Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl (The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl #1), by Barry Lyga

Barnes & Noble

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.

4.5 stars.

I started this book thinking that it would be a light read, but I didn't think that it would "wow" me. Boy, was I wrong!

I really connected with Fanboy, and I loved seeing him grow and mature. I felt his emotions as though they were my own: heartbreak; self-hate; amusement; arousal. I giggled like a teenager every time he spoke of an erection.

If you liked The Perks of Being a Wallflower, you'll like this book, too.

I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, Goth Girl Rising.

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