Two of our reviewers discuss Malorie Blackman’s emotionally charged exploration of single parenting, Boys Don’t Cry.

Chantel Louise Hesse-Bradley


Malorie Blackman is an author well known for her critically acclaimed series Noughts and Crosses, which is set in a fictional dystopia. For this novel, Boys Don’t Cry, Blackman keeps her readers in the real world and focuses on the issue of single parenting. It’s a gripping book and one that also encourages reader interaction through a question and answer section at the back.

Seventeen year old Dante is left to look after his daughter after his ex- girlfriend dumps the baby on him; not even knowing he had a child, Dante has to come to terms with parenthood and discovers that it changes his life forever.

What makes the book so interesting is that each chapter is written from the perspective of two protagonists. The author wanted to be like a voice for all men who had to cope with being a single parent, as stereotypically men are the ones who leave the women holding the baby.

Blackman’s novel is truly amazing, and would suit any readers with an interest in social issues.


Sara Da Costa


Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman is a brilliant novel packed with romance and suspense. If you enjoy emotionally charged stories about love, families and the different shapes they sometimes take, then this is the book for you.

Sleepless nights, changing nappies and walks in the park… this wasn’t how Dante planned to spend his teenage years. Your typical 17-year-old dreamer, who parties and goes out with friends, Dante suddenly finds himself lumbered with a baby after discovering that he’s a father.

Meanwhile Adam, Dante’s drama queen brother, who hates going to the doctor looks happy and beautiful in the outside, but is hurt and damaged in the inside. He’s having doubts, he’s confused and only wants to have a friend to talk, to but Dante’s so-called friends don’t like it…

Blackman’s touching novel will take you on a journey of teenage-parenthood, complete with romance, suspense and much more. Best of all, it’s about issues that affect real teenagers today.


About Miss Thomas

I am an English teacher at The City Academy, Hackney.

3 responses »

  1. Detta Waday says:

    Well done. Well written, 5 stars.

  2. Dinho says:

    Excellent review 😀

  3. Thais says:

    Nice review Sara and Chantel, I’ll consider reading the book 😀

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