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The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Adrenaline & Attitude

Favorable: Insightful and will have you in a LOL! mood.
Once you bypass the "perverse" vernacular and enjoy the native language of Fanboy and Goth Girl, you should be laughing and engrossed in the storyline. How Fanboy and Goth Girl met was weird for Fanboy, yet he wa...
Favorable: Insightful and will have you in a LOL! mood.
Once you bypass the "perverse" vernacular and enjoy the native language of Fanboy and Goth Girl, you should be laughing and engrossed in the storyline. How Fanboy and Goth Girl met was weird for Fanboy, yet he was delighted. One of Goth Girl's statements was, "Other people are just . there." . "If they aren't helping, they're just in the way. Weave around them, knock them over, do whatever you have to, but get past them." Another was, "Adults are idiots. They think they're in charge and they think they have some kind of authority, but you know what? They're idiots. They're just grown-up kids with more money who listen to *@*@*@ music and hate everyone younger than them because they know they've @*@*@*@ up their lives and they want another shot at it. But all of us, all of us kids think that adults are in charge, too. They've got us messed up, up here," this is adrenaline with attitude. If you want action, adventure, drama, & stimulating dialogue it's here.

posted by EGHunter01 on August 4, 2009

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

I wanted to like this book. Really, I did. As a newcomer to the

I wanted to like this book. Really, I did. As a newcomer to the goth scene and a longtime geek, not to mention someone who always loves zany adventures, this book at had so much promise. So I read it through to the end, even when I just had to cringe at the sloppy handl...
I wanted to like this book. Really, I did. As a newcomer to the goth scene and a longtime geek, not to mention someone who always loves zany adventures, this book at had so much promise. So I read it through to the end, even when I just had to cringe at the sloppy handling of some really interesting themes.
Technically, the writing was good. It was engaging and often funny. But the actual stuff of the novel seemed to swing between painfully cliched and painfully self-aware about the cliches. I could never quite tell if the characters were meant to be deconstruction of the fanboy/goth characters, or if they were just not that well-rounded. I haven't read any other Barry Lyga books, but my hope is that he can keep up the writing level and brush up the substance.
The characters are well-written, but extremely unlikeable. Fanboy, the main character, has great emotional characterization and I felt bad when he felt bad, felt good when he was happy. Kyra (Goth Girl) was both snarky and witty, a nice crowdpleasing combination. But if this book is the testament to geek culture that it likes to proclaim itself as, the quirky coming-of-age novel for outcasts, etc etc, why was I constantly wanting to stop reading to yell "Wait! Stop! That's not us! Please don't think that's us!"
The characters were whiny. I'm just going to be honest here. I know being fifteen sucks, and they certainly had angst aplenty to talk about (Kyra's got a dead mom, has attempted suicide, steals cars; Fanboy's being beaten up in school and his dad's abandoned him). But these issues are never explored in any depth, and instead used to justify the characters' "clever" relations and condemnations of people, who apparently suck a lot.
And while the characters complained a lot, the actual emotionally significant themes that I wanted them to focus on were brushed off. While Fanboy was gazing at Gorgeous Goddess Dina for the fifth time, a seemingly throwaway scene involved him imagining terrorists shooting up the school. Are we actually supposed to be cheering when our protagonists threaten the principal with false rape accusations? The really intense underlying issues that could be explored here just... aren't. There's no discussion of created victimization or the fight-or-flight reflex in escapism. The characters never think about the power of sexuality. Apart from one line, they never even question if it's okay to be having these incredibly violent fantasies. I lost all respect for the characters around their rape accusation scenes. I'm sorry, but you can't throw that into a novel without examining it.
The foreshadowing was excellently placed, except for the fact that the climax happened in the last three pages and didn't really seem to resolve any of the issues, give any sort of closure, or relate to the character development that had been meandering along so far. I had to reread the ending twice to see what was intended, and it was a far cry from what the rest of the book seemed to be working on. Kyra didn't commit suicide, I'm glad to hear it- but everything about her lying, about Fanboy wanting to help her, about the new List, his acceptance of his new family- it was rushed and confused, and seemed pretty random.

