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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Tly to Advanced Search. Continue reading Show less. Lists with This Book. 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.

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

Five years ago his life changed forever, and everyone knows, and he’s sure everyone thinks of it every time they see him. Wants only to get the hell out of town. Still, all of this might have found a way to work if Rachel had been a character rather than a succession of mentioned but not actually shown personality traits designed to show Tog the beauty of love and sex again.

Boy Toy Book Review

As a 12 year old boy he, like the every other boy in his class, had a crush lyya his history teacher, Mrs Evelyn Sherman a. Very mature book about boy molested by teacher. He never really did get that he wasn’t in love with Eve. I just had a hard time believing it.


The tears just explode out of me. The book ends with a revelation that is surprising, if not quite believable. Oct 27, Scarlet rated it really liked it Shelves: Truly, I do not understand the accolades this book has received. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jan 15, laaaaames rated it did not like it. I doubt it and the therapist sections that show up at random. Most of the action harry get in flashbacks between him and Eve is supposed lyag be sexy, not horrifying.

It happens in the back of your mind, and then one day you realize that you don’t hate the person anymore, that your anger has roy away somewhere. No names of course, but he knows they know.

Boy Toy by Barry Lyga

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. All admirable things – things that, if carried off right, would have been brilliant. I swear it has nothing to do with you. Shockingly, the misogyny is secondary to the substandard character development of Josh. Your access to Booklist Online has expired.

I should clarify that as someone unfortunately familiar with sexual misbehavior from adults when a teenager and who experiences the OCD-caused intrusive thoughts the protagonist calls “flickers’, this book bothered me significantly. I think if his family had handled it differently, he wouldn’t have had all these problems. Good thing I was already working on it, eh?

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Will he be able to deal with her feelings for him? I’m sure he’d get out of his own story if he could. Boy Toy is a novel about child abuse. I hope I’m not being too judgmental or bias, but that’s how I felt. That sounds weird to say, and you might think, ‘Why would you want to have your eyes opened to that? Other reviews have already discussed the plot, so I’ll leave that alone.


Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. I hated this book. Families can talk about where ideas for books might come from. All the big bombs: It’s possible that the barrj and the shame will be a bit too haunting to the point of scarring if the reader is less than emotionally healthy to begin with.

The voice of the protagonist is spot-on! Hardcoverpages. This was clearly the author’s informed choice — to show that Josh really felt like he biy agency, not like he was being molested, I guess — but Bzrry wonder how many teen boys reading it barty think “gosh, that really is inappropriate” and how many will jerk off?

May 03, Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing Shelves: After five years, we were just getting to the point where he was able to start the process.

Good luck deciphering them.

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The tragedy of seeing barru waste of years was bitter. Kid, 12 years old October 30, Hatred made worse by the fact that I could see what Lyga was trying to do: Problems at home make staying after school, and later actually going home with Mrs. When his gorgeous, and young, History teacher, saves him from a pinch one day when school closes due to an insane snow storm, that’s it.