The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl

The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl

by Barry Lyga


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618916528
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/24/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 770,400
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range: 14 - 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

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FANBOY - Chapter ONE

I want to not ride the bus to school every day, but that would be a waste of a really big want—it’ll take care of itself eventually. Until then, I put up with it, like today.
So what do I want? I want a copy of Giant-Size X-Men #1 in Mint condition.
I would settle for Near Mint, I guess, which would definitely be cheaper, but I’d really like to be able to say that my copy is pretty much perfect. On eBay, a Mint copy starts at at least eight hundred bucks, which is way more than I can afford, but maybe once I get my driver’s license, I can get a job after school and put together the money. Sounds crazy, I know— some ancient comic book from the 1970s. But it’s important.
I also want a new computer. Multiprocessor, maxed-out memory slots, wireless everything . . . When my parents got divorced, my mom got custody of me, and I got custody of the old Pentium clone that used to sit in the den at our old house. Thanks to the very best in Microsoft/Intel engineering, it crashes every time you exhale too hard in its general vicinity. It’s tough to accomplish the kinds of things I want to accomplish with that going on. I want Flash animation! Video editing! Heck, I just want to be able to use Photoshop or Illustrator for ten minutes without rebooting.
Thinking about a pristine Giant-Size X-Men #1 and a humming new computer usually gets me through the bus ride to school. Today’s an exception. Today, I don’t need to spin fantasies because a living, breathing fantasy has just gotten on board: Dina Jurgens, who manages to make climbing the steps to the bus look like something that crazy parents’ groups boycott.
It’s a good day when a goddess gets on the school bus with you. In my two years suffering as this particular school bus stutters over potholes and gravel, winding its way through the back roads of Brookdale, Dina has only ridden a handful of times.
She’s a senior, two years older than I am, but she looks like she could have stepped off a runway somewhere: blond hair, bright green eyes, soft and puffy lips, and a body that’s pure torture. There are plenty of hotties at South Brook High, but Dina’s a cut above and beyond. Of all the things I hate about South Brook, the fact that she’s graduating in a few months is at the top of the list. How am I supposed to go through junior and senior years without catching glimpses of her in the hall?
Dina checks out the seating situation, scanning the back seats, which are packed. The bus driver—a wheezing, leather-faced troll appropriately named Mr. Dull—closes the door and hits the gas, jerking Dina forward a little. She flips her hair out of her eyes, then rolls them at Mr. Dull’s temerity. She heads for the first empty seat, which happens to be, well, next to me.
I try to play it cool, but let’s be honest—that’s tough to do in the presence of a goddess. I go with my first instinct, which is to try to dip my hand into my pocket for the safety totem I keep there. I always feel calmer when I touch it.
But it’s awkward getting a hand into your pocket when you’re sitting down, doubly so when there’s someone right next to you. My elbow brushes her side, and she looks at me like I planned it. “Hey!” “Sorry,” I mumble. I feel like I should explain that I wasn’t trying to touch her, but she’s already looking away.
“What happened, Dina?” Sounds like Kayla Meyer. A junior, one who hasn’t gotten a car yet. One who apparently ranks as Worthy on the Dina Jurgens Scale because her older brother is Steve Meyer, who I think dated Dina’s older sister or something like that. I don’t know. I don’t really pay attention to stuff like that.
“My car wouldn’t start this morning.” “Bummer.” “Yeah, I told my dad that it has to be ready by the weekend because . . .” I tune it out and keep my head down so that no one will bother me. But being so close to Dina rattles me. I keep wanting to turn and stare, but even I know that that’s not cool. So I settle for cutting my eyes left as often as I can. I get flashes of skirt and leg and the shadow of what could be a breast, but I’m not sure and I don’t want to risk looking for longer than, like, a tenth of a second. So it’s sort of like dumping the pieces of a puzzle out on the floor, looking at them, and then trying to put it all together in your head. With your eyes closed. So close! So far!
It goes like that for a little while, the bus jerking and bouncing along, making Dina’s anatomy do very interesting things that she’s apparently unaware of (and of which I’m woefully underaware, given those quick glances). Dina talks with Kayla, the Usual Idiots yell and chatter, and Mr. Dull’s beloved country station blares out of the radio.
