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Review - The Boy Recession

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
The Boy Recession
by Flynn Meaney

Publication: August 7, 2012
Pages: 247
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Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
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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!

I. Freaking. Love. This. Book. I was seriously just short of rolling on the floor laughing out loud. What I did do was laugh out loud and bang on the couch so much that my family thought I was going nuts. Needless to say, my mom demanded to have full rights to reading the book after I finished, so she can see what the deal is! (And because she knows if I loved the book, then she's going to love it too!)

The story is told from the alternating points of view of Kelly and Hunter. I like this because it shows how the boy recession impacts normal girls like Kelly who want to find a good guy and slacker guys like Hunter who become hot commodities seemingly overnight. Kellly wishes her life were more like Grease and that she could find someone to love her, but with the boy recession all the girls are out to find dates for the status of having one. Many are so desperate that they are turning to boys they would never have considered date material before. Hunter, on the other hand, is the slacker. The one girls only hooked up with in dark corners and never for long term. Now, he's becoming somewhat of a star, being one of the more decent slackers and with his musical talents becoming more well known.

While this story starts from Kelly's perspective, this story is really about Hunter, and he is the one who captured my heart. He starts off as a slacker who idles his days away, not caring about getting a job or doing his homework. If people weren't reminding him, he wouldn't know what date it was. After meeting Kelly, however, Hunter changes. He starts caring about what he does and what image he presents. He wants to become deserving of her. To her joy and dismay, he starts becoming something and drawing attention from other girls. Hunter's voice is well portrayed. He's an easygoing guy and doesn't like being put on the spotlight. Throughout the novel, he just wants to do his thing, but with the motivation to impress Kelly he cleans up his act while trying to remain true to himself.

The best part of this book is, of course, the humor. I don't typically enjoy books filled with girls chasing after guys and talking like they have no brains. In this book, it was priceless. With the boy recession going on, I want to see girls chasing after guys, fighting over guys, and being bitchy about other girls over boys. I loved seeing Hunter being clueless about what to do about girls fawning over him. The Boy Recession is filled with hilarious scenes in addition to some really sweet moments between Kelly and Hunter. It is a book that I'm going to be keeping on my shelf--for all the LOLs.




Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. No payment was received in return for a review. The receipt of the book had no influence on the opinions expressed in my review.
14 comments on "Review - The Boy Recession"
  1. I haven't heard much about this book, but it looks super cute and extremely funny. I'm always looking for a book that can give me a good laugh, especially since they are so hard to come by for me. And the characters sound really great, especially Hunter!
    If I can, I know another great, funny read that I can recommend (don't worry; it's more than just a bunch of girl chasing guys and being stupid). Smart Girls Get What They Want is probably the funniest book that I've read in quite a while.

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    1. Thanks for the rec. I've actually already read that book, and I adore it!! It does have a lot of laugh out loud moments! :)

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  2. I have not heard of this book, but I must say, it looks FREAKING HILARIOUS! I love books that can make me laugh like Bumped! Everything about this book sounds fantastic. The top line of the summary is hilarious! WHERE HAVE ALL THE BOYS GONE?

    Great review.

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    1. Freaking hilarious is the perfect description. I cannot count the number of times I freaked out over something that I found funny!!

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  3. When I saw this cover I thought it would be a fun read, and it sounds hilarious! Will definitely pick this up. I'm getting into contemporary novels more than I'd expected!

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    1. I knew it was going to be a fun read when I saw it, and it's even better than it looks!! There are a fair number of wonderful contemporary reads coming out, aren't there? :)

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  4. I was about to give this one the pass, but then I looked up the author and remembered that she wrote Bloodthirsty. I tried to pass that one up too but I loved it once I gave it a shot, and that's what I intend to do here!

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    1. When I visited the library today and saw Bloodthirsty on the shelves, I immediately added it to my bag of books to check out. The Boy Recession was so good! :)

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  5. Thank you for the review!
    I'm usually not a contemporary chick, but if it made you rolling on the floor in laughter, I NEED TO SEE WHAT THE DEAL IS TOO! So I can join the party.
    I always feel theres a dire lack of humor in YA, I see too many post-apocalyptic, dark paranormals now. After all the zombie apocalypses I need a recovry book, and The Boy Recession just might be the thing!

    Plus, the cover is super cute.

    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

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    1. I agree. There needs to be more books with humor out in the YA market. I love this book so much, I've checked out a copy of Bloodthirsty, also by the same author. It looks just as hilarious.

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  6. Thanks for the review. This book sounds like a riot! I love the originality a boy recession.

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  7. I honestly feel like the YA world needs more humorous books out there that make you bust your gut from laughter. I rarely come across one that can make me laugh out loud, let alone die on the floor laughing. If you loved this book, I can't wait to give it a shot myself! Thanks for the review!

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  8. Man I don't know what I'd do if the was a Boy Recession here. For one thing I sure as yeck won't be distracted anymore LOL

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  9. I love the first line of this review. I guess I will soon freaknig love this book as well! I have to read it. And it's only about 250 pages, which is really short. I'll get it on Kindle. It seems like a funny book, not laden with plots and intricacies and superpowers. I need a book like that every now and then. I will add this book to my TBR list and read it soon. Thanks for the review!

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