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Boy Toy Paperback – January 5, 2009
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After graduating from Yale with a degree in English, Lyga worked in the comic book industry before quitting to pursue his lifelong love of writing. In 2006, his first young adult novel, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, was published to rave reviews, including starred reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal. Publisher's Weekly named Lyga a "Flying Start" in December 2006 on the strength of the debut.
His second young adult novel, Boy Toy, received starred reviews in SLJ, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus. VOYA gave it its highest critical rating, and the Chicago Tribune called it "...an astounding portrayal of what it is like to be the young male victim." His third novel, Hero-Type, according to VOYA "proves that there are still fresh ideas and new, interesting story lines to be explored in young adult literature."
Since then, he has also written Goth Girl Rising (the sequel to his first novel), as well as the Archvillain series for middle-grade readers and the graphic novel Mangaman (with art by Colleen Doran).
His latest series is I Hunt Killers, called by the LA Times "one of the more daring concepts in recent years by a young-adult author" and an "extreme and utterly alluring narrative about nature versus nurture." The first book landed on both the New York Times and USAToday bestsellers lists, and the series has been optioned for television by Warner Bros./Silver Pictures.
Lyga lives and writes in New York City. His comic book collection is a lot smaller than it used to be, but is still way too big.
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Now about to graduate high school, Josh learns that Eve is being released from prison. His world, only slightly sane during her imprisonment, becomes a turmoil of new thoughts and feelings. The guilt grows heavier than ever. A new relationship may fuel things for the better in Josh's life but can he ever truly move pass what happened to him.
Controversial, seductive, and all too realistic, Barry Lyga tackles a topic that has been become more and more prevalent in today's high school environment. There are no easy answers in real life, nor are there in this book. Josh is an engaging, quick-witted young man though and despite the trauma he went through at Eve's hands, he does have a good head on his shoulders. It is very easy to sympathize with Josh. How could you not? He went through a hell of a bad "relationship" at twelve years old. But things are not cut and dry in this book. Lyga does a good job of exploring Josh's character, of exploring the whys of why this happened to him.
I found myself comparing Eve a deadly spider, luring Josh into her home after school, making him feel like a man. It is easy to feel disgusted by her character, to feel contemptuous of her, but Lyga tries to not make her a flat, stock character. I appreciated his efforts, even as I knew nothing could make me like Eve.
This book gets somewhat raunchy at times.Read more ›
Josh Mendel loves baseball. He is a wiz at math. His best friend, Zik, seems to be the one with the rocky home life and all the problems, but not for long.
Mrs. Evelyn Sherman is the new history teacher recently transferred from the local high school to the middle school. She is drop-dead gorgeous. All the boys probably find it a bit embarrassing to stand up and leave the classroom some days. Josh certainly does.
Josh's involvement with Mrs. Sherman begins when she praises his writing and asks him to help her with a project for her graduate class. Honored and excited, Josh is eager to help. Problems at home make staying after school, and later actually going home with Mrs. Sherman, a convenience for Josh and his parents. He begins spending more and more time with her even after her project is complete.
At first, being in Mrs. Sherman's apartment everyday after school is exciting, because Josh gets to play unlimited video games, drink Coke, and hang out with an attentive, beautiful woman. His time in the apartment becomes even more fascinating when Mrs. Sherman begins inviting him to help her cook dinner and sip wine with her. Then kisses begin - tentative and then passionate. The passion moves from petting to full-on sexual experimentation.Read more ›
The book is well-written, and the sexual feelings of Josh, the main character, and his confusion are honest. However, I would hesitate to give this book to a young teen. Perhaps it would be useful as a cautionary tale, but I'm not sure. It's possible that the descriptions and the shame will be a bit too haunting to the point of scarring if the reader is less than emotionally healthy to begin with. While the ending is not all rosy and wonderful, there is some healing for Josh that a reader could possibly take hope from. Still, I suggest parents be careful and look at this book first.
As a side note, the title strikes me as too casual and flip for this story to the point of being inappropriate. However, as I said, the book is well-written and the main character is portrayed with outstanding and memorable depth. Thus, I'll probably look at this author's other work such as Fanboy and Gothgirl, although I may sit in the bookstore and leaf through it before purchasing. Also, I might recommend this book to adult reading groups comfortable discussing taboo subjects as the psychological portrayals are gripping and affecting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book kept me intrigued with each page! I would recommended to anyone! This book covers so many topics all in one book!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Minor Spoilers Ahead (but nothing that will ruin the book)
This story is about a boy who is now 18, recounting a relationship he had with his teacher when he was in 7th... Read more
It was a good book. Starts off a little slow in my opinion but when you reach about half way I couldn't put it down! I'd recommend it to friends. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Heather joyal
Don’t let the title mislead you: this is not a charming coming-of-age story. This is about sexual abuse. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Louis Arata
I was hooked from the beginning. I immediately connected with Josh and his best friend, Zik. Lynga captures two boys verging on manhood in today's world perfectly. Read morePublished 8 months ago by C. Lee McKenzie
I just love this book. It is really great and I can't find the right words to describe it. Raw and realPublished 8 months ago by Jessica Asher
A moderately disturbing tale of sexually abuse of a teenager by his female teacher. This was recommended by a literary agent who identified it as a good example of a strong teen... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Leslie Ann D
This book was my first encounter with rape. I found it heartbreaking, and i did share a few tears. The author brought to life those characters and was able to convey the message,... Read morePublished 9 months ago by KIRSHA FRASER
At 12, Josh Mendel was never really the kind of kid you’d expect to get into major trouble—but then he meets his history teacher, Eve, and that’s when everything changes. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Liz W.