At somee point, I realize that I probably look like an idiot, my head bent down, doing nothing (apparently), staring down at my feet. I pretend to look for sooooomething in my backpack, but there’s just school stuff and comic books in there. And God knows I don’t want to pull out a comic book while Dina’s sitting next to me! I wish I had something—anything—else to read, something that didn’t scream “Geek!” at the top of its lungs and jump around in nerdly war paint. Like . . . I don’t know . . . Hot Rod?
When we screech to a tooth-grinding halt at the school, a sudden brilliant stroke hits me. Dina is sitting next to me. On the aisle. She’ll get up to leave and I’ll get up behind her. Behind her. From here to the exit, I’ll be right behind her, with an unobstructed view of The Back of Dina Jurgens. Not as splendid a sight as The Front, but not bad in its own right. Sweet.
So Dina gets up and I grab my backpack (watching her legs as I do so—wow), then get up and move to get behind her— And Mark Broderick pushes me back. “Move it.” He doesn’t even look at me as he does it. He’s a big senior with short bleached hair and a face like old hamburger. He dresses like Eminem, if Eminem weighed twenty pounds too much and couldn’t keep the sweat stains from spreading out under his armpits. This is the weirdest part—he smells like boiling leather. I’ve never been able to figure that part out.
Up until now, the only contact I’ve ever had with him was smelling that unique aroma as he walked past me on the bus. But right now I watch him as he struts up to the door behind Dina. A flood of bigger, meaner, and/or tougher kids fills the aisle, and I’m not about to step into that flood, so I just stand here and wait and watch Mark’s back and the buzzcut that clutches his scalp.
Now that I’m standing, it’s easy to slip my hand into my pocket. As usual, I feel immediate calm when I touch the bullet that I keep there. I started carrying it about a year ago.
Everything’s OK; I’ve added Mark to The List.

The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga. Copyright (c) 2006 by Barry Lyga. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

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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.
mhg123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
kikianika on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. *Loved*. The nerd references, the understated voice, the slow premise. It had a gritty realism to it that sucked me in from the beginning. It also has the most realistic description of a migraine I've ever read. Having just recovered from one the other week, it struck very, very true to me. read it for the comic book references, read it for the voice. It's fantastic.
kikilon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. *Loved*. The nerd references, the understated voice, the slow premise. It had a gritty realism to it that sucked me in from the beginning. It also has the most realistic description of a migraine I've ever read. Having just recovered from one the other week, it struck very, very true to me. read it for the comic book references, read it for the voice. It's fantastic.
SophieCale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The chliche is all in the title, and while you'll find a nothing "new" in this story, what you will find are astonishingly REAL charcters and excellent writing. All the trials and tribulations of high school are present: broken families, moving neighborhoods, social awkwardness, authority issues, self-confidence issues, isolation, "risky" behavior, etc. Its all there. The story is in the first person "Donnie" narrative, so you get into his head quickly and it is a smart working, clear cut mind too; Donnie is very relatable. He is also and egocentric whiner. I've always disliked the "Geek=Wimp" synonym, because its NOT synonymous (there's a whole Geek Spectrum) but what's amazing is this book shows you very clearly how Donnie realizes this and grows into a better person. Some of the end bits were somewhat of a stretch, all super-predictable plot tools, but they are extremely well presented. The ending is satisfying, if rather open, which causees me to suspect a sequel. This is an EXCELLENT young adult novel and will really take those out of the YA age range (13+) back to times or people they remember.
