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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, untiThis 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....

Title : Boys Don't Cry
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ISBN : 9780385604796
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 302 Pages
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Boys Don't Cry Reviews

  • Jo
    2019-03-12 18:37

    “How could ten forgettable minutes of not much turn both our lives inside out and upside down like this?”Initial Final Page Thoughts.Yay!High Points.Dante. Adam and his story. Let’s hear it for the boys! Daddies. Different perspectives. Acceptance. Sleepless nights. Walks in the park. Taking responsibilities. Hiccupping hearts. ”Just bringing up wind.”. Living life out loud. Low Points.I would really have loved to see more of the social implications that Dante faced. What was covered- his friend’s reactions, the social workers, the exchange in the doctor’s surgery- was done incredibly well but I just think having a bit more of an insight into those side of things would have made it even more realistic than it was. Sometimes I felt like these things were overlooked for the bigger picture and eclipsed by other issues that feature later on in the story. Completely Unrelated PointRe: The Cover. I didn’t know Bruce Springsteen was starting his own baby-sitting club…. Hero.First up, I just have to say how refreshing it was to read a book about teenage pregnancy from the boy’s perspective. Whether it’s on TV, in books or even in the news, people assume that the dads always do a runner. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen, but it doesn’t always happen. The dads who stick around never seemed to get mentioned and they’re all painted with the same brush, so it was really great to read a story from a perspective that gets ignored too often. Anyway…Oh Dante, you poor little lamb. If I had found out that I’d had a child on the day I got my A-Level results (not entirely sure how that would’ve worked) I would have been a jibbering wreck. And you should’ve seen me sans unexpected child; it wasn’t pretty, I assure you.What I loved most about the character of Dante was that he went through a true learning curve and not just in how to look after an eleven month year old girl. This book is a crash course in learning to be selfless, learning to be compassionate, learning that life doesn’t always go as planned and learning to take responsibility for your own actions.In the hands of another author, this story could have stumbled blindly into the preachy trap, but it never did. I never felt like I was being lectured or that she was making a political statement about the levels of teenage pregnancy in modern day Britain. It’s always so satisfying to see a character start off a bit unlikeable and completely useless and watch as they mature and learn from their mistakes with little to no whinging. I hate characters who start off perfect and end just as perfect, where’s the fun in that? Also, Dante’s a brilliant big brother. But I’m not saying anything else about that for fear I will cry The Ugly Cry. Family.I have so much love for this lot. I love how they interacted because it felt natural and funny without being forced. They had their problems and their skeletons in their closets but you could tell that they all really cared for each other and it was really special to read. Also, Aunt Jackie was a firecracker. Theme Tune.….I have to do it and I’m not even sorry.If a song mentions the author then it’s pretty much a given it’s going to be the theme tune, right?Written in the Stars by Tinie Tempah ft Eric Turner. Also, I may or may not have developed some kind of knee-jerk reaction that whenever I say ‘Malorie Blackman’ out loud, I have to follow it immediately with “Where the hell’s all the sanity at? Damn.”Because I’m a ridiculous person. But anyway, I don’t care because I have a lot of time for Mr Tempah and his crazy sun protectors. Also, this one is for Adam. Survive It by Ghostpoet. I knowTimes are hardYou’re against the wall, andYour head is down, butI thinkYou’ll get there soonJust have a little faith, mateIt’ll turn out great.Sadness Scale.9/10.Gosh. I think a lot of people will be put off from reading this book because it seems like it could either be an “Issue Book” or full of LOLZ and so many hilarious stories that Selleck, Danson and Guttenburg will be hammering on your door so they can get in on the action. And even though it does deal with issues and it is full of LOLZ and hilarious stories, it’s so much deeper than that. I can’t tell you the reason why this book is getting such a high sadness scale (spoilers and all) but I had a lump in my throat for most of the second half. *sob*In this book, Ms Blackman has created a story that is just as much about being male in modern day Britain, what it takes to be masculine, taking responsibility for your actions, family and, above all, staying true to yourself. Recommended For.People are looking for a book that offers a different and fascinating perspective on an, arguably, overdone subject. People are looking for a book where the boys take over. People who are reluctant to take their Beyonce posters down. People who want to live their life out loud. You can read this review and lots of other exciting things on my blog here.

  • Liz* Fashionably Late
    2019-02-26 14:36

    My sister is reading this. If I find sexy time scenes here, she's gonna hear it from me...

  • Ana Banda
    2019-03-22 16:27

    PRECIOSO! :)Wow! cuando leí la sinopsis esperaba a un tipo de 30 años mujeriego pero ¡Oh Sorpresa! Nada que ver! Dante representa al típico chavo que no tiene idea sobre lo que implica ser papá y que en el día a día con su bebé van dándose cuenta de lo maravilloso que es! Me encantó la forma en la que se volvio gracias a Emma; más maduro; un hombre real!Adam mi vida; no es el único que ha pasado por esas cosas! ): Malditos ignorantes -.-Emma es una belleza de niña! amé cuando ya hablaba :3 aw quiero una bebé así de lista, y lo que es mas maravilloso es que se convirtió en la unión de esa familia :')Libro gracioso; impactante & con una enseñanza muy grande! :)

  • Aly (Fantasy4eva)
    2019-03-10 21:46

    After reading NOUGHTS AND CROSSES, the author quickly became one for me to look out for. So I was thrilled to receive this book.It was freaking awesome.Just imagine. A 17 year old boy (Dante) that has his life all planned out. He is just about to receive his A Level results and is well on his way to University to study Journalism. But then your ex girlfriend pops up. She has a baby. She claims this baby is your baby. Goes out for a few minutes, promising to return. She never comes back.I was a little gob-smacked when it happened. Of course the synopsis gives it away but it's baffling nevertheless. In the midst of all this there are family problems. His mother passed away and his father has never quite been the same. He doesn't have much of a relationship with either of his sons and struggles to show emotion - which really pulls a strain on the whole family dynamic. You then have his brother Adam. A young boy that has to live with his family denial every day. With his family turning a blind eye to what he is, and by him getting bullied by his big brother, Dante' friends, things are really taking their toll on him. You then have Dante, this boy, who struggles with the anger, guilt and confusion of a baby he never wanted or planned. You watch on as the anger resides and he starts to worry about how he can be a better father. This transition is remarkable. I also really loved how his father was a little harsh towards him. He didn't sugar-coat things. He let him have it. He explained that this child is his, therefore his responsibility and making sacrifices are one of the many things that he will have to do.It's a thought - provoking read,a learning experience and an eye opener - quite inspiring also. BOY'S DON'T CRY is definitely a novel that all of us can learn from.

  • Istefani Marcos
    2019-02-25 15:45

    Adorável!Estou tão apaixonada pelo livro que o que mais quero agora é abraçar todos os personagens, principalmente o papai Dante.O plot do livro é muito diferente, nunca havia lido nada igual. Geralmente o que a gente tem nesse universo literário é o cara dando no pé e deixando a mocinha com um filho para criar. Aqui temos a situação contrária. O Dante, aos 17 anos, fica responsável pela filha, já que a mãe da bebê some. Gostei muito mesmo do livro, foi incrível ver a transformação do Dante de adolescente irresponsável para um super pai. Os personagens secundários também são muito bem construídos. É um livro sem romance, sem drama. Apenas mostrando a realidade de muitos jovens que têm que abrir mão de seus sonhos para cuidar de filhos não planejados.Recomendo!

  • Yousra & Books
    2019-02-26 17:56

    This book was sooooo gooooood!!!Review to come...

  • Laura V.
    2019-03-12 20:30

    "A veces las cosas que estás seguro de no querer se convierten en las que más necesitas en este mundo." A veces, MUY de vez en cuando, me gusta leer este tipo de novelas para recordarme que no siempre hay finales felices con lluvia de arcoiris y ponis voladores. "¿Pensaba que miraría hacia abajo y decidiría que mover un tirón de hamburguesas para el resto de mi vida sería un pequeño precio que debía pagar por tener esta cosa en mi vida? ¿Pensó que el que yo la sostuviera en mis brazos iba a hacer que de repente me diera cuenta de lo mucho que la amaba?"Dante pierde su perfecta vida planeada, la tarde en que Mel lo deja con un bebé en brazos y un "Tú eres su padre, yo no puedo hacerme cargo". Él tiene que procesar en ese suspiro de tiempo entre la noticia y su posterior partida que ha sido padre, que la niña que ahora grita en sus brazos es suya y que, aunque quiera negarlo, ya nada volverá a hacer lo mismo. Mel ha tenido casi dos años para hacerse a la idea, él tiene un suspiro, y lo único que quiere es meter la cabeza bajo la almohada y rogar porque todo haya sido una pesadilla. "-Dante, te ves cansado.-Lo estoy, -admití.-Acostúmbrate a estarlo."Nunca pensé que leería un POV de un padre soltero semi adolescente. No creí que tal cosa fuera posible. Ver a este chico lidiar con sus miedos (y tiene muchos), con sus inseguridades (y cada día son más), con una niña que crece a cada instante, y que roba su corazón a cada minuto, ver que su vida ya no es suya, es de ambos, que ahora le pertenece a Emma, es conmovedor. "Pero aún así, la vida era algo que estaba pasándole a otras personas. La mía había sido puesta en espera. Pero yo tenía a Emma." Un personaje del que me hubiera gustado leer más en este libro es Adam, sufrí un poco con él, pero quiero saber más de él. El final me gustó bastante, el hecho de que no hay soluciones mágicas, que todo no puede arreglarse de la noche a la mañana, que no hay un sueño americano del padre soltero al que aspirar, Dante no la tendrá fácil, ni con Emma al año, ni a los dos, ni cuando cumpla treinta. Emma es un para siempre en su vida. Por cierto, siento mucho que Mel se sintiera obligada a dejar a Emma con él. Sé que la quería. Sé que volverá por ella (leí la sinopsis del próximo libro). Pero Emma es su hija, y por mucho que Dante sienta derecho sobre ella, no pasó ni tiene idea del esfuerzo que tuvo que hacer Mel para conservarla el tiempo que estuvieron juntas. Ojalá lleguen un acuerdo para ambos con respecto a la niña.Espero no estar defendiéndola de gusto. Pero es que no creo que por muy irresponsable que haya sido Mel, la haya abandonado de buen modo. De ser así se la hubiera dado cuando Emma, no era más que una molestia. De nuevo, espero no estar equivocándome con ella.

  • Anna
    2019-03-19 19:44

    What an amazing read! I still can't keep my mind out of it. I am still bemused that as much as I want to tell the tale I'll try to keep it super vague and not let you miss all the action. BOYS DON'T CRY is, as the last time I checked, the first book I read about young, single parent/s. Dante is just your 17-year-old dreamer, achiever, and typical teenager who parties and went out with friends. But then in the middle of the biggest moment he's been waiting to turn up in life, he was startled to know that he became a father. And so, the story go on...As I read, I was so sad and so happy at the same time. The characters, especially Dante, Adam, Dad, Aunt Jackie, and Emma are so very likable. I love how everyone of them are flawed in their own way and that whatever they want to do or what they want to be, they held to that with pride. I realized it is never easy raising a child but, heck even thinking of taking care of one is hard. But life's little surprises makes it more fun and exciting that it'll be part of your life that you don't want to be apart from it. That was what this book has taught me. Dante had never thought what has come his way with Emma, but he's was trying his best to cope, care and nurture her and really let her feel that she's his own. It's actually made me tear everytime he regards Emma as "my daughter", so cute! Just when you thought a family will never have a chance on a harmonious, happy life since the loss of someone very special, think of it as "You lose some, you win some." And on Dante's case, they lost their mother over her death but they were rewarded with a very lovely, beautiful angel that turns their life upside down and makes their world go round. The characters relationship to one another is very touching. How they are very concerned with one another it make me cry every time. I wish my big brother would be like that! I just realized that Emma is the only female in the household full of men. And I mean men in physicality, if you know what I mean. ;) She's the rose among the thorns, the moon among the stars, the light in the dark (yeah, I should probably stop) :)I really liked this one, scratch that, I love this one. I love how real and relatable they are that proves us nobody is perfect. I especially love the ending and that's how ending should be. They left you with your imagination to go wild and wild as want it to be. The verdict is it'll turn out great in the latter.P.S. I thought I won't like that much but ended up loving it. ☺xx

  • Zorana
    2019-03-04 13:39

    This is EXACTLY the book I needed after Mockingjay!!!It was SO GOOD! You clearly need to read it guys. Boys and girls.It's a pretty light written contemporary but dealing with hard themes which is amazing.Malorie Blackman is so talented and funny this was just a great read!It's written in Dante and Adam's point of view (more of Dante's). They are brothers, and the story begins with Dante waiting for the mailguy to come and give him his uni admission letter,and once the bell rings he opens the door and see his ex girlfriend Melanie standing in front of him with a baby.And this is how his whole life just changed from A to Z.Oh my days it was awesome. I love Tyler the father and Jackie the auntie, Adam is such a brother and Dante is fabulous like why don't we have some Dante around here :'( and Emma of course <3It's clearly dealing with parenthood when you are young,and when you have to take care of 2boys after your wife's death but also homosexuality!I think there isn't any slow parts at all. First because the chapters are pretty short (there is like 49 chapters) and that's what I personally love about a book! Short chapters are life when they are well written.The characters were fantastic even the bad ones (like the woman at the grocerie store and Colette who's kind of a bitch but you understand why she's like this)I cried like 4times just because of some simple moments. When Emma grab Adam to kiss him and just hug him or when Bridgeman daddy tell Dante that he loves him and some simple family stuffs like this.I'm emotional and I think we could all be while reading it because family is the main topic of this book actually.You all need to read this,It's really funny and so cleverly written,I swear!Now I need to give this book back to the library but I so don't want to :( that's why I'm gonna order it for myself because this is definitely one of my 2014 favourites and I need it to be on my shelf!!I'm definitely going to read Noughts and Crosses trilogy by this author too.5/5 stars for me It totally worth it!!

  • julieta
    2019-03-11 18:49

    It was sweet book, much better than the other book I had read by Malorie Blackman which I had some issues with. I liked that we had Adam's POV and his story because otherwise the book would have been much groomier. Although Adam was a "happy" character and then all this shit happenned to him but Dante's POV got a bit brighter as he got to get comfortable with the situation.I was expecting a big dramatic ending where Melanie comes back and they decide Emma's future but this was was open ending that leaves you with a lot of questions of their future.

