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The Boy Recession

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    I personally loved this book. It's probably one of my favorite b

    I personally loved this book. It's probably one of my favorite books, it perfectly captures the mind of a teenage boy and girl.

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  • Posted August 20, 2012

    What happens when all the boys are gone? From your school, that

    What happens when all the boys are gone? From your school, that is. When
    the most popular guys in school transfer to greener pastures, the Boy
    Recession hits. Guys who are usually ignored gain the girls' interest
    and new found popularity. The girls are scrambling to get a guy before
    they're all taken. Sweet Kelly likes slacker Hunter, who suddenly
    becomes the biggest catch in school. But now that he has all the girls'
    attention, Kelly realizes that she may be too late, because in a
    recession, it's every girl for herself. The Boy Recession was a super
    cute, though very light, story. Kelly is the fairly typical character
    found in a lot of young adult books. She's just popular enough to fit
    in, kind of shy, very sweet, and feels like she isn't noticed. I did
    like her, but didn't feel overly invested in her story. Hunter, on the
    other hand, was pretty great. He's a bit of a slacker (Be still my
    teenage heart!), does just enough to get by, is very cute but doesn't
    seem to realize that, and is a really nice guy. I loved his story, maybe
    because he has more to work through than Kelly. He was funny and just
    made me smile. Their friends were fun and I did enjoy their part in the
    story. The one who stood out the most was Eugene. He's a bit of an
    exaggerated character. He's a teen entrepreneur who apparently makes his
    money from supplying beer and other difficult to come by items to his
    schoolmates. There were some aspects to his part of the story that felt
    a bit unrealistic, but it did help move the story along. The Boy
    Recession was a good story, for me, that could have been really good or
    even great if it had dug deeper. I felt some aspects of the story were
    an overview. Almost an entire year passes, and I felt like so much more
    could have been discussed. Kelly and Hunter's families are mentioned,
    but other than a few scenes between Hunter and and his father and one (I
    think) with his mom, they are absent. Kelly remains largely the same
    throughout the book, but Hunter makes huge changes. I felt that this was
    never really examined. I would have liked to have gotten a real sense of
    his motivations. Maybe The Boy Recession was never meant to be a
    particularly deep story. All of this is not to say that I didn't enjoy
    The Boy Recession, because I absolutely did. Meaney's writing was
    enjoyable. Her characters were witty, and the dialogue was excellent. If
    you want a fun, mostly light-hearted story that will put a smile on your
    face, The Boy Recession just may be the book for you!

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  • Posted August 6, 2012

    Meaney wrote a book that had me laughing from cover to cover. T

    Meaney wrote a book that had me laughing from cover to cover. The plot focuses on the effects of a “boy recession” at a high school. When 12% of the boys leave the school, the remaining guys find that they are now in high demand. Boys who never played a sport before are on the football team and guys who could never hope for a date find that they are surrounded by desperate girls. This book is told from two perspectives, the first is Hunter. At first, he is unaffected by the exodus of the guys from his school. Hunter is a brilliant slacker who doesn’t put much effort into anything he does. This changes after being yelled at by a high school advisor and meeting Kelly, the second narrator of this book. Kelly is sweet, nice, and musically gifted. She finds herself drawn to Hunter, she likes his easy-going personality. As the two grow closer, the problems that come with a boy recession begin to interfere with their friendship.
    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.

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  • Posted August 6, 2012

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    This was a sweet high school read that will appeal to lots of di

    This was a sweet high school read that will appeal to lots of different kinds of readers.

    The premise is simple. During Kelly and Hunter's senior year of high school, a large number of boys transfer schools, leaving Julius High with a high girl to guy ratio. Something that I'm sure happens all the time. Suddenly the status of overlooked, geeky and nerdy boys skyrockets them to the same popularity of star quarterbacks. Flynn Meaney takes advantage of the situation, by creating lots of hilariously awkward moments between the various clicks of students, leaving no stereotype spared.

    I loved the trio of friends in Kelly, Darcy, and Aviva. And then the boy group with Hunter, Derek, and Eugene was great as well. I found myself physically smiling whenever Kelly and Hunter got together. Those were definitely the best scenes in the book, the lightest moments, the most humorous parts. A cute book, with adorable characters. Recommended for summer beach reading!

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  • Posted July 27, 2012

    I was really looking forward to this book. After reading 'BloodT

    I was really looking forward to this book. After reading 'BloodThirtsy' by Finn Meaney I was really hoping for another good book that was a bit 'out of the norm' but this book was really disappointing. I couldn't get past page 50. There was nothing that caught me to keep reading and nothing that hooked me enough to not want me to not put down. :( I was very disappointed in this...

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