Title: Man Made Boy
Author: Jon Skovron
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication Date: October 3, 2013
Format: Audiobook, 368 Pages (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0670786209 (Penguin Teens)
ISBN-13: 9780670786206 (Penguin Teens)
Reviewed by: Karson
Love can be a real monster.
Sixteen-year-old Boy’s never left home. When you’re the son of Frankenstein’s monster and the Bride, it’s tough to go out in public, unless you want to draw the attention of a torch-wielding mob. And since Boy and his family live in a secret enclave of monsters hidden under Times Square, it’s important they maintain a low profile.
Boy’s only interactions with the world are through the Internet, where he’s a hacker extraordinaire who can hide his hulking body and stitched-together face behind a layer of code. When conflict erupts at home, Boy runs away and embarks on a cross-country road trip with the granddaughters of Jekyll and Hyde, who introduce him to malls and diners, love and heartbreak. But no matter how far Boy runs, he can’t escape his demons—both literal and figurative—until he faces his family once more.
This hilarious, romantic, and wildly imaginative tale redefines what it means to be a monster—and a man.
Quick & Dirty: Interesting setup with some humor, but overall the vulgar language and poor transitions made this just an ok read.
Opening Sentence: In the beginning, there was zero.
Boy, the son of one of the most famous monsters of all time. Boy, the kid who has grown up hiding with all other outcasts. Boy, the computer whiz able to create, hack, and code with ease. This is a boy, whose name is Boy, whose birthday brings new challenges and a chance to live a life outside this captive prison where he has grown up.
He is being forced by his father to move to Europe to go to school and return to his father’s old painful roots. He rejects this, and runs away. The life outside is one he was getting a hang of, even if he looks like the ugliest human ever. He has a job and a place to live, which he is happy about. That’s when things go from ok to horrible. As he ventures into the world he meets many new people including a couple different girls that teach him about love and heartbreak. He also has made a lot of mistakes on his journey of self discovery and if he wants to right the wrongs he has committed he will have to face his dysfunctional family once more.
I look on the back of the book and see age 12 and up. I’m sorry but with the vast amount of strong profanity, I’m having a hard time seeing this appropriate for teenagers. Maybe Jon Skovron has a potty mouth, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of us want to read it. It destroyed the book for me. Just because the characters are teenagers, doesn’t make it appropriate for young adults. I cringed anytime the characters were arguing or mad, waiting for strong “F” words to show, and I was hardly ever wrong. Also, I listened to the audio book of this, so having to hear all the profanity made it even worse.
I liked the plot, it was interesting, although the transition from the first girlfriend to the second girlfriend seemed poor. Half the book is one story and then is sharply put on hold. The second part quickly begins with new characters and a different setting, which I really didn’t like. I felt like I was just getting into the story when all the sudden everything changes and that made me feel a huge disconnect with the story. There were parts that were funny and I liked the characters for the most part. But due to the profanity and the poor transition between the parts of the book, I would have to say that this was just an ok read for me.
“Where are you off to so suddenly?” asked Laurellan
“Hot date?” asked Mozart.
“Oh, uh…” Sometimes I wish I was quicker at responding. “Not really.” And better at lying.
The two of them grinned at each other.
“An almost date?”
FTC Advisory: Viking Penguin provided me with a copy of Man Made Boy. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.