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 JonesSee all Editorial Reviews
If you can make it past the premise stated in the cover blurb and the so-so first chapter, whose wobbly tone almost derailed my reading, you're in for a real treat. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jennifer Grey
OVERALL IMPRESSION: I don't like to read book synopses as I don't want to be spoiled on anything, so I didn't know what this was about when I bought it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Stacey B.
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This book was fantastic. It was funny and touching and real. I loved the gradual change in Hunter. Even though at times I wanted Hunter and Kelly to hurry up and get together, the... Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by Emily P
I rated it 5 stars since the condition was great! I mean the book itself was pretty good. I love hard covered books and the price was awesome since at the book stores the books are... Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by Johnna Macaruso
This book was absolutely great! No regrets about buying it and totally worth reading! I defiantly recommend this book for teenagers only! Including teenage comedy and situations!Published on December 29, 2012 by KG
After reading Meaney's first novel, I couldn't wait for "The Boy Recession"! Meaney has the ability to write authentically from both the male and female perspective in a way that... Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by MHartmann
There's very little connection to the characters and the story. The plot is silly and expected. Not worth reading at allPublished on September 6, 2012 by Sabrina H.
I have no idea why I waited so long to pick up my e-ARC of The Boy Recession by Flynn Meaney, but I do know that I am definitely going to purchase a finished copy ASAP. Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by Tara Gonzalez