The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl

The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl

by Barry Lyga
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The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547417141
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/24/2007
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 231,852
File size: 807 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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 www.barrylyga.com.

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The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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LoonyMoonyy More than 1 year ago
no one believes me that this book is good, but this book is great. its the type of book that makes you want to cry, get angry, laugh (i don't know how many times i laghed out loud). i would recomend this book to any one!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really disappointing and i really thought it was going to be a great book but it wasn't. I couldn't finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really nails that teenage angt and narricism, sometimes to the point of being painful to read in parts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It starts out good. Goth Girl and Fanboy are outcasts that become friends and help each other deal with life. The pity I had for Fanboy being bullied is lessened by his arrogance and selfrighteousness. He betrays Goth Girl and then becomes part of the crowd he claims to hate. The only person that was decent was Tony, Fanboy's step father, who tries to get along with his step son, but Fanboy is too closed minded to give him a chance. "Everyone hates me," claims Fanboy, yet he becomes friends with those that pick on him. He's as shallow as the other's. If you want to read about the main character of a novel becoming a jerk, this is the book for you.
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