Google+ Reading Teen: In My Mailbox (FINALLY!) and Second Hand Saturday 3/10/12

Saturday, March 10, 2012

In My Mailbox (FINALLY!) and Second Hand Saturday 3/10/12



OK STOP YELLING AT US!!  We finally got our IMM to work.  Sorry for the lack of posting, we've had some dumb iMovie issues. 





Thanks to the Ginger Twins for letting me borrow The Fault in our Stars!! 




Welcome to Second Hand Saturday!
In an attempt to clear our bookshelves, and pass on great used books to our stalkers followers, Amy, Kit, Abigaile, Austin and I have decided to hold weekly giveaways of some of the books on our bookshelves! Every Saturday, we will post the books available, and the following Saturday, we will announce the winner and our next challenge. The winner will get to choose a book from the list and we will ship it to that lucky person! Each week we will have a different challenge to complete.


This Week's Question:


In our IMM, we got a book called BEING FRIENDS WITH BOYS.  So, here's our question, is it possible to be "just friends" with someone of the opposite sex?  (Here's a fun video about it)
 
Just comment below to be entered!



And this week's winner is...
Magan Bagan

Email me at Readingteen1(at)gmail.com with your book choice.  Please put "winner" in the subject line.  You have one week to claim your prize!




Books Available:


Middle Grade


YA books + (ARC=Advanced Reading Copy)


67 comments:

  1. I think so. But as a girl, I've noticed that lots of girls say "yes" and lots of boys say "no". Not that they all say those, but that's just what I've seen. I don't know why.

    I actually prefer talking to boys because I have more boy like hobbies. I'm not into make up or reality tv or things like that, and since I'm a huge gamer, I get along better with boys.

    I think that friendships can blossom into relationships, sure, but not all friendships are relationship material, and for some people they think "if you can be friends, you can be in a relationship" (which is totally weird thinking to me, although I do agree that relationships require friendship!!). I always feel super bad for people when they think their friends like them the way they like them, and it turns out badly.

    PS, I've seen that video a bunch of times. That boy is GORGEOUS, no!?! ^_~ I'm sure there were guys they interviewed who said yes and they just edited them out for the purpose of the video. I dunno! That video just makes it seem like EVERY guy wants to have more with their friend-girl, which I just can't fathom. I mean, if I thought all of my guy friends wanted to be with me my head would be HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGEEEEEEE.

    dontkillkittens8 (at) netscape (dot) net

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  2. I want to say yes... then I think about the video and want to say no... but still.. yes? No? Maybe?... Oh who cares:P

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  3. I have only had one close guy friend, and our relationship has been...well, complicated. But I have another guy friend or two that are DEFINITELY just friends, so I'm gonna go with yes.

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  4. I think so. But you can't be exes or have even the slightest bit of attraction to that person. Because then that's where things get sketchy. I say this because my best friend is a guy, but I've know him since forever.

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  5. I say yes...but it also depends on the person because everyone is an individual. I personally have always had more friends that were boys than girls (mostly because I was/am bit of a tomboy and got along with/share common interests with guys more). I have two very close guy friends that I have known since high school and we've been nothing but friends the entire time I've known them. They're like my brothers now.

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  6. Yes you can. I had several friends that were boys in high school=)

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  7. My answer to this will be yes. I have more friends who are boys than girls, mainly because I were a tomboy, but also because I don't like the way girls treat each other. They're so harsh.

    IreneejensenAThotmailDOTcom

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  8. I agree with you about The Immortal Rules and Shatter Me!! Both are amazing! I really wanna read Shadow and Bone... hilarious IMM, as always. my IMM: http://readerbenji.blogspot.com/2012/03/in-my-mailbox-46.html

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  9. I have to agree with the above poster...As a girl, I say yes, but I know guys (most guys!) would say no.
    At least that's been my experience! I've tried to have guy friends and they usually muck it up. :P

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  10. Yes, we can! All the guys in my school are.....I don't know, I just see them as friends. Maybe because none of them are my type. :X Hahaha, but yeah, we definitely can!:)

    Thanks again for another amazing giveaway, and happy Saturday!

    CYP
    cypsays_hi[@]hotmail.com

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  11. I think so. I have plenty of male friends that I wouldn't want to date. I couldn't see them as more than friends. It's definitely possible if it's a good friendship without romantic feelings.

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  12. Yes, if they're not your type. But you never know, there might be a secret attraction! :P

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  13. Great IMM! I was envying over several of your new arrivals. Thanks for sharing! Loved the video!

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  14. I think guys and girls can just be friends. Some of my best friends are guys and we get along perfectly fine with nothing going on between us. I guess that partly cause I'm the dork/tomboy at school but... even when us girls and guys have feelings between each other, it doesn't mean we act upon them or that we can't just keep on going and being nothing more than friends. I guess that's where most people think that people of the opposite sex can't just be friends because they think that if one likes the other as more than a friends than it will end up as them not being friends or dating.

    So basically, yeah people of the opposite sex can be friends, even stay friends.

