Anywho....I suppose I could end with something light and fluffy, but darn it all it is October! The time for dark, spooky, tales that leave your skin crawling and the light on in your hallway. (Muuuaaahhhh! *Cough*cough* Okay, so I need to work on the evil laughter bit...) Unfortunately, today's post is not an exact fit into that mold....but it definitely fits the heavy atmosphere and costume-type themes that pop up during this season. Enough chit-chat (at least in this section) from me...today's choice is...
Goth Girl Rising
Kyra (aka Goth Girl) is a teenager with a penchant for trouble. She drinks, she smokes, she hangs with her friends....oh, and yes, she just got out of a mental institution for the second time. Yup...but don't go making any judgements just yet. Kyra is not a "fruitcake-from-down-the-block", she's a DCHH ("Daddy Can't Handle Her", used in the book as a label by some of the hospital staff) that tried to commit suicide...twice. Well, once for certain, the second was more of a consideration stopped by one, Fanboy. Who is he? Fanboy, as she deems to call him throughout almost the entire book, is someone she befriended in her freshman year.
Two outcasts looking for a connection in all the wrong places that ended up being good for each other, even if outwardly it didn't seem that way. (Confused? Keep reading...) Why would a young girl with friends and family want to leave this world? At 16, she lost her mother to lung cancer....and in the process her self, whether she admits it or not is another story entirely. Without facing her problems head on, her focus becomes blurred as she delves into feelings of abandonment dredged up during her hospital stay. Few phone calls, even fewer emails, and 6 months to dwell on why she feels the way she does. Emerging from this structured place sets free her desire for revenge on Fanboy. For deserting her. For moving on with friends that were not her. Oh, yes...revenge will be sweet. Or will it? Does Goth Girl have what it takes to bring down her own creation known as Fanboy? Is that was she really wants at the end of the day? You'll have to read it to find out! (Sorry.....trying to avoid total spoilers....)
Alrighty, so before I jump into the critical analysis (aka my usual ramblings), there are two things I must mention first.
- This is actually the sequel to "The Adventures of Goth Girl and Fanboy". To answer your question (if you didn't voice it, it's in your mind), I have not read the first installment but must say that I never felt "lost" in the book despite any fore-knowledge of the characters. (KUDOS to the author for making the "sequel" able to be followed by the uninitiated!)
- I would be remiss if I did not list a WARNING for this book though.....so here goes. WARNING: Contains strong language and imagery. Open discussions and details regarding sex, drugs, teenage drinking, and suicide. This may be one to debate whether or not the potential audience is old enough to handle the material.
Let's talk about Fanboy for a second.....that's literally the name she uses to refer to him throughout the almost the entire book! He is the comic book geek that she befriended prior to her second stay in the mental health facility. He is also the reason that she has revenge on the mind once she is back in society. Yes...the doctors tried and succeeded on many levels, but alas, her tortured soul can not let the fact that she was forgotten go (no emails, no phone calls). The schemes she tries are rather creative despite being transparent Finally towards the end, his real name is revealed (no, I'm not going to tell you...) when a breakthrough is reached.
There's ups, there's downs, there's sideways and back again....a wild ride to say the least. If you look past the tough exterior, you will find the story at heart with a message of gold. Cherish every moment of every day as a precious gift because you never know when it will be your (or their) last. (Who would have thought that message would come from this book? Not me....and yet it's true!)
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As I stated, I had a REALLY hard time finishing this book due to the "outer layers", but I am also REALLY glad I kept at it as it was worth it in the end! Have you ever experienced this in your reading adventures? Name the first book that comes to mind, why it was hard to finish, and (if you want) what you took away from it in the end. Let's see where the conversation takes us....
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Until next time....happy reading!