  • Amy (Turn the Page)
    2019-03-12 17:52

    I am a huge fan of Malorie Blackman and advocator of her work ever since I first read Noughts and Crosses many years ago. Not only does Blackman create extremely well written books with relatable characters, but she also tackles difficult, sometimes controversial, subjects for YA literature, in an honest and thought provoking way. Boy’s Don’t Cry is a powerful and unexpected novel. I couldn’t put it down and ended up reading through until 5 in the morning, and then I couldn’t sleep for thinking about it.Boys Don’t Cry is told from two points of view, Dantes’ and Adams’ – to begin with the reason for this is unclear and though I liked Adam’s upbeat narrative in contrast to Dante’s, I couldn’t figure out why we were switching between the two. This lasted for about 70 pages and from then on I was hooked. I hadn’t realised when I started reading Boys Don’t Cry that this was a book about much, much, more than just teenage parenthood – Blackman has blended together two stories that deal with two very different topics. I’m not going to spoil it for anyone by telling you everything this one book manages to cover, and cover well. I will say that though, that while I loved both stories, it was Adam I grew particularly attached to as a character, and it was his voice and his journey that struck me the hardest and stayed with me long after I had finished reading it.Boys Don’t Cry takes a unique look at being a teenage parent, as it is told from the boys point of view. I have to applaud Blackman for choosing to do this as it is a topic that young male readers should be able to read about and because too often (in life and in books) the father is either forgotten, or considered less important in a child’s life. Then there is the stereotype that if anyone will walk away, it will be the father. In typical fashion, Blackman disputes all these assumptions (and more) in Boy’s Con’t Cry. She is an author you can depend upon to challenge the every day stereotypes all around us – her writing makes you think and I love her for it.A few scenes that stood out for me were when Dante takes his daughter out for the first time and has to deal with strangers’ prejudices and judgement once they learn Emma is his. I see and hear people dismissing young parents all the time, always assuming they are lazy and exploiting the benefit system. By experiencing this type of public reaction with Dante, Blackman really hits home just how hurtful and wrong it is to judge people without knowing them – reminding us that just because someone is a young parent – doesn’t mean they are a bad one.Though Boys Don’t Cry focuses on the prejudices young dads receive in our society, here Blackman briefly touches on how young mothers are looked down on and treated by society as well – you can almost see the word ‘slut’ forming in this woman’s mind as she looks at Collette. It is a sharp reminder not to judge Melanie too harshly for running out (another stereotype – it is considered pretty normal for the father to leave, but unforgivable if the mother does), as this is doubtless what she would of dealt over and over again, on her alone, for the past 18 months.Blackman also writes some fantastic scenes surrounding the local social worker. We immediately feel as defensive towards her as Dante does and assume she is not only a busybody poking her nose in but also that she is out to trick Dante and wants to take Emma away from him. Why do automatically feel this way? It seems not a day can go by without the papers reporting something derogatory about social workers. I loved that as we, and Dante, got to know her a little better, we see that this woman only wants the best for Emma and is, in reality, there to help Dante keep his daughter. It was great, for once, to see a social worker portrayed as someone who cares, who has a difficult, at times impossible, job, and who has to deal with an unfair reputation. I think society in general forgets what an incredibly hard and incredibly amazing job these people can, and do, do. Once again we have another character who, in their own way, has to fight against society’s opinion of them, a character who has been judged unfairly; prompting the reader to confront their own reactions and their own prejudices as they read.Watching Dante fall in love with his daughter is heartwarming without being overly sentimental – the tone in this book is just right to appeal to young male and female readers. What’s so great about Boys Don’t Cry is that it isn’t a cute story. It deals with the harsh reality of life as a teenage parent and doesn’t shy away from difficult and, at times, shocking truths. Dante doesn’t love his daughter immediately, or choose her above his own desires – it is hard, he has to make many sacrifices and deal with a lot of pressure from everyone around him. He comes close to breaking down and almost hits Emma – a feeling/moment I’m sure a lot of stressed out parents can relate to, but one that no one really talks about. We come to understand that coming close to snapping doesn’t make Dante a bad person, but walking away from the situation and asking for help does make him a good father. Throughout there is a lovely family dynamic and I enjoyed reading how certain events bring this family closer together and how they come out all the more stronger for it.If Dante’s story is touching, Adam’s story is hard-hitting and heartbreaking. Already a strong piece of fiction, this is what made Boys Don’t Cry unforgetable for me. Both Adam and Dante are obstricized by society but for very different reasons and watching them deal with that, and reading about what happens them, is both upsetting and uplifting – particularly in Adam’s case. I loved his character from the start.*SPOILER*It was refreshing to read about a character who is unashamed of his sexuality and Blackman makes a vitally important point that some younger readers may not yet understand: that Adam doesn’t choose to be gay, it is who he is and more importantly, he is happy with who he is. *END OF SPOILER*What made this novel so brilliant for me were the characters. All of them, even the secondary characters, felt very real – we can identify with them. Reading this story and experiencing things from a different point of view makes us question our own opinions and prejudices. Boys Don’t Cry tackles many important subjects. It shows us the importance of understanding, compassion and acceptance – and the power of words. The courage to be yourself and to confront ignorance and hatred in all its forms. A stunning book that every one should pick up, regardless of age or gender – because I think you will learn something about yourself and others by the end of it. Beautiful story, beautiful characters and beautiful narration. And yes – it made me cry.

