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:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
Jon Skovron has been an actor, musician, lifeguard, Broadway theater ticket seller, warehouse grunt, technical writer, and web developer. He has nine fingers, dislikes sweets, and possesses a number of charming flaws. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, and after traveling around a while, he has settled, somewhat haphazardly, in the Washington, D.C., area, where he and his two sons can regularly be seen not fitting into the general Government scene. Visit him at jonskovron.com.
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Maybe it was the darkness or the vortexes or the magic flute player, but I just said it.
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What People are Saying About This
Praise for MAN MADE BOY by Jon Skovron:
“Man Made Boy is monstrously fun. Skovron weaves all things creepy and strange into a tale that is heartwarming, hilarious, and full of memorable characters. You won't be able to put this one down!” —John Corey Whaley, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for Where Things Come Back
“A remarkable mash-up of Old World myth and post-modern techno-geek, Man Made Boy is one of the most original and compelling tales I’ve encountered. Evocative and utterly engrossing, Skovron has mastered the beauty, tragedy, and hilarity of the fine line between monsters and men. Read this book and marvel at his creation.” —Andrea Cremer, bestselling author of the Nightshade series
“This book has heart, brains, and everything else a book (or a monster or a reader) needs. Love monsters? If you do, Jon Skovron’s Man Made Boy is for you. If you don’t, why not?” —Kelly Link, award-winning author of Magic for Beginners
"A comically creepy coming-of-age road trip..." —Kirkus
"...a clever reimagining of Shelley’s Frankenstein..." —Booklist
" [a] tumultuous tale of attachment and growth..." —Publishers Weekly
"Boy is a guy to whom plenty of teens will relate, and they’ll be pleased to discover that the big wide world has a place for just about everyone and every monster." —BCCB
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jon Skovron's re-imagining of the Frankenstein story is a coming of age tale that adults and teens alike will love. Man Made Boy features other paranormal characters, as well as, seventeen year old Boy. The granddaughters of Jekyll and Hyde and a few other monsters of note appear in this well crafted novel about one monster who is trying find his place in the world. Skovron's voice is poignant and full of teenage angst in this book and his ability to bring a new face to old story is amazing. Readers who like a good monster tale should not miss this one! I have always been a fan of classic literature and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is one of my favorites. I loved the fact that Jon Skovron decided to put a modern spin on Shelley's masterpiece. Skovron is obviously very clever. I enjoyed his depiction of the underground monster community and the son and the monster and the bride. This book gives a nod to so many different genres, it is somewhat hard to classify. But in the end it is a young adult novel about a Boy's struggle to fit in, and similarities between monsters and men. Boy was such an amazing character. Skovron has a real knack for getting into the head of a teenager. Boy is just like every other teen out there. He is clumsy and certainly doesn't look like everybody else with his stitches and large body. He doesn't have any interaction with the real world except behind the computer screen, where he can be anyone he wants to be. He has a crush on a girl who may or may not like him back. He wants to go into the world and see what's out there. Skovron does a masterful job of describing Boy's emotions and feelings and how he manages to make a place for himself. I loved the growth and character development that went into this one. Half way through the book we meet the grand-daughters of the infamous Jekyll and Hyde. Claire and Sophie were my favorite supporting characters and I would have loved to learn more about them. The fact that both girls inhabit one body was interesting enough to be a novel all on it's own. I loved the fact that Boy develops feelings for both girls. A match made in heaven! His interactions with them and the Trowe girl were typical teenage romance and that was nice to see. The author didn't make his characters too mature or too focused on things that teens wouldn't care about. He stayed true to the teenage temperament and ideas and really made it work in this one. There were a lot of different characters mentioned throughout the book, that I found myself wanting to know more about. I felt like Skovron had so much to work with here, that it would have been nice to slow the pace down a little bit and give readers more insight into some of the other monsters. It seemed a little rushed in places and I just wanted to know more. I will be interested to see what happens to Boy as he goes to college and hope that Skovron re-introduces some of the other interesting creatures who were mentioned in this one. This is a very good YA novel that will appeal to adults as well. Readers of the classics will find it interesting and definitely worth their time. Paranormal fans will love it. It's not a fairy tale re-imaging like those that have become so popular of late, but a monster mash. I enjoyed it a lot and am looking forward to a sequel.
