By: Melanie | October 30, 2013 | (30) Comments

Review: Man Made Boy by Jon SkovronMan Made Boy by Jon Skovron
Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
Release Date: October 3, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Pages: 368
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.

Man Made Boy is many things and genres. A retelling, fantasy, romance, humorous and contemporary. However behind all this, Man Made Boy is a coming of age novel. Highly entertaining and relatable, Jon Skovron weaves a story suitable for all ages. While I would say more boys would love this, I still think anyone could fall in love.

Boy (yes, that’s his name) has never set foot outside the house. Living under a monster sanctuary in the theatre, Boy, a monster (son of Frankenstein’s creation) grows up around mythological creatures that include Greek Mythology and other well-known monsters from beloved stories like trolls and vampires. The reason behind why he has never left is because it’s kind of hard to leave if you’re bulky and have stitches running across your face. So instead, Boy stays hidden and soon begins to make friends with people online where he can hide his true identity and develops a crush on a troll. What I loved most about Man Made Boy was the inclusion of all these types of creatures from different religions and novels. We have Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein, Greek Mythology, and much more all bound as one. This made this book so much fun to read because I have not only never read a book like this one as such but the way the large quantity of characters juggled was done professionally.

Jon Skovron’s latest was a likable book for me specifically because of the main character, Boy. He acts like an average teenage boy facing the same problems like anyone other boy would. I have not read too many contemporary-like novels with male leads however despite my lack of history with this; I still felt that Boy’s personality was constructed spot on. He felt genuine and his problems I imagine will be exceptionally relatable to everyone. Even though there are several paranormal elements in Man Made Boy, the main topic Jon Skovron rotates around is theme of coming of age. Boy’s journey in the outside world involves topics such as love, self-image, independence, and more importantly; running away from your fears. Running away is being weak, you must stand and confront your fears and always finish what you start. I loved these themes that rose throughout this book.

Man Made Boy is one of those perfect novels for lazy days but not too fluffy and light-hearted. This book touches on some tough topics that most teens are facing nowadays, and even provides an absorbing story line at the same time.

~Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia for sending me this copy!~

3 Stars
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Melanie

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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30 Responses to Review: Man Made Boy by Jon Skovron

  1. Tanja says:

    His name is Boy really? Now that for sure unusual and here I though nothing will beat Kindle. 😀 Anyhow I have seen this one around and it sounds really different and unusual. It sounds like a mix of unusual things which I tend to enjoy. Great review Mel :))
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  2. I don’t know. it sounds okay but nothing special enough for me I think. I have seen this around though so it does seem to be gaining popularity.
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  3. Great review Mel, kind of sounds like Frankenstein. Not sure I could get over having a name like Boy though!

  4. This sounds really interesting. I like that Boy is actually an average teenage boy. I always enjoy coming-of-age and growing up stories, so I might have to give this one a shot. Lovely review, Melanie! 🙂
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  5. I love that it sounds like this one has a great balance. Sometimes you really just need a book like this as a palette cleanser, right? Great review, Melanie! 🙂

  6. Annie says:

    Man Made Boy sounds fun. I don’t know why, but I’m surprised that this one is more of a ‘boy’ book – I know the writer is male and the protagonist, but when I saw the word ‘romance’ I guess a switch flipped in my head. I shall look out for this one; I really want to meet the granddaughters! 🙂
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  7. This sounds so great. I love how realistic Boy is, and how is troubles are ones other teenagers will relate to strongly. Great review, sweets! (And please ignore my GW entries… I entered by mistake. I’m not in AUS. 0_0 Oppsie!)
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  8. Celine says:

    It seems pretty fun, but I don’t know if it’s for me… Though that could be my reading slump speaking. I do think it’s really nice that you can hold a giveaway for it, even if I don’t live in Australia 🙂
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  9. Lexa Cain says:

    This sounds adorable! It makes me think that Jon really loves monsters, both classic and modern, and is writing something for fans who love them, too. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the great review!
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  10. I’ve come across a few interesting male protagonists in YA and I’m always ready to meet more I had no idea this was a character based novel, it just doesn’t look like one. But I’m glad and I can’t wait to read it.
    Lovely review, Melanie.
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  11. Oh thank you, I rated this similar although you scored it a tad higher, for me it felt more MG, but I also felt the target audience was young adolescent boys! So happy to see a review that has a similar perspective..I worried it was my age..hehehe!
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  12. I think I tend to notice plot and character issues the most above all other elements of a book, so I’m really glad that Boy was a relatable and realistic teenage boy. I hate it when any given voice ends up being nothing like what you expect it to be and it just ruins your entire groove for the book. I’m happy that you ended up liking this one, Melanie. The incorporation of all the supernatural elements actually sounds fantastic.

    Fantastic review!
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  13. I’ve been hearing similar thoughts about this one; where it’s fun, but not the best novel plot-wise. I’m glad you found it fairly enjoyable though.
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  14. Eugenia says:

    This kind of reminds me in a slight way of Warm Bodies. It also definitely comes across with a ‘Frankenstein’ vibe but with the fact that the boy experiences the same issues as other teens his age makes it different. Great review and I think this would be a really interesting book to read.

  15. Candace says:

    I’ve read a few reviews of this and am not really feeling an urge to read it. I just think it’s probably not my kind of book. I’m glad that you managed to enjoy a bit though. It does have a great cover!
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  16. Great review!! I love that this story sounds like it has so many layers. Thank you so much for the giveaway!!
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  17. Angel says:

    This sounds like a fun, interesting read.
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  18. But I’m a bit confused then – you had so many nice things to say – then what didn’t you enjoy that ended up with you being so middle of the road on it star rating wise?
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  19. I love that this book incorporates more monsters :D!
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  20. Rachel says:

    Sounds like a fun take on the Frankenstein tale. Great review, Melanie! 🙂
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  21. Henrietta says:

    This sounds like a fun-read with a great message! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. 🙂
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  22. Sounds really quirky, it would have to be if your name is simply Boy. There are some great male perspective books being released nowdays, this sounds like one of them. Great review. Will be adding this one.
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  23. Sara says:

    This is definitely a book thats qutie different to the rest. It stands out. But I like books that are different. 🙂

  24. Summer says:

    Whoa, whoa, get out the way with that good inamioftron.

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