  • Irina Villacis
    2019-03-03 20:50

    reto L-I-B-R-O-Sgrupo lecturas conjuntas8.c. Leer un libro cuyo título o primer apellido del autor empiece por la letra “B”.ANTES DE LA LECTURAlleva este libro esperandomé desde hace mucho tiempo como 5 o 4 años . aunque su trama me atraia no veia momento y aveces hasta me olvidaba que lo tenia. esperaba algo entretenido no sé . algún hombre de edad media que tenia unas dos o 3 novias y que un dia vino diciendome toma a tu bebé. DURANTE LA LECTURAMe ha parecido bien entretenido. Dante es un chico de 17 años menor de edad que tiene sueños y aspiraciones. es una persona centrada en sus asuntos pero no tan centrada porque un dia tuvo un desliz con su novia. la primera vez de ambos teniendo sexo. la historia inicia con que Mel le deja a Dante a su hija de un año y medio o un año con ocho meses. resulta que Dante vive junto a su hermano ADAM un chico parecido y a la vez diferente a su hermano Dante . y el padre de ambos. un hombre que se ve maduro por momentos y joven por otros ( todavia no llega a los 40) .Emma es una niña que de tan joven edad me hace estar emocionada por vivir. Al finalizar la lecturala historia mas que tratarse del cuidado de Emma se trata de las relaciones familiares. antes de amar a alguien debes amarte a ti mismo. hermano con hermano. hijos con sus padres incluso la tia metiche también es amor. sucede cosas fuertes con la familia de Dante. no tiene un final feliz pero para mi es tan realista y me gustó como se llegó a ese punto ya que Dante los dos primeros dias le molestaba su hija pero al tercer dia la amaba. la amaba y aprendió amar-reconocer que siempre ha amado a los demás .

  • Muffinsandbooks
    2019-03-12 20:38

    Une superbe lecture ! C’était émouvant et touchant et les sujets abordés sont vraiment importants. J’ai tout aimé dans ce livre, aussi bien le style que les personnages et leur évolution. C’est mon deuxième roman de Malorie Blackman et j’ai hâte d’en découvrir d’autres !

  • Sarah
    2019-03-16 20:41

    Dante is just seventeen years old and is anxiously waiting for his A level results to see if he can get a place at university to study journalism. He is an intelligent young man - proven by the fact that he has taken his A levels a year early - and he is looking forward to a glittering future. Everything changes the day his results arrive, but not in the way he was expecting. When his ex-girlfriend turns up out of the blue with a pushchair he is shocked and horrified - especially when she tells him the baby is his. Melanie asks him to look after baby Emma while she does some shopping and disappears before even giving him time to reply. When she calls him to say she won't be coming back Dante finds his life has been turned upside down. Although he scored top marks in his exams it looks like university is no longer an option - he is a single father now and his daughter needs him.Boys Don't Cry is the first book I've read by Malorie Blackman but it definitely won't be the last. I've heard such good things about her Noughts and Crosses series and after reading this book I can't wait to get stuck into those books too. Boys Don't Cry is an amazing read and one I would recommend to anyone - adults and teenagers alike - it will turn everything you've ever thought about teenage parents on it's head. This book made me laugh a lot and cry a little - it really was a roller coaster of emotion and one I couldn't put down - I read it in just one sitting.Dante is a great character - he is smart and ambitious, the last person you would expect to become a teenage father but that just goes to show how easy it is to get into a situation like this. After just one drunken, very forgettable sexual encounter at a party Dante now finds himself a single father - something he definitely wasn't planning and isn't at all prepared for. The emotions he goes through are so realistic that this book could easily be a personal account of a true story. At first he is shocked and then comes anger - he didn't ask for this & it shouldn't have happened to him - but his feelings for Emma gradually turn into love and he comes through for her in a big way. Yes he makes mistakes along the way but that just makes him more real in my eyes, I don't think anyone can say they've never done something they regretted in life. Human nature is flawed and it's how we cope with the challenges along the way that shows what kind of person we really are and as Dante becomes a man he becomes the kind of person anyone would be proud to know.The story shows just how hard it is to be a parent at any age but it must be particularly difficult when you still feel like a child yourself. Dante is lucky to have the support of his father and his younger brother, both of whom throw themselves into helping him care for Emma. Although Dante's father is disappointed with his son he is an instant support and dotes on Emma from the beginning. Even with the support of his family Dante finds out just how difficult it is caring for a baby and gradually comes to realise how hard it must have been for Melanie who was completely on her own. Dante also has to face prejudice wherever he turns - he can't even go to the shops without people criticising him for being such a young father and he is treated even worse because of the fact that he is a single father.Although I loved Dante I think it was Adam that stole my heart most - he is such a sweet character with a sunny attitude that you just can't help falling for. Adam is openly gay and proud to tell the world about it - a character to admire for sure and the challenges he faces along the way really were heartbreaking to read about. I just wanted to climb into the book and protect him (I'd have given Emma a massive hug while I was in there because she was just too adorable for words!). I was routing for Adam the whole way through and just wanted him to be happy.Boys Don't Cry in no way glamorises teenage pregnancy, quite the opposite in fact as it shows just how hard parenting can be. Although it also shows the joys of parenthood I know this book would have made me extra careful as a teenager because I wouldn't have wanted to end up in Dante's situation. I really think this book is a must read for all teenagers and their parents - it would be a great way to start a discussion about using protection and being careful. I love the way the story shows that it isn't just up to the girl to take responsibility for using protection. This coming of age story may be written from the male perspective but it is relevant for both boys and girls and I think anyone would find something they can relate to in the characters. I found this was a heartwarming read that really shouldn't be missed and I'd strongly recommend you order yourself a copy of this book now.

