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Dull Boy

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  912 ratings  ·  146 reviews
What do you do if you can deadlift a car, and you spend your nights flying to get away from it all?

If you're fifteen-year-old Avery Pirzwick, you keep that information to yourself. When you're a former jock turned freak, you can't afford to let the secret slip. But then Avery makes some friends who are as extraordinary as he is. He realizes they're more than just freaks, t
Hardcover, 308 pages
Published May 14th 2009 by Dutton Books for Young Readers (first published February 12th 2009)
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Jun 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fic, sci-fi
I know, I know. I can hear you saying, dude! What is up with all these high star YA reviews lately? Have you just given up on adult life and decided everything you read is awesome because your brain is broken now?

First of all, my brain is NOT broken and I have not given up on being a grown up (…mostly). Second of all, have you read these YA books I’ve been rating? They are AWESOME. I don’t know. This is the year of great books or something. Maybe just my year of great books? Whatever.

Reasons wh
Apr 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
Dull Boy was awesome, hilarious and pretty geektastic! I really liked the main character Avery, I usually prefer books in a female voice just because it's easier for me to relate to, but Avery was just a cool guy with a good heart. I really liked him, and he was pretty funny! I really liked the abbreviated swear words he used or thought, stuff like "What the F". That kind of stuff is just perfect to me!

And of course Avery isn't the only character. I loved all his new friends from Darla the super
Jul 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
For the most part, Dull Boy takes fun tone to the whole superhero idea. Avery loves his powers sometimes- he can fly and he's super strong. But with all that, it's hard to control himself. He wants to become a hero, not just a boy with powers. Hence, him being relegated to a school for dangerous kids after trying to stop a bank robbery and failing.

At the school, and at a coffeehouse he frequents, he meets new friends. His old friends abandoned him for the most part, as Avery was constantly tryin
Jan 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
A bit silly. This may have worked better as a graphic novel.
Rebecca Jacobson
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book “Dull Boy” by Sarah Cross starts of in a picturesque suburban town, just like any other. The main character Avery Pirzwick is just trying to be a dull average boy, but he is actually quite unordinary. In Fact he has superpowers, the strength of a hundred men, the speed of a cheetah, the flight of superman, and the need to help anyone in trouble. I know what your thinking why should I read “Dull Boy” there is nothing in common between me and Avery. Have you ever felt misunderstood, troub ...more
Mark Freeman
Aug 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Dull Boy by Sarah Cross

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What do you do if you can deadlift a car, and you spend your nights flying to get away from it all? If you’re fifteen-year-old Avery Pirzwick, you keep that information to yourself. When you’re a former jock turned freak, you can’t afford to let the secret slip.

But then Avery makes some friends who are as extraordinary as he is. He realizes they’re more than just freaks—together, maybe they have a chance to be heroes. First, though, they
Apr 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Avery lives for the darkness. Not for any deviant reason, but because he is less likely to be seen when he is flying around town. You see, Avery isn’t like other kids. He has super strength and can fly. Since these powers developed, his life has totally changed. His normal friends are pulling further and further away because he is spending less time with them. Avery’s friends are upset that he quit the had to quit the wrestling team, but he really didn’t have a choice. His strength was too hard ...more
Jun 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: blue-covers
Dull Boy is definitely an superhero origins story, and I have to admit that I typically find such stories a little boring. Throw me in the middle of some action-packed battle between world domination and salvation, and I am a happy camper! If there is a sequel, I hope to see less emphasis on backstory and more on how these teenaged superheroes find their place in the world!

There are actually 5+ superpowered teenagers in Dull Boy with Avery being the main focus. There are some really interesting
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
I'm giving this one 2 stars only because I can't do 1.5 stars. This is a book where the idea is better than the execution. The exchanges between the teenagers don't feel natural at all, which really makes the forward momentum clunky. Some people may say that's a silly thing to get hung up on, considering this is a story about kids with superpowers, but it's important to get smaller things right in order for the reader to buy in the big stuff.

That said, the idea of kids discovering they have supe
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Buzzwords: Superheroes, male pov, friends, science fiction, secrets, misfits, good vs. evil but also shades of gray, coming of age

Avery has superpowers. He's not sure how he got them, but he wants to use them for good - and keep them secret, so he doesn't end up dissected in a lab somewhere. But when he finds others like himself, things may be about to change...

