The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl

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Houghton Mifflin, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 311 pages
210 Reviews
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year *“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, starred review “A captivating, darkly entertaining first novel.” —Tom Perrotta, author of Election and Little Children

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.

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Excellent characterization and good story. - Goodreads
The ending was unsatisfying. - Goodreads
I like Barry Lyga's writing style. - Goodreads
The one thing that bothered me was the ending. - Goodreads
The writing is so real and truthful. - Goodreads
Yea for a satisfying ending and strong voice. - Goodreads

Review: The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl (The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl #1)

User Review  - Terri - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book about a geeky sophomore in high school. He gets bullied every day and all he cares about is writing his own "graphic novel" (comic book). He meets Goth Girl Kyra and unexpectedly his life begins to look up!! Read full review

Review: The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl (The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl #1)

User Review  - Gail - Goodreads

Really excellent story about a skinny kid who can't handle the bullies at his school and is drawing a graphic novel. He has one friend, and then he meets a girl who also likes comics. And stuff happens. It's a complicated story, a very good one. Read full review

About the author (2006)

Barry Lyga is the author of The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl and Boy Toy, both ALA Best Books for Young Adults. Hero-Type is his third book set in South Brook High School. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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