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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga (Audio)

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Publisher: Listening Library (Audio); Graphia (Paperback)
Publication Date: 24 Sept 2007
ISBN: 0739339044 (audio), 0618916520 (Paperback
Format: Audio
Pages: 320
Audio Length: 8 discs (~10 hrs)
Narrator: Scott Brick

Websites:
Barry LygaOffical Site
Scott Brick – Official Site
Fanboy & Goth Girl Website

Place(s) Traveled to: Brookdale, Maryland

Rating: 4 of 5 star

Synopsis (From Amazon):

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.

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.