Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Pub. Date: October 19th 2009 by
Age Range: Young Adult
Source of copy: from the publisher -Houghton Mifflin
Time is a funny thing in the hospital. In the mental ward. You lose track of it easily. After six months in the Maryland Mental Health Unit, Kyra Sellers, a.k.a. Goth Girl, is going home. Unfortunately, she's about to find out that while she was away, she lost track of more than time. Kyra is back in black, feeling good, and ready to make up with the only person who's ever appreciated her for who she really is. But then she sees him. Fanboy. Transcended from everything he was into someone she barely recognizes. And the anger and memories come rushing back. There's so much to do to people when you're angry. Kyra's about to get very busy.
Another impressive production by Barry Lyga. Fast paced, intense and full of anger, Goth Girl Rising is ready to take you on a ride to find true love and leave the haunting past behind.
I had to say that I loved the author's style of writing more and more after reading this book. Whenever I stumbled upon a story by Barry Lyga, I unfailing felt this rush of adrenaline inside me. Like the books were forcing me to read on and on. And I loved that everything of real life was exposed in each and every word. Nothing was held back, nothing was hidden just because it wasn't supposed to be in a book. Just like Boy Toy, Goth Girl Rising was completely courageous.
The story focused on Kyra, who was back from the hospital and suddenly felt like an outcast. Her biggest problem, however, was her mother's painful and shocking death. Kyra found herself in a tangle of confusion and fury: Fanboy seemed no longer need her as his best friend or comic book buddy, Jecca and Kyra herself were acting strang, and she couldn't but mess up with her Dad's mind. The main emotion throughout the story was anger and let me tell you something, it was awesome. Sometimes it was as if the anger was sneaking into me too. Some parts were unique, like the description of Kyra last time with her mother, which was jaw-dropping.
Needless to say, Kyra's character was super strong, or should I say rebellious. The most remarkable thing about her character was that it was such a surprise how the author built her without any difficulties. Like he actually knows really well what was on a girl's mind, how she felt, how she loved, how she reacted to certain situations. However dangerous and fearless Kyra could be, she appeared silly and crazy at times too.
Overall it was an amazing book that will please readers who loved intense and honest stories, especially fans of The Astonishing Adventures Of FanBoy and Goth Girl.