Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials

Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials

by Rosalind Wiseman

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ISBN-13: 9780142418192
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/06/2011
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 504,357
Product dimensions: 5.32(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Rosalind Wiseman is the New York Times bestselling author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, the book that inspired the movie Mean Girls. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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Tina Fey

"Rosalind Wiseman once again writes with humor, compassion and accuracy about the high school experience . . . You can't put this book down... or it will talk about you while you're out of the room."

Meg Cabot

"A must-read! Funny as well as painfully familiar. I really wish I'd had this book as an incoming high school freshman."

From the Publisher

"[A] realistic portrayal of everyday freshman anxieties, romance, and the sometimes +toolish+ culture of male high-school athletes." -Booklist

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Boys, Girls and Other Hazardous Materials 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, it just felt like the intended audience was a little younger than I was expecting. The main character is a freshman in high school so I'm not sure why I was expecting a little bit more mature YA. I liked Charlie though. She's just learning who she is and how not to let people walk over her. I thought she was very brave for going to a brand new school to try and overcome what happened in the past. She handled herself extremely well for the situations she was put in. She didn't compromise herself to fit in with the "it" crowd. I liked her group of friends. They provided the comic and occasionally the voice of reason. I also felt like they acted their age. I was happy to see her make friends with someone she unintentionally hurt in the past. I did feel it was a little predictable, but not enough to make me feel like putting the book down. It had just enough drama and surprises to keep the story going. I'm intrigued to read the author's book that is the basis for the movie Mean Girls.
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
This review will be a little different since i have just graduated and moved on from the high school drama, but I really liked this book alot. The main character of Charlotte(Charlie) is starting a new high school where she hopes she is leaving the bad karma of her old school and friends behind. But slowly she finds that she can run but she cant hide as players from her past keep dropping into her new start. What I like about Charlie is that she takes a brave stand against things that are happening at her new school and she really makes a difference, even for a freshman. This is a great gift to any girl who is making the jump this summer from middle school into the high school world. Looking back I totally felt the way Charlie did, I wanted to leave my old school and friends behind, but I found that I couldnt totally get away from everything and you have to face certain people to make a difference.
Lynn_Bailey More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books ever! When I first saw the cover I fell in love. The whole book is basically about a girl, Charlie, and the major problems going on in her life--her first year in high school, making new friends, standing up to old enemies, and of course, boys. There are several boys Charlie and her friends encounter (Dylan, Will, Tyler, etc.) and they are all wonderfully developed. The only thing I did not like was the ending. It left off on an AMAZING PART! and I was dissapointed there was nothing further atfer that. But hey, maybe there will be a sequel! I can only hope! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these drama like books if you like this one than youll love the lonley hearts club
danielledefillippo More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I love the plot of the story and how it can relate to any teenage girl out there! It has to do with boy drama and girl drama. You can expect a great ending from the book! Read the book to find out if Will and Charlie end up together after all.
Meghan Petenbrink More than 1 year ago
i think this was a great book! it had lots of twists, and lots of exciting chapters that kept you on the edge of your seat! i loved it well done! Meghan:)
JRlibrary on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The title of this book intrigued me, and it was one that I couldn't wait to get started. Unfortunately, it wasn't stellar. It was a light, enjoyable read, but I'm afraid one that will be quite easily forgotten. Already, the character's names have faded from my brain, and I have to go back to the pages to remember them. Charlie (Charlotte) Healey chooses to attend a high school out of district just so she can avoid the mean girls she associated with in grade eight. Which is fine and believable until she ends up with not one, but two people from her past now attending her new high school; Will, her best friend/kindergarten buddy who moved away last year, and Nidhi, who is a girl she scorned in the past. Charlie manages to patch everything up with both of them AND meets a new friend on her first day of school. Overall, I enjoyed reading the book. It has some highlights such as some hazing, which Charlie and her friend Sydney witness, a disappointing teacher, Ms. Fieldston, who pretends to be there for the girls, but actually lets them down on a couple of occasions, and a friendship turned romance which readers will see coming long before Charlie does. So overall, a fun read that would make a great beach book IF it was in paperback already, which it isn't.
fayeflame on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Boys Girls and Other Hazardous Materials is funny, insightful and addicting! I devoured it in one sitting. Rosalind focuses on one of the main problems in high school....hazing and makes the awesome debut Boys Girls and Other Hazardous Materials.When i started reading BGAOHM i was instantly looking back at my high school years(this year being my last year in HS) especially my freshmen year.The Characters are real and honest. I can definitely relate to Charlie, she has a great p...more Boys Girls and Other Hazardous Materials is funny, insightful and addicting! I devoured it in one sitting. Rosalind focuses on one of the main problems in high school....hazing and makes the awesome debut Boys Girls and Other Hazardous Materials.When i started reading BGAOHM i was instantly looking back at my high school years(this year being my last year in HS) especially my freshmen year.The Characters are real and honest. I can definitely relate to Charlie, she has a great personally and strong voice. Freshmen year for me was....terrifying. The year after that was...interesting. I too, like Charlie run into a best guy friend. He happen to be older and cute lol(now what are the odds of that).You see! Rosalind knows her teens and after you've gotten to know the characters in this book they will feel like their either your BFF's or worse(mean BOYS?!?) enemies.I enjoyed this book and thought that the characters were great, the story just had depth.Wiseman is awesome, i look forward to more of her books in the future.I think teens will definitely like this book.Once you read it you going to fall in love with it
GirlonaMission on LibraryThing 5 months ago
It was pretty much your typical teen book. Charlie actually thought leaving her old neighborhood jr. high and the drama along with it would make her life easier. Little does she know drama is everywhere, no matter what school you go to. In the beginning things were really looking up for her. She started to get new friends and started her own column in the school newspaper. Unfortunately the past has a way of catching up to us. She comes face to face with her ex-friends; some gladly welcomed and others not.There's a little bit of everything in this book as far as teen dramas go. Romance, frenemies, and bullies. Charlie learned that things like that are everywhere so eventually she stops running from these things and stands up for herself. She refuses to be pushed around any longer. Soon the time comes for her to decide between what's right and wrong even when sometimes doing what's right can hurt friendships. This book is what I call "warm and fuzzy" lol. It's not dark, and no it doesn't make your pulse quicken, but it does make you get that warm and fuzzy feeling inside when you read it because it's what you hope for and expect.
MaWa0404 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book was pretty good. It was one of the best books I've read this whole year. It was a nice fast read and it was easy to relate to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve been rereading this book for years and it gets better as I age! It’s truly a high school love story, college students are not the only ones to get hazed. It’s a problem throughout many schools, and I’m glad someone finally figured it out.
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Great book
NerdyMusicBliss More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Charlie and Will are so good for each other. Charlie tries to look out for Will even though he doesn't want it. Charlie has such good intentions, although she made mistakes. This story draws you in and you find yourself feeling disgusted and ashamed of some people. Just give it a read for fun. I hope Wiseman write more books like this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will want 2read it again
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AMAZING BOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty good book. I would recommend this book to people that need AR points because it's a fast read. It almost seems like the book is tring to hurry up and finish at the end. Like its trying to make its point right at the end of the book. Never the less it's still a pretty good book. AR points:9
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Frankie Crawford More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I read it when i was a freshman i coukd really relate to charlie. Great book
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