Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman Book Review

Hey everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! Today, I’m going to be reviewing a book I recently read – and it’s actually now one of my favourites. The book is: Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman and it’s such a great story, so today I’m going to review it, let’s jump into it!

Official Reviews:
This book received some great reviews, such as 4.1/5 Stars on Goodreads as well as a full five star rating on Waterstones and the BookTrust!

My Opinion:
Boys Don’t Cry is such a heartwarming yet dramatic story about a young seventeen year old boy named Dante who has dreams of going to university and becoming a Journalist. However, one day when he is supposed to get his exam results he hears a knock on his door and it’s his ex girlfriend – with a baby called Emma which he was the father of! His ex girlfriend, Melanie, says she is too incompetent to raise a baby so she leaves his house to run away, but doesn’t take Emma with her.

The whole story is revolving around how Dante tries to live with his now daughter and unfortunately he does have to withdraw his place in university. Obviously, as things take time, he does learn to eventually love Emma, but with some bumps along the way.

This story is also told in multiple person narrative, with the main narrator being Dante, but also part of the story is told through his brother Adam’s perspective.

Adam is a very pompous person with dreams of becoming an actor, but life isn’t always easy for him. He is happy to be an Uncle now to Emma, but through the story, he discovers more about his identity, something that not everyone in his life accepts.

As the story goes on, Adam goes through a lot of trauma and hatred. It’s quite emotional and very vividly described so I won’t go into it so you’ll have to read to find out.

All in all, Boys Don’t Cry is such a wonderful story and really goes into some realistic themes and conflicts in the book. Malorie Blackman did such a wondeful job of telling the story and breaking down the stereotypes that men and boys need to be strong.

You’ve got it all planned out. A summer of freedom, university, a career as a journalist – your future looks bright. But then the doorbell rings. It’s your ex-girlfriend, and she’s carrying a baby. Your baby. You agree to look after it, just an hour or two. Then she doesn’t come back – and your life changes forever.

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