Review: The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl


The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl

Title: The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl
Author: Barry Lyga
Pages: 320
Genre(s): Fiction, Young Adult, Geeks, Comics
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 2006
Finished: 1/2010
Why Picked:
I think I saw its sequel on the new release shelf at the library.

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. [1]

First Line:
“I want not to ride the bus to school every day, but that would be a waste of a really big want – it’ll take care of itself eventually.”
In the 29 reviews on Amazon, this book scores nothing less than a 3 star review.  I was surprised to find myself really liking this one.  Certainly Geeks and Goths were not my experience in high school.  And honestly I think I would have been much happier had these cliques existed.  Also it was a teenage boy as narrator, not something I could easily connect to.  But I love this story.  I love the fact that these two frustrated confused teens find each other and instead of “their love fixing everything” frustrated and confused even with each other. It reads much like a real teen relationship not some Edward and Bella grand romance.  In the end they do “save” each other but not in the way you expect nor with the results they expect.