BOY TOY by Barry Lyga
Kirkus Star

BOY TOY

Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Striking out on a baseball bet forces a teen to face past emotional scars. At age 13, Joshua Mendel’s history teacher, Eve Sherman, molested him for three weeks and changed the rest of his life. Five years later, the 18-year-old baseball star is preparing to graduate and working on restoring his damaged relationship with Rachel, a childhood crush. When Sherman is released from prison, Joshua realizes he must confront her in an attempt to gain the answers to the questions that have haunted him for years. Blending present events with extensive flashbacks, Lyga creates a tightly paced narrative that explores psychological turmoil without resorting to either clinical terminology or oversimplification. Authentic and fresh, the narrative voice develops along with Joshua, gaining experience but never overpowering the tortured undertones. Lyga’s portrayal of the fight between Joshua and Sherman’s husband is riveting and tense; the main character’s later reflections on that confrontation are equally powerful. Deftly weaving together a painful confession and ambiguous ending, Lyga’s dynamic writing style creates an emotionally wrenching and haunting tale. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: Sept. 24th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-618-72393-5
Page count: 416pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2007




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