  • James
    2019-03-26 18:41

    Whilst primarily a novel aimed squarely at the 'young adult' market - as with all good books, this transcends the confines and limitations of that genre.Ostensibly a simple, straightforward and unsurprising coming of age story of contemporary family life and dynamics - this is powerfully, emotionally and movingly told.The standard of writing and the quality of characterisation ensure that this story avoids becoming what could so easily have been a two dimensional, patronising and stereotypical tale of teenage 'life by numbers' - resulting in what would have been an insubstantial and forgettable read. Malorie Blackman tackles important issues here and does so with skill, respect and without passing judgement. This is a very human story about growing up fast - which comes highly recommended.

  • Tara
    2019-03-08 13:43

    *****SPOILERS*****I really don't get what Blackman was getting at with this book. She starts well, illustrating the issues faced by Dante as he's thrown into the world of being a single teenage dad and showing how he learns to cope with it... but that's it as far as that part of the book goes.The latter third or so if the book is preoccupied with his brother Adam and homophobia. Did Blackman start writing one book and then decide halfway through she was out of ideas so let's just entirely change the central plotline? And what happens to Melanie? We don't hear from her at all after she's dumped baby Emma. I'm sure there's a LOT more to her story than we're given in this novel. My worldview tells me it takes a lot for a mother to abandon her child, her child who she decided to keep despite her family's wishes - to the point she's kicked out.I was hoping to see a story where the single father prevails and is able to build a stable career over time and support his daughter despite all the hurdles. I wanted to see Blackman telling the story of how becoming a young single parent doesn't mean the end of your aspired life. The story just comes to an abrupt and unsatisfactory ending - sure, the family are all happy and united... but they were anyway before Adam gets beaten up by his ex-partner. That's why I say it's as if the homophobia thing was just crowbarred in as filler and to provide an excuse for a conclusion.I made a note while reading that I didn't realise until towards the end of the book the family were black - which says a lot about the description that goes into the characters. I realised then I have no idea what any of the characters look like (all I knew formerly was that Emmahad black hair and Dante looked similar to her).So yeah, in all, unimpressed and disappointed.

  • Jane Branson
    2019-03-23 16:50

    This is excellent. As you would expect from Malorie Blackman: a pacy, intelligent, emotionally-charged, contemporary coming-of-age story, which focuses on young and unwanted fatherhood but also deals with issues around sexuality, bereavement, family and relationships. Maybe it's a tad predictable - but even while Blackman is presenting harsh realities she is sensitive to young readers' needs, and the sentimentality is woven with a couple of loose threads left for tying up later. Indeed, there is noise about a second novel (Heartbreak Girl) in this series, due this year, but even Blackman's own website (at the time of writing) fails to provide firm info about this.

  • Liam Owens
    2019-03-06 21:32

    I read this book as I'm researching how modern masculinity is represented in contemporary teen fiction as part of my Masters degree in Children's Literature. This is the first book I've read by Malorie Blackman, though I had pretty high expectations as I know she's a celebrated author who has received considerable recognition for her contributions to children's fiction.In short, I thought this was a fantastic book. Teenage pregnancy isn't exactly a new topic in YA, but the decision to approach this issue from a male perspective was, I thought, refreshing. When we think of teen fathers, we automatically assume their parenting is inadequate and that they aren't able to raise a child as well as a mother. The book plays on these stereotypes - as well as other assumptions surrounding masculinity - and does an excellent job exposing just how superficial and unfounded they are. It also raises some interesting questions about a father's rights, some of which I felt could have been explored in more depth (for example, the scene towards the end of the novel where Dante reveals he's terrified that Melanie might come back and take Emma away from him and how that won't be a problem because she's her mother).Whilst we follow Dante as he comes to terms with fatherhood, we also see life through the eyes of his younger brother, Adam, who is openly gay but has a difficult time trying to convince his family and friends to accept his sexuality. I found Adam's narrative to be just as interesting as Dante's, and I thought the two contrasting storylines did a good job of interrogating what it means to be male from two different perspectives. Adam's storyline takes a considerably darker turn towards the end of the novel (which I won't go into because of spoilers), but I felt it did an excellent job of exploring the inner-struggle of teenage boys who don't seem to conform to conventional standards of masculinity. My only criticism is that the writing was a little simplistic at times, which makes me think this book probably leans towards the younger end of the YA spectrum. I also found some of the plot twists a little predictable, but this is probably because I've read quite a few novels that centre on gay and/or non-stereotypically male protagonists.Favourite line: "Boys don't cry, but real men do."

  • Sara
    2019-03-05 14:35

    AMEI! Fiquei furiosa, enterneci-me, horrorizei, chorei e ri.

