Dante, Adam and Da are the main characters.

The first line didn't really catch my attention, but when I
read on it got more enjoyable. The story is about a seventeen
year old boy whose ex-girlfriend turns up at his house carrying
a baby. His baby. She says she is going to the shop to get
some nappies but she doesn't come back and Dante's life is
about to change forever.

The first few chapters give away most of the information, so
the middle bit was a bit boring.

I would recommend the book to both boys and girls who are at a
higher stage in reading because some of the words are a bit
tricky. This is one of the best books I have read because most
of my own books are for people my age but I prefer books that
are a bit old for me.

Marks out of 10: 9

Anna from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

This book is about a normal 17 year old boy called Dante, who
has his whole life planned out. University, a job in journalism
and he is expecting his A level results today but when he
answers the door it is definetly not who he was expecting!His
old girlfriend, Melanie, dumps a baby on him. His whole life is
ruined because of one night and too much alcohol. Dante has his
mind set on putting her up for adoption but will he do it? Will
he have a future?
This book was very gripping and I thoroughly enjoyed the part
of my days spent reading this. I have rated it 8 out of 10
because in the middle it got slightly boring but other than
that it was a outstanding story! Now that I have read this I
would really like to read Malorie Blackman's other novels. I
would recommend this to readers who enjoy real life related
stories with an unpredictable punchline. This is one of the
first books I have read and I would definetely put this on the
shortlist!

Marks out of 10: 8

Amy from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

I normally enjoy this type of book but i found this
particularly boring. Its basically about a teenage boy who is
waiting for his A-level results but gets an unexpected visit
from an ex-girlfriend who claims the little person with her is
his child. The story follows with the new teenage dad trying to
look after his accidental daughter. It also follows his younger
brother, Adam, who is dealing with his love life. Overall i
gave this book 7 out of 10.

Marks out of 10: 7

ashleigh from Year 8, Ridgewood School:

Boys Don’t Cry is quite a mature book about a seventeen year
old boy who finds out he has a child although he hasnt seen the
mother in ages he invites her in and then the child’s mother
runs out on the baby leaving Dante with the baby. The story is
about how the baby, Emma, affects Dante and his family which
consists of his Dad and gay brother, Adam. The story is written
from the aspects of Dante and Adam (brothers). The opening is
interesting because it is a text, this caught my attention
because I wanted to know who sent the text and what its’
about because all it basically says is good luck. I dont
really like that that it goes from character to character but
over all its an awesome book. i really enjoyed it i woud
reccommend it to people who like books about famlies and their
problems

Marks out of 10: 10

Eleanor Davies from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

Although it's marked TEEN TITLE, it could possibly be better
than One Dog and his Boy [which I have also reviewed so please
check it out] which as I told this boy [Jordan] is a real shock
for me as I prefer animal stories and not teen books. The only
thing I did not like is the bit where Adam and Dante get beaten
up as I hate violence. Emma is my favourite charecter as she is
a real wild child [or should I say baby] and can really make
you feel emotional.

Marks out of 10: 9

Charlotte from Year 9, Ridgewood School:

The second I opened this book I thought I'd love it and I was
right; this book explores the struggles of teen life at its
worst parts and how a young teen boy is thrown into the hectic
life of fatherhood.
Dante's biggest worry at the start of the book is his A Level
results until his very unpredictable future comes knocking on
his door in the form of his ex-girlfriend and her baby buggy
which has Dante's newest challenge that he didn't think he'd
ever have to face at 17 years old.
Will his life come crashing down or will this be the best thing
that ever happened to him?
This book is a page turning and enthralling novel that most
people will love reading. I gave this book a 10/10.

Marks out of 10: 10

Beth from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

This book was really great and one of my favourites. Its all
about being stuck with a child at a young age, Dante the main
character in the book hadnt seen his ex-girlfriend for about 2
years untill one day she shows up with a baby and tells Dante
shes just nipping to the shops but then she runs away living
the child called Emma with her dad dante, But he wants to go to
college and get a job and at first objects to looking after her
but soon he becomes attached, a side story in this book is
about his gay brother Adam who also has some life problems, I
wouldnt reccomend this book to people who like action because
there isn't much but if you like childcare and relationships
this is the book for you.

Marks out of 10: 9

Kacey from Year 11, Ridgewood School:

I really enjoyed this book because it gives an idea of what
boys have to cope with.. great read. thumbs up for me.

Marks out of 10: 8

Megan from Year 8, De Warenne Academy:

It is one of the best books that I've ever read!! I would
reccomend it to everyone 12+. I love this book very much and
the author is one of the best authors ever!!

Marks out of 10: 10

Nicole from Year 7, Ridgewood School:

Boys don't cry is one of the best books i have ever read. I
could read it over and over again. I could not put this book
down, as it is a very gripping story. Dante and Adam are two
brothers but with very different lives. Adam is gay and Dante
finds out he has a daughter. This book is constantly
interesting because it flicks between each person. I
particularly like the dad character because he acts really
disappointed with Dante but as soon as he gets the chance, goes
out to buy Emma, Dante's baby, treats. It is lovely watching a
relationship develop between father and daughter but will Dante
decide the pressure is too much? Would he rather go to Uni with
his girlfriend Collette? Adam on the other hand would love a
baby but accepts he cannot because he is Gay. Although
according to his family it is just a phase. This story made my
laugh and smile. Smile being the main emotion. I could sit here
and write about this book until I had filled up a whole page
but then I would be giving the story away. I strongly recommend
this book to people who love real life issues. You must be
mature however as there is quite alot of older children
lanuage. 10/10 from me xx

