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Time is a funny thing in the hospital. In the mental ward. You lose track of it easily.

After six months in the Maryland Mental Health Unit, Kyra Sellers, a.k.a. Goth Girl, is going home. Unfortunately, she's about to find out that while she was away, she lost track of more than time. Kyra is back in black, feeling good, and ready to make up with the only person who's ever appreciated her for who she really is. But then she sees him. Fanboy. Transcended from everything he was into someone she barely recognizes. And the anger and memories come rushing back.

There's so much to do to people when you're angry. Kyra's about to get very busy.

Amazon Exclusive: A Q&A with Barry Lyga, Author of Goth Girl Rising

Q: When you were writing The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, did you have a plan for Goth Girl Rising?

A: When I finished the book, I sort of sat back and thought about it and I realized that I knew an awful lot about Kyra that doesn't come across in the first book. I had a sort of glimmer of what a Kyra novel might be like. I wrote out a couple of paragraphs (which, after editing, became the opening paragraphs of Goth Girl Rising) just to get a feel for her narrative voice and then I put it aside. I wasn't sure I wanted to do a sequel, even though I felt pretty confident that I could. So I just left it on the back burner while I worked on Boy Toy. Probably about halfway through Hero-Type, I thought to myself, "Yeah, I have to do it."

Q: Writing from the perspective of a teen girl must have been extremely challenging. What kind of research or work did you do to prepare?

A: Really, the best research and preparation for something like this is just paying attention to the people around you. I've always, for some reason, had more female friends than male friends, and they tend to confide in me, so I felt like I had a decent grip on some of the gender issues. A good friend of mine, a woman in her twenties, talked to me a lot about Kyra, and her questions and thoughts really helped me come to grips with the issues and difficulties that face young women at this particular point in history. From there, it was just a matter of filtering all of that through the specific wiring in Kyra's brain.

Q: What do you think are Kyra's best qualities? Her worst?

A: Oh, boy! Well, her best qualities are definitely her fierceness and her loyalty. She doesn't buy into anyone's lies and she doesn't give up on things easily. In the first book, for example, even when she's decided that she's angry at Fanboy, she still decides to help him with Schemata, simply because she believes in it. Her worst qualities are probably that she's so impulsive and unforgiving. In the first book, she gets angry at Bendis on behalf of her friend--that's good. Then she flashes Bendis in public--that's not good! And you'll see in the second book just how unforgiving she can be.

Q: What do you think your high school self would have though of Kyra? Would you have been friends?

A: Oh, I think my high school self would have been terrified of her, but I would have wanted to date her anyway. I don't know if we would have been friends or not. On the one hand, I was such a shy, geeky kid...but then again, so is Fanboy and she liked him!

Q: Are you done with Fanboy and Goth Girl or are there more stories to tell?

A: You know, that's a tough question to answer. When I started thinking about writing Goth Girl Rising, I was nervous because people loved that first book so much--I didn't want to write something that would be a disappointment to them. The sequel had to be a better story than the original, in my mind. That's the standard I hold myself to when writing a follow-up--it has to be better than the original. So, I guess if I came up with a story better than Goth Girl Rising, I would write it. But honestly, I think the end of the sequel is a great place to leave the characters.

Q: What are you working on now?

A: I've got a couple of things burning holes in my hard drive. I'm working on a fun series for middle grade readers, which is all about a kid with superpowers...and how he is NOT a superhero. I'm also working on my next young adult novel, which just seems to get longer and more complex every time I sit down to work on it. And I'm putting together a graphic novel, which is a lot of fun.

Q: How do you spend your time when you're not writing?

A: These days, I don't have a lot of time where I'm not writing! But I love to play videogames when I have the time (can't wait for BioShock 2!).

From Booklist

In this sequel to The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl (2006), Lyga dives with typical boldness into the complexity of teen emotions and, for the first time, the female perspective, starting with the first lines: “Before she went and died, my mom told me to stop bitching about my cramps all the time.” This time, it’s Goth Girl, or Kyra, who narrates. Back home after a depressive breakdown and months spent in a psych ward, she pours out her anger: at Fanboy, who has serialized the comic she’d helped develop during their attraction-charged friendship; at her father, whose smoking she links to her mother’s fatal cancer; and at a general culture that encourages women, including her teachers, to exploit their sexuality, even as she struggles to understand her own attractions to both boys and girls. Instant messages, grief-soaked poems, and letters to her hero, Neil Gaiman, add more angles to Kyra’s raw, furious, heartbroken narrative. More than the meandering story line, it is Kyra’s wholly believable questions and her forceful voice that will stay with readers. Grades 9-12. --Gillian Engberg

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (October 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547076649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547076645
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,365,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Goth Girl is back...and she's not happy. After spending six months in a mental hospital, Kyra (aka Goth Girl) has done a lot of thinking. But when she arrives back home, everything is different --- and not in a good way. Her friend/potential love interest Donnie (aka Fanboy) has gone from a nobody comic nerd to a school celebrity with the publication of his graphic novel Schemata in the school literary magazine. So this is why he was too busy to come see her when she was locked away? Goth Girl is angry. There is only one solution: vengeance.

