Monday, August 03, 2009
Goth Girl Rising (YA, Adult)
Lyga, Barry. 2009. Goth Girl Rising. Houghton Mifflin. 400 pages. October 2009 release. (October 19th?)
My mother and I both spent a lot of time in hospitals. Unlike her, I survived.
Kyra Sellers, the 'Goth Girl' whom we met in Barry Lyga's first novel, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, is the narrator of this angst-driven YA novel. It's been six months (give or take a week or two) since she was committed to a mental ward. But, she's out now. And she's ready--so they say--to return to school, to return to her 'normal' life, her friends. But is she?
When she realizes that her Fanboy has changed, she becomes bitter and upset. She sees him with friends, sees that he is liked by the popular people. That his work, Schemata, the graphic-novel-in-the-making that he only ever shared with her, is being published in the school paper. And he's not the only one of her former friends that is frustrating her. One of her close friends, Jecca, is confusing her like no one else, making her question her sexuality.
Kyra has issues. Dozens and dozens of issues. And to help her sort everything out, to help her keep it all together, she's been writing letters. Letters to Neil. Can you guess which Neil? Of course, she hasn't sent any of them. She's not planning on sending any of them. But writing him makes her feel better, she feels if anyone could understand her, it would be him.
While I think many readers could appreciate this one, I think an appreciation for the Sandman series would help take it from good to great.
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