Review: Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman


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, 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.


I requested a review copy of Boys Don’t Cry after seeing news of a follow-up in a recent RHCB blogger news letter called Heart Break Girl.  I love Malorie’s books and am slowly working my way through the back catalogue, so reading this one next seemed like a good idea.

Boys Don’t Cry is the story of brothers, Dante and Adam, who through the course of this book, experience some huge and life-changing events.  It begins with the revelation that Dante is a teen Dad, a fact that was unbeknown to him, and he is left holding a baby when the Mum says she can’t cope anymore and his plans of going to Uni and being a regular teenager and thrown into turmoil.  For Adam, he has much bigger problems to contend with as he has his future changed in a much more dramatic way.  

I was really impressed with this book because it takes a story idea that is very basic, and a very real possibility, and creating two characters that are just as stunningly real to me.  Dante’s blight as a new father is heart-breaking as he has to watch his future change in a few seconds and everything he has worked for turn to dust as this new reality, as a father, takes over his life.  The same goes for Adam, who is a superb character and his story as a Gay Teen makes your chest ache because you know it’s a story that is all too likely to be true.  I loved Adam’s story because it was so suddenly woven into the overall book and it suddenly became the over-powering story in the book.  So very cleverly done.

This is yet another stonking book from an author that continues to amaze me with her ability to write characters that I instantly fall in love with.  A wonderful contemporary story that rings very true.

Published by DoubleDay Books, a Random House Children’s Books, and is available online and bookshops now.


  1. So I was reading the synopsys above and I was like WHAT when I got to the '…You assume Melanie's helping a friend, until she nips out to buy some essentials, leaving you literally holding the baby' part. I've been wanting to read Malorie Blackman's books but never know which one to start. This one seems interesting enough! I love the boys' names: Dante & Adam <3

  2. Will have to try this one, I had it on my TBR list but remember seeing some half-hearted reviews at the time. I love MB's writing so I was still going to pick up Boys Don't Cry, but it had slipped further down my reading list.

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