Monday, February 15, 2010

The astonishing adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl– Book #13

| Title |The astonishing adventures of Fanboy & |
| |Goth Girl
| Author |Barry Lyga |
| Genre |Young Adult Fiction |
| Pages |311 |
| Publisher |Houghton Mifflin |
| Copyright |311 |

Synopsis (from web-site)
The brainy outcast known as 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.

But Fanboy has a secret: a graphic novel he’s been working on without telling anyone about it, 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 the bullies that make it all hell for him.

Just when he thinks he’s doomed to be alone, Fanboy meets Kyra, a.k.a. Goth Girl, an outrageous, cynical girl who shares Fanboy’s 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.

But Kyra has secrets, too. And they could lead Fanboy to his dreams…or down a path into his own darkness.

Why I read It
The Title! The young adult (teen) section of my library is around the music CD’s. So as I was checking out the latest arrivals I saw this book on the shelf in a prominent outfacing display. I love Goth Girls (think back to Winona Ryder in Bettlejuice) so I had to pick it up.

What I Thought About It
Quick, fun, and I will definitely be reading the sequel when my library gets it. Two loners find each other and just maybe they can get through the High School experience. Not a banned book but I wouldn’t be surprised if it ended up there one day. Smoking, drinking, suicidal ideation, sexual suggestions, and public nudity all by teens.

Mormon Mentions

Author Biography

Barry Lyga is a recovering comic book geek. When he was a kid, everyone told him that comic books were garbage and would rot his brain, but he had the last laugh. Raised on a steady diet of comics, he worked in the comic book industry for ten years, but now writes full-time because, well, wouldn’t you?

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