Boy Toy by Barry LygaBoy Toy by Barry Lyga

Boy Toy

byBarry Lyga

Paperback | January 5, 2009

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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 town-seems like the world-thinks they understand. But they don't-they can't. And now, about to graduate from high school, Josh is still trying to sort through the pieces. First there's Rachel, the girl he thought he'd lost years ago. She's back, and she's determined to be part of his life, whether he wants her there or not.Then there are college decisions to make, and the toughest baseball game of his life coming up, and a coach who won't stop pushing Josh all the way to the brink. And then there's Eve. Her return brings with it all the memories of Josh's past. It's time for Josh to face the truth about what happened. If only he knew what the truth was . . .
Barry Lyga is a recovering comic book geek and the author of many books, including The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, Goth Girl Rising, Boy Toy, and Hero-Type for HMH, Wolverine: Worst Day Ever for Marvel Books, and Archvillian for Scholastic . He has also written comic books about everything from sword-wielding nu...
Title:Boy ToyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.03 inPublished:January 5, 2009Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547076347

ISBN - 13:9780547076348

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Get ready to be sick I felt sick to my stomach many times while reading about the cat-and-mouse tactics a female predator uses on a young boy. The feelings of the victim ring true. An excellent book that hits you in the gut. Not for the faint hearted.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from WOW I had never read anything by author Barry Lyga before! and Boy Toy was certainly a powerful introduction for me! This YA book takes a look at several taboo subjects all at once and I was amazed to find out that one of them is sexual abuse of a minor. I was not sure how to take this novel at first. Lyga writes in such a down to earth manner, using curse words somewhat regularly and describing sexual acts (although in no way pornographically) that I was taken aback a little and I must admit - pleased that FINALLY au author has the nerve to tell it like it really is (sorry to those parents who think it otherwise). I believe in this day and age that teens need to read/hear about life in realistic terms and I wish I had this type of book when I was younger. The main storyline itself is, as I mentioned, daring. Josh is just a regular guy in some ways - he is part of the baseball team and he is nervous around girls - but he has also been discovered "doing the deed" with one of his school friends - if this was not enough of a big mess, he also mentions that when he was younger, his teacher Eve had sex with him. This book actually makes you think about what you believe is acceptable or not in our society, it makes you think about what could have been going on in Josh's young mind while he was being used by his teacher and it makes you think about sexuality and the role it plays in our lives as human beings. Lyga has a way with a story and I thought this book was extremely powerful and yet, at the same time, realistic and more than a tad scary. I have to give author Lyga credit for writing this type of story - I am certain that not everyone would be willing to go there.
Date published: 2009-02-22

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Editorial Reviews

[S]uccessful? character development? Lyga's cast feels very real, and he knows how to play them against each other. -Booklist, ALALyga creates a tightly paced narrative? Authentic and fresh? Lyga's dynamic writing style creates an emotionally wrenching and haunting tale." - Kirkus Reviews, Starred"Lyga again skillfully captures the turbulent world of high school? expertly woven humor? a powerful message." - VOYA, teen reviewer, October 2007 VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)"Heavy stuff, but Lyga? pulls it off brilliantly? Sure to be a controversial and influential read."-KLIATT, September 2007"Lyga's skillful writing subtly reveals? in a way that older teens will find fascinating, distressing, and worthy of their attention." - School Library Journal, Starred"[R]eaders drawn by the provocative subject matter may likely find themselves thinking more seriously about the truth behind the ribald humor." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"Lyga gives a moving account of innocence lost." -Newsday"[A] astounding portrayal of what it is like to be the young male victim." -The Chicago Tribune"[R]eaders will be fully engaged." - Library Media Connection"