The first time I saw the cover on Pinoy Peter Pan’s blog, it made me want to read the book. The cover let out the fangirl in me! I though it’s a graphic novel (stupid me, I didn’t see the ‘a novel by’).
It’s about this sophomore kid named Donnie or Fanboy who’s life is a living hell. Hell with school full of jocks and bullies and hell with his broken family with a step-fascist who owns a lot of guns and bullets. He’s way too much intelligent for his age, no wonder why people in his school hates him. He’s bullied and punched most of the time (talk about this stupid gym class slash physical education)! Even though he’s living hell, he spend his time on one thing he wanted and loved — it’s secret, actually, but I’m going to spill the beans. He’s doing his own graphic novel, Schemata! He is convinced that it will lead to publication, fame, and—most important of all— ‘a way out of the crappy little town he lives in and all the people that make it hell for him’.
He only got one friend, Cal, a lacrosse player, one of the 20 black people in their school and shares the passion of comics but they had one misunderstanding because Cal can’t come with Donnie on Saturday’s event — Comic Convention — Bendis (creator of Spider-man) will be there — because the lacrosse team will have play-offs on the same day. Donnie can’t accept the fact that Cal just ditched him for that stupid game.
Then he met this cynical girl named Kyra — the troubled emotional goth girl. Who also shares the passion for reading comics (she likes Gaiman! Yey!), for hating morons and idiots, and wanting to kill 99% of the school population. She came to his life to be his friend and urged him to continue his dream to be an artist.
I didn’t actually like the entirety of the story. I enjoyed it because it mentions a lot of comics and artists, comic convention and how he made his graphic novel! All the whining about the idiots and morons amused me. But the rest of the story is meh; and I’m not satisfied with the ending.
I don’t know but I’m annoyed with this Goth Girl Kyra that most of time I really wanted to punch her on the face and kick her crotch. Dude, I don’t get her! What’s with the screaming, kicking Donnie’s balls and showing her tits to anyone? Seriously? I tried to understand her (because hell, I’m a woman too) and I assumed that it’s caused by raging hormones. But still, she’s annoying as hell.
And mind you, I’m not astonished with Fanboy and Goth Girl’s so-called adventure.
Book # 62 for 2010
The Astonishing Adventures of Fan Boy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga