Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Book review: Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky

Book Summary
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.

We swear.

From thrilling new talent Goldy Moldavsky comes a pitch-black, hilarious take on fandom and the badass girls who have the power to make—or break—the people we call “celebrities.”

Flo's Review
So this book was published in 2016 and I've been wanting to read it since then. People have been telling me about it since then. I mean, a YA book about boy bands? Should be the perfect combination of my happy places.

So quarantine seemed like a good time to pull this out and take the plunge. It was...not what I thought it would be. I was expecting a fun, tongue-in-cheek, humorous look at fangirls. But that's not what I got from this one. 

The story started out really as a commentary about fangirls. I related to A LOT of the scenarios and character traits talked about here. But I didn't find it was done in a fun way. The tone of the main character who was relating the story was way too....snarky? I thought this part could have been like, "Ha, ha, we know fangirls are crazy in a fun way, and let's laugh at them/ourselves." But even though the main character shared some true emotion and perfectly described some of the feeling that comes with being a fangirl, I didn't find she did it a a fun way. Which, I think is a shame. It so could have been fun.

Then we got to Part II and the twist -- which I definitely was not expecting! What even is happening with this book?! 

I will say this, though: I kept turning the pages. It was like a train wreck I couldn't look away from. And I don't mean that in a bad way. I think that's what this book was supposed to be. And it worked. I kept going, and I didn't look up until it was the end of the book and I was done with it. 

So, am I glad I read it? Yes. Did I enjoy it? Well, it was quite the ride. Would I recommend other boy band fangirls to read it? Nah.

A funny thing about this book: I read a review where the reviewer was a One Direction fangirl and commented that the boy band in this book was obviously based off 1D. But as a fangirl of New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, and on and on -- it could have been based off any one of them. 

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