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Kill the Boy Band Paperback – March 28, 2017
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Imagine every teen stereotype surrounding boy bands: the screaming, the giggling, and the obsession. Then take it a few steps further to include stalking, kidnapping, and murder and you have this hilarious satirical audiobook. The story is told by an unnamed aspiring fan fiction writer as she recounts how she and her three starstruck friends took their obsession with boy band The Ruperts to the next level. Each friend has a different connection to The Ruperts: Erin, the writer's best friend from school who keeps her love for The Ruperts a secret—and possibly her love for the writer as well; Isabel, an online friend who maintains a well-trafficked Ruperts fan page; and Apple, a rich orphan who is obsessed with Rupert K, even though it is rumored that he is gay. Through her family's connections, Apple is able to score a room at the hotel where The Ruperts are staying in New York City, and the girls accidentally kidnap a member of the band. Barrett Wilbert Weed brings the fangirl voices to life, keeping listeners eager to find out what's next. Complete with original music, this is a fantastic quick listen that will leave teens laughing. Strong language helps to immerse listeners into the novel through the girls' realistic conversations. VERDICT A solid addition to teen collections looking for comedic audiobooks. Give to fans of Libby Bray's Beauty Queens. ["A hilarious read to satisfy readers' inner fangirls": SLJ 1/16 review of the Scholastic book.]—Amanda Schiavulli, Finger Lakes Library System, NY --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Fiercely entertaining...one of the smartest YA releases of this year." -New York Daily News
"As fabulously bonkers as its title." -Entertainment Weekly, The Must List
"Boy bands gets the Heathers treatment in this madcap macabre." -Kirkus
"Wickedly funny." NPR.org
"Bitingly satirical." -Publishers Weekly
"[For] anyone who's ever had the fortune-or misfortune-of being a fan." -Booklist
"Hilarious A must-have." -School Library Journal
"I was impressed by how thoughtfully and seriously Goldy treats the subjects of fandom, passion, and being a girl." -Rookiemag.com
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Kill the Boy Band starts with our narrator and her three friends getting a room in a hotel where their favorite boy band, The Ruperts are going to be staying. The Ruperts of course being pretty much based off of One Direction. These four girls are just complete stalkers for these boys, they go through so much just for a quick glimpse of them. So it only makes sense when they end up accidentally kidnapping one. Of course.
Fandom is a great and wonderful thing but sometimes you have to ask yourself, how deep do you really want to get? While the fangirls here are ridiculously extreme, loving something a lot obviously isn't inherently bad, until you go too far.
Honestly I have a lot of quotes of the funny banter between the friends and I could fill up a whole review of them if I wanted to. I found so many lines of dialogue, and their situations really funny. Things were pretty ridiculous and out-there but still, I enjoyed it. The book did get a bit darker as it went on but the humor didn't let up, even when the narrator was starting to look unreliable.
I understand the criticism of others about certain things though but with this book, I feel like you'll either find it really hilarious like I did, or you'll just end up hating it.
If you like this, you should definitely check out Boring Girls by Sara Taylor (Similar, but WAY darker and less comedic)
I have to say first off that if you aren't cognizant of fangirl culture (Tumblr, Real person fanfiction, Twitter death threats etc) then you are going to be missing where a good chunk of the humor lies.
It is a comedy book, so it is full of the stereotype characters, and of course you need to suspend some disbelief as you would with a sitcom on television.
A great book for summer, vacation, or whenever you need to pick something up that will give you a break after reading something more intense, Kill the Boy Band is like "Jawbreaker" for fangirls, complete with Tumblr language, pop culture references, and a main character who has a thing for 80's films.
I really enjoyed this book!
I had heard a ton of buzz for this book, and it did not disappoint. Super great. It's unlike anything I've read before, and I just really loved the characters, plot, writing, humor, intensity, and the boy band.