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  15. I have had guy friends for as long as I can remember, but I've also had the same boyfriend for 4 years now, and he'd tell you that there's no way guys and girls can just be friends. He says guys always want more, which I've sadly found to be mostly true. For girls, it's more about being ignorant. If you want nothing more from a guy than friendship, then act like a friend. They'll get the hint and either drop the friendship or stick with it. I love all the guys I'm friends with (who I mostly just play soccer with) and yes some of them are good-looking. But I'm not single so anything more than friendship with them has never crossed my mind. Love this question!! :D

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  16. It is possible. If you go in looking for just friendship.

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  17. Definitely! You can be friends with the opposite sex without it turning into a romantic relationship.

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  18. Most of my friends are guys but I would have to say no. My best male friend I know has liked me for three years, in some ways it makes our friendship better because he respects me and I can trust him. My other guy friends take just treat me as one of the guys but he goes out of his way for me. Would I honestly take the relation ship further? Most likely no, romance complicates things and I'd rather have him as a friend than otherwise.

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  19. Definitely! I have a lot of guy friends. You can love and respect a friend without it turning romantic.

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  20. Of curse it's possible. I have many guy friends and there's nothing romantic between us. I don't see why people always think that's not possible.

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  21. Yes, I think a boy and girl can just be friends. My son has a really good friend and she is a girl. They have been friends for about three years. They have other romantic interests.

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  22. Yes! Not all the time, but there can be friendship without romantic interest.

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  24. Yes it is possible. I have found some great friendships with boys. You get a whole different perspective on life being friends with boys. A peek into how they think. The only problem is if they (or you) like them in a romantic way and it is not reciprocated. Then heartbreak follows.

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  25. I'd say yes, because lots of times the girl and boy only want to be friend, and then, people around them start teasing them about how a good couple they'd make, or how one likes the other, and that totally ruins the friendship (trust me, I like boy friend, and it has always happened to me (*sigh*))

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  26. I think you can be friends with the opposite sex. However if feelings develop from either person, it can throw off the friendship dynamic and may end a friendship if the feelings aren't mutual.

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  27. Yes I think you can be just friends with the opposite sex, but I think it's usually not that simple and that there is usually some level of complication or wondering.

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  28. I think it's possible, but only if both sides are not attracted to each other.

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  29. Of course! It's not like every girl is attracted to every guy simply because they are a guy. (and vice versa)

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  30. In my opinion, absolutely possible. When I was in college I had two guy friends. After my husband met them he colored the entire relationship differently. I am positive it was friendship on both sides but he thinks both guys were interested. I still think I am right.

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  31. It's 100% possible. I'm a 16 years old boy, and have few friends who are girls. some say that only if you are gay or something you may have good friendship with a girl, but that's not true. i'm not gay and have great friendship with girls :)

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  32. Of course! I don't have many guy friends but my friend has a ton of them. Most of her friends are guys because she says she gets along with them more.

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  33. I think it's perfectly fine to be friends with boys. Just because they're guys doesn't mean that we can't be friends with them!

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  34. I think it is certainly possible to just be friends with boys, though I don't really have any experience with boys other than my brothers. All the guys I know are either too old for me or related. :)

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  35. I really enjoyed your video! I also borrowed my copy of the Fault in Our Stars from a friend. that is an amazing book. it is perfectly fine to be friends with boys.

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  36. Yup. I grew up with guys, so I have a ton of guy friends. Usually I'm thought of as "one of them." You just need to know how to act if one of them gets offended XD

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  37. Yes, I've had friends that were boys before.

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  38. The video was cute, but I do think it is possible. I have quite a lot of guy friends, but you never know... (;

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  39. Haha OMG you guys are SO FUNNY! Glad you liked Graffiti Moon Andye, and you WILL cry in TFiOS. I'm planning to read the Kagawa book soon so I'm glad you liked that as well.
    Also, my best friend since kindergarten is a guy and it's never been weird or anything other than friendship. yeah, my hubs took some convincing on the matter but.. still good. (I'm not entering the contest tho!)

    So cool to "see" you guys! :P
    ~Sabrina

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  40. Erm... am I going to be the first girl here to say No? A guy and a girl CAN'T be friends? o_O
    I don't think it's possible to be friends with guys. I think girls THINK they are friends with guys (like they did in the video) but most guys, if they had the chance would try for more OR secretly like the girl. It can be a mess; either they act on it and the girl doesn't feel the same way or they don't act on it. It's possible the friendships that have lasted for so long have done so because the guy has never made a move knowing he'd screw it up. If it goes well for some time and then hits rock bottom you've just lost your boyfriend AND a close friend.

    And there's the whole communication thing - sometimes you're just having a laugh and he can take it to be flirting. I've seen it and been part of it. One minute you're being friendly and cracking some jokes next thing you know he's taken it to mean you're attracted to him OR he has a chance with you.
    I don't mean to come across as being sexist but that's just how I've seen it.
    Gay guys however are really good friends. And it's uncomplicated :)

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  41. I was going to say yes before the video but now I just DON'T KNOW!!!!

