Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman

If you lost yourself in the world of Noughts and Crosses you will certainly enjoy entering the masculine world of Dante Leon Bridgeman, his father and his brother. For this is an honest account of what it might be like to discover that you a teenage father. Malorie Blackman enjoys turning the usual and accepted viewpoint on its head. In Noughts and Crosses she inverted the historic positions of black and white people living in Britain, and in Boys Don’t Cry we find out what it is like for a young man to be “left holding the baby” rather than the young girl.
This book is not only about Dante’s hopes and dreams for his future, it is also about identity and what defines a man. Although I enjoyed the journey with Dante I equally enjoyed the plot surrounding Dante’s confident brother, Adam.

Malorie Blackman reads an excerpt from her book Boys Don’t Cry, and reveals why she chose to write it from the point of view of a teenage boy. Click here.

You’re waiting for the postman — he’s bringing your A level results. University, a career as a journalist — a glittering future lies ahead. But when the doorbell rings it’s your old girlfriend; and she’s carrying a baby.

Some books about teenage pregnancy from the point of view of girls that you may find at the public library:

Butterflies in May by Karen Hart
Roxy’s Baby by Catherine MacPhail
Jumping off Swings by Jo Knowles


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