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More Than A Kelly Clarkson Song

Stronger by Michael Carroll took the Kelly Clarkson song ‘Stronger’ to the next level. Stronger has as much action as in a comicbook, and as much emotion as pages can handle. Written four years ago, Carroll links his two series together The New Heroes and Superhuman in a excellent tie-in. The protagonist, Brawn, is a thirteen foot tall, blue hairless monster, or so everyone thinks.

 

Flipping between two elegantly constructed and heart wrenching storylines, the readers are in Brawn’s mind at pivotal years of his life. Starting when Brawn is twelve years old, scared and imprisoned; betrayal closing in on him more than the walls. In the other timeline where all superpowers are eliminated, Brawn is protecting his fellow inmates in a mining prison. Brawn spends most of his excuse for a life in prison because the world cannot accept him or he is on the run from those who wish to use him for their own cause.

 

From  the many novels that I have held close to my heart, I have never read a masterpiece this agonizingly beautiful. My heart was broken and mended in the characters and in the writing style Carroll artfully creates. Carroll’s use of writing devices and plot twists put any other storyteller to shame, making him my favorite author. I trust Brawn in a deeper and more intimate way than I have with any other character before. Stronger is more than just exercise of imagination, but a true test of what the human spirit is capable of, even if it takes a superhuman to realize that.

 

If giant blue anti-heroes and mis-judged evil masterminds are not your forte, then read it for a crushing example of human nature. Though this book might seem like it is written for young adults; however, anyone with a heart should read it. Carroll took me into a new universe that I do not want to live in, but visit occasionally. I met new friends that intrigued me as well causing me cower, making Stronger my favorite novel of all time.

 

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My Fangirl Opinion of Astonishing Adventures

“I think fiercely, concentrating, imagining concentric circles of telepathy emanating from my forehead like an old drawing of Professor X. But if Cal’s picking up on my vice, he doesn’t show it. I’ve gone and lost my best friend in the world.”

 

If you love comic books of any kind, read this book. If you are tired of stereotypical characters, plots, writing style and endings; read The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl written by Barry Lyga.

 

The plot of Lyga’s book is something like everyday life. The main character, who is referred to as Fanboy is fifteen and he lives with his pregnant mom and stepdad. Cal, Fanboy’s only friend secretly loves comic books but appears to everyone else as a sports jock. Fanboy is writing his own graphic novel, that has a unique storyline and the non stereotypical characters. When Fanboy is getting beat up during Gym class, someone is watching and is takes pictures; eventually the two meet up and go on many astonishing adventures. For example, they meet my favorite comic book writer: Benis.

 

Some of the amazing qualities I love about my new favorite book is the ambiguity of never learning the protagonist’s name. Also, there is a whole page with no punctuation except quotation marks. Surprisingly, the book does not end with a happy ending.


There is unexpected twist and turns that every teen know, but even more so every geek knows. Fanboy’s challenges and emotions are real and raw, leaving you – the reader – feeling even more so.