Man Made Boy

Man Made Boy

Book - 2013
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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. 

Publisher: New York :, Viking,, ©2013.
ISBN: 9780670786206
Branch Call Number: YA SKO


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Lisa_Marie_C Jun 30, 2016

The son of Frankenstein's monster and bride runs away on a cross-country road trip with the granddaughters of Jekyll and Hyde. Do I really need to say anymore?

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JCLChrisK Mar 31, 2014

This is a layered book that allows readers to decide for themselves what balance of entertainment to allegorical/metaphorical/philosophical insight they want to take from it.
It's a perfectly exciting, often lighthearted adventure story of a young man learning to make his way in the world, hoping to not be a monster to others and deal with the monsters that haunt him--specifically, Boy, the son of Frankenstein's Monster and The Bride, leaves the safe monster* enclave hidden in New York City he's always known, creates strategies to avoid being seen as monstrous, finds love (twice), travels across the country, and runs from and fights hostiles.
But what teen doesn't sometimes feel like a "monster" who fears "the mob" could turn angry and make him/her an outcast? What teen doesn't get tired of being called "Boy" (or "Girl") and want to start over with a new adult name? And, of course, who doesn't wonder why they were created and what purpose or meaning they might find in a universe that all too often feels empty, lonely, and hostile?
The book is saturated with opportunities to identify with and consider thoughts such as these, though it is first, foremost, and above all fun.


*"Monster," in this case, meaning just about anything out of mythology, folklore, and literature from around the world, most often based on magic but not excluding technology and artificial intelligence. The book is crammed full of all manner of creatures and references.

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