I picked this book up because I read and loved Sarah Cross' Kill Me Softly, and was not disappointed. I loved Avery's voice, and I reall
Elisheva Rina
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
What I really like most is the narrative tone. It's sarcastic. The introspection is a little much, though.
Overall, I think the plot is weak. You do find out how Avery and his friends got their superpowers in the first place, but if I would tell you, it would be a spoiler. Avery is pretty well-developed, but the other characters are kind of boring. Actually, Avery makes a lot of stupid choices and doesn't realize a lot of obvious things when they are happening. And one of the girls isn't supposed
Yamile Méndez
Jul 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Very funny story. Avery is a normal boy who one day realizes he has super powers. I loved seeing how his character evolves as he tries to deal with having super powers, finding friends, and hiding his secret from his parents.
I won this book at a contest at Aprilynne Pike's blog, and I'm so happy I discovered this new author. The ending is wide open for a sequel, and I'll read Avery's future adventures when they come out.
Jun 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: woman and young adults
Recommended to Marye by: Mundie Moms
Avery is the guy of my dreams! Seriously, here's this kid that doesn't fit in, even with his friends. Because of his unique abilities he ends up finding the most wonderful group of true friends, which is almost unheard of in high school. I have never been a super hero kind of gal, but I was, and am, rooting for Avery!
I'm looking forward to seeing what Avery can do in the future!
May 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
A remix of the X-Men, Dull Boy tells the story of a teenage boy trying to hide his superpowers before discovering he’s not alone. The book starts strong but rapidly flags. Given the cliffhanger and the lack of a plan for a sequel, this one’s a pass (even without getting into its other problems). Not recommended.
Sean Martin
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this one, and it was ok, but overall felt a bit thrown together. Character motivations didn't feel well thought out and the action went too fast in places while dragging in others.
Laura Scott
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I would have given it a four star but i didn't really like the language sometimes.
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Avery is your average fifteen-year old boy. Average grades, average friends, average looks. Except Avery is hiding a decidedly UN-average secret: he actually possesses superstrength and the ability to fly. The previous year, Avery saved a baby from being crushed by a car in a superhuman feat that others chalked up to adrenaline but in actuality was the unleashing of his Superman-like powers. Since then, he’s been struggling to keep his powers secret (for fear of being relegated t
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I'm sorry but this just seemed like a huge repeat of tons of other superhero themes I have read. I had grabbed this book because I was hope for a point of view I hadn't experienced yet. But sadly I didn't get what I was hoping for. Otherwise, this book was quite well written with amazing characters that really showed personality. The plot wasn't that surprising and was almost bland. But this book still happened to give me overwhelming emotions that I didn't regret. Great job on this book Sarah C ...more
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Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Carlos Bran
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was amazing and it deserves its own series. I loved it and recommend it to anyone that's into fiction
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this book is now one of my favorites i really liked it but there was somewhat a cliff hanger
Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
With superheroes being one of the in things right now, there is no shortage of titles allowing young adults a peak into that life style. In this first novel, readers meet Avery Pirzwick, a pretty average guy with some pretty un-average abilities. He is super-strong and can fly, but he is not too keen to let everyone know about it because he is worried that he might end up as someone's test subject.

He does struggle with his abilities since he doesn't have complete control of them. The previous ye
Nov 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, fantasy, ya
Most teenagers think they are pretty special but Avery knows there's no one else just like him. And actually, he's right. Avery's got some super special and completely super secret super powers. Not only can he bench-press his mother's car (sometimes resulting in a little body damage) but Avery can actually fly - which of course he can't even tell a soul about since it would most likely result in a massive government investigation. Hey, I'd be worried about becoming a science experiment too. Fee ...more
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was waiting for me when I moved back home from the dorms, and I picked it up and devoured it that night. (And I went to sleep early, since I needed to wake up the next day to drive.) Boy, did it hit most of my <3 buttons. (It does star a group of superheroes. That's number one.)

I liked Avery, who doesn't really think of using his superstrength and flight for anything other than protecting those who need it. Of course, he has some control issues that end up making him look like a delinq
Jan 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Dull Bull was such a fabulously fun book to read. I’m not usually into the whole super hero thing, but the cool cover appealed to me. It turns out Dull Boy was so much more than just a cool cover.

I’m a huge fan of sarcastic humor and Dull Boy had plenty of it. I love how scenes were described, especially at the school for bad kids that Avery attends. It was really hilarious how Avery came up with different titles for all the crazy groups of kids at school. My favorite group would have to be the
Nicolas Franchini
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Superpowers, what do you think you would do if you had them? Avery is a boy that is struggling with that question all of his life. He has been different from everyone and is shy and worried if he should tell anyone. No one knows about him and what he can do. “Dull Boy” written by Sarah Cross is a book that is an action and adventure novel that is a worthy read.
Superpowers are awesome to have and use, unless you are Avery. He is an average 14 year old boy who just wants to be normal. There is on
Jan 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I have to admit that since I was little I've always kind of had a slight obsession with superheros. I loved the Spider Man and X-Men movies. Oh, and Push, too, though that may not count. Anyway, getting back to Dull Boy, I was stoked when I found out that there was going to be a book coming out about superheros, since there's not many YA books on that topic. Luckily, Dull Boy was a pretty awesome book.

As soon as Dull Boy opens up you are drawn into Avery's complicated life. Since, how fast do y
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It’s not every day you wake up and realise that you can fly, wake up and realise that you’re actually a whole lot more ‘special’ than you first thought you were. Avery isn’t stupid; he knows that he has to hide his powers from the world. Hiding his true self is something Avery becomes an expert at and soon learns that constantly having to cover for yourself can be the most isolating thing in the world.

Enter Cherchette. She’s the keeper of secrets – everyone’s secrets. She knows about Avery, and
Aamir K.
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dull Boy
Sarah Cross
308 pages
Science Fiction

In this book, Avery is a boy who has super powers. He has to keep them safe from anyone's knowledge that he is special. Otherwise, they might dissect him the way we dissect frogs. The problem with his powers are that they always get him in tough situations. Like once where he lifted up an entire car, just to save a little kid. It was hard for him to explain, so he said he just had an adrenaline rush. He had to keep his head low after that to make sure h
Apr 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: my-shelf, to-review, arcs
Dull Boy is a tale of a lost and lonely boy who is forced to hide from his family and friends. Yet, Avery is a boy who has a big heart and even bigger strength. While using his secret super powers to do good his friends mock him and make fun of him for being reclusive. His loneliness and desire to get some answers about whom or what he is leads him to a group of kids with like minded strengths and desires. Unfortunately where there’s a hero there is also an evil nemesis. And much like all superh ...more
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