Review: Man Made Boy

Oct •  27 •  2013

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Review: Man Made BoyMan Made Boy by Jon Skovron
Published by Viking Juvenile on Ocotber 3, 2013
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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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 emons—both literal and figurative—until he faces his family once more.

 I have heard good things about this author but never have I taken the leap and read any of his works. Until now!!! I have to say that I love when authors take a literary classic or a modern fairytale and place it in modern times. However, I am also curious to see how they change it. I worry sometimes that the author might go away from the original and thus losing its background, but for Mr. Jon, that was the last thing I was worrying about. I fell in love with hearing familiar names and hearing a new story emerge.

We were introduced to new characters of different sorts and they each brought their own little something to the story. The main character, Boy, is a character that I loved. I feel bad that his parents named him that but as the story came to an end, the name had grown on me. Vi has to be one of the coolest enemies that a story with technology could have. Being able to control people and make an army is a power I would love to have *evil laugh* Just kidding. I probably would not know what to do with an army like that.

The Romance in this book is weird in the beginning and thank goodness Boy and the trowe went different directions. I would have been seriously upset at the author if these two ended up together. I feel that Boy and Claire and Sophie (once you read the book you will understand) understand each other and are able to look past the backgrounds inside of themselves and truly love each other for who they are on the inside and not the outside.

Mr. Skovron is a talented author that has a turned a well-known classic Literature into a modernized masterpiece. I am glad that I chose this book to read for this author, and I know that I will be keeping my eyes peeled for any other books from him as well. If you want a book that will bring you a paranormal twist with a hint of techy words, Man Made Boy will surely show you the difference from being a man and a monster.

I give it 4 bites!





  1. Braiden @ Book Probe
    Oct 27, 2013

    I’m currently reading this and hope to have a review up tomorrow or Tuesday. I think this is one that you have to suspend your belief A LOT to really enjoy it and read it as though it’s like any other contemporary just with some monsters and magic.

    I’ve read Jon’s Misfit – which I somewhat enjoyed – but Man Made Boy is, I believe, more Jon’s style that he should write more of.

    Nice review.

  2. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Oct 28, 2013

    This book looks really interesting and I’m excited to read it after meeting the author at ATBF.

  3. Great review, Chayse! I really liked the sound of this book when I first came across it on Goodreads but was a bit skeptical. Sounds like it turned out great!