Boy Toy by Barry Lyga

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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 town—seems like the world—thinks they understand. But they don’t—they can’t. And now, about to graduate from high school, Josh is still trying to sort through the pieces. First there’s Rachel, the girl he thought he’d lost years ago. She’s back, and she’s determined to be part of his life, whether he wants her there or not.Then there are college decisions to make, and the toughest baseball game of his life coming up, and a coach who won’t stop pushing Josh all the way to the brink. And then there’s Eve. Her return brings with it all the memories of Josh’s past. It’s time for Josh to face the truth about what happened.
   If only he knew what the truth was . . .


About Barry Lyga

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Barry Lyga is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, including The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. He now knows way too much about how to dispose of a human body. Barry lives and writes in New York City. His website is
Published January 5, 2009 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 416 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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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.

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The New York Times

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Barry Lyga’s new novel, “Boy Toy,” takes one of the more uncomfortable themes of young adult literature — a sexual relationship between an adult and a minor — and pushes it past the genre’s farthest boundaries.

Mar 16 2008 | Read Full Review of Boy Toy

Publishers Weekly

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When Josh was a 12-year-old seventh grader, he was sexually abused by his history teacher, the young, beautiful (and married) Eve, who manipulated him into believing they were in love.

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USA Today

Lyga's debut novel, 2006's The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, caught reviewers' attention for its lightning-fast story line and contemporary, intelligent dialogue.

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Teen Reads

Fans of THE ASTONISHING ADVENTURES OF FANBOY AND GOTH GIRL will also be pleased to learn that BOY TOY takes place at the same school --- South Brook High School --- and that one of the characters is the sister of Dina Jurgens, who appeared in the previous book.

Sep 24 2007 | Read Full Review of Boy Toy

Common Sense Media

He writes in specific detail about Eve and Josh's sex life, but he also reveals Josh's vulnerability, presenting intimate conversations between Josh and his therapist, or between him and the girl who wants to be his girlfriend.

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Shelf Awareness

Using Alan Greenspan's new book as an example, today's New York Times looks again at the issue of embargoed books and prepublication leaks thereof.

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Youth Services Book Review

Lyga doesn’t shy away from the particulars of the relationship between Josh and Eve, and portrays the resulting confusion and insecurity Josh feels with a keen eye that heightens the emotional impact.

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