  • Dwayne
    2019-03-06 21:40

    Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.There is no one word that can describe just how good of a read Boys Don't Cry is. This book is one of the few that should be read by every teenage boy in the world - it's packed with life's lessons and I'm sure I'm not the only one who says that this book is a thought-provoking and a reflective read.When Dante Bridgeman finds the biggest surprise in his life lying in a baby buggy, to say that his life is turned upside down is an understatement. Suddenly, he is no longer a typical student waiting for his A level results and university, but a single father to an eleven-month baby, Emma. With his ex-girlfriend and the baby's mother Melanie suddenly MIA, he finds his future veering dangerously towards the unknown. The changes in Dante's life - every minute details - is well described and highlighted. I'm familiar with the difficulty of babysitting, but not quite with the difficulty of single parenting. Dante's narration is vivid and so real it's almost like a first hand account. Nothing quite gets to you than the voice of someone who has really been there - I got that from Dante. His sacrifices opens the reader's eyes to the reality of being a parent - single, teenage or otherwise. His concerns starts from the basic (what about university? How do I stop her from crying?) and evolves to the bigger (will I be a good father? How will I provide for Emma?) questions. I am a lot like Dante in situation (A level results, university...) but it is his questions that makes him so normal, so average. That, more than anything, makes Dante real. His actions, his thoughts and his words show his flaws, but it also channels his growth as a person, as a brother, as a son and as a father to Emma. Interspersed with Dante's life changing moments are his brother Adam's. My heart went out to Adam in this book - he's a cheerful lad who is neither ashamed nor afraid of his sexuality. The challenges that face him are not the easiest ones to face nor read. Despite that, he has an indomitable spirit that rises up and faces these challenges head on. Of course, Adam has his share of challenges, but with his family's support never once leaving his side, Adam's strength is clear for all to see. I'm not sure who between him and Emma I find more adorable - but both of them are near top of the list of characters I love hugely.There are varying sub plots in the book in support of the main plot. These elaborates more on the characters and are very well ingrained with the narrative. Mostly, they are resolved and I am one happy reader with how everything turned out. The secondary characters are involved in these subplots and are also very important as they are foils to and frame the protagonists. Quite simply, I have no complaints! It's my first Malorie Blackman read and I sure will check out more of her works.Boys Don't Cry is an eye-opener, a complex novel that is one of the few which effectively thrusts the reader into issues that matter most in the big world. It made me cry, it made me think and it made me want to read so much more. I love this!

  • Alice Radwell
    2019-03-03 18:49

    This novel caught my interest because I thought I was in for a unique read on the overworked teenage-parent theme, and in some ways I wasn't wrong. Emotionally charged and morally engaging, the story takes us on a journey not only of unexpected fatherhood, but of the whirlwind of family in all it's colours and shapes. Dante, our protagonist, takes to sudden parenthood like a bird to the ocean, and his initial reactions and reasonings are easy to relate to. It was a nice change to witness the father being left to tackle the struggles of an infant rather than the mother, and to follow the process of having to learn to interact with, and even love, a child from the perspective of a young-man.Blackman uses a duel-first-person format, switching between the point of view of new-father Dante, and his eccentric brother Adam, flipping frequently (at first) to give a coin toss view of a family dynamic. In my opinion, Blackman either needed to remove Adam's chapters completely, or go the whole-hog and include his story in its entirety; as it is she does neither, and we're left with surplus chapters that really add no depth, and act solely to encourage pity. It would have been interesting if the sole focus had been on Emma; I didn't really feel past the first few chapters after her introduction there was much tension surrounding her, and Adam's story (which slowly takes precedence) was ridiculously over-exaggerated, and hard-to-believe. Even Adam himself is presented as a stereotypical homosexual, which made his plight even less interesting to follow. There are some genuine moments of brotherly bonding between the two sides, and the different view-points with regards to their father were engaging.I didn't make much of the writing. During the beginning, the book is very preachy, using dialogue between father and son to determine an understanding that a child changes a life forever, but the whole interaction was cliché and over-stated. There are several cringe worthy examples of this before the novel loses it's focus and drives into other teen-issues with no time to look back. The dialogue is clumsy, unfunny where it means to add humour, and often unrealistic. By the end some chapters read like an information pamphlet on homophobia and suicide, and the initial baby problems are stuffed in willy-nilly almost just to remind us Emma is still an important aspect of the story.I wanted to enjoy this book far more than I did; I think I would have been better engaged reading more about a boy struggling to get-to-grips with being a father, and perhaps some of the social and legal aspects of the issue. This would probably be a good read for younger-teens, to gain a better understanding of responsibility and childcare, while also introducing other social issues that come with growing-up.Shamless plug time :). For more reviews please visit http://alicereadsbooks.wordpress.com/ and let me know what you thought.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-03-06 20:43

