Barry Lyga
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl
September 14, 2019 Comments.. 447
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl Fanboy has never had it good but lately his sopho 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 si

  • Title: The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl
  • Author: Barry Lyga
  • ISBN: 9780618723928
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fanboy has never had it good, but lately his sopho 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 sFanboy has never had it good, but lately his sopho 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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    1. Sonja says:

      Let us take a moment to analyze the title of this work of fiction.Titles are tricky beasts -- you have to be careful with them. Titles, much like first sentences and paragraphs, make promises to the readers. Now readers, as everyone should know, are demanding little three year olds who want those promises kept, gosh darnit. As a reader, I demand (petulantly) that those promises be kept.Astonishing -- that's a big word with lots of baggage that promises to be absolutely amazing and fantastic. For [...]

    2. Kim says:

      I really had no idea what this book would be about. I had been hearing good things about Barry Lyga's other book, 'Boy Toy' and when I was at the library, this stood out as well. When I find an author that I like, I tend, like most people, to want to read everything by them, so, I grabbed it in the hopes that I liked his writing enough to want more and I'm glad that I did.That being said, The AAOFBAGG is truly well written, I don't know what I expected because I never read the back of the book b [...]

    3. Ariel Acupan says:

      Before I start, I want to thank Ace (The Godfather of GR-TFG) for the book.Who would not pick this book up from a rack? Great cover, a very clever title and not only that, as what Newsday said, what a find. I know some of you might say, what’s the diff, pretty sure that it’s another geek story novel but I tell you, it’s on how it was told. Barry Lyga makes me remember the fanboy in me. References to the comic gods like Brian Michael Bendis (House of M, Powers, Jinx), Neil Gaiman (Sandman) [...]

    4. Annalisa says:

      A novel for all the underdogs out there. I'm giving this book four stars for the voice. Lyga captures that tortured, conflicted, awkward stage in life with Fanboy, a nerdy boy who's smarter than everyone else, a little picked on for his size and goody two-shoes, and completely clueless about girls. So authentic 15-year-old boy it hurts. Obsessed with his graphic novel and focused on getting good grades as his way out, Fanboy's view of life changes when he meets Goth Girl, an emo chick who questi [...]

    5. Miriam says:

      Contrary to the title, no adventures take place in this story, nor anything of a particularly astonishing nature. Rather, this is a fairly standard teen novel about the difficulties of being smart and unpopular in high school. So I was a bit disappointed by the lack of action. However, Lyga does a good job capturing the angst and anxiety of this experience and doesn't make the kids too insightful or too nice to be believable.

    6. Katie McNelly says:

      The only reason I'm not rating this an absolute, bottom-of-the-barrel "1" is because I actually managed to finish it. It kept me turning the pages, if only for the last glimmer of hope that somehow things would work itself out in the end. It doesn't.My reviews don't tend to contain a lot of plot synopsis, so let's just leave it with this: a boy who perceives himself to be an anti-social geek, bane of the jocks' existence, has one friend who he likes comic books with. That friend is black, and we [...]

    7. Niki says:

      (Added an edit at the end of the review) I usually wait a little before reviewing books, but the review of this one will have to happen now, while it's still fresh in my head.This book doesn't suck exactly, but it's not good. Let me count the ways:Many of the other reviews I checked out mention the title, and how there's no "Astonishing Adventures!!" in the book at all. That is true, and that particular wording is in the title to draw people in, and it definitely worked with me. How could I not [...]

    8. Alyssa says:

      The Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, as a title, is misleading in all sorts of ways. Not knowing anything of the plot, I was prepared and looking forward to a light, cutesy teen romance, with maybe a couple good one-liners. To say I was shocked by the staggeringly dark and disquieting story of the very angry Fanboy and Goth Girl would be a huge understatement. Though I’m not upset about the outcome of my reading experience, or about the depth Lyga unearthed in his characters, I think it suf [...]