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  42. I do think it's possible...but that doesn't mean it'll stay 'just friends'. People grow and change, and feelings may develop. It's honestly up to you to keep it 'just friends'.

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  43. I think it's possible, but very hard. I've had male friends before but someone always ends up getting upset about it, whether it be his girlfriends or my husbands! It's not easy, but it is possible - you just have to be respectful to everybody's feelings :)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

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  44. I agree with Vivien...I think it's possible but sometimes it does become something more which can be great; for example I'm married to my best friend in the whole world! On the other hand, I certainly have lots of "just friends" and always have! It's scary though b/c if it doesn't work out you take a huge hit by losing both your friend and your partner. (PS- I AM SOOOO JEALOUS U GOT THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR AMY AND YES U MUST READ THEM ANDYE! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!? They are my favorite! ;)

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  45. I think it's possible for guys and girls to be "just friends." It does seem that one of the two usually has feelings for the other though, but keeps it a secret. It happened to me before. Great IMM for the week too!!

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  46. I think it is possible to be friends with a person of the opposite sex. As a girl you always need those great girl friends to gossip and share secrets with, but with a guy friend you don't have to worry about all that stuff getting out. Guys normally don't share secrets. Lol :) Loved the IMM!

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  47. Its absolutely possible, and I think it's silly to think otherwise. Friendship goes beyond gender.

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  48. It's possible. I have a lot of friends who are guys and I feel no attraction to them whatsoever and vice versa. I think people try to do that too often, make a relationship out of a friendship even its obvious that there is none. Why can't being friends be good enough? In my opinion, my friends are all I need.

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  49. I love having guy friends. I think sometimes they are better than girls, because guys are not as catty as girls. Before I was married I had more guy friends, than girls.
    You love to win. Thanks for the giveaway.
    christinebails@yahoo.com

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  50. No I think it is hard for people to keep their feelings in check that might develop.

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  51. Yes, I do think you can be friends with the opposite sex. Some of my best friends have been guys (some have been gay, but others have been 100% straight). I think friendships with guys are WAY less complicated, and you usually don't have to worry about them gossiping or stabbing you in the back.
    laughs4life14@yahoo.com

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  52. Yes I think two people of the opposite sex could be friends because I am friends with boys, so I know from experience. I think if attraction isn't the case in the feelings between the girl and the boy, but just understanding, and they just get along, they can be just friends.
    P.S. The video is so fun.
    just.andreeam@yahoo.com

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  53. I definitely believe it is! One of my best friends is a guy. I know tons of people who think women and men can't be just friends (we call all revisit When Harry Met Sally for an entire movie on this subject), but I think it's possible.

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  54. I think it's possible--I have a guy friend (luckily my husband doesn't care at all). But I had to go through the whole does-he-like-me, or-are-we-really-just-friends thing first. I couldn't tell for a while. After he got married it was a lot easier.

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  55. I think it depends really because even if one of them wasn't attractive like after you get to know them your feelings might change. Personally my bestfriend is gay so yeah i guess our friendship will always be safe haha ;D

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  56. Definitely! I have plenty of guy friends who I don't think of romantically (:

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  57. Yes you can!! My best friend is a guy and there's nothing romanctic with him! He's more than a brother than a friend!

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  58. Yes you definitely can! I had a ton of male friends and nothing ever happened between us and neither did I want it to :)

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  59. I believe it is, yes :D Thank you for yet another amazing giveaway. <3 You guys are the best :D
    Love, Carina

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  60. It is definitely possible to have friends that are guys. I have a few and they are all practically my brothers. I actually find it easier to be friends with guys than with girls. Especially the ones who love sports because I am a HUGE sports fan and I love to argue about it. I find it easier to talk with them because they like the same things as me, and they are more brutally honest, not much drama hanging around guys. Also easier to read a guy than a girl, so I definitely say yes girls and guys can be just friends.

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  61. I don't think it is possible. Everytime I'm friends with a guy, one of us falls for the other.

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  62. It's Totally possible to be friends with the opposite sex. It's just hard because both people have to be on the same page concerning their opinions on the matter. Great IMM! happy Reading!!

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  63. Yeah, I think it's possible, depending on the guy and the girl. It depends on their interests and if they have a special connection or not. A certain type of connection is required for a girl and a guy to just be friends. They can't be attracted to each other at all. Since girls and guys are wired to be attracted to each other, sometimes it's hard just being friends. Sometimes it's hard finding a guy/girl that's even interested in just being friends. It's a tricky situation, but one that many teens have seemed to mastered.

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  64. Off course you can! I've had several good guy friends

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  65. Of course! One of my best friends is a guy and we totally see each other as brother/sister, we are so not attracted to each other at all. In fact he has a big crush on one of my girl friends ;) You have to feel attracted to each other for a guy/girl friendship to become weird or complicated.

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  66. Yea i mean my best friend is a guy and there has never been anything between us but I also think it would depend on the situation because sometimes you do end up falling for your best friend and alot of the time it is a guy

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