Goth Girl Rising (The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl #2)
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.
This is too much for Kyra to take. So she plots revenge. It was her after all that believed in Fanboy and his comic book Schemata when no one else did. Now he has a second rate place publishing it. Kyra becomes busy with her plan to take him down.
I really enjoyed the first book The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl which introduces us to Kyra. This sequel continues the story but through Kyras eyes. I really could feel Kyras struggles and conflicts after shes released from the mental institution. Her anger is totally believable. Kyra could have easily been portrayed as a very angry, unlikeable character. But the author shows us glimpses of her vulnerability, that even Kyra doesnt know about. Like how she hasnt come to terms with her mothers death to cancer and her whole relationship with her father Roger. The scenes where she questions her own sexuality are real too.
Fans of Barry Lyga wont be disappointed. I couldnt put this story down. I wanted to know more about Kyra and the choices and decisions shed make. Lyga shows us a troubled but fleshed out heroine, who only really wants to be understood and not forgotten.
This was a kick ass read.
Goth Girl is on a journey of her own. She too wants to escape the life where her mother died of cancer and left her to grow up alone, with a dad far too distant and lost himself without his wife to truly fill the emptiness that remains in Goth Girl's life. One minute she's determined to give Fanboy another chance, and the next she vows to pay him back for every last slight he ever crossed her with.
The story speaks powerfully to teens today and sends a message to those who march to the beat of their own drum. Dressing differently, falling into the category of social outcast, those who are a bit awkward in their teen years often have a good reason for such social rebellion.