Thank you all who replied to my earlier post. I ended up going to the mall and seeing the movie with the boy and two of my female friends. There was a fair outside of the mall, so him and I rode three of the rides, including the ferris wheel (where we joked about jumping off). Then, we went back inside and sat in the bookstore and talked.
How do I prevent my friends from speculating/trying to force us to date?
I just want to get to know him and taking things slow.