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Everyone is treating Kevin as a hero. He was in the right place and the right time and he saved a girl from being murdered. Only Kevin knows though, why he was able to save her. Things get even more complicated when Kevin is seen removing two patriotic “Support the Troops” ribbons from his car bumper. Now the town that lauded him as a hero turns on him, calling him unpatri ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 22nd 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Aug 02, 2008 Becky rated it really liked it
Lyga, Barry. 2008. (September 2008 release, I believe). Hero-Type.

Overture (aka the Prologue)

You know those pictures of fat people?
I'm talking about the ones in the ads for diets and weight-loss drugs and stuff like that. You know them. They always show the "Before" picture of the person back when they were a big fat slop. And then they show the "After" picture, which is like this totally buff hottie.
Here's the thing about those pictures, though: For the longest time I couldn't figure out why th
Aug 05, 2008 Amy rated it did not like it
why on earth do I keep reading barry lyga books? I was underwhelmed by fan boy and goth girl, couldn't get through boy toy, and am now frustrated with this one. i guess because i like realistic fiction from a boy point of view, but his are just too... too. he throws so much in there. too many plot points, that you stop caring or something. and i always feel like the books are very message-y. like he's really trying to make a point, which is incredibly distracting. i don't know! i can't explain i ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

Kevin Ross, known as Kross to his friends, has been called a hero in his hometown and beyond. But can the seemingly innocent decision to remove a couple of magnetic ribbons from the back of his ugly, brown used car catapult his hero status to that of hated enemy? You bet it can!

Kevin happened to be at the right place at the wrong time for a serial killer called The Surgeon. For potential teen victim and classmate Leah, it was a cas
Nothing But the Truth (AVI) meets Silent to the Bone (Konisburg). meets The Gospel According to Larry (Tasjian). Kevin is hailed as a hero when he saves Leah from a serial killer, only he knows how he happened to be 'on the scene' when he really does rise to the necessity of the occasion and truly save Leah. In the course of the ensuing adulation and scrutiny by his community, scoop seeking reporters most especially, Kevin's patriotism is challenged. He is nudged to carefully consider personal f ...more
Jul 10, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-reads, library
Rating B+
Review In the opening paragraphs of this book Lyga is setting up a scenario in which Kross says he's a "Before" picture--ugly smile, bad teeth, bad skin, scrawny physique--which is a set up for the first 85-90% of the book where Kross does some serious self-loathing. And, in my estimation, the self loathing isn't completely off base (nor does Lyga want it to be).

Plot: The plot of this book was good--not a lot of "action" per se, which I think a fair number of guys might want in their re
Aug 31, 2014 Kristen rated it did not like it
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Jul 09, 2015 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book by Lyga that took me forever to get into. Man though, once I did it really clicked. I wish this book had been out when I was in high school going through something very similar to Kevin. I could have used the arguments about free speech and saying the pledge. I was in JROTC and to not say the pledge was downright abominable to some. I really enjoyed how Kevin grew from the beginning to the end, it really gave the book a sense of completion.
E. Anderson
Aug 28, 2009 E. Anderson rated it really liked it
Kevin' doesn't think he's much of a hero. The whole town considers him one, though, since he saved a girl from his school from being kidnapped by "The Surgeon," a brutal serial killer and rapist. Sometimes the attention is nice, since his dad barely pays attention to him at home and it's not like he's the most popular guy or the handsomest guy in school - he's far from it. Kevin told everyone that he was just at the right place at the right time, which, in a way he was. But the truth is there is ...more
Lindsay Frost
Nov 03, 2009 Lindsay Frost rated it really liked it
Shelves: teens-books, reviews
Hero Type
By Barry Lyga
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin company
# of Pager: 290
Age Rating: +13
My Rating: 4 Stars

Everyone is treating Kevin as a hero. He was in the right place and the right time and he saved a girl from being murdered. Only Kevin knows though, why he was able to save her. Things get even more complicated when Kevin is seen removing two patriotic "Support the Troops" ribbons from his car bumper. Now the town that lauded him as a hero turns on him, calling him unpatriotic. Kevin
Sydney Miller
Nov 29, 2009 Sydney Miller rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comfort-books
This book is about a boy named Kevin Ross who saves another girl, Leah, from being medicated, raped, and murdered by a rapist known as 'The Surgeon' because he was a doctor, and and medicated his victms.
I learned about this book on my own. It was in my teacher's library, and I was looking for an intresting book to read, within a short amount of time. I think the author wanted us to take away from the book what the meaning of a hero is. There is a lot of different ways to think of hero, but aft
Jan 11, 2010 Brie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
Okay, at the end, this story got preachy. Very very preachy, but I can see why:

this entire book made me so so so angry. But for the reasons it was trying to - most people (most Americans) don't/can't think for themselves. There was an article a few days ago, about how Jane Lynch (in Glee) blamed Obama for the lack of movement for Gay Rights.

