Q: Beware of Boys seems to be a story more about girls than boys, so why the title?
A: Beware of Boys is appropriately named I think, although one of the underlying themes is about girls. Charly and just about every girl at one time in her life or another will have to beware of boys or some other temptation/distraction on some scale. However, being cautious is not always related to the negative. At times, we must be cautious of things or people that may tempt us to stray from our own interests or path—from being who we are. So in the book, Charly was there to focus on helping girls. If she had done just what she was sought out by the boys to do, would have neglected helping in a different, yet equally important capacity. Also, if she had given in to the temptation of the boys and their requirements and wants, she would’ve been sidetracked and a different set of girls would have lost out. I guess you can look at the words beware and aware as interchangeable in this story.
Q: Why the focus on girls as one of the underlying themes of Beware of Boys when the story has so many hot guys in it?
A: As Charly progresses throughout the series she’s always surrounded by guys. Good ones, bad ones, attractive ones, appealing ones—you name it. However, another thing Charly has encountered is cattiness, and she’s been mistreated and misjudged because of it, which I believe is something many teen girls deal with on a daily basis. In Beware of Boys, the girls had to stand up and show out, form a bond and a sisterhood that is needed in society. Not all girls are catty, and no girl should have to put up with cattiness. If boys can recognize how beautiful girls are from the inside out, I want girls to be able to do so as well.
Q: Charly represents girls from both sides of the tracks; she’s a part of the Haves and the Have-Nots. Born and reared in an unstable environment devoid of parental interest and support, she’s now financially stable, can have just about anything she wants, and is loved and accepted everywhere she goes. However, in Beware of Boys she just can’t seem to let her past go. Isn’t it unhealthy to focus on the negative?
A: Remembering who you are and where you’ve come from is important, and in Charly’s case, proves to be very healthy for her present and future. Just because a person comes from less than ideal circumstances doesn’t mean their present and future has to reflect the same. Sometimes our past can be used for the energy that’ll get us through the rough times; it can fuel us to change our lives and the lives of others, just like Charly did in Beware of Boys
Q: In Beware of Boys, we meet five guys; three gorgeous, rich and famous ones, and two with sketchy pasts, who are all remarkably connected, but different from one another. Charly amazingly connects with them all, and even protects the sketchiest of the five in the book’s opening by not alerting the authorities. Did she protect him because of her past? Did Charly make the statement, “snitches get stitches” because she was a product of her environment, and didn’t believe in calling the cops?
A: Charly connected with just about everyone in the book because she knows who she is and remembers where she hails from. That’s what makes her so special in all the books—her ability to connect. Her statement had more to do with her not wanting to miss out on the concert that night than any allegiance to street rules. Also, the guy hadn’t hurt her or committed any crime.
Q: Charly could have had any of the three hot celebrity guys for her boyfriend, but she refused to take the bait. Was it because of her feelings for Liam? Will she and Liam ever really become official?
A: Hot guys come and go and that may be truer for celebrities. Charly, though famous, had a hard time seeing herself as anything other than the girl next door, and all of her pseudo relationships/crushes reflected her beliefs…plus, she wasn’t big on groupies or having that image. She did genuinely care for Liam and that kept her grounded, which may contribute to her officially becoming his girlfriend. What do you think? Should she?
Reality TV stardom gets way too personal for Charly St. James when three of the world's hottest heartthrobs want her to be their dream come true...
Now that Charly's a star, she wants to give back any way she can. So she's made The Extreme Dream Team's newest mission to help three sizzling celebs' charitable foundation build a super swanky retreat for teen girls who've battled an illness. But keeping things running smoothly is next to impossible when too many ideas--and egos--collide. . .
Handsome singer Mēkel is dazzling Charly with a chance to join the glitterati. Boxer Lex has powerful hood moves and charm she can't resist. And hanging around movie heartthrob Faizon has Charlie feeling movie magic. The harder Charly struggles to keep things on track, the more they're coming apart--especially when her kinda boyfriend and co-star, Liam, starts competing for her attention. Now, Charly needs to figure out fast what--and who--she really wants most. . .
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1. Charly literally had boy trouble. Every problem
she encountered involved either a guy or someone
whom she thought was a guy. Because Charly was
the common denominator in each problem, could
Charly possibly have been the real problem?
2. As a reality television star, Charly has received
much, and therefore was driven to give much,
even if it meant sacrificing her dream of getting
another reality show. Have you ever wanted to
help a person or cause so badly that you’d sacrifice
your dreams? Discuss.
3. Charly will do just about anything to get what she
wants, including “bending” the truth, hiding
things from the adults in her life, and twisting
someone’s arm (i.e. holding something against
someone to make them deliver). Though we know
right from wrong, were her actions justifiable? Is
there ever a reason to use bad to make good
4. Charly was surrounded by some of the hottest guys
on the planet, and was tempted by their looks and
star power. However, she kept her eyes on the bigger
picture—getting a place of refuge for girls—
and that required strength. Do you think you
could’ve done the same?
5. In Beware of Boys, we met Charlie, a young
teenage mother, who was enrolled in community
college. It was clear her life was a struggle, yet she
still pursued her education. Other than educational
and financial setbacks, what do you think
are some other problems that come with teenage
pregnancy and parenting?
6. Charlie, the young teenage mother, implied a sort
of prejudice against certain communities being
broadcasted by saying reality shows don’t showcase
“real” everyday people or “at risk” communities,
and Charly readily agreed. Do you think their
assessment is true? Do you see all communities
showcased on your television screen? If not, why?
7. Charly, though a good girl, consorted with excriminals
to help her achieve her dream, and put
herself at risk to get what she wanted. Do you
think Charly was too trusting when she was alone
with Coop? Was she herself a criminal by “allowing”
him to break into Faizon’s house or “borrowing”
8. “Disease \diz-‘e¯ z\ (adjective)
An impairment of the normal state of the living
animal or plant body or one of its parts that interrupts
or modifies the performance of the vital
functions, is typically manifested by distinguishing
signs and symptoms, and is a response to environmental
factors (as malnutrition, industrial hazards,
or climate), to specific infective agents (as
worms, bacteria, or viruses), to inherent defects of
the organism (as genetic anomalies), or to combinations
of these factors.”—Merriam Webster Dictionary
Me¯kel, Faizon, and Lex viewed illness according to
what they’d been exposed to (diagnosed medical
issues), and Charly believed illness to include mental,
emotional, and physical suffering, such as being
down and out, a victim of an unstable home, low
self-esteem, etc. What’s your take? Should all the
above be considered because some other “unseen”
ailments cause disease in a person?