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!