Junk Boy

Junk Boy

Bestselling author Tony Abbott’s YA novel-in-verse is an unflinching and heartbreaking look at a boy’s junk-filled life, and the ways he finds redemption and hope, perfect for fans of The Crossover and Long Way Down.

Junk. That’s what the kids at school call Bobby Lang, mostly because his rundown house looks like a junkyard, but also because they want to put him down. Trying desperately to live under the radar at school—and at the home he shares with his angry, neglectful father—Bobby develops a sort of proud loneliness. The only buffer between him and the uncaring world is his love of the long, wooded trail between school and home.

Life grinds along quietly and hopelessly for Bobby until he meets Rachel. Rachel is an artist who sees him in a way no one ever has. Maybe it’s because she has her own kind of junk, and a parent who hates what Rachel is: gay. Together the two embark on journeys to clean up the messes that fill their lives, searching against all odds for hope and redemption.

Narrated in Bobby’s unique voice in arresting free verse, this novel will captivate readers right from its opening lines, urging them on page after page, all the way to its explosive conclusion.

Title:Junk Boy
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062491251
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    Junk Boy Reviews

  • Claude's Bookzone

    CW: (view spoiler)[homophobia, domestic abuse, alcoholism, child neglect, depression, dealing with grief, death of mother, emotional abuse of child, on page suicide attempt (hide spoiler)]Well this wa...

  • Nev

    2.5 - I feel like novels in verse need to have writing that is so powerful and beautiful to make up for the smaller word count. It’s harder to get the same amount of character or plot development be...

  • destiny ??? [howling libraries]

    This one wasn't the right fit for me, and since I've been struggling with such a bad reading slump this year, I'm allowing myself to DNF books when I don't feel compelled to continue them. That said, ...

  • Nancy

    Bobby Lang lives on the edge of town in a dilapidated house with his father, who is disabled and continuously drunk. The kids at school call Bobby Junk, a cruel reminder of the junk-filled property he...

  • Lesley

    Junk Boy introduces reads to two outliers, two dysfunctional families, two stories which become intertwined.“there is no putting a tree back up after it’s broken and fallen in a stormmaybe with us...

  • Steff Fox

    | Read on Reader Fox | "The windows of a camper junked in my yard..."It's kind of a fascinating experience to read a book for teens by Tony Abbott, once a prominent figure in my reading life at se...

  • Grace W

    (c/p from my review on TheStoryGraph) So. Here's the thing. I just don't entirely Get the point of view of the main character. Like, I understand some of his motivation and I get a lot of what the sto...

  • Richie Partington

    Richie’s Pick: JUNK BOY by Tony Abbott, HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, October 2020, 368p., ISBN: 978-0-06-249125-1“As I walk this land of broken dreamsI have visions of many thingsBut happiness i...

  • Kimberley

    A story about a young boy's journey from "junk" to unrealized potential. Bobby isn't thought much of by his peers. He lives in, what looks to be, a junkyard and, as such is picked on and called "junk"...

  • Oona

    I received an advanced reader copy of this book, which I believe would be an ideal whole class novel in the English Language Arts classroom, perhaps best followed by book clubs with other novels in ve...