Terra Elan McVoy is known for her cute contemporary YA novels, so I was excited when Shanyn from Literary Logistics invited me to be part of the blog tour for Terra Elan McVoy’s new book Being Friends with Boys. Every day of the tour, McVoy has one of ten reasons why it’s good to be friends with boys, and today I have reason number six. Make sure to check out the main tour page so you can get links to all of the blogs participating, Being Friends with Boys giveaways, and more reasons why it’s great being friends with boys!
Summary (From Goodreads): Charlotte and Oliver have been friends forever. She knows that he, Abe, and Trip consider her to be one of the guys, and she likes it that way. She likes being the friend who keeps them all together. Likes offering a girl’s perspective on their love lives. Likes being the behind-the-scenes wordsmith who writes all the lyrics for the boys’ band. Char has a house full of stepsisters and a past full of backstabbing (female) ex-best friends, so for her, being friends with boys is refreshingly drama-free…until it isn’t any more.
When a new boy enters the scene and makes Char feel like, well, a total girl…and two of her other friends have a falling out that may or may not be related to one of them deciding he possibly wants to be more than friends with Char…being friends with all these boys suddenly becomes a lot more complicated.
Differences Between Being Friends With Boys, and Being Friends with Girls
Terra Elan McVoy, author of Being Friends with Boys:
Ever since my novel, Being Friends With Boys was released, I’ve been asked a lot about friendships between guys and girls. Is it possible, for one thing (duh, yes), and how is being friends with boys different than being friends with girls. I happen to be very lucky to have had friendships with both guys and girls all through middle- and high school, and continue to have fantastic friendships with men (and women) to this day. Though I think the value and intensity of guy/girl friendships and girl/girl friendships are definitely equal, there certainly are some differences. Follow my blog tour to read a few of my thoughts on how being friends with boys isn’t quite the same as being friends with girls!
6. They understand how intense you get playing video games. I think one of the things I most appreciate about my guy friends is that they a) like to play video games, which I love —even just watching someone play them is awesome and b) they do not in any way think it is strange how into them I can get. No guy friend of mine (who is into video games) has ever once thought it strange to play a video game all day long, while some of my girlfriends can’t quite get their heads around even spending an hour that way. (But not all my girlfriends are anti-video game, which is also rad.)
I’m not much of a gamer myself, so when I found what topic I’d be featuring I brought this to my students and asked for their opinions. This ended up being a hot topic with varied responses. Here’s what a few of my freshmen think:
Daymon: “I love it when girls play video games. This is for mainly two reasons. First off, a lot of girls don’t exactly get video games but they’ll try. When they do it’s hilarious. The second reason is it’s cool when guys and girls hang out, and if she’ll give video games a try that’s really cool.”
Kylee: “I think girls playing video games is cool. I don’t like to play, but I love to watch the boys play. I just like to talk on the mic on X-Box Live, but sometimes I like to attempt to try so I think more girls should try it.”
Ana: “I think that playing video games is a lot of fun. Sometimes me and one of my best guy friends get together and play Skyrim all day long. Sometimes he forgets that he’s at my house.”
Alicia: “I actually do like playing video games. I have a brother and a boyfriend who both play them so I will sometimes play with them. They both think that it’s cool that I play with them even though I am extremely bad at some. For me it’s a way that I can hang out/bond with my brother. It’s sometimes kind of fun too.”