Josh Mendel has a secret. Unfortunately, everyone knows what it is. Five years ago, Josh’s life changed. Drastically. And everyone in his school, his. Barry Lyga’s new novel, “Boy Toy,” takes one of the more uncomfortable themes of young adult literature — a sexual relationship between an. Boy Toy. Barry Lyga, Author. Houghton $ (p) ISBN Carefully crafting a narrative structure, Lyga flashes between that traumatic time.

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Josh Mendel has a secret. Unfortunately, everyone knows what it is. And everyone in his school, his town—seems like the world—thinks they understand.

And now, about to graduate from high school, Josh is still trying to sort through the pieces. If only he knew what the truth was. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Details Customers who bought this item also bought Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1 This shopping feature will continue to load items. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. A Graphic Memoir Maggie Thrash 4. Lyga’s cast feels very real, and he knows how to play them against each other.

Lyga’s dynamic writing style creates an emotionally wrenching and haunting tale. Sure to be a controversial and influential read. He has also written comic books about everything from sword-wielding nuns to alien revolutionaries. He worked as marketing manager at Diamond Comic Distributers for ten years. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Barry online at www. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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This book was very graphic with the contact with a 12 year old and a young teacher. Very jumpy at points but, gets the reader attached bu the problem in the book.

I don’t think this book can really relate to a lot of people. This book changes what I thought, This book was about sexual abuse.


This book starts out 5 years after the incident. The book takes us back to when the incident happened. When Josh started 7th grade he met the beginning of of the horrible incident. Josh always had good grades in school but when he gets Eve Sherman the history teacher that was there 2 years. Josh and Zik Josh’s best friend talked about Eve a lot.

Josh was was always looking at Eve. He loved her hair, the way she smiled, how her hips moved. Missing the bus Josh got a ride home from Eve and this changed everything. Josh started to help Eve with a project.

That lead to Josh going to her house playing her husband’s xbox. This happened for a few months. Josh would make him feel at home. Eves project that Josh was helping with was done. So Josh just lied to his parents to spend time with her.

Eve started to press away Josh in sexual activated, by telling him it was okay to kiss her and move from there. Josh did it because he was young and was in love with Eve. Then Josh had a party to go to with his 3 friends. Josh and Rachel played 7 minutes in heaven and josh had a flicker and ended up with Rachel’s underwear. Josh opens his mouth about eve and then a war came with Eve and Lyha.

Then it goes back to the bby where Josh has a big baseball game and still flickering back to Eve. Josh doesn’t even know what the truth is about Eve and him. This book was very detailed and graphic. This was a hard subject to write about, It was very well handled.

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I think this book badry very good to read for any ages. This book gets you think about how can someone be so horrible but not look it. Barry Lyga the author did well on making the story realistic even though it was fiction. The way she makes the boy come back noy being mentally and sexually abused is so well done. I should clarify that as someone unfortunately familiar with sexual misbehavior from adults when a teenager and who experiences the OCD-caused intrusive thoughts the protagonist calls “flickers’, this book bothered me significantly.

However, it may not have the same effect on others. You may ask, with my history, why did I pick it up? The product description did not mention anything about abuse, only that there were two females in the protagonist’s life, and a secret. I was more interested in the “decisions about college” that were described. The book is well-written, and the sexual feelings of Josh, the main character, and his confusion are honest. However, I would hesitate to give this book to a young teen.

Perhaps it would be useful as a cautionary tale, but I’m not sure. It’s possible that the descriptions and the shame will be a bit too haunting to the point of scarring if the reader is less than emotionally healthy to begin with. While the ending is not all rosy and wonderful, there is some healing for Josh that a reader could possibly boyy hope from. Still, I suggest parents be careful and look at this book first. As a tiy note, the title strikes me as too casual and flip for this story to the point of being inappropriate.


However, as I said, the book is well-written and the main character is portrayed with outstanding and memorable depth. Thus, I’ll probably look at this author’s other work such as Fanboy and Gothgirl, although I may sit in the bookstore bly leaf through it before purchasing. Also, I might recommend this book to adult reading groups comfortable discussing bzrry subjects as the psychological portrayals are gripping barrt affecting.

Byo Im not even talking about Eve. I can’t believe anyone liked Rachel I thought the Rachel character was so horrible that if it came down between Rachel and Eve I’d rather choose Eve! Not only was Rachel a terrible character, she was totally unrealistic, the whole book it was clear she was made up- she didn’t come across as a real person at all.

I liked how the author bot the villain NOT be one dimensional- Eve is the villain, but she has another side, and emotions- in one scene, Eve starts crying and saying that no one understands her, and Josh hugs her and can feel her crying heavily as he holds her.

This was interesting because it showed that she had something going on emotionally. In a courtroom scene, Eve does a thing to show Josh that she doesn’t want to cause him any more turmoil, even though lygq is not a move that will help her case.

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Stuff like this was brilliant of the author because it turns her into a real person, not a one dimension villain. I thought the book was great!! The whole book people were telling Josh he was abused and he didn’t get it- It took one simple thing Eve told him at the end that made him realize the truth. Won’t say what, because that would spoil it.

I felt bad for Josh in the book because I honestly think the way he was treated after this happened was actually WORSE than the abuse oty. I think if his family had handled it differently, he wouldn’t have had all these problems. What Eve did for a few months was less bad than all the treatment he got from others for the next 6 years. See all 82 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to biy buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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