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 away from all the people who make it hell for him.
When fanboy meets Kyra, a.k.a. Goth Girl, he finds an outrageous, cynical friend 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. But Kyra has secrets, too. And they could lead Fanboy to his dreams...or down a path into his own darkness.
©2007 Barry Lyga; (P)2001 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Plenty here to keep listeners engaged." (Publishers Weekly)
"So cool that you might want to wrap it in black fabric and have it delivered anonymously to your teenager....What a find." (Newsday)
"Fanboy's whip-smart, often hilariously sarcastic voice...adds fresh, urgent perspective to age-old questions about how young people cope with...being misunderstood as they try to discover themselves." (Booklist)
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
This is not great fiction, but is a fun listen for the nerdy or geeky of any age. Nice characters and is both touching and funny. Not altogether believable or deep, but well worth the listen.
Scott Brick made this book come alive. I had to stop at times, pause and wait for what was to come. I hope Mr. Lyga continues Fan Boys life in new volumes to come.
Mommy of twins
What a hysterically funny coming of age read!… Loved “the list”, Loved the “magic cards”, Loved “The Great Ecuadorian Turtle Blight of the 1920’s” and Love, Loved Fanboy!
I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard throughout a book… Actually I don’t believe another book has ever cracked me up the way THE ASTONISHING ADVENTURES OF FANBOY AND GOTH GIRL did.
Who knew a story about a lonely and geeky comic book (excuse me, graphic novel) loving kid and his high school woes could be so captivating. The highly intelligent, yet socially invisible (when not being tormented) Fanboy’s internal snarky dialog kept me rolling from start to finish.
Surprisingly, Barry Lyga addresses quite a few serious topics in this book; from divorce, second marriages and true friendship to bullying, depression and even teen suicide and he does it well and in a way that feels very real. Also to Mr. Lyga’s credit as a writer, he manages not to cheapen the issues, which would be very easy to do considering the amount of humor invested in the story.
With a charming and believable cast, complete and chock full of teen awkwardness, raw emotion and just an abundance of funny, THE ASTONISHING ADVENTURES OF FANBOY AND GOTH GIRL is a read that is sure to win you over and steal your heart… I know Fanboy stole mine. Can’t wait to see how the story continues in GOTH GIRL RISING.
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