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More Boy Toy Reviews

Kirkus and Booklist have weighed in on Boy Toy, each in their September 1, 2007 editions, with Kirkus giving the book a starred review.

You can check them out on the Boy Toy review page. Here are a couple of excerpts:

  • Kirkus: “…a tightly paced narrative that explores psychological turmoil without resorting to either clinical terminology or oversimplification. Authentic and fresh….”
  • Booklist: “Teens, who think they know so much about sexuality, may see the subject in a new way here.”

Cat Endorses Fanboy

“Tastes better than tuna and has more fiber than catnip,” says ferocious feline…

Cat eating Fanboy

MySpace Books Features Boy Toy

It’s one of those “good news/bad news” situations.

The good news is this: the MySpace Books page is featuring Boy Toy, with a review that reads (in part), “Like Laurie Halse Andersen’s Speak and Sarah Dessen’s Just Listen, two young-adult classics, this is a thoughtful, readable novel about overcoming trauma and its attendant social alienation by learning to talk about an unspeakable act of betrayal and abuse.”

The bad news is that therer are people commenting on the review and it’s MySpace, so it’s like the Wild West. For the most part, it’s folks who haven’t read the book, just jumping in on the basis of the review and saying snotty stuff.

Now let’s get something straight: I don’t mind people saying negative things about my work…as long as they’ve actually read it!

If they haven’t read it… Well, I don’t understand why they would say anything in the first place.

Oh, well. The review itself isn’t bad. If you’ve read read Boy Toy and you’re on MySpace, cruise on over to the review and post your thoughts — good or bad.

Two More Books

It looks like the news has hit Publishers Lunch and Publishers Weekly, so I guess it’s cool to talk about it: Yes, I’ve got a second book deal.

Like the first one, this deal is with Houghton Mifflin (yay!) and it’s for two books. The first of these is Hero-Type. You can find a quick description of it here. The description in PW is…true. But not complete. That’s not all the book is about, though it’s the catalyst for everything that happens.

Hero-Type is a nerve-wracking book for me. It’s a different sort of writing. I mean, don’t get me wrong — it’s still got the hallmarks of the first two books: The small town setting (yes, it’s in Brookdale…and yes, there are references to the first two books), the first-person narration, the present tense.

But the main character — a kid named Kross — is very different from Fanboy and Josh, both of whom were extraordinarily brilliant in their own distinct ways. Kross is a lot less polished than those guys. His diction is different. He lacks the practical and emotional vocabularies that Fanboy and Josh could rely on.

So the book felt very different in the writing. And while it’s clearly written by the same guy, it’s a very different beast that the first two. I didn’t want to just look at Boy Toy and say, “Hmm. Well, that worked, so I’ll do another one just like it.” I wanted to try something a little bit different.

You can look forward to Hero-Type in Fall 2008. Just in time for the election. Ah, delicious… 🙂

As to the second book? Not ready to talk about it yet. But when I am, y’all will be the first to know.

Some More Boy Toy Reactions…

Thanks to Gretchen at Sellers Library, I’ve got some more teen reactions to Boy ToyCheck ’em out.