Bang by Barry Lyga
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on April 18th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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A chunk of old memory, adrift in a pool of blood.
Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one–not even Sebastian himself–can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father’s gun.
Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend–Aneesa–to distract him from his darkest thoughts. But even this relationship cannot blunt the pain of his past. Because Sebastian knows exactly how to rectify his childhood crime and sanctify his past.
It took a gun to get him into this.
Now he needs a gun to get out.
** Received an ARC from Hachette Book Group Canada for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **
My sister is in the memory hole.
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Bang by Barry Lyga is a contemporary YA about a boy who shot and killed his baby sister by accident when he was just 4 years old. Now as a teenager, he still carries around the guilt of it all every time he looks at his broken parents, his friends and teachers, and even the new girl who moves into his neighborhood.
Amazing Character Growth
Sebastian is a damaged young man throughout Bang. His whole life is plagued by the mistake he made when he was just a little boy. He can’t seem to shake the eyes and looks he gets from his classmates, parents, and other adults. He is at the lowest point in his life and his only friend is going away for the summer.
Then comes along Aneesa, the new girl in the neighborhood. She shows him a different side of friendship; a regular one. She doesn’t know who he is and what he did all those years ago. She shows him the bright side of life and gives him reasons to smile everyday when he wakes up.
Lyga took his time showing the different sides of Sebastian and as a reader I really appreciated it. We get to see some amazing character growth from him which was enjoyable.
There were many scenes that hit the feels in Bang. A lot of them occur near the end of the novel when he confronts his parents. They were remarkably passionate and emotionally weighty. These types of conversations could only happen with beautiful writing, and that’s exactly what we get from Lyga.
Lyga was able to evoke the right amount of angst, emotion, and passion through his writing. If this is how he usually writes, then I look forward to reading more from him in the future!
Fun Plot Fillers
Aside from the main plot line about Sebastian dealing with the horrible act that took his baby sister’s life when he was just 4 years old, there are also some fun plot fillers in the book designed to lighten the mood and show him a reason to live. When he meets the new girl that moves into his neighborhood, they decided to start a YouTube channel where Sebastian makes pizza from scratch and Aneesa makes the commentary!
They get pretty into it and also reveals a lot of things that I didn’t know about the schematics of YouTube that I never knew before. It was one of my favorite aspects of the story. Lyga must have done some extensive research into the topic!
No Character Connection
Besides Sebastian, there was no other character that I was able to connect with or care for. I guess it’s good that he was the main protagonist, but I just wish I got as much emotion as I got from Sebastian with other characters in Bang.
I highly recommend this one if you like stories with emotion, heartbreak, and living through a tragedy. Let me know what you guys thought of Bang by Barry Lyga! I would love to hear your opinions as well!
Until next time,
Barry Lyga is a recovering comic book geek. According to Kirkus, he’s also a “YA rebel-author.” Somehow, the two just don’t seem to go together to him.
When he was a kid, everyone told him that comic books were garbage and would rot his brain, but he had the last laugh. Raised on a steady diet of comics, he worked in the comic book industry for ten years, but now writes full-time because, well, wouldn’t you?
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl is his first novel. Unsoul’d is his latest. There are a whole bunch in between, featuring everything from the aftermath of child abuse to pre-teens with superpowers to serial killers. He clearly does not know how to stick to one subject