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Kill the Boy Band

Kill the Boy Band

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by Goldy Moldavsky

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Just know from the start that it wasn't supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near them. That's why we got a room in the hotel where they were staying.

We were not planning to kidnap one of them. Especially not the most useless one. But we had him-his room key, his cell phone, and his secrets.

We were not planning on what happened


Just know from the start that it wasn't supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near them. That's why we got a room in the hotel where they were staying.

We were not planning to kidnap one of them. Especially not the most useless one. But we had him-his room key, his cell phone, and his secrets.

We were not planning on what happened next.

We swear.

From thrilling new talent Goldy Moldavsky comes a pitch-black, hilarious take on fandom and the badass girls who have the power to make-or break-the people we call "celebrities."

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Misery for the Belieber generation" - Observer.com

"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

Publishers Weekly
Moldavsky's debut is a dark-humored, tongue-in-cheek novel with elements of noir. Teenagers Isabel, Apple, Erin, and an unnamed narrator have an intense friendship formed around their shared adoration of a British boy band, the Ruperts. Proud to call themselves "Strepurs" (Ruperts spelled backward), they follow the boys everywhere, hoping to catch a glimpse of them, even reserving a hotel room where they are staying. There, the girls come "to be in possession of very own boy bander," when Apple tackles a Rupert (the "Ugly One") on her way to get ice, knocks him out cold, and drags him into their room. References to fanfiction and "feels" place the story firmly in the present, though boy band mania is far from a new phenomenon. A late revelation throws the circumstances into a different light, yet sympathizing with the protagonists isn't really the point. The story's strength is in its bitingly satirical look at the extremes of fandom and how reality can be an unwelcome intrusion into carefully constructed fantasy worlds. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jenny Bent, Bent Agency. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
Boy bands are among the biggest moneymakers for music companies, and for the last several decades, some companies have gone so far as to create the impression of talent rather than finding true talent. Such is the case for “The Ruperts,” so named because all four British boys share the same first name. Despite the lack of talent in some of the boys, “The Ruperts” have managed to gain fans all over the world and often manage to incite riots during their appearances. Written in first person, readers see how four girls have become friends only because of their devotion to this boy band, and follow their adventure through one night when “The Ruperts” are in town. The band is scheduled to perform on Thanksgiving in New York and the girls do everything they can to catch a glimpse of the boys, and even stay in the same hotel as the boys. This novel is a fast, easy read, but filled with teen jargon that will quickly date the book. The text does manage to hit issues that impact teen girls regularly, no matter their social situation, and while the setting is outrageous, the situations are realistic. While the characