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Lyga returns to the characters and school from The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, this time writing as Kyra, just released from a mental hospital. Kyra is mad at her dad for committing her, at friends who copy her new all-white clothes look and at a "hypocrite" teacher who espouses feminism but uses her body for attention. She focuses her anger on Fanboy, who played a role in her hospitalization and then ignored her for six months (meanwhile, publishing his comic in the school literary journal and becoming more confident and popular). But even as Kyra plots revenge, she realizes she has other feelings ("God, I just want to tear his head off. And throw him down on the bed"). Her revenge plans never seem fully credible, but Kyra remains a fierce, unstoppable character. Readers will love getting her side of the story, whether she is raging about sexism in letters to her hero, writer Neil Gaiman, or finally figuring out that the person she needs is "someone who appreciates not just what you do, but how you do it." Ages 14-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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In this sequel to The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl (2006), Lyga dives with typical boldness into the complexity of teen emotions and, for the first time, the female perspective, starting with the first lines: Before she went and died, my mom told me to stop bitching about my cramps all the time. This time, it's Goth Girl, or Kyra, who narrates. Back home after a depressive breakdown and months spent in a psych ward, she pours out her anger: at Fanboy, who has serialized the comic she'd helped develop during their attraction-charged friendship; at her father, whose smoking she links to her mother's fatal cancer; and at a general culture that encourages women, including her teachers, to exploit their sexuality, even as she struggles to understand her own attractions to both boys and girls. Instant messages, grief-soaked poems, and letters to her hero, Neil Gaiman, add more angles to Kyra's raw, furious, heartbroken narrative. More than the meandering story line, it is Kyra's wholly believable questions and her forceful voice that will stay with readers.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2009 Booklist