    BOYS DON'T CRY by Malorie Blackman is an emotionally charged story about love and family and the different shapes they sometimes take. This book is one you won't want to miss.Dante is anxiously awaiting his A Level exam results. He is proud of himself for taking the exams a year early, and he's eager to know if his scores will have him headed to university in the near future. But when a knock at the door brings his old girlfriend and not the postman, Dante is in for the surprise of his life.Melanie has been gone for over a year. The last time they spent any time together was at a friend's party. That night they were both drunk and ended up in an upstairs bedroom, where they had a less-than-memorable sexual encounter. Now, Melanie was sitting in his living room holding a baby on her lap. Dante is at first confused and then shocked when Melanie tells him the baby is his daughter, Emma.If finding out he has a daughter is not enough, Melanie asks Dante to watch the baby for a bit while she goes out to run an errand. Before he has a chance to object, she is gone. And not long after, Melanie calls from her mobile phone and tells Dante she won't be coming back.Dante's father is furious when he hears about his son's irresponsible sexual behavior, but to Dante's amazement, he immediately leaps into action, making a plan and getting the supplies they need to care for a baby. Dante is equally shocked when his younger brother, Adam, falls head-over-heels in love with little Emma. All Dante can think about is how to get Melanie to come back and get him out of this impossible situation.Even though his A Level exam scores are perfect, Dante knows his plans for university and the future have become a distant dream. He quickly learns being a father might be the hardest job on earth. The more time he spends with Emma, the more his love begins to blossom. With the help of his dad, his brother, and his aunt, Dante begins to take his responsibility seriously.Maybe it is learning to love his daughter or maybe it's spending more time at home, but Dante also begins to discover his usually cheerful younger brother has some problems of his own. He finds himself filling not only the role of new father, but also that of protective older brother. Through it all he learns the true meaning of love and all the joy and pain it can bring.Author Malorie Blackman takes the usual teen parenthood story and turns it upside-down. Readers will be quickly drawn into Dante's experiences and will feel every moment of fear, regret, and exhilaration as he deals with all life has thrown his way. There are fabulous moments of joy, flashes of anger, and terrible tragedies as this odd family struggles to hold it all together.

  • Rosa
    2019-03-04 15:40

    Muy lindo, muy emotivo, llore en muchos puntos y no lo pude evitar.Podria darle las 5 estrellas pero no se porque no lo hago, me ha gustado bastante.Emma unio a toda la familia :) más que una carga fue un alivio y alegria para todos, y Dante maduro, si talvez ya era mayor y bastante responsable, pero aprendio a ver todo de diferentes perspectivas y maduro de una buena manera. Uno pensaria que porque los padres son mayores no se preocupan o no batallan, pero es igual que si fuerann un joven inexperto que cuida a un bebé.Adam, dios me encanto la forma de ser de Adam siempre tan optimista y nunca oculto quien era, pero bueno la golpiza no tuvo que ver por andarse exibiendo, porque personas homofobicas las hay por doquier, pero no por ello un homosexual se va a esconder, no claro que no!, y bueno que si alfinal de todo es acerca de la union familiar y el apoyo y la aceptación.Me gusto la forma en que la autora supo combinar lo del bebé y la sexualidad del hermano menor, me gusto mucho el libro.

  • Sonia
    2019-03-06 13:29

    Recensione completa: http://awesomebookshelf.altervista.or...Libro molto carino, che si legge in breve tempo. La trama, abbastanza originale – ammettiamolo è raro che la mamma scappi e lasci il bambino al padre teeneger! – è sviluppata in modo realistico dall’autrice. Dante, il protagonista, non prova un immediato senza paterno, anzi inizialmente cerca in ogni modo di liberarsi di “the thing“, come lui la chiama. H0 apprezzato tantissimo la graduale maturazione di Dante, che col tempo imparerà ad amare Emma, la sua bambina o quella che per lui in principio era solo una cosa urlante pronta a mandare in frantumi tutti i suoi sogni e progetti.Mentre Dante è alle prese con pannolini e notti insonni, ci viene raccontata anche la storia di suo fratello Adam e indirettamente quella di loro padre. Il messaggio nel libro però alla fine è uno solo: “Boys don’t cry, but real men do.”Una lettura piacevole, ma che fa anche riflettere. Lo consiglio a tutti.

  • Abida
    2019-03-04 21:33

    Heart wrenching story, absolutely loved it.

  • J. Taylor
    2019-02-26 18:43

    I loved this book so much. I wanted to read it for ages and kind of forgot down the line then I eventually got it and it was amazing. I am a sucker for single fathers, let alone a teenager one and I loved every moment. I do wish we had more from Adam, instead of a half of a page from him though most of the time or all Dante, there just wasn't enough that he shouldn't have had his perspective or should have had more of it. Truly amazing, a must read.Re-read: I love this book so damm much and it makes my list of faves of 2017 even as a re-read since I didn't do a fave list for the year in which I first read this book.

  • Kerry Leonard
    2019-03-03 13:44

    This is the first Malorie Blackman book I have read. I don't know what stopped me before but it will not the last book of hers which I will read. The characters in this book had a particular depth to them, they felt so real and I only wish I knew what happened to Emma as I felt as though I was watching her grow up throughout the novel.

  • Irene
    2019-03-09 15:29

    Uff. No sé por qué hay libros con los que me tardó mucho tiempo en leer. Éste fue uno de esos. Adam me divirtió con su actitud; y el libro fue curioso. La opinión de Dante de los bebés -al principio- me recordó a la de muchos chicos que conozco; y su cambio de actitud conforme a su hija, se me hizo dulce. El libro es bonito, pero no de la manera profunda que esperaba.

  • Anna
    2019-03-13 21:38

    This was such a good book :) I read it the night before GCSE results and definitely helped to distract me from nerves...I love Dante, and Emma :') a solid 4.5.

  • Dani (Pen to Paper)
    2019-03-23 13:35

    Really loved this! Why did it take me so long to pick it up?Full review coming soon.