young adult

boy toy

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Lyga, Barry (2009) Boy Toy Boston: HMH Books for Young Readers

Now eighteen years old and still dealing with the aftermath from his child molestation suit involving his teacher–Eve–five years ago, Josh Mendel spends his senior year of high-school grappling with thoughts that he caused his own molestation. Written in present tense and flashbacks, Boy Toy is a moving piece that presents itself in a most didactic way, teaching young adults that even if their problems are not similar to that of Josh’s, there are other ways to cope with various difficulties. Pushing the limits on the themes of sexual assault, this novel was not written just for shock-value. Books of the past that have skimmed the topic of molestation, have not only been challenged by concerned and outraged member of society, but have been banned from libraries–deemed as “crude” and “vulgar”. However, Boy Toy is a novel so eloquently written, that we find ourselves not only being shown a sexual assault victim who overcomes his past, but we take a journey that results in the main character taking the first step to realizing it was not his fault. With this, Barry Lyga’s Boy Toy is a story that extends young adults understanding of the world, and is not just sensationalism


2 thoughts on “boy toy

  1. I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time, but I have to limit my intake of books with these kinds of themes. I do think it’s important that someone wrote a book about this, because a lot of people don’t think about cases where boys are sexually abused by women or they don’t take it seriously. Great review! 🙂

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    1. Hi Sarah!
      Thanks for commenting! I was given this book as a gift for my birthday years ago and I was really hesitant to read it at first but I’m glad I did. You’re completely right in stating that not many people think about cases of sexual abuse where the male is the victim–and there are even less books written about the subject. Barry Lyga has become one of my favorite authors so I should be doing more reviews on his work soon 🙂

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