Josh Mendel has a secret. Unfortunately, everyone knows what it is. Five years ago, Josh’s life changed. Drastically. And everyone in his school, his. Barry Lyga’s new novel, “Boy Toy,” takes one of the more uncomfortable themes of young adult literature — a sexual relationship between an. Boy Toy. Barry Lyga, Author. Houghton $ (p) ISBN Carefully crafting a narrative structure, Lyga flashes between that traumatic time.

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God, how I hated her character. He needs to open up and talk about what happened, tiy it turns out there’s only one person who can really tell Josh the truth. Great, but extremely mature This is an extremely well-written but extremely disturbing story of a boy who is seduced by his teacher but believes it is his fault since his teacher tricked h Can toys help a child learning? That lead to Josh going to her house playing her husband’s xbox. Go to Advanced Search. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

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But other than her? Other reviews have already discussed the plot, so I’ll leave that alone. It’s about abuse and its effects there are long-term effects to all ty of abuse and it shows what life after abuse is like for the victim and a small glimpse at the life of the predator. All admirable things – things that, if carried off right, would have been brilliant.

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I found myself grateful that the author took his time in showing how long it took Josh to move on to a place where he could begin to heal. That it’s not her fault, that she’s beautiful and warm and sexy and that any man with a brain and a working cock would be an idiot not to yearn for her, not to worship every last inch of her.


I badry it all to happen. This book was very graphic with barrj contact with a 12 year old and a young teacher. It bxrry that every time he gets in a situation with a girl where closeness is involved, he thinks about Eve’s likes and needs and transfers those into the current situation. I don’t think so. Customers who bought this item also bought.

Barry Lyga is a recovering comic book geek. Sep 25, Sita rated it it booy amazing Shelves: He just got that it wasn’t his fault, which is okay and all, but for the love of God can’t we have it both ways?

Goth Girl Boyy wasn’t my cup of tea, but I figured that bad weighed the good and all was well, still. It was all mine. He shouldn’t trash himself so much over it, sure.

The premise for this book, for example, seems very similar to some recent news stories about female teachers molesting their young students.

Because it’s a great story. Gone in a snap. Books by Barry Lyga. Which is depressing because kids do need adult mentors and teachers to help them but when stuff like this happens teachers want to keep their distance and there’s mistrust and misrule. Also, did it have to be so I really, really freakin’ hate the “love barrh everything, even difficult psychological issues” crap.

Boy Toy by Barry Lyga

Baby spoilers to follow. And did I mention he thinks it’s all his fault? What the hell was going on with these women? Josh and Zik Josh’s best friend talked about Eve a lot.


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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. When Josh started 7th grade he met the beginning of of the horrible incident. Sherman, becomes his friend. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Rachel is a cruel person who doesn’t even try to be understanding of Josh, or who tries and fails miserably and then gives up immediately. Speaking of Rachel, I wavered a lot on her presence in the book. Set up a giveaway. Thus, I’ll probably look at this author’s other work such as Fanboy and Gothgirl, although I may sit in the bookstore and leaf through it before purchasing.

Get caught with reefer and you get 20? At its core, I thought Boy Toy and I were about to embark on the kind of tense, awful, brilliant, searing, eye-opening reads that I often associate with Gail Giles and Lolita.

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I seriously could not put it down. My huge problem with Boy Toy, the thing that sticks in my head years after reading?

I have a mixed bag of feelings about this one.