I received this book for free from ALAMW in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
Published by Scholastic Incorporated on 2016-02-23
Genres: Contemporary, Humorous Stories, Social Issues, Young Adult
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From debut author Goldy Moldavsky, the story of four superfan friends whose devotion to their favorite boy band has darkly comical and murderous results.
Okay, so just know from the start that it wasn't supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near The Ruperts, our favorite boy band.
We didn't mean to kidnap one of the guys. It kind of, sort of happened that way. But now he's tied up in our hotel room. And the worst part of all, it's Rupert P. All four members of The Ruperts might have the same first name, but they couldn't be more different. And Rupert P. is the biggest flop out of the whole group.
We didn't mean to hold hostage a member of The Ruperts, I swear. At least, I didn't. We are fans. Okay, superfans who spend all of our free time tweeting about the boys and updating our fan tumblrs. But so what, that's what you do when you love a group so much it hurts.
How did it get this far? Who knows. I mean midterms are coming up. I really do not have time to go to hell.
This book was absolutely insane. I don’t even know if I’ll really be able to review it. Because really, it’s a crazy dark comedy book about boy band fans and how easy it is for things to go too far. Do you guys remember the movie Very Bad Things? A lot of you are probably way too young for that but this book is almost like a YA female version of that. Sort of. Honestly, I only saw the movie once because it wasn’t really my thing but this is a little toned down from that and also includes a few interesting look at friendships and revenge and how girls and their interests are viewed by outsiders. I definitely think this book is worth a read unless you don’t like dark humor, then definitely skip it.
The most interesting thing to me in this book is how teenage girls are viewed by those who are not teenage girls and how their interests and the things they love are always looked down on. Even though this is exactly the same group that people are trying to sell things to, they still insult girls for the things they like. I understand that boy band fans can get out of hand and this book takes a particular interest in that group of fans and the extremes they have gone to just to get close to their crushes, but overall teenage girls are always told that what they like is stupid and often by the same exact people who are trying to sell them those items. I will never understand this and appreciate even the brief look at this unfortunate trend in society. I wish girls were allowed to like what they wanted. When their lives as teenagers are hard enough, it would be nice for them to not also be talked down to for what they like as well.
But this book is actually a dark comedy/thriller really and any mentions of the above are brief, which is totally fine. Because what I liked next was the close look we get at the four girls’ friendship and how it changes as the night goes on. The synopsis tells you that the girls end up taking one of the boy band members hostage and as you can imagine, things don’t go great from there on. As witnesses, we get to watch as the girls turn on one another and doubt each other, get mad and fight, insult each other, but ultimately have to work together to get out of their mess. It was really interesting to see the different friendships and how they broke down over time and how things were actually quite different than they seemed on the surface. And especially watching as the narrator, which is somewhat naive, realizes how different people may be from what you thought.
On the other hand, the characters were pretty stereotypical with one specific characteristic taking over many of their choices and nobody ever really stepped out of their little box. This is probably because the author is really making fun of fangirls and decided to give each of the girls one of the general stereotypes (the pretty girl, the mean girl, the fat girl, and the good girl), but if you’re looking for particularly complex characters, this is not the book for you. (She also does this with the boy band, we get one specific trait for each of the members but we see them much less and I really couldn’t tell you much about them individually.) This is also not the book for you if you get easily offended by stereotypes or humor at the expense of others. This really is a book that I think will appeal to a very specific group of people. I don’t think everyone who reads this will enjoy it. If you can’t step back and take this book for what it is, a dark comedy meant to be completely bizarre and taken to the extreme and not realistic at all, then you’ll probably enjoy the humor and craziness of it. But if you start to look at it seriously and want to analyze the girls’ friendship and their place in society and how they feel about themselves and how much they all need psychological help, then you will probably hate this book.
I found this book very enjoyable. I read the whole thing in one day, it was very fast and a lot harder to put down than I had ever imagined when I picked it up. The writing wasn’t my favorite, we were directly being told the story and would even be addressed at certain points. It distracted a bit from the story for me but worked just fine for what it was. And I was a big fan of the twist at the end. Overall, if you enjoy satire and dark comedy and won’t be offended when the author makes fun of fangirls and fandoms, you should definitely pick up this book. But if dark comedy is not your thing, I promise you will have a hard time liking this book.