Bang (Hardcover)

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A child shoots a child. His baby sister. What does that do to him? This is the topic Barry Lyga tackles in his new novel BANG. Considering the important topics addressed, there is nothing political about this book. It is pure emotion and the characters are fully developed and completely lovable. And the PIZZA, so much pizza. Lyga gets into the mind of this young man and helps us to understand him and the people around him. A fantastic read.

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At age four, Sebastian Cody accidentally shot his baby sister. Ten years later, this single moment has defined Sebastian’s whole life. He has one friend, people in town are afraid of him, he hates his father, and his mother barely looks at him, and all of this has left him with one conclusion: what broke his family to begin with, might also be the thing that fixes it. This book has so many layers to it. It’s a story about tragedy and heartbreak, but at heart if this book is also a deep friendship between Sebastian and Aneesa, a YouTube cooking channel, and a love of pizza.  This book will make you laugh, cry, and leave you ravenous. ~Liz
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"Fans of 13 Reasons Why will find a lot to like in Lyga's latest." --Entertainment Weekly
This is Where it Ends, Hate List, and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock readers will appreciate this heartbreaking novel about living with your worst mistake, from New York Times bestselling author Barry Lyga.
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.
Unflinching and honest, Bang is the story of one boy and one moment in time that cannot be reclaimed, as true and as relevant as tomorrow's headlines.

About the Author

Barry Lyga is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, including Bang, After the Red Rain, the I Hunt Killers trilogy, and his debut, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. Barry lives and writes in New Jersey, and invites you to visit his website at
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316315500
ISBN-10: 0316315508
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 18th, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English