Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo
Garfield Logan has spent his entire life being overlooked. Even in a small town like Eden, Georgia, the 17-year-old with green streaks in his hair can’t find a way to stand out–and the clock is ticking. Senior year is almost over. If Gar doesn’t find a way to impress the Chosen Ones–the social elite at Bull Creek High School–he will never know what it’s like to matter. Gar’s best friends, Stella and Tank, don’t understand why he cares what other people think. They miss their funny, pizza-loving, video game-obsessed best friend.
Then Gar accepts a wild dare out of the blue. It impresses the Chosen Ones and his social status soars. But other things are changing, too. Gar grows six inches overnight. His voice drops and, suddenly, he’s stronger and faster. He’s finally getting everything he wanted, but his newfound popularity comes at a price. Gar has to work harder to impress his new friends. The dares keep getting bigger and the stakes keep getting higher.
When Gar realizes the extent of his physical changes, he has to dig deep and face the truth about himself–and the people who truly matter–before his life spirals out of control.
Expected publication: September 1st 2020 by DC Ink
Thank you to DC for letting me read this early for review.
I like Kami Garcia’s writing, so I knew I had to read this one as soon as I was asked. I have to say that the art is great, too. I’m pretty picky with graphic novels and the art can make or break it for me. This was done in a style that I like.
Gar is small for his age and can’t figure out why he won’t grow or gain weight. He made a bucket list for senior year, which is almost over, and he didn’t do anything on it. His main goal after gaining weight/muscle is to kiss Alana Simone, a really popular girl at school. Gar hangs out with his best friends, Stella and Tank. Gar’s parents give him supplements to take daily for his amino acid deficiency. When he stops taking them, things start to change right away. He eats a hot pepper and grew overnight. Then weird things start happening to him. Animals that usually hate people love him. He can see at night. And then his body starts changing. When people called him a beast for eating the pepper, he didn’t realize he would actually become a beast boy. Gar’s parents tell him a little, but he has to go find answers somewhere else.
There are just a couple warnings for the book. Stella works at a shelter and there is talk about putting dogs to sleep. There is a lab that experiments on animals. And Tank finds out he’s dyslexic after struggling to read his whole life. They mention PETA (please read up on what they really are and donate to your local animal shelters instead). There are popular kids at school that are asses at times. And there are a lot of pranks throughout the book.
I gave this 4 stars and will definitely read the next one.
Thank you again to DC for my review copy.
Have you read Beast Boy? Is it on your TBR?