**spoiler alert** 4.8 because I don't approve of gay relationships, though I would do nothing to prevent that sort of thing, as it does make them happ**spoiler alert** 4.8 because I don't approve of gay relationships, though I would do nothing to prevent that sort of thing, as it does make them happy. Other than that, the book was amazing. Made me cry. Which is good....more
**spoiler alert** Because I think the summary on the book jacket (and the summary on the upper portion of the book page on this website) does not capt**spoiler alert** Because I think the summary on the book jacket (and the summary on the upper portion of the book page on this website) does not capture even a tiny bit of this book, I will you give you my own brief summary (I don't do this if I think the official summaries are fulfulling).
Fanboy (his real name remains undisclosed throughout the entire book, except when his mother calls him "Donnie," which makes him Donald or something, but then we still don't know his last name) is a comic book geek; he is working on his own comic, Schemata, which in my opinion has a pretty genius plot, which I will not disclose. His best friend, Cal, is one of ten black kids at the school they go to (never really paid much attention to the name, whatever). Unfortunately, Cal puts off the comic book convention for lacrosse playoffs, which Fanboy sees as some kind of best friend blasphemy for reasons I really don't feel like explaining. The "Goth Girl" that is so stunningly spelled out on the bottom half of the lips on the front of the book is Kyra Sellers, a Goth/emo/whatever. Fanboy's mom divorced his father because she met some guy named Tony and cheated on the father with him and got pregnant. There's some other stuff, but that's the book in a nutshell.
This book made me cry. At the end, at least. Maybe I'm just sensitive and I get way into books, but hey, that's why they're there, right?
Another thing: Fanboy was so totally in love with Kyra. He's sitting there making out with Dina Jurgens and he's thinking about freaking KYRA. How does that not scream "in love"?! I swear, ever since her official debut, it mentioned something related to her on close to every single page. And this is first-person. Sure, she flashes people. Sure, she used to cut. Sure, she was contemplating suicide there at the end. But he loves her. There's a minor amount of lust mixed in there, sure. But it's not Dina-lust. Deep down, it's puppy love. And then, when he thinks she's going to commit suicide, or committing it, he completely freaks out. Okay, maybe he's kinda pitiful. But he loves her, doesn't he?
I wonder if Fanboy was really as ugly as he was convinced he was. First Kyra tells him he's not ugly, in a way that implies the contrary, then Dina's like, "What, do you think you're ugly or something?" So I'm thinking he was actually pretty cute, but since he was at the bottom of the Popularity Scale, girls didn't even spare him a glance, so he kind of tricked himself into believing he was ugly. I never really had an actual picture of him in my mind, like I did of his mother and Dina and Cal and Kyra and Bendis. Maybe he was kinda like Anthony from Smosh? He's not ugly, he's actually pretty cute, but he's not someone who would have girls crawling all over him.
Also, I really liked Dina. She was cool. She wasn't shallow; she actually had some amount of intelligence, and she called high school BS. (Which it is.) Maybe she only had a few very short chapters with actual dialogue, but she had an impression.
Kyra also amused me to no end. For anyone who's read the book: I don't need to elaborate on this topic. (Well, she amused me until near the end. I was really scared for her.)
The prose was utterly hilarious, and when it wasn't hilarious, the raw emotion was almost overwhelming. The voice was perfectly pitched; as a nerdy comic geek myself (though I'm into Japanese comics, not American ones, which is why I liked the Ranma comment on page 218), I understand Fanboy. There's something truly endearing about him, I think.
Overall, a great book. Pretty true to its title, though it's not a superhero book. Because personally I think Kyra conspiring to crash into a minivan and flashing a famous comic book author is pretty astonishing....more
Though I found this story touching, it was a bit boring at times... The only thing that REALLY bothered me, though, were the honorifics. Instead of "YThough I found this story touching, it was a bit boring at times... The only thing that REALLY bothered me, though, were the honorifics. Instead of "Yuki-chan," Uchida typed it as, "Yuki Chan." I know it really doesn't matter, but I watch a lot of anime, so I'm more accustomed to the honorific being connected to the name by a hyphen. But that's a really minor issue, so overall, I recommend this book....more
It's been a while since I've read this book, so I won't give a summary, but I can say that this book made me cry multiple times just because it was soIt's been a while since I've read this book, so I won't give a summary, but I can say that this book made me cry multiple times just because it was so emotional. And I really, really loved it....more