Title: Goth Girl Rising
By: Barry Lyga
Reading Level: Young Adult
Time is a funny thing in the hospital. In the mental ward. You lose track of it easily.
After six months in the Maryland Mental Health Unit, Kyra Sellers, a.k.a. Goth Girl, is going home. Unfortunately, she’s about to find out that while she was away, she lost track of more than time. Things seem normal at first. Roger’s his typical, pain-in-the-ass fatherly self. Jecca and Simone and the rest of the goth crowd still do their thing. And Kyra is back in black, feeling good, and ready to make up with the only person who’s ever appreciated her for who she really is. But then she sees him. Fanboy. Transcended from everything he was into someone she barely recognizes. And the anger and memories come rushing back. Fanboy. The Spermling. Miss Powell. Roger. Her mother. There’s so much to do to people when you’re angry. Kyra’s about to get very busy.
My Review: This is the story of a very confused and sick young girl. After the lose of her mother she is quite distraught with the path her life is taking. After having been admitted to a psychiatric hospital she is returning home to start over. Only what she encounters is a life that continued without her, and the plans that Kyra had made to start over are not playing out as she had planned. Kyra is a young girl that is mad at the world for what her life has become, and it takes so difficult and terrifying steps for her to overcome the slump she is living in. I did not relate while reading this book in any shape or form. It terrifies me to think that young people can be lost in their own minds as Kyra was in this particular book. Goth Girl Rising did not begin with a Once Upon a time, and certainly was not concluded with a Happily Ever After but I was comfortable with the outlook of a brighter future in the end. This was not the best book I have read, but surely not a waste of time I would say you need to take a look for yourself.