REVIEW: Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
SYNOPSIS: Just know from the start that it wasn’t supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near them. That’s why we got a room in the hotel where they were staying.
We were not planning to kidnap one of them. Especially not the most useless one. But we had him—his room key, his cell phone, and his secrets.
We were not planning on what happened next.
GENRE: Young Adult, Contemporary, Dark Humor?
RATING: ★★★☆☆/ 3 up-and-down stars.
FAVORITE QUOTE: There were some fantastic passages and I would love to share them all, but then that would spoil it, so here's one that made me laugh,
"He was clearly one of those hipster guys who thought passing as a Civil War soldier was the height of cool. I pictured him trading his black button-down shirt and margarita mixer at the end of the week for a Union uniform and musket to keep fighting on the weekends. He would probably be one of those soldiers who played a somber song on his fiddle outside of his tent at night and wrote long letters to his faithful wife back home, her frayed, sepia-toned portrait tucked safely away in his breast pocket.
Or maybe he was just from Williamsburg."
REVIEW: I was so up and down with this book. I will start with saying that I'm glad I read it and that it was worth reading, I actually spent an enjoyable afternoon into evening just flipping through the pages.
Kill the Boy Band is a darkly comedic take on teenage fandom gone wrong...or right, depending on how you look at it. The beginning of the book starts out with the action of the story and then backtracks to show the road that led the quartet of friends (or rather frenemy laced connections bonded together by common cause) to the unexpected kidnapping of a boy bander. It's all a bit predictable in the beginning. There is always this idea of trying to capture sharp and biting teenage dialogue that comes across as funny. You have this idea of reading something the same way you viewed the movie "Mean Girls", but unfortunately, what manages to be funny on screen, just comes across as flatly bitchy and unlikeable on the page. Such was the start of this book for me.
Our heroine is nameless, writing a recount of what happened, telling the story through a confessional-like journal entry. She is the unwitting participant, the fangirl with a heart of gold, who takes the wrong path and probably picked the wrong friends.
I wish someone would do a book, not from the point of the more conscience-ridden underling friend, but from the point of the Regina George. Unapologetically superior teen queen, but then we get to explore depth and growth and maybe she doesn't change in the end at all, but at least it would be a different perspective. Just a side-note.
Back to Kill the Boy Band...so the beginning for me wasn't stellar, but then it picked up a bit. There were funny moments, the dialogue started to change it's tone a bit and I found the dark humor, well, much more humorous. There were some ups and downs in my reading but there is a midline, not quite twist, but definitely a plot point that refocuses the story. When our last bit of, albeit slight, trust in any of the characters goes out the window, it really gets interesting. The dialogue and continued backstory reveals keeps you riveted and reading quicker and quicker. Hijinks ensue.
In the end, I devoured this book in a single afternoon and evening, which is exactly the time frame in which the book takes place. And while it won't become one of my favorites, there were definitely some amazingly written passages that I'm glad I didn't miss. So I recommend this book, knowing that some will love it and others won't, but I found it enjoyable!