GOTH GIRL RISING is the sequel to Barry Lyga's debut YA novel, THE ASTONISHING ADVENTURES OF FANBOY AND GOTH GIRL, which was told from the perspective of Fanboy. We're now back in Brookdale, but this time, we're seeing things through Goth Girl's point of view, which is as bumpy as a joyride in one of her stolen cars.

As mentioned, the novel opens with Goth Girl being released from a mental hospital. For those new to the series, she was committed after her father learned of her theft of one Fanboy's bullets. If it weren't for Fanboy and his big mouth, he never would have found out, and she wouldn't have gotten locked up for six whole months. And it's not like she was going to use the bullet...even if it was considered her second suicide attempt.

Now back at school, Kyra feels like nobody missed her, not even Fanboy with his swarm of newfound fans. Plus, her father --- whom she calls Roger --- is even more overprotective than ever. As Kyra attempts to ease back into her world, she acts out in her typical rebellious ways: smoking, cursing, car-thieving, and thwarting any authority figure who comes her way.
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I have to say Barry Lyga did a fantastic job asking the hard questions especially when it comes to teenage girls and their appearances with out sounding.... well like a guy. This book evolved from his first novel into something, well more. Kyra in the first novel is just two demential, and not in a bad way either. She is always angry and we can't figure out why, I mean we know she's had it rough and is angry but not the actual reason behind her anger. I think her character in the first book needed to be 2D because Fanboy needed a flat place to start from, then to rise above and beyond.

In Goth Girl Rising I expected something a little light like in Fanboy (Fanboy wasn't light it dealt with suicide and bullets right? Wrong it was still a lighter tone, no one actually gets hurt) Here we see Kyra's brain, her inner workings and man does Lyga do an amazing job in showing the disjointed thought patterns of a 16 year old girl who isn't sure if she is depressed, angry, rebellious or just acting out. That's the truth, I read another review where the reviewer was all angry about how Lyga made Kyra depressed and a stereotyped goth.... wow I can only say.... did we read the same book? I think all of us have been depressed at a certain point and can relate, but Kyra was confused not just depressed. She wasn't a goth, she was trying to find herself. Though out the entire book she undergoes radical changes in appearance and thought, do you remember what it was like to be her age? To go through what she's gone through?

I can't imagine disappearing from school for six months and not receiving emails or txts about what's going on in the world, then suddenly being dropped into it and expected to cope.
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I was not as impressed with this book as I was the " I Hunt Killers" series. I loved the "I hunt Killers" series by this same author so I wanted to check out more of his work but this book was not as good. It did have a good ending that I was nit sure I expected so I gave it 3 stars.
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This book was better to me than it's predecessor. Book 1, following Fanboy, left me annoyed because Fanboy just is not a likable character for me. I just can't follow his extremely narrow-minded logic. But I can follow Goth Girl, and I loved her metamorphosis. Reading from her point of view and watching her find her way was much more enjoyable than reading about Fanboy finally realizing (but only barely) what a jerk he truly was compared to the rest of the universe. Fanboy has a marked character improvement in this book as well, so that led to a much more pleasant reading experience.
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I really liked Fanboy and Goth Girl so I had to read the sequel. It was very different. I think this is the first Lyga story that I thought was sad and I felt bad for her struggles. It's Barry Lyga so don't fear this is a total sad story, but it's a departure. A good departure, I'm still a fan and I still like these characters.
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When I was looking around for something to get a while back I came across this book here. The title was interesting and the cover made it look cool so it kinda had my attention. Was I read what it was about I decided it may be something my girl would like so I got it. She read it and liked it but informed me it was sequel to another book. That book was "The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl". She of course wants the first one so she can truly understand what is going on in this one. I of course still had to check it out even with out reading the first one.

I don't really know much about the first book but this one picks up some months afterwards. It seems Goth Girl was in a mental hospital and is now being released, but she wants something. That something is to know what is up with Fanboy who did not come to see her. Turns out he is living large amongst the free as he made the comic she helped him with get published and out there. So of course this can not go unpunished in her mind, and off we go. She is angry at the world coming out of that place and lets it be known as we read from her point of view.

There is a lot that happens in this book from plotting on Fanboy who seems like he is still there for her, to rebelling against her overbearing father. She switches up everything about her and is torn between hate and love for certain people. But out of everything I think the most interesting thing is the stuff about her mother. Her mother died of cancer which I can relate to a lot right now. Maybe that is why I seem to connect a little bit with this portion of the book. I lost my mom after she battled against various forms of cancer for 13 years, also happening in Maryland.
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