Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
The Boy Recession Hardcover – August 7, 2012
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
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
Browse award-winning titles. See more
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
Onto the actual story. There is a boy recession going on and I was expecting a lot of silliness and drama, but the book just didn't deliver. Some wishy washy insta-like between the two main characters and fake significant others and the book was over. There wasn't any real conflict and readers never really get to see Hunter and Kelly interact as a couple. All in all it was just the general lack of action that brought the book down for me. That said, the book wasn't all bad. It was cute, light, funny, and would make the perfect novel to read right before school starts. Taking everything into consideration I give The Boy Recession a barely there 3 STAR rating.
The Boy Recession is perfect for young adult and teenage readers. Meaney's writing is humorous and creative. All the characters stand out and are memorable. I can't wait to read Meaney's next book and I give this novel five out of five stars.
First 50 Pages: This isn't a terribly long book and I read it in its entirety in just a couple of hours. It would be perfect for someone who is trying to squeeze in a book or two before going back to school (which is why I decided to read it when I did) because it's so short and so enjoyable. There isn't really anything deep or heavy about The Boy Recession. From the beginning to the end, it's just a lot of fluff and the humor is awesome. I laughed so many times while reading this story. It's the kind of book that you want to pick up if you are feeling down because you won't be able to stop laughing. I thought that the author did a really nice job setting her scenes and giving each of her characters distinct voices.
Characters & Plot: The book synopsis that was provided by the publisher basically gives away most of the plot. The story follows Kelly and Hunter who each give their own perspective of the literal boy recession that is occurring at their high school. The points of view from each character are really well done and they seemed to go well together. Sometimes when you have more than one point of view in books the writing seems choppy, but that wasn't the case here. Kelly and Hunter are friends, but I believe they were both secretly (and maybe unknowingly) attracted to each other before the shortage of boys hit their school.
The girls that go to their school are going bonkers and the recession brings out the worst in most of them. The book is full of drama llamas and silly high school chit-chat, bitchy teenagers, and girls that would do just about everything to make sure they have dates to prom. Of course, the guys love this; even the lesser known guys are getting a ton of attention. It's like every teenage boy's dream, to have a bunch of girls fighting over them.
Except Hunter. He is a low-key sort of dude and prefers to hang out under the radar. He's a stereotypical slacker type that doesn't have a lot of drive. When the recession hits, the girls start to take notice of him and he is considered one of the more appealing slacker kids.
Kelly is just your average teenage girl. She isn't popular, but she isn't a loner type either. She is Hunter's friend, but she begins to realize that she has feelings for Hunter. The only problem? She has to compete with a zillion other girls who think they are into Hunter as well.
Of course, Kelly and Hunter form a relationship (finally) and it is really sweet and cute. Their relationship is very simple and it's not overly done. Like the rest of the novel, it's all fluff and fun. It's romantic and very cheesy, just the way I like it!
Final Thoughts: This is a wonderful book to kick back with and relax. It's totally cheesy, but cheesy can be awesome! If you ever wondered what it would be like if boys suddenly became a hot commodity, then this is the book for you. I definitely think that The Boy Recession is going to appeal to girls between the ages of 14-17 and maybe a little older. Most of the time I think that many YA titles have cross-over appeal, but I'm not too sure about this one. So if you are older, you might want to skip this one over.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Julius P. Heil High has about 250 students, and a general ratio of more girls than guys.Read more