Kaydence on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had put off reading this book for awhile for no particular reason. I'm upset that I did that. I guess I was going through a phase where I didn't want to think about how big of a geek that I am. Anyways, Lyga spins a tale combining the lives of two teenagers. Fanboy is a stereotypical comic book nerd. He has been working on a comic forever and is planning on handing it off to his hero at a comic book convention. Before the convention, he ends up becoming friends with Goth Girl. He is intrigued with her and probably has a bit of a crush. She ends up finding out about his work and finds it very well done. At the convention, the two clash with fanboy's hero and craziness ensues.The relationship between the two characters is nice. They never seem to be overly comfortable with one another, but it is portrayed as a real high school type relationship. In high school, we all found that our friendships and relationship were so deep, but they really weren't. This is a pretty true testament to that, which is a relief compared to other YA books that place so much emphasis on a new relationship that will be happily ever after or a best friend that you have had all of your life. The plot was believable and you are rooting for the comic to take off and Fanboy to get famous. However, this is realistic and you can only imagine what happens. Overall, I would recommend this to older middle school and high school students, especially those that are interested in comics. There are a lot of comic references that I got a kick out of because I was so familiar with them. Perhaps Neil Gaiman should get a cut of the profits because his name appears in the novel so often. What can we ladies say, he's a favorite!
lauriebrown54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this book much more than I did in the end. It sounded really promising: comic book nerd who draws/writes his own graphic novel? Great! Goth girl? Equally great! Amazing adventures? What could be better? But the adventures aren¿t very amazing. It¿s a coming of age novel, not an adventure novel. It¿s a *good* coming of age novel, mind you, but just not what it sounded like on the book jacket. Fanboy (we never learn his name) lives with his pregnant mother and his step-father, whom he has nothing in common with; his bedroom in the basement where he spends most of his time, creating his graphic novel. His only friend is Cal, the teen who proves that one can be a comic book nerd AND a jock- although Fanboy takes Cal¿s jock interests as betrayal. He has a crush on a senior girl. His great aim in life is to show his opus to a famous graphic novelist so he can get help getting published. He is laughed at, ignored, and beaten up at school.Then he meets Kyra, AKA Goth Girl, who has big issues of her own. She has taken an interest in him because of his stoicism in the face of physical violence. Then when she sees his graphic work, she realizes how good it is and wants to help him make it better, to help him get it published. But they have a standard romantic comedy relationship- they think they can¿t really stand each other and are only together to get something done. That always grates on my nerves- why is it considered adding dramatic tension when characters are oblivious to their own feelings? The author keeps a different kind of tension running through the book with Fanboy¿s recurring daydream of the school being shot up, with all his enemies dying. His step father keeps guns in the basement, and Fanboy has a bullet as a talisman that he keeps with him. Will he make his daydream come true, with himself as the gunman? He is, after all, the misunderstood loner. I think that I would have loved this book when I was about 12 or 13, the age it¿s really written for. It¿s not one of the Young Adult novels that holds up for adults. I did really enjoy parts of it- after all, I *was* a loner nerd who drew comic strips in school. It¿s a book about learning life lessons and making allowances for others. It¿s finding that people are complex, not caricatures.
Irisheyz77 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to admit before I picked up The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl I didn't know much about it. In fact I really didn't know much about the author. It wasn't until I went to Book Expo America last May and had the good fortune to go to a part for the book anthology, Geektastic. It was at this party that met Barry Lyga and became interested in his books so shortly after returning home I picked up The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. Sadly though my Mt TBR is huge and it wasn't moving up very far so I was very excited when I saw the audio version sitting on the shelf of my local library. I popped in the first disc before leaving the parking and soon found myself taking the long way home.The narrator, Scott Bick, was AMAZING in bringing to life all the characters...and what characters! Fan Boy, or Donny as called by his mom, is this awkward loaner with a huge chip on his shoulder. He assumes no one will like him for him and so he refuses to even try and so then isn't shocked when that is just what happens. In many ways, Donny prefers to exist on the fringes of High School society because then life is easier. As it tends to be easier to hate someone then to like them and there is a lot less chance of getting hurt. So, things are going well for Donny in that aspect until the day he meets Kyra, another soul that exists on the fringes. Together these two form a strange bond over their shared love of comic books, social status, and just general angst at the world around them. They are these two delightfully messed up people that with every page turn (well in my case change of the CD) you just want to know more. You want to know what makes Kyra tick and why Fan Boy has such a chip on his shoulder. Its a powerful story about what it means to be a friends and the treacherous waters known as high school. Lyga has a unique writing style and is a gifted story teller. He doesn't tell light and fluffy stories and he doesn't hold anything. He is one of the few adults that seems to remember what its like to be an awkward teen who doesn't fit into the mainstream waters of high school which just adds layers of realism to the story. He's an author that I'm glad to have met in person and I can't wait to read more by him.