27 August 2012

{Book Review} Goth Girl Rising

By: Me My Shelf And I | 27 August 2012 at 12:00 AM | | | | |
Goth Girl Rising
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl #2
Author: Barry Lyga
Format: Paperback
Pages: 388
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Published: October 19, 2009
Rating: 4 Birds
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.
My take: I definitely want to preface this by letting everyone know, I didn’t read the first book.  BUT, here’s the catch – this book honest to goodness works as a stand-alone! (Though trust me I’m going to find the first).

Diving straight into this book from Kyra’s point of view was a great way to get a sense of the “mad” way that her mind worked in the shortest amount of time possible.  I really liked getting the sense that Kyra, in her own mind, couldn’t figure out where to go from the point of where she came from (which was the Mental Health Unit).  It was kind of this strange sense of remembering what it was like to be a lost high schooler.  Kyra really has to find her way back into the high school scene, which she’s never been a big part of.
Imagine getting put into this place where you really have no contact with your “friends”, or someone who’s come to mean a lot to you…and your dad sort of regrets you because of things in the past.  Would you end up retaliating in some way because you thought no one really and truly cared?  It’s exactly what Kyra goes through during this story.  I got to see her transform from someone who really just didn’t get it, to someone who learned to try.

And in complete honesty, I think the thing that shocked me, was how others acted around Kyra.  It was like, one minute someone would act one way, and the next, they’d do a complete 180.  At times it became hard to follow just how others felt which I think is why sometimes that singular perspective makes you really start to wonder what the other side of the story is.  So it was really the matter of “is that really what her friends think, or is this strictly the way she feels no matter what?
I think the part that I truly liked the most was about how Kyra really wants the world not to market the whole Goth thing, or being different…but then when the story just ends on the note it does, it left me disappointed.

I think to really get the background on Fanboy, who I didn’t really know much of, I need to get the first book to know why he’s such a big deal.  I mean, I got that Kyra was somewhat attached to him, and that he was also a big reason as to why she ended up in the Mental Health Unit.  At the same time though, I don’t know what his story is.

Really and truly, I felt this was a good book about coming into your own.  Though I feel some parts maybe could have been left out, it really goes in depth on how just one small thing can make a person’s life really undetermined, and unknown.

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