Boy Toy

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jan 5, 2009 - Young Adult Fiction - 416 pages
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Josh Mendel has a secret. Unfortunately, everyone knows what it is.
Five years ago, Josh’s life changed. Drastically. And everyone in his school, his town—seems like the world—thinks they understand. But they don’t—they can’t. And now, about to graduate from high school, Josh is still trying to sort through the pieces. First there’s Rachel, the girl he thought he’d lost years ago. She’s back, and she’s determined to be part of his life, whether he wants her there or not.Then there are college decisions to make, and the toughest baseball game of his life coming up, and a coach who won’t stop pushing Josh all the way to the brink. And then there’s Eve. Her return brings with it all the memories of Josh’s past. It’s time for Josh to face the truth about what happened.
If only he knew what the truth was . . .


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User Review  - louis.arata - LibraryThing

Don’t let the title mislead you: this is not a charming coming-of-age story. This is about sexual abuse. Twelve-year old Josh Mendel has a crush on his history teacher, Eve. When she starts paying him ... Read full review

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User Review  - bladechik99 - LibraryThing

This book was distressing to read at times. At some points in the story, the plot was either extremely graphic, or just emotionally upsetting and I had to put it down for a little while. Not that that ... Read full review

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Ten Things I Learned at the Age of Twelve
Batter Up
Strike One
Flashbacks Not Flickers I
Strike Two
Flashbacks Not Flickers II
Fielders Choice
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Barry Lyga is a recovering comic book geek and the author of many books, including The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, Goth Girl Rising, Boy Toy, and Hero-Type for HMH, Wolverine: Worst Day Ever for Marvel Books, and Archvillian for Scholastic. He has also written comic books about everything from sword-wielding nuns to alien revolutionaries. He worked as marketing manager at Diamond Comic Distributers for ten years. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.Visit Barry online at

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