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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Boy Toy by Barry Lyga. Josh Mendel has a secret. Unfortunately, everyone knows what it is. And everyone in his school, his town—seems like the world—thinks they understand. And now, about to graduate from high school, Josh is still trying to sort through the pieces. If only he knew what the truth was Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published September 24th by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Sort order. Start your review of Boy Toy. May 16, Jackie "the Librarian" rated it really liked it Shelves: youngadult , controversial. There's no way to review this book without spoilers. Read at your own risk, folks. It's five years later, and he's still haunted by what happened, even though the teacher went to jail. He gets straight A's, does well playing baseball, but his personal life is nonexistent. The only person he trusts is his best friend Zik, because Zik never asks about what happened.
And that's good, beca There's no way to review this book without spoilers. And that's good, because Josh doesn't really know, exactly. He doesn't know what he's angry at, or WHO he's angry at. But he's angry. As for girls, forget it! His responses are so keyed in to what happened back then, as he learned during a game of Spin the Bottle when he was 13, that he doesn't trust himself to ever behave normally again.
All he wants is to get away, off to college where no one will know his past. Just a few more months, and school will be over. And that's when Josh hears that Eve is getting released from jail This was so hard to read. The reader goes through Josh's past, step by step through his interactions with Evelyn Sherman, so we feel what Josh felt, and can understand his confusion almost too painfully. The way this was written made ME feel complicit in Eve's crime, just as Josh does, just by being interested in how the relationship progressed.
When the relationship is uncovered, Josh's handling by his parents and the police was very upsetting. Josh is so caught up in Eve's trap, he does everything he can to protect her. He won't talk, and so they treat him like a hostile witness.
It reminded me of how some rape victims are blamed for the attack. This was a powerful portrayal of how abusers mess not just with the bodies of their victim, but their minds as well. Josh is told again and again that he was the victim, but that's not what he believes. Even after Eve confesses and goes to jail, he's still trapped by her.
He needs to open up and talk about what happened, and it turns out there's only one person who can really tell Josh the truth. View all 21 comments.
Jul 18, Stacia the club rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult , realistic-general-or-lit-fiction , dark-or-taboo. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was molested. When I was twelve. And everyone else in the world knew it except for me.
How different could Josh's life had been, had he realized this sooner? No one ever said, "He was wrong, Josh. You're not a little fucking perv. Written in both present tense, as well as in flashbacks, we see one young man's life fall apart before our eyes over a period of five years. This I was molested. I felt like a helpless observer on the sidelines, watching as Josh at age 12, young and innocent, was seduced by a woman in a position of authority.
I was saddened as Josh struggled to understand himself, and couldn't seem to figure out how to fit back into a normal world when he was no longer normal.
The fallout of the "incident" took its toll on many other people in Josh's life. Family, friends, teammates. No one was immune. The person who was hit the hardest was Josh's close friend and potential "could have been" girlfriend when he behaved in a horrific manner toward her.
You learn early on the book what probably happened, but no details were given. As the story starts to catch up to the present through a series of flashbacks, we're hurled back in time to the night when this young boy did the unthinkable.
It pained me to read about it. Not because he hurt another person, but because he was so wronged and confused, that he had no comprehension of what was normal behavior anymore. If any book fit the definition of bittersweet , it would be this one. So much of this story could have been avoided, had someone, anyone made Josh believe that what happened was not his fault.
The tragedy of seeing the waste of years was bitter. The triumph of seeing a hurt child grow into a functioning man was sweet. 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.
Had the story ended sooner than it did, this might have been the case. I found myself grateful that the author took his time in showing how long it took Josh to move on to a place where he could begin to heal.
After five years, we were just getting to the point where he was able to start the process. Altogether, these passages might not make much sense, but they were ones that I felt worthy of marking. If you can understand what is going on, great. If not, that's okay too. These were just little snippets of the book that captured some of the mood.
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Sep 28, Writing. In the county where I grew up, in , a substitute teacher was arrested for having sex with multiple male students. As the story played out, we learned that she was basically conducting orgies at her house with and year-old kids. There were photos of her with the newspaper stories, of course, and she was pretty cute. What the hell was going on with these women? What were they thinking?
How It Happened: Boy Toy
When Josh was a 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. Carefully crafting a narrative structure, Lyga flashes between that traumatic time and the present, when Josh, now a senior at the school where The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl took place , learns that Eve is being paroled. Even his inevitable face-off with Eve proves a revelation. Readers may find the ending too neat, given the extent of Josh's problems, but in their richness and credibility the cast—Eve included—surpasses that of the much-admired Fanboy. Ages up. During the Covid crisis, Publishers Weekly is providing free digital access to our magazine, archive, and website.