I might be a terrible paranormal reader. I have never read/watched anything about Frankenstein and his monster he created. I honestly had no idea how the original story went. This version however, I really liked! I liked that it was about the Monster's son Boy. His Mom, Bride, also made an appearance. Boy does not have a normal life. He lives with his parents at The Show. Where a lot of other creatures live. He does not venture out to the human world. Life at The Show isn't all its cracked up to be. Boy has the urge to go out into the world and see what it's like. He can almost pass for human right? He is a computer hacker who has a lot of interaction with other people on the computer but, not really in real life. He has even created something, a virus if you will. He has a crush on a Trowe girl, jut like your average teen boy. He chance to leave finally comes and he takes it. He likes his first trip out. After an argument at home he decides to run away and live among the humans. Will Boy survive in the real world? Will it be everything he imagined? Can he live as a human? Boy is a very interesting character. He is a teenage boy who is trying to be good at something, he has a crush, and he's trying to make his way in world he doesn't know much about. He is basically your average teen guy except he's kind of a robot human with skin sutured on him. So apart from that. As he quickly learns it is not that easy to live in New York with out any identification. After some unfortunate events he ends up being rescued by a were wolf from his crazy Trowe girlfriend and his creation. This is where he meets Jekyll and Hyde's relative. A girl, Claire and Sophie. He goes on a road trip with them to another group of creatures to try to find safety from his creature and their brothers. It is a crazy ride. Will they survive each other and the other creatures they encounter? I loved Claire and Sophie. They were were great! I can't imagine sharing a body like that. Boy quickly develops feelings for both girls. Which, actually works out pretty well if you ask me. They are all kind of perfect for each other. It will be interesting to see where their relationship goes. Especially with how it ended. In the end, this is a coming of age story for Boy. He learns the importance of family and friends. That you will do anything for them. It should be interesting to see how things go with Boy going to college! It was a fun read. So full of action and different creatures. I really liked it! I will be looking forward to the next installment.
It's stuff being the son of the Monster of Frankenstein and the Bride. He's not magical enough. If anything, Boy just wants to go outside. He wants to explore outside the Broadway show they work in. Lucky for him, he's a hacking genius. He'll think of something. This was my Halloween read. Ever since I read the book description, I thought it will be a giod read. Reality is, it was so dragging. It felt mundane reading it. I didn't mind the beginning but the exposition part of the story felt as if it was not needed at all. The part when Boy meets Adam Iron and so on was the start of the interesting parts. After that, i was enjoying the book immensely. I love the lessons one can learn in the book. It's like you're realizing stuff for yourself. This has such a unique love story though. I have my ship in the book, so I'm hoping my team wins. Lol! But I think it seems the fell in love too fast. Overall, good book. Definitely reading the next one!
I read the second one and look forward to reading this one
The premise of this book is genius - creative, intriguing, and just plain cool. Unfortunately, the execution didn't quite live up to my expectations. My theory is that Jon Skovron loved this book/premise so much that he added in every possible detail he could imagine until there were so many that the text became garbled with nonsense. This would have been a great story with more judicious editing. One element of the text that was actually more interesting than I expected was the computer programming component. Several sections of text were written as an IRC chat and Boy ends up writing a program that profoundly changes his life. This science-fiction aspect of the text felt really modern and was written clearly enough that even non-programmers will be able to keep up. While the novel was adventurous and creative enough to keep my interest all the way to the end, there were 2 main things that bugged me - 1. The supporting cast of mythical creatures was so huge and diverse that it was almost ridiculous. Boy has encounters with trolls, werewolves, the Invisible Man, Medussa, satyrs, the Sphynx, Kokopelli, a griffin, goblins, chupacabra, harpies, etc, etc, etc. The list is seriously ridiculous. And 90% of these creatures play absolutely no role in the story. They are basically background elements. This story would have been tighter if Skovron had limited his world to a handful of creatures. 2. The other irritating thing was that Boy found the "love of his life" three times in this book. Did I mention that he's only sixteen. And that the entire novel covers maybe 3 months. Sure these romances played a role in Boy's development as a character, but it was just a little bit much. When there is that much "true love" in 350 pages it's hard to take any of it seriously.. Overall, Man Made Boy was an intriguing read. The plot was interesting and peppered with danger and action. Unfortunately it is marred by some strange decisions by the author that made the story more campy and really messed with the overall tone.