Book: The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl

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The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl

Author: Barry Lyga
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Publisher: Graphia Books

For most of his life, Donnie’s followed his mother’s advice, given when he was first picked on by bullies in grade school: ignore them. He lives mostly under the radar, both at school and at home, sailing through classes and working on his graphic novel, Schemata. His life sucks, but at least he knows what to expect. The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl relates what happens when someone notices him really notices him — for the first time.

Mysterious goth girl Kyra, dressed in black and with an attitude just as dark, forces her way into his life, renaming him Fanboy. A loner in her own right, Kyra challenges Fanboy’s perceptions of his possibilities. When Fanboy’s longtime friend Cal starts hanging out with the jocks that have always made Fanboy’s life a living hell, Kyra steps in to fill the void. She convinces him that greatness lies within reach, if only he can convince comic book guru Bendis to take a look at his graphic novel…

  • “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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Barnes and Noble

“Recovering comic book geek” Barry Lyga has written an arresting first novel about a high school boy strapped with daunting adolescent problems. Observant loner Fanboy must cope with his parents’ divorce, the advent of Step-Fascist, and the imminent, quite unwelcome arrival of a new sibling. On top of that, old friends are slipping into the black hole of popularity and Fanboy’s new friend, Goth Girl, is a raging cynic. This teen novel will appeal to mature, hip readers.

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