Marks out of 10: 10

Abby S from Year 9, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

This story is about a boy called Dante. One day he is waiting
for his A level results, he is hoping to pass so he can go to
university and become a journalist. There is a knock at the
door, Dante answers it, expecting it to be the post-man. When
he opens the door it’s his ex-girlfriend Melanie and she is
holding a baby. After a chat, Dante finds out that the baby is
his daughter, Emma. Then Melanie pops out to the shops, leaving
Emma with an unwilling Dante, just for a while. She doesn’t
return. Dante is left at 17 with a baby girl and no idea how to
look after or deal with her. He can’t give her up for
adoption because he needs the mothers permission. He can’t go
to university with a baby. Not only that but Dante has to deal
with his brother, Adam, who insists he is gay and Dante knows
if he carries on being so open about it, he could be in
trouble. Plus his friends don’t really want to hang out with
a baby so they don’t come over any more and his girlfriend,
Collette, isn’t much help either. Dante doesn’t think his
life could get any worse but will his views change?
I loved this book! It involved some very real issues that
happen today. I think because the book was about a 17 year old
single dad and a teenage homosexual boy, it made the book
realistic and interesting and a great read. My favourite part
was what happened to Adam just after Dante’s birthday
celebration at the ‘Bar Belle’ it was really emotional and
shocking (I cried!) and made me want to finish the book really
quickly to find out what happens! It's a fantastic book!

Marks out of 10: 9

Alysha from Year 9, Danum Academy:

I really loved this book because it is very heart filling and
good but the bit that i didn't like is when the mother left her
son and the baby by there self and the mother never came back
again, so that is why i have marked it down a bit lower then i
would have of thought.

8/10

Marks out of 10: 8

Katie from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

Boys don't Cry is a book about a seventeen year old boy who has
been told that he is a dad. When I read the begining of the
book it was boring but as I read more pages it got more
exciting. I also like the blurb because it not like any other
blurb I have ever read before. The characters are Dante, Adam,
Emma and Dad. Also I liked it because it shows you how a
seventeen year old boy feels when he has been left with a baby
alone . I gave it a nine because it wasn't intresting at the
begining of the book so that why. Boys don't Cry a really good
book to read.


Marks out of 10: 9

Alisha from Year 9, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

I really enjoyed the book because it tells you what happens to
a boy who is waiting for his exam results and gets dumped with
a baby. I would reccomend it to anybody as I really liked it.

Marks out of 10: 9

Keavey from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

It is about a seventeen year old boy who finds out he has a
child. The childs mother runs out without her child and leaves
Dante with it. This story is about the baby, Emma, and how it
affects Dante and his family, which consists of his dad and gay
brother,Aadam. Dante has had his life planned out, university,
a job in journalism and he was expecting his A level result
today but when he goes and answers the door to someone who he
was not expecting, definitely his whole life got ruined because
of one night he had too much alcohol. When I read the first
page it made me wat to read more. I liked this book because it
was interesting although in the middle of the book it got a bit
boring.

Marks out of 10: 9

Rebecca from Year 6, St Albans Catholic Primary School:

This book is a piece of art! It was absolutely wonderful. It is
really realistic.
10/10

Marks out of 10: 10

Jordan from Year 6, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

the book is very cool and good but it has adult thing in so to
sum up good book but adult thing sorry about the short reveiw
because i have not read much

Marks out of 10: 6

Danielle-Louise from Year 11, Ridgewood School:

This is a great read for teens ages 14+... I really enjoyed
reading this as it gave me an insight to what teenage pregnancy
can do. I recommend this to all teenagers. Thumbs up from me!!
:)

Marks out of 10: 9

Phoebe from Year 8, Hayfield School:

This book is a really interesting and good read, probably the
best book i've read. It's interesting how malorie blackman
writes on the two brother's perspectives - dante, the 17 yer
old who is left with the baby and adam his younger brother. she
describes the brothers so well, they are completely different,
but were wrote really fluently. i just wish there was a second
book!

Overall, this book was amazing, and i would recoomend it to
anyone - so hard to put it down!

Marks out of 10: 10

Katie b from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

This book is very quick and gets to the point. It is all about
a teen boy called Dante and he is still at school waiting for
his pass on his test but when he gets back his girl is waiting
at home with his child and he has to look after his own baby.
Will he cope ... thought this book could be better and I didnt
understand it all but you read it and check it out .

Marks out of 10: 6

Kate from Year 8, Baysgarth School:

This book is really heartfelt, it makes you laugh, cry, you
really get connected to the characters. Love, love, love this
book!

Marks out of 10: 10

Hannah from Year 6, Canon Popham Primary School:

I quite enjoyed this book! Expecially when he was dumped with
his baby. I also loved the way that the auther have drew many
people into this book! I would defonatly read this book again!
And many other books to come.......

Marks out of 10: 10

Holly L from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

Dante is waiting for his a level results to see whether his
career is going to be good or bad. Then his
ex-girlfriendmelanie shows up at his house but Dante hasn't
seen Melanie in ages after she dissapeared for a while. He
noticed that she hadn't come alone, she was with a baby girl.
Dante asked Melanie what she was doing there and who the baby
was. But she didn't answer she just said that the baby was
called Emma. She then took out her baby certificate it said
that Melanie was the mother yet it didnt say who the father
was. Melanie said that it was Dante. She then said that she was
going to the shops to get more nappies but she never came back.
She phoned Dante and told him that she wasn't coming back. Mean
while Dantes brother was going to the doctors because he has a
bad head ache but Dantes brother had a phobia to going to any
where where there is medicine. In the end he goes back to the
doctors no matter what! I really liked the book but towards the
end it got boring.

Marks out of 10: 6

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