But if she READ or knew ANYTHING about the Government, she'd realize that he doesn't have much, if any power for that. They moved it to the states. And he ca
Apr 18, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Kevin is a hero. He saved a popular girl, Leah, from getting raped and murdered, and if that wasn't good enough, the person he saved her from is a serial killer. So, Kevin went from a fool that tried to not really get noticed to the center of attention. In school, everyone wants to be his friend and sit next to him. He is even given a pretty good deal on a car from the mayor of the town, who also owns the car dealership. Only, Kevin doesn't feel like a hero. Actually, he is keeping a secret that ...more
Hero-type is the story of how teenager Kevin Ross ("Kross") is glorified and then villified by his community. Kevin saves a girl's life, but later is caught on camera removing "Support the Troops" magnets from his car. This causes the community to change its hero worship into disdain. How dare someone not support our troops???

In addition Kevin knows something everyone else doesn't. He's also still the same flawed person he was before he saved her. The jacket flap really states it well "Kross sav
May 02, 2010 Sandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kevin Ross saves a classmate from a serial killer and goes from a nobody to hero overnight. But his reasons for being in the right place at the right time are not exactly something he wants everyone to know and he doesn't exactly feel like a hero. His time at the top doesn't last long when he is seen removing some 'Support the Troops' ribbons from his car and he goes from hero back to zero. Suddenly, he is viewed as someone who doesn't support the troops and hates America.

My Thoughts:
I love Barr
Aug 17, 2010 Kristy rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

After reading this I have to say that Barry Lyga is a breath of fresh air. He is a Young Adult Author who should be treasured. His books have something to say, to make you think. He takes on almost unlikable characters, but turns them into your hero and makes you root for them whole-heartedly.

'Hero-type' is not at all what I expected it to be, in fact it was better.
This book is a tribute to soldiers everywhere, although I think some would read it and think otherwise considering our 'h
Ryan Mishap
Aug 21, 2010 Ryan Mishap rated it liked it
Shelves: novel
Kevin, a smart high school kid with C-grades and a group of friends called The Fool's Council, saves another student from a serial killer.
All of a sudden he's a hero and a nondescript kid nobody paid attention to is getting high fives in the hall and mayoral speeches. Oh, but if they all knew why he was there to save Leah that day--Leah, the object of his obsession....He was following her and videotaping her--I don't think it is a spoiler to give that away as it is obvious from the get-go. It i
Eric Newson
Nov 09, 2010 Eric Newson rated it it was amazing
Conflict(man vs. man)
(man vs. society)
(man vs. self)
Plot:the story Hero type takes place in the small patriotic town of Brookdale and is about a boy named Kevin Ross who is being called a hero because he saved a girl named Leah from a man called the surgeron who abducted, raped, and murdered teenage girls. Altough kevin's life starts to turn around because of this act things start to change from better to worse as he's caled a traitor to "his country" for throwing away stickers that "supported h
W Habecker
Dec 25, 2010 W Habecker rated it really liked it
Okay, so it's 10:51 Christmas night, I just finished reading a totally different book, and I actually finished this one a few weeks ago - but still I feel it warrants a review.

Oh, and this is my first real review since my brother basically forced me into the other reviews that I have posted on here.

Enough with the jibber jabber and on with the review... jabber...

This book by far is one of the better ones I've picked up in a while. I tend to only read things that are entertaining and not books th
Oct 26, 2013 Philip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Philip by: W Habecker
My brother recommended this book to me, and I finally got around to reading it. I have to say, it's caused me more trouble than I anticipated because there are others around me who are upset that I haven't recently read any of the books they recommended to me.

*Ahem* You know who you are *Ahem*

I'm fairly certain he recommended the book because it's his legs on the cover of this edition. I'm not 100% on that, but close. I'm going to call him for a picture of his legs to prove it to you. For real.
Miss Bookiverse
Barry Lyga spricht mit diesem Roman ungewöhnliche und ungemütliche Themen an. Wieso wird an jeder amerikanischen High School jeden Morgen der Treueschwur aufgesagt und warum wird es als so verwerflich angesehen, wenn ein Schüler sich dazu weigert? Protagonist Kevin stellt absolut berechtigte Fragen. Er will nicht mal provozieren, er will nur, dass die Menschen über ihr Handeln nachdenken, aber da kriegt er direkt sowas von ein Stoppschild vor die Nase gesetzt, dass ich innerlich am heiße-Ölbrühe ...more
Mar 04, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Mr. Lyga, you're getting too preachy for me in this one. Sure, you can write about flag burning, and ribbons on cars, and American symbols, but try not to stuff it down my throat, okay?

