Friday, June 15, 2012

Audiobook Review: The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl

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Author: Barry Lyga
Publisher: Listening Library
Narrator: Scott Brick
Duration: 9 hours 58 minutes

(taken from Goodreads):
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.

Overall Rating: 4/5

I LOVED this book. The main character felt like a real person to me and there are some FUNNY incidents. There are some serious things going on, but I was laughing out loud a lot.

One of my favorite things is how Lyga makes and breaks stereotypes. Everyone is relegated to a stereotype, but there's a lot more going on under the surface. I love how Donnie finally makes the realization that not everybody fits into a pre-determined role and that the people in his life are more complex than he thought. It did bother me that most of the adults kept their stereotypical roles, but it was nice to see a few of the characters break out and show more depth.

At the beginning I was very skeptical as to whether or not I'd like it, but I absolutely loved how Brick narrated it. He had a geek voice: every word was carefully pronounced and enunciated, and the emotion he put into the words was perfect. I really enjoyed his narration of the book and I'm honestly not sure if I would have liked it as much in print.

There were some things that bothered me. Donnie's mom seemed psycho. I don't know if it was because she was pregnant or what, but that lady was unbelievably unreasonable at times. But overall, it was pretty awesome.