Bang by Barry Lyga
3.5 out of 5 stars.
“Harry Potter is the boy who lived, and I’m the boy who killed.”
Goodreads Description: 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.
Bang was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, because you all know by now that Barry Lyga is one of my favorite authors. Sadly, I was a bit underwhelmed with Bang.
I wanted to love this one so badly, but I didn’t. I found it to be a little boring at times. I flew through it in about a day and a half, because the chapters are so short. Some chapters were only a couple sentences long. Although I didn’t love it as much as I hoped I would, I did still like it. I really liked Sebastian and I felt so bad for him, because he was struggling with his guilt from accidentally killing his baby sister. How do you even move past that? I can’t even imagine how hard that must feel even if it was an accident and you didn’t know what you were doing.
“Our lives are the sum of our mistakes as well as our triumphs.”
Aneesa was the perfect distraction for Sebastian and I really enjoyed her character. I really liked her parents too. Sebastian’s parents, not so much. Although Bang was really sad, it did have a lot of fun happy moments. I was rooting for Sebastian. It also had ALL THE PIZZA! Lots of pizza in this book and I mean LOTS! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert. You all know how much I love pizza. If anything, this book gave me a lot of new pizza recipe ideas! 😛 Overall, I thought Bang was a good read even though I didn’t love it as much as I hoped I would. I would still recommend reading this book.
“Each time you start to lose momentum, you look ahead to the next vine. And you jump for it, Sebastian. You don’t think about it; you don’t worry about it. You jump and you trust that you have the strength and the momentum to grasp that next vine.”
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