Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
Release Date: October 3, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
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!~
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