We have a set of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses and it is a book that some students enjoy so much that they go on to read the rest of the series. I found Blackman’s latest novel, Boys Don’t Cry well worth reading and I would highly recommend it.
Boys Don’t Cry is a very readable book that looks at teenage pregnancy from the point of view of a young father. Dante is anxiously awaiting his A-level results as he hopes to go to university and become a journalist. However, the day they’re due to arrive his old girlfriend Melanie turns up unexpectedly with a baby. Dante is shocked to be left quite literally holding the baby.
The novel’s take on teenage pregnancy is a fresh one and it is interesting to get a male perspective. Dante and Melanie had one drunken sexual episode which left them with baby Emma. Melanie told none of her friends that she was pregnant, Dante had no idea he was a dad and the appearance of Emma in his life left him both shocked and angry.
Dante does come to terms with single parenthood and his journey is memorable and moving.Blackman uses both Dante and his younger brother Adam to tell the story and this is a strength of the book. Adam is an openly gay and he provides much of the humour and ultimately pathos of the novel. I guess some people may find some of the subject matter controversial but I think teenagers would find it a great, thought-provoking read.