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have been wanting to read this book for a while. When I got "Goth Girl Rising" through the Amazon Vine program; I decided that that was the perfect excuse to go ahead and buy this book. It was a very good book. I enjoyed it and had trouble putting it down.Fanboy is having a rough year. His mom is pregnant with his step-dad's kid, his step-dad doesn't understand him, he only has one friend, and everyone at school picks on him. There is one thing that he lives for and that is a graphic novel he is working on called Schemata. He meets Goth Girl, aka Kyra, and in her finds a kindred comic book spirit. Kyra has troubles of her own though.This was a great book. I loved the comic book references. Mainly this book is about finding your place in life and becoming who you want to be, never-mind what the rest of the world thinks about that. This book accurately catches the feelings and troubles of high school; with real characters that you are rooting for and really like. Fanboy challenges the American perception that being smart is uncool and being a hard headed jock is awesome. He also deals with how smart jocks moderate their behavior to fit in with both types of high school crowds.I liked Fanboy and thought he was a believable and interesting character. As Fanboy tries to get his graphic novel noticed you are holding your breath and waiting for what will happen next. Goth girl came off as a bit annoying and brash; but I think that was the point. The plot was well done; my only complaint would be the open ending. I guess the ending was a bit too "real life" for me; that is we don't really know what happens with anything. I am hoping some of that is resolved in "Goth Girl Rising".A great book all around. This should appeal to a large audience; especially young adults or people who want to re-visit high school trauma. Comic book geeks or smart people in general will find a lot to relate with in Fanboy.
frazrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this story. It is a little on the hard and edgy side. I would recommend it for 8th and up. Realistic depiction of characters. I also like the way the characters evolve throughout the book, especially Fanboy. I gave the book 4 stars because I still had unresolved questions about goth girl when I was finished with the book.
MeriJenBen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fanboy, or Don, is a small for his age, too bright for the room sophomore. He is a frequent target of bullies and only has half a friend; a like-minded jock named Cal. He is alienated from his mom, and her husband, the "step-fascist". The only thing that keeps him sane is working on his graphic novel, Schemata, and his plans to show it to his idol, Brian Michael Bendis. When Kyra, a strangely compelling outsider notices him, or rather, notices the abuse he takes daily, the two become prickly friends. United in a love of comics, and distaste for the popular jocks at their school, the two have wildly different styles of coping. Fanboy prefers to blend into the background, to work on his secret project, while Goth Girl wants to confront and destroy those who stand in her way. As Goth Girl's troubled past comes to life, Fanboy must face some unwelcome and unpleasant realities that will change the way he looks at the world.O.K. -- I should like this book. It is made for me. And yet, I don't. I keep comparing it, unfavorably, with King Dork. The two have similar narrators, but Tom from King Dork feels much more fully realized and authentic than Fanboy, who comes across as an annoying little snot. Kyra seems like a cardboard cutout of a "troubled girl" and intriguing sidelines into her back-story lead nowhere.In addition, I think I am suffering from too much knowledge about the topic at hand. I can see someone venerating Alan Moore, as Cal does, but Bendis? Really? It was hard for me to buy. Also, I had a hard time believing that a super-bright kid like Fanboy didn't do any research about how to get published, or portfolio reviews, and pinned his hopes on a signing line. The scene with Fanboy's dream girl, Dina, felt patently unrealistic and the "happy ending" tacked on and forced.
tonywgoodwyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I found it while looking for books about graphic novels, and really identified with the main character, as well as his friendship with a clearly disturbed girl who nevertheless changes his way of seeing the world. I think it would make a good transition to film, but I'm hoping even more that Barry Lyga will consider penning a sequel, as it really left me wanting to know more about what happens to the characters afterward.As a fellow writer hoping to publish a graphic novel someday, I was really pleased by the message of hope and determination and change that caps this story. It was present without being heavy-handed or cheesy. Please do a sequel to this, Mr. Lyga!
mminyard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Fanboy and Goth Girl. Teens have such a hard time finding their identity and a place to fit in. The book really gave insight into the reality so many teens face today...many don't have friends, are bullied, and are just trying to find their place in the world.
bsafarik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book deals with the paradigms that plague many in high school: jocks, goths, nerds, etc. And this book helps to dispel some of the standard ideas and stereotypes that come with these titles. Worth the read.
knielsen83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting book... had a lot to connect too. Not sure if I fully liked the ending, but it was an interesting, highschooly read.
