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: Boy Toy (): Barry Lyga: Books. 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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Josh is a senior in high school, into baseball and hoping his excellent grades will get him into the college of his choice, but he’s also stuck in an endless loop of revisiting what happened to him when he was in seventh grade, and his history teacher, Eve, se I really wanted to like this book, because there aren’t a lot of good titles out there looking at teen male victims of sexual abuse.

Nov 21, Spider the Doof Warrior rated it really liked it.

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As far as readability goes, I soared through this book. Well, actually, yes, in a bad way. Josh never wonders why a twenty-four-year-old woman willingly gives a child a blowjob and is instead fully committed to keeping their affair a secret from his friends and family. Another story thread about Josh’s parents’ devolving relationship is a distraction. I don’t know that this is the best book I’ve ever read from a literary stand-point okay, I know it isn’t Bbarry was a frank, realistic look at an very under-explored, misunderstood topic.


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Boy Toy Book Review

This was interesting because it showed that she had something going on emotionally. I have a mixed bag of feelings about this one. Houghton Mifflin Company, Jan 12, Mokamonkey rated it liked it Shelves: OK I’m not seeing how Barry Lyga is misogynist because the mother goes to work or because the molester is female and I liked Rachel and how she was refreshingly bold about being interested in Josh instead of being a wilted flower like so many biy characters in books these days.

I’ve never had it before. Josh Mendel is 18 years old, a senior in high school, a star athlete with phenomenal grades and excellent college prospects, a lifelong best friend and absolutely nothing going for him. He’s passionate about baseball, he’s preparing himself for college, and also keeping himself in check for graduating soon. And the parents were rather stupid for oty This book is disturbing.

Want to Read saving…. Through a long flashback, readers see how Eve slowly manipulates Josh into a sexual relationship, making him believe they really love each other.

Eventually, the test taking tapers off, and the kissing begins. So all thoughts below say more about my gut reaction than how good the book is. However, I would hesitate to give this book barrt a young teen.


I didn’t have the problems with the portrayal of Josh’s mother as some reviewers did, but I could definitely see the problem with Zik’s girlfriend, Michelle. He figures it can’t get any better.

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It’s like, we’re hardly taking this seriously. Josh’s mother is an idiot. This level of detail makes the story feel very real and makes Josh’s pain very palpable. Every story contains “if only”s, but this one really does come back to the mom’s choice to work, and several of the characters repeat this idea over and over in case the reader forgets it.

In a voice small and weak. I really, really freakin’ hate the “love overcomes everything, even difficult baryr issues” crap. She is an idiot, I repeat. English Choose a language for shopping. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate.

Jun 28, Claire added it Shelves: Eventually, he’s usually eating dinner there. Here are the things that I found hardest to deal with, and I think several of them may be related to Josh’s narrative voice.