ARC Review: Teen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo

Teen Titans: Beast BoyTeen Titans: Beast Boy by Kami Garcia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

Warnings: body image issues, animal testing, kill shelters

Beast Boy is a favorite from Teen Titans so I was quite excited for this one! In Teen Titans: Beast Boy, we get the origin story for Gar (much like the first one did for Raven), and he is a high school senior for whom puberty hasn’t arrived completely – he looks younger than his age, and he has been working hard to gain weight/build muscles, to no avail. He wants to be cool and popular, and kiss a particular girl in his class, and his body image issues aren’t helping. He figures out that the amino acid supplements his parents have insisted him on taking must be messing with his pituitary gland, so he stops taking them. And later, inspired by a YouTuber who does pranks and dares, he decides to do a dare where he eats a really hot chilli, but instead of burning up, his body adjusts to take the damage. Slowly, he comes to realize that his body’s changes and adjustments might be because of something else. There’s a subplot about a university’s animal testing center and him trying to do what he can to save animals, thus ending up with a monkey and a python as pets. And there’s also possible danger lurking for him in the form of a guy who promises him answers and who his parents are wary of. As an origin story, it works quite well and I am eager to see what comes next. The artwork is the same as Teen Titans: Raven, and I have already expressed my thoughts on the style – I wasn’t happy with the coloring style, but the character design is quite cool.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from DC Comics, via Edelweiss.

Previous book in the Teen Titans series

Teen Titans: Raven

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Buy links

The Book Depository | Wordery

Released on September 1, 2020

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