Kevin Ross lives with his dad and misses his mom and brother who live in California. He's an instant hero when he saves the life of a fellow classmate. She was about to be killed by a serial killer, but Kevin saved the day. He loves the girl, but he doesn't want to admit why he followed her into the alley that day
Ringo The Cat
Dec 18, 2011 Ringo The Cat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, young-adult
In these dark December days of meaningless symbolism, Barry Lyga’s Hero Type is the perfect antidote for the disease of a generation: apathy. Lyga’s third novel – and the fourth set in Brookdale – about a boy who goes from zero to hero and back to zero again, faster than you can say “Justin Bieber had a haircut“, should be present in every school library.

Kevin Ross (known as Kross to his friends in the Council of Fools) becomes a hero overnight because he saved Leah Muldoon’s life from The Surge
Emmett Spain
Mar 09, 2015 Emmett Spain rated it it was ok
The path to hell is paved with good intentions. I feel that is quite true of this novel.

It's clear that Barry Lyga was told a moving story, or bore witness to a particular event or trend, and so felt compelled to write this book. It's basically a little tome that's trying to make us think about our attitudes and our actions when it comes to soldiers and the war effort. The problem is that the narrator, and the story, aren't all that interesting.

For starters, Kevin Ross, the narrator and subject
Delray Beach Public Library Public Library
In this third book of the South Brook High School Series, Kevin Ross (or Kross and his friends call him) is a teenager trying to live up to society’s standards. His estranged mother lives in California and his father, retired from the military, is emotionally distant. Kevin is deeply “in love” with Leah. He saves her life when the notorious serial rapist, The Surgeon, was about to kill her. Now Kross is a hero in his hometown. But what the people of the town don’t know is that that Kevin’s heroi ...more
Mary Anne
Sep 10, 2013 Mary Anne rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-books, ya
I was surprised by how much I liked this book.
A boy saves his classmate from a violent attack and becomes the town hero.
He is given all kinds recognition and rewards.
This boy was someone who went about daily life mostly unnoticed but now every move he makes is front page news. So when he removes the support the troops magnets from his new car he is accused of being unpatriotic. A lesson about free speech ans personal responsibility follows. Divorce, teenage relationships, freedom of speech and n
Mar 08, 2014 Ashail rated it did not like it
This book haunts my freaking nightmares.


I seriously wish someone could just erase the memories I have.


So our main characters name is Kevin but his friends call him Kross. He saves this chick Leah because as he claims he was at the right place at the right time. Because of this everyone now want to be friends with him.


Of course because he "saved" someones life from a serial killer/and possible raping media and news reporters are all interested in his story. That is until he throws away a magneti
Lauren (likes literature)
I read this book about three years ago, but it still sticks with me to this day, which in of itself is a great quality in a book. However, I appreciated the political concepts and ideas that were presented- they were daring, they were dangerous, they were important. Barry Lyga is a refreshing change of pace in that his work is very politically relevant without being propaganda. Most people don't seem to realize exactly how mindlessly and needlessly patriotic the country is, and we don't take kin ...more
Levi Greening
May 19, 2015 Levi Greening rated it liked it
Hero type is an good book. Hero Type starts out when Kevin saves this girl named Leah. It is a coincidence that he saves Leah though. He really likes Leah and will do anything to see her. It just so happens, that Kevin was stalking her, and all of a sudden he sees someone try to kidnap her. Kevin then intervenes and saves Leah. He then becomes popular. Then one day Kevin removes a set of stickers from his car that says " Save the troops." Unfortunately a camera guy was there and took pictures of ...more
Caleb King
Oct 03, 2016 Caleb King rated it it was ok
The story of it was strange compared to most books and contained a lot of voicing about politics but it was OK overall
Oct 12, 2016 Art rated it really liked it
Recommended to Art by: Grafton Spoilers Library
I was thinking of Avi, I believe he wrote it, about a boy who whistled the Star Spangled Banner and discussion that followed.
Jodie Picoult's book, "Nineteen Minutes"
Interesting point of view of the 1st Amendment and what our pledge of allegiance and patriotism means.
Boy girl relationships.
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“Kevin: 'Hey, Dad. How do you stop people from being stupid?'

Dad: 'You don't.'

Kevin: 'Really?'

Dad: 'I've tried to explain to people when they're being stupid, but then I realized something: Most people like being stupid.'

Kevin: 'I don't get it.'

Dad: 'Some people just prefer it. It makes their lives easier if they let other people think for them.'

Kevin: 'But that doesn't make sense. That's just stu...Oh...”
“He turns to the Council. 'Sounds like Foolish behavior to me, boys. I hereby nominate the human race for membership in the Council of Fools!' He raises both arms and shouts to the sky. 'Humanity! Join us! Join your masters! All opposed, say nay!"

And then nothing but silence and Flip's panting as he strains, listening.

'There are no dissenting votes!' he cries. 'I hereby admit humanity to the Council of Fools!' He punches the air in triumph. 'Dude,' he says, grinning, 'I just upped our membership by six billion. Not bad, huh?”
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