posted by Anonymous on August 6, 2013

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

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    Adrenaline & Attitude

    Favorable: Insightful and will have you in a LOL! mood.
    Once you bypass the "perverse" vernacular and enjoy the native language of Fanboy and Goth Girl, you should be laughing and engrossed in the storyline. How Fanboy and Goth Girl met was weird for Fanboy, yet he was delighted. One of Goth Girl's statements was, "Other people are just . there." . "If they aren't helping, they're just in the way. Weave around them, knock them over, do whatever you have to, but get past them." Another was, "Adults are idiots. They think they're in charge and they think they have some kind of authority, but you know what? They're idiots. They're just grown-up kids with more money who listen to *@*@*@ music and hate everyone younger than them because they know they've @*@*@*@ up their lives and they want another shot at it. But all of us, all of us kids think that adults are in charge, too. They've got us messed up, up here," this is adrenaline with attitude. If you want action, adventure, drama, & stimulating dialogue it's here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2015

    Its amazing but.......

    The writing is wonderful and it has a amazing story line but it has too many GRAMMER MISTAKES!!! It really ruins the book if the the editers did not care about grammer.

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  • Posted September 22, 2014

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    Donnie has one friend and one bullet, and a list that he keeps a

    Donnie has one friend and one bullet, and a list that he keeps adding names to. Once you’re on the list, your name cannot be taken off. Cal, his only friend, is a jock and I feel he treats Donnie pretty badly. Most of the jocks pick on Donnie and he tries to stay away from them, which doesn’t always work. Cal being one of the few African American kids at school dumps Donnie when the jocks show up, as they take precedence over him. They share their love of comic books/graphic novels and with the comic book/graphic novel convention coming up, Donnie is getting ready. Working at home, Donnie gets an instant message but the address doesn’t ring a bell. The person wants to know why he allowed Mitchell to hit him in gym class. Confused, he follows the message to pictures on his computer and there he is being smacked by another student in class. Yes, this in a daily occurrence in Donnie’s gym class but why is this person talking to him and who is it? Dressed in black and smoking cigarettes, I think he is in awe when he finds out its Kyra. She knows so much about him and she’s not making fun of him. He’s a noble warrior in her eyes as he stands taking the punches, not fighting back and not showing fear or pain, is she for real? The words just come tumbling out of her mouth like there’s nothing standing in her way; her love for comics/graphic novels, her hatred of people, her dislike of the Jock Jerks and how stupid she feels people really are. It’s a meeting of the minds and where did this girl come from? Emotions flare and feelings get hurt when issues about relationships, attractiveness and what’s real are brought up and too many words get spoken. Lines get crossed and people walk away. It was just getting good. Fanboy was hoping to attend the convention with Kyra and Goth Girl, as they all three enjoy comic books/graphic novels. I never thought a convention could be so dramatic but this sure turned into a real show stopper.
    I wanted to read another book by Barry Lyga since I am loving his serial killer series. This book had some interesting characters and I really enjoyed the storyline. When Fanboy talks to Dina, that conversation was so deep and moving that I had to take a few moments to absorb all that they were discussing. She gave him something that think about night, she shoved him. Kyra started the process and Dina was there to help push him along. Kyra was truly something. She had me laughing as she was so outspoken and a true daredevil. She just did what she wanted, said what she thought and how she was able to survive living with this outspoken spirit is amazing. This was Barry’s first novel and I really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Really good

    Really good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Alright

    Would love to read more...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2007

    Excellent Book.

    I pick this book up on a whim and it was a great choice.It intails great writing that makes you relate to fanboy. Almost everything that happens in the story is believable and sometimes that will make you cringe but all around a great book.

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