: 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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When Josh started 7th grade he met the beginning of of the horrible incident. Move forward five years. I’m so ljga of the mentality of YA literature that girls are solely victims who need to be rescued by male love interests! Unfortunately, everyone knows what it is. And the girl-next-door who becomes his girlfriend, the only female character the reader’s encouraged to respect, is “just one of the guys”.

The book takes us back to when the incident happened. He’s passionate about baseball, he’s preparing himself for college, and also keeping himself in check for graduating soon.

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Childhood trauma, but finally, from a male perspective! Which is just the kind of book I want to read.

Feb 09, Grace McKinney added it. Both in Speak and Boy Toy, the narrative — presented more like a stream of conscious narrative with dialog blended in occasionally — is a vehicle for the protagonist true feelings and recollection of the damaging event.

Ugh, some parts were just so well done, they managed to pull off a sensitive narrative without overdoing it and going into torture-porn territory.

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Barry Lyga is a questionably hoy. Hatred made worse by the fact that I could see what Lyga was trying to do: You see how the abuse affects his life and his relationships in a horrible way. The small town where his seventh lygga history teacher became his lover, then went to prison.

Lyga thanks a number of people at the back of the book in the acknowledgements section, but I didn’t see anyone who gave him insights into the psychological profile of sexually abused kids.


And it’s heartbreaking in many places. Hated the boring, meandering scenes set in the present. I was more interested in the “decisions about college” that were described. Most notably I didn’t like how it happened, or more specifically, where it happened.

May 03, Joe rated it it was ok Shelves: I look back at her.

Boy Toy by Barry Lyga

He doesn’t know what he’s angry at, or WHO he’s angry at. Sure, most teens who might pick up this book are past the point where they might be luga targets for predators, but this book is fantastic reading material for parents of young children and tweens. Soon, he was sucked into a very adult and inappropriate relationship with her. Josh’s sex life with his teacher is graphically described, including oral sex, watching pornography, to very specific descriptions of sexual acts.

What other items do customers buy abrry viewing this item? This book was disturbing, beautiful, awesome, amazing. About the wedding photo. Lyga does his best work in the flashbacks about what happened with Josh and Eve, capturing the confusion Josh feels when his young, pretty teacher seems to like him, and how he’s drawn to her in spite of knowing, deep down, that there’s something just not right about what Eve wants from him.

The best part of the book was undoubtedly this: Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. I had to get to the end so I could see if he survived, if he could overcome what happened to him. Teens, who think they know so much about sexuality, may see the subject in a new way here. Josh is later beaten up by Eve’s husband.

He never really did get that he wasn’t in love with Eve.

If not, that’s okay too. He’s tempted but is held back by the memory of his relationship with his history teacher, Eve Sherman. Sherman’s apartment everyday after school is exciting, because Josh gets to play unlimited video games, drink Coke, and hang out with an attentive, beautiful woman.

Very mature book about boy molested by teacher. But it was so poorly executed that it made me cringe. There are a whole bunch in between, featuring everything from the aftermath of child abuse lyag pre-teens with superpowers to serial killers.


The hot teacher is actually an evil seductress named Eve. Okay, you’re probably saying “Jesus Lady, you’re reading a book about child molestation and you want bubblegum and flowers? The seducer’s name is Eve. Along the same lines — taking them along for the ride — it’s pretty sudden when Josh confronts Eve and she tells him that it roy a calculated game for her, that she picked him out as a victim early on and was fucking with him all along no pun intended.

He’s not allowed to play video games, his parents have been arguing.

This was clearly bagry author’s informed choice — to show that Josh really felt like he had agency, not like he was being molested, I guess — but I wonder how many teen boys reading it will think “gosh, that really is inappropriate” and how many will jerk off?

To ask other readers questions about Boy Toyplease sign up. Even confronted with the names of boys Voy came on to in the High School, which prompted her transfer to his Middle School, Josh doesn’t want to talk.

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Even though there was a very big portion of Boy Toy that did focus on the sexual awakenings of the main character and how he was seduced by a person of authority, I don’t feel like the book was written in such a way that was merely for shock value.

In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. Still, I suggest parents be careful and look at this book first.