The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl

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Houghton Mifflin, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 311 pages
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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
There were a couple of plot holes. - Goodreads
The pacing is much better. - Goodreads
The one thing that bothered me was the ending. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Victoria - Goodreads

This book certainly kept me reading. At a fairly constant pace, it took me 5 hours. I liked the character, even if he was a bit whiny, but I connected more with Kyra. Interested to read the next in the series and wonder if there will be more. Read full review

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

User Review  - Victoria - Goodreads

This book certainly kept me reading. At a fairly constant pace, it took me 5 hours. I liked the character, even if he was a bit whiny, but I connected more with Kyra. Interested to read the next in the series and wonder if there will be more. 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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