Hot Topic Tuesday - BFFs and Boys

Tomorrow Lindsey Leavitt's debut YA novel SEAN GRISWOLD'S HEAD is officially released, and I'm SO excited! You are all in for a real treat with this book. Lindsey does humor with a big dose of heart extremely well. As School Library Journal said, "A balanced proportion of comedy and gravity... refreshing and realistic without being overwrought with angst."

There are lots of topics in the book I could tackle, but I'm going for the one I'm most curious about. I want to talk about best friends and boys. In SEAN GRISWOLD'S HEAD, there is a period of time when Payton, the main character, thinks her best friend, Jac, has a thing for Sean. She tries to tell herself she doesn't care, but she sort of does, even if she isn't ready to admit it because she hasn't quite come to terms with the fact that she's starting to fall for him. And then it escalates and, well, yeah. You need to read it and see what happens!

When I was in high school, I never liked a guy one of my friends liked. At least not at the same time. Ha, I'm kidding. We all seemed to have different taste in boys, which turned out to be a good thing. But isn't that weird? Because if friends are a lot alike, it'd seem like they WOULD be attracted to the same types of boys.

So tell me - did you ever have a thing for a boy when your friend had a thing for the same boy? What happened? Did the friendship survive?

Books I can think of off the top of my head that explore this include THE UNWRITTEN RULE by Elizabeth Scott and SOMETHING LIKE YOU by Susane Colasanti.

5 comments:

Lydia Sharp said...

This isn't exactly the same thing, but in 10th grade my friend and I had quite a web of "who likes who" going on. The guy who liked me was the guy my friend liked. The guy I liked had a thing for my friend but was dating someone else. And I wanted nothing to do with the other guy who was actively seeking my attention, with gifts and poetry and other such nonsense, who also happened to be a good friend of my friend.

It got messy, to say the least.

Ginger @ GReads! said...

I had a pretty close, tight group of girl friends in high school - so there was always an unspoken rule of "you don't like the same dude that so & so likes, blah blah blah". Did we have crushes that were the same? Absolutely! That was part of the fun, being able to fantasize over the same boy together. But when it came down to making that fantasy a reality, we never chose the same boy. It would have just made things extremely awkward!

I'm so pumped to read this book! Can't wait!!

Melissa Walker said...

There was definitely some "like" overlap in high school, but once a guy became an actual boyfriend, he was OFF LIMITS to the rest of our group. Girl code, ya know?

In college, though, all bets were kind of off. My school had a bad girl-guy ratio (the guys were CLEANING UP) so it got a little intense, much to the detriment of girl friendships.

Loved this book!

Micol Ostow said...

Love this topic! We were just discussing "The Boy BFF" in my YA writing class. I haven't had much luck with platonic male-female friendships, but my husband has lots of friends who are female, so I believe it can happen. :)

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