Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Book Review: The Boy Recession by Flynn Meaney

Title: The Boy Recession
Author: Flynn Meaney
Pages: 247
Publication: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Poppy
Summary taken from goodreads:
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!


This book was a fun, quick read. Flynn Meaney really knows how to accurately portray the misunderstandings, doubts, and fears of teenagers while simultaneously depicting the hilarious dynamics of  theirfriendship. And the characters were awesome; I would love to be friends with all of them! They were fun and quirky and real.

There was only one thing that I did not like about this book, and what sucks is that it is also an accurate portrayal of many teenage girls. Near the beginning of the book Kelly was mourning her lack of a lovelife and how she didn't want to continue being boyfriendless. It really irritated me because I know so many girls seem to think that having a boyfriend is going to make everything better. I also know that people want the excitment and adventure of being in a relationship, but still. Do you really have think that your life is pathetically lame because you have not been in a relationship yet and are somewhat desperate to change that? Do I need to go on?

I could rant about this for hours.

Still, THE BOY RECESSION is a nice read. Kelly doesn't dwell on her boyfriendlessness for long (it ends at the end of the page), which was good for me, or else I might have given up on the book completely, and Hunter and his friends' antics made everything enjoyable.

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