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Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman

March 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman. Pub.¬† Doubleday, 2010.

Dante and Adam are brothers in their late teens. Adam sees the glass as half full and Dante as half empty but both are sure about their futures, at least at the beginning of this powerful and emotive novel from the great Malorie Blackman.

The brothers have been brought up by their father after the early death of their mother through cancer. He is a terrific father but like many men lacks that emotional side to his character. This will change in this novel.

On the morning that his exam results¬† will usher Dante into the university of his choice, there is a knock on the door and an ex girlfriend, Melanie, whom he hadn’t seen for 18 months, enters carrying a baby girl called Emma. She tells Dante it is his baby then disappears leaving Dante to be a father to Emma.

At first he is hostile to the idea, does a DNA test but with the help of his father he learns to care for Emma. By the time the DNA test comes back Dante and Emma have bonded. What will the test say?

Adam knows he is gay. He is confident and out there with hopes of becoming an actor. He starts a relationship that is secretive and then decides to call the whole thing off. On Dante’s 18th birthday after Dante has been a devoted father to Emma and Adam a doting uncle, the brothers go out for a night on the town and everything changes.

It is stunning stuff and high drama. You will have to read it to find out more. It will be worth it.

High school students will enjoy this it brings up many issues about sexuality and relationships, but do boys cry? Some do.