Tjarda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think it is hard to make a summary of this book and not spoil anything. In short: Boy meets girl and they become friends (well, sort of...).I loved this book and I think the end is brilliant, although it can be dissapointing to people.
Alirambles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book after seeing Lyga interviewed about YA fiction that crosses over into adult fiction. After seeing that interview, the book wasn't what I expected, because I really don't see it as a crossover book. It was an enjoyable YA novel, but it was definitely a YA novel with a fairly predictable YA plot.I was disappointed in the treatment of Goth Girl/Kyra. She was an interesting character but her part of the story seemed unfinished. Considering that she has equal billing in the title, I think Lyga could have done her the justice of giving her a voice at the end to explain some of her perspective. As it was, we never quite know what part of Kyra's story was true and what wasn't.
kpickett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
No one knows Fanboy is alive, except maybe his one friend Cal. When he is not being ignored by his own family, Fanboy is in his room working on his comic book. Until he meets Goth Girl, she changes everything. Hot one minute, cold the next, Fanboy never knows what to expect. An emotional rollercoster takes the reader through this first love relathionship. Some sexual content but nothing big. Mostly just annoying characters.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fanboy has a List, and a bullet. When he's offended by someone or something, they get added to the List. His only friend is a school jock who can't afford to be seen associating with him at school, and his only solace is his carefully drawn comic, which he dreams of showing to a famous author at a comic convention and being catapulted to stardom - or at least out of his everyday life - as a result. With his parents divorced, and his mother remarried (and pregnant with a new half-brother/sister) and a stepfather who isn't particularly sympathetic, or appealing, Fanboy seems to be on a downward spiral. A somewhat strange salvation appears in the form of a IMed communications from his classmate Kyra, who has captured on film Fanboy's treatment by the school bully. The fact that the main character carries a bullet around in his pocket was a bit off-putting, but I was ultimately very happy that I stuck it out and ignored the overwhelming sense of foreboding that runs through the earlier part of the book. Lyga has created a strongly cautionary tale about the importance of self-esteem and self-respect, and also about the nature of friendship. A rewarding read, but definitely one for more mature young adults.
bellalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fanboy is lonely. He has no life and only one part-time friend until he meets Kyra (Goth Girl). Fanboy's love of graphic novels has led him to create his own. Using a bullet as his touchstone, Fanboy attempts to keep from drowning in the pressures that he receives from his pregnant mother, somewhat controlling stepfather, and the bullies that torture him on a daily basis.With strong undertones of high school "lists," violence, and suicide, Lyga's novel is one that attempts to explain things from the nerd's POV.POSSIBLE SPOILER: I only gave this title a 3 1/2 for a few different reasons. Primarily, I didn't always appreciate the protagonist. Throughout nearly the entire book, it seemed as if he never really tried to overcome obstacles; instead, he whined about them. On the other hand, many individuals have these character traits at some point in their lives. Also, I had a really hard time understanding the infatuation with Kyra's body parts. While anatomy plays a huge role in the teenage life, and understandably so, I don't understand the role that it played in this book. Lyga really tried to connect this for his readers, but it didn't connect for me.
escondidolibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fanboy's got a list of all the kids who have ever bullied him. He's not a school shooter though. No way. He knows that success is the best revenge and he just has to get through two more years of high school and he never has to see the jock jerks ever again. He's only got one friend - Cal - a fellow comic book fan. And he's about to make a new one, a goth girl, who witnesses his humiliation when a jock continually pummels him with a dodgeball in gym class. This is a great book about friendship and the difficulties of being a smart, skinny teenage boy who is misunderstood by seemingly everyone around him.