Monday, March 17, 2014

The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga Quick Review

The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic, Contemporary
Published Date: October 2nd, 2006
eBook, 320 pages

Fanboy has never had it good, but lately his sophomore year is turning out to be its own special hell. The bullies have made him their favorite target, his best (and only) friend seems headed for the dark side (sports and popularity), and his pregnant mother and the step-fascist are eagerly awaiting the birth of the alien life form known as Fanboy’s new little brother or sister.

Fanboy, though, has a secret: a graphic novel he’s been working on without telling anyone, a graphic novel that he is convinced will lead to publication, fame, and—most important of all—a way out of the crappy little town he lives in and all the people that make it hell for him.

When Fanboy meets Kyra, a.k.a. Goth Girl, he finds an outrageous, cynical girl who shares his love of comics as well as his hatred for jocks and bullies. Fanboy can’t resist someone who actually seems to understand him, and soon he finds himself willing to heed her advice—to ignore or crush anyone who stands in his way.

 4 out of 5 stars
This book is so fun not because it's extremely funny or exciting but because the characters are so fun, so multidimensional, so real. This was a joy to read because it didn't have the typical YA fanfare, perfect looking characters, or typical cliche romance. It took all of that and turned it on its head. It was realistic in a way a lot of readers will appreciate and relate to.

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