Monday, January 7, 2013

Book Review #259 - The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl (The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl #1) by Barry Lyga

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.
My Rating: 5/5
I didn't really know what to expect from this book. I had read mixed reviews before reading and given that I have limited knowledge of comic books/graphic novels my opinion for this book could have gone either way.
What initially drew me into this book was the character of Fanboy. I liked him instantly and that helped me to become absorbed in the story.
The character of Kyra aka Goth Girl I thought I had the potential to like more that what I actually did if she wasn't constantly coming in and out of the story.
The storyline, although predictable at times I thought was interesting and completely absorbing.
Given that Goth Girl is the narrator in the second book and Fanboy was the main reason I liked this book I am sure I won't like the sequel as much as this one, but I am still excited to read it anyway.

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