From School Library Journal
Gr 8-11-Budget cuts at Julius P. Heil High cause the football coach and all the players pursuing college scholarships to leave for prep schools with better prospects. Suddenly the remaining guys at the small school near Milwaukee find their girl appeal soaring. Longtime friends Hunter Fahrenbach and Kelly Robbins narrate the events of their unusual junior year in separate chapters. Easygoing, long-haired Hunter not only attracts spandexer Diva, who proclaims him her boyfriend, but also unexpectedly stars in the school musical. His entrepreneurial friend, Eugene, expands his business enterprises of securing cigarettes and alcohol for underage users by setting up an escort service for girls needing dates to the prom. Dependable "nice girl" Kelly realizes her feelings for Hunter have changed from friendly to romantic when they set up a musical mentoring program for elementary students after the school band is eliminated. Her friend Aviva documents developments in the boy recession for the online school newspaper. Despite mishaps and misunderstandings, all plotlines lead to Kelly and Hunter getting together to attend prom. Their narrative voices sound similar, although he spices his chapters with profanity. Their breezy, fast-paced accounts incorporate humorous situations and witty comments. Standard fare for readers searching for romance with a neatly packaged happy ending.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankatoα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
When the town’s two biggest, boy-heavy families send their sons to private school, there’s a noticeable shortage of testosterone at the local high school. Kelly, understandably, is concerned—what will this mean for future boyfriend material? But it’s good news for Hunter, who is basically the world’s cutest slacker, and his friends, who can now have almost any girl they want. The school newspaper deems it the great boy recession and chronicles the effects on the school’s decimated male population. In addition to the lack of guys, there’s an actual recession going on, and the school band is completely, er, disbanded, throwing Kelly and Hunter together to institute a youth band program for elementary students. As Kelly’s crush on Hunter begins to grow, she finds herself in danger of losing him to one of the popular (read: trashier) girls at school. What to do? Meaney’s laugh-out-loud dialogue and vulnerable protagonists—they split first-person narration duties—assure this charming crowd-pleaser a varied audience. Grades 9-12. --Courtney Jones