    9. Kristy says:

      Such a quirky and off-beat book compared to most of what I've read lately. I enjoyed it thouroughly. It made me smile just about the whole time while reading it. I really don't get the ending of it though, maybe there is another book??!?!?It would be nice to get some answers about the "goth girl", I know she is crazy-ish

    10. Michelle says:

      Before I start the more serious portion of this review, can we just take a minute to talk about voice? Barry Lyga rocks at voice. Even when I don't particularly like his characters or what they are doing/saying/thinking; even if I don't want to understand where they are coming from, I do empathize and understand. They are surprisingly authentic. I can feel what they feel, I can see things from their perspective. I am allowed into their heads. I, a 28 year old woman, am emotionally turned into an [...]

    11. Tim says:

      All right, an occupational hazard associated with doing an extended research project at the beginning of the school year is that the students are still figuring themselves and you (the teacher) out. So questions to the teacher are often few and far between, which leaves me with an extended portion of the period to wander about more or less aimlessly.Often, when doing so, I'll pick up one of the books the MC specialists have on display. Because I know I'll be reading it in spurts, between those o [...]

    12. Rabbit Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines! says:

      I'm just gonna say it. I am waay too old for this book. This was not for me.

    13. Mirkat says:

      Fanboy & Goth Girl It took me some time to warm up to this book, but I got there.  This was almost a four-star read for me, except I found the end too open.  Yes, I was aware that there is a sequel (which I've started to read), but it's still possible to have some internal closure while still leaving more story to tell.  Okay, I guess in some ways there were, but the end was quite cliffhangery. "Fanboy" is the name our narrator gets from the "Goth Girl," Kyra.  He's 15 years old, and co [...]

    14. Stephen says:

      The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl is primarily a look inside the life and thoughts of a 15 year-old testosterone fueled, lust addled, teen geek with no friends and less self confidence. Like any hormonally overloaded guy of that age he's girl crazed and amazed. He's used to being smart and having things he wants to know come easy to him. But when it comes to girls, he's got no clue. The tumultuous inner monologue of a nerdy pubescent teen as he thinks about girls, and things sex [...]

    15. laaaaames says:

      Two and a half, really. Ag. There's so much good here is the thing! But unfortunately so much of the good things that happen to our protag here reek of wish fulfillment. Hate both the boob-flashing moments, really hated them. Like, up until the first I was enjoying the book, but that was the point when I realized Kyra wasn't written to be her own person, she was just there to serve Donnie's character. I hate the party scene so much, and I would like to find one actual geekboy who got kissed by t [...]

    16. Rebecca McNutt says:

      This book was disgusting. It's just a typical angst-ridden, melodramatic high school boy thinking that he is the most intelligent person in his school (despite the scope of his philosophy seeming to be just countless school classes where he observes girls in perverted ways and blaming everyone else for his own issues). He's pretentious, creepy and annoying, and his goth girlfriend has very little purpose in the story other than being his tag-along. For being a nonconformist, she sure conforms to [...]

    17. Katharina says:

      Okay, I listened to half an hour of this, and I don't know if I can stand any more. I mean, I've been a nerdy 15 yr old who gets picked on. Not as badly as 'Fanboy', I guess, but still, been there. But after about 10 minutes of listening to his inner monologue, I was actually hoping for some jock to punch him. He is SO whiny and bitter and angry and just ANNOYING. And I get why he is angry, and maybe it's a pretty accurate portrayal, but ugh.I might start this again at some point, in the hope th [...]

    18. Cassie says:

      I'm in the middle of the third disc of the audio book and cannot finish it. This book is doing very little for me. It's not that that the story is unrealistic or unbelievable, it's just uninteresting. Donnie (Fanboy), lover of comic books, is a complete nerd. He has one pseudo-friend, Cal, who is a jock. He discusses his favorite comic book writers, fantasizes about panties and boobs, and is writing his own comic book. Then enters Kyra (Goth Girl) to make life a little more interesting. Not a ba [...]

    19. Thomas says:

      I read this book a few months ago and still recall most of the story and characters. This book's story was rather cynical - it was about a bullied teenager, who happens to be a comic geek, that meets up with this goth/emo girl named Kyra. What was lacking for me in this book was the whole "centerpiece", or the thing that connected the entire book. Besides Kyra's character, the book almost bored me to death. Basically he goes through some common teenage angst and at the end of the book ends up at [...]

