Monday, August 13, 2012
The Boy Recession by Flynn Meaney
Where have all the boys gone?
Down-to-earth Kelly is always the friend and never the girlfriend. But as her junior year of high school starts, Kelly is determined to finally reveal her true feelings for her long-time crush and good friend Hunter - that is, until the Boy Recession hits.
Over the past summer, an overwhelming number of male students have left Kelly and Hunter's small high school class. Some were sent to private school and others moved away. Whatever the case, the sudden population shift has left the already small Julius P. Heil High in desperate shape. The football coach is recruiting chess champs for his team, the principal's importing male exchange students to balance out school dances,and Hunter is about to become an unexpected heartthrob.
Content with his role as the guitar-strumming, class-skipping slacker, Hunter is unprepared to be the center of attention. Desperate coaches are recruiting him for sports teams, and the drama teacher casts him in the lead role of the school musical. Even the Spandexers, powerful popular girls in tight pants, are noticing Hunter in a new light - with a little work, he could have potential. He might even be boyfriend material...
In order to stand out from the crowd and win Hunter's heart, Kelly needs a "stimulus package" in the form of cougar lessons from a senior girl who dates hot freshman boys and advice on the male mind from her Cosmo-addicted best friend, Aviva. As if dating wasn't hard enough without a four-to-one ratio!
Flynn Meaney's second novel, The Boy Recession, was a good YA chick-lit novel. Chick-lit isn't my usual genre, but I really liked this book. The plot was interesting, and flowed smoothly. There were a few things that bothered me about the book. I dislike when authors use the f-word more than once in a young adult novel. The author probably used the f-word close to half a dozen times. Another thing that bothered me in the book was some of the article titles that Aviva uses. For example, "Skankology: How Female Desperation Has Altered the Julius Hook-Up Scene". There's no way a newspaper adviser would let anyone print that in the high school's newspaper. It's just not realistic, and highly inappropriate. Other than those few flaws, the book was good. My favorite character was Eugene. He was funny. He was a pain in the ass for Hunter sometimes, such as when he had Hunter lift his boat. However, he turned out to be a good friend. I'm glad that at the end of the book, everyone got what they really wanted. I haven't read the author's debut novel, Bloodthirsty. Based upon the author's writing style, I will definitely be giving Bloodthirsty a try.
I give The Boy Recession: 4/5.
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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.