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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,154 ratings  ·  179 reviews
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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W Habecker
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
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
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
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
Emmett Spain
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
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
E. Anderson
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
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
Jan 11, 2010 Brie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Sydney Miller
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
Mary Anne
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
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
I picked this book up on a whim at the library largely due to the cover. For some reason, I'm attracted to book covers with feet and converse sneakers. (Weird, I know) The official summary doesn't really give away all that much information but it does make the reader curious. At least, it made me very curious. I wanted to know what Kevin had done and why he was a hero in the first place and then a zero.

I have to say that I really enjoyed this book-a lot. I had never heard of it prior to my trip
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.
Jill Pickle
Have you ever been praised for something, but felt like you didn't deserve it? How would you feel if that praise were in the form of a national spotlight... and in the back of your mind, you were thinking, "If they only knew the whole story"? With Hero-Type, Barry Lyga has created a well-layered story that deals smartly with issues of the first amendment, the Iraq War, and what being a hero really means in a young person's life. This book is sure to get you all politically fired up — be prepared ...more
Review originally posted on my old YA Materials blog.

Kevin is a reliable narrator throughout the novel except for the fact that the readers know he has a secret that he cannot tell them and will only hint at on multiple occasions. This allows readers to guess at the secret, much like if they were friends with Kevin and slowly gather hints from conversation that can be pieced together.

Kevin's dynamic with his friends, with Leah, and with his opponent John Riordon is every-changing and depicts th
Sarah Maddaford
I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting from this story, but it wasn't just about a teenage guy who may or may not be a hero because he was in the right place at the right time for the wrong reason. There is a lot of really excellent discussion of free speech and thinking for oneself. Also, I really enjoyed Fam's point-of-view even though I would have dumped Flip a long time ago. There is a lot of potentially offensive language, some of it more gratuitous than the rest. There is a fake cop dol ...more
A happenstance hero quickly becomes a pariah in his town when he is caught on film removing "support our troops" ribbons from the used car he is buying with reward money. Kevin, riddled with bad skin, a dysfunctional family, and low confidence saves longtime crush Leah from a serial killer. He neither welcomes nor understands the sudden limelight, but he does become angry and motivated to stand up for his right not to have a ribbon on his car, even though it was his ex-military father who asked ...more
omg. Omg. OMG. okay so first off what i like is tht this book is real i mean the author basically harbored all the emotions, thots, and typical (and not so typical) actions of some random slightly depresssed kid living on standby i mean how does an old guy (ok maybe hes not tht old BUT hes not still in his teenage years) know what it would feel like?? that definitely takes skill. con-ish things: okay so i mean you have to admit the plot was a little weird, i mean i've never heard of a book where ...more
Clare D' Lune
Jul 09, 2009 Clare D' Lune rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ages 13 or 14 and older
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Kevin Lin
Hero Type Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008, 295 pp., $16.00
Barry Lyga ISBN number 978-0-547-07663-8

Hero Type, by Barry Lyga, is a book about a kid named Kross (Kevin Ross) who saved a girl named Leah from a criminal, who is wanted throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Everything was fine for Kross until the mayor of Brookdale offered him a car. Every car has a “support the troops” ribbon on it and when Kross’ dad saw this he told him to throw the ribbons away. A reporter in his school reported it and said
Ms. Warchol
I loved going back to Brookdale after The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Gothgirl.

Hero-type is Kevin's story. Everyone in his town is celebrating him as a hero, because he saved a girl from a serial rapist/killer. He has been in the newspaper and on t.v. But Kevin doesn't think he deserves any of this special attention, because of the circumstances surrounding this rescue.

Kevin's popularity goes from savior to sinner when he is photographed removing patriotic magnets from the car the tow
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
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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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