    20. Weston Ochse says:

      This is so fresh and fun and thoughtful, I wish I'd written it. Picked up my copy at a Hastings while I was doing a signing of my own novel - Blood Ocean. Lyga's title and first page sold me. But it was a used copy. Still, I ran through the book in two days, enjoying every second. Likable characters and an homage to the 80's got me happy early. Going to buy the next book(s) for kindle for an upcoming trip. I highly recommend.

    21. Hessa Fahad says:

      It's 4 am and I have no regrets.Buuuut the book was kinda good, I really liked the parts where he talked about comics and all but the book as a whole is just missing something. Plus there were a lot of unnecessary drama and stuff

    22. Alex Orlando says:

      Have you ever felt like an outisder? One boy, Donnie, who is better known as Fanboy, has always been an alien at high school. He is a small boy who looks like every other kid who attends this high school. Ever since he was young Fanboy has had a prediliction to comic books. His dream was to create his own and publish his comic and become a best selling author. Like most people, life does not always go as plannedFanboy’s best and only friend is Cal. He is a popular boy on the lacrosse team and [...]

    23. Albert Riehle says:

      I'm not sure, exactly, what I was expecting coming into this book. I'll be honest, I really didn't like the beginning at all. I was only on page four when a supposedly 15 year old boy makes this (first person) analogy: "This is the weirdest part--he smells like boiling leather." I'm a grown man and I don't know what boiling leather smells like. Fifteen year old boys know that things smell gross, not that they smell like boiling leather with hints of earth and ginger roots. This isn't a cigar con [...]

    24. Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews) says:

      I saw the author tweeting one day that he was looking for reviwers so I jumped at the chance to review the audiobook. I have heard good things about his other books from my friends and interested to get the chance to jump into one myself. I really thought the narrator did a great job in bringing out the personality of Fanboy and I'm looking into other works that he may have narrated. As far as the story goes, it was very sad for me to read. I thought it was very realistic in many ways. The main [...]

    25. LaurenLibrarian says:

      With a gritty, harsh view of reality for modern teens from the perspective of a bullied kid, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Gothgirl left a bad taste in my mouth at times, but won me over in the end. Donnie or Fanboy carries a bullet in his pocket to empower him when his classmates make fun of him for being too smart. He fantasizes about gunning them all down and I almost put the book down for good after one of these scenes, a little too similar to real life tragedies like Colombine or [...]

    26. Lyle Kimo Valdez says:

      This book has a great blend of humor and drama. Fanboy's voice is strong, sarcastic and often hilarious. He also has so much depth and heart that the reader can't help but root for him every step of his tumultuous journey. He is a cunningly smart 15 yr. old who attends a typical high school where he is often overlooked and just can’t seem to fit in anywhere. He despises the jocks, yet his best friend, Cal, is one. This particular dynamic thread proves itself to be one of the most interesting r [...]

    27. Terri M. says:

      I'm not quite sure what caught my attention when I was in Half Price Books after Christmas, but I saw The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga on the clearance shelf and had to buy it. Certainly the price point was a draw, but something else grabbed me when I read the inside of the dust jacket. Perhaps it was a feeling of solidarity.Fanboy is a loner and he has a passion for comic books. He has one friend, a jock named Cal, who shares the same passion. Then Fanboy meets G [...]

    28. Karissa says:

      I have been wanting to read this book for a while. When I got "Goth Girl Rising" through the 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 wor [...]

    29. Lyn says:

      A comic book freak and A-student, Fanboy's life as an outcast is merciless. When he's not avoiding jocks or being pushed around by jocks, he is treated like he is invisible by everyone else.His home life isn't much better. He calls his mother's husband the step-fascist. Six years after their move to the neighborhood his mother keeps telling him he'll make friends - it just takes time. Fanboy gets through his days by fiddling with a bullet he found in the step-fascist's workshop and keeping a lis [...]

    30. Courtney says:

      "Wow. The pecking order doesn't just peck me. Cool."--Fanboy, p. 255I know there's a lot going on in this novel such as suicide, bullying, family relations, boy/girl relations, etc but the recurring theme, for me, centered around isolation and misperceptions. All of the major players feel some sense of isolation due to the perceptions of others. 1.Dina, who is the Goddess, feels isolated because she knows that her 'friends' only use her as a status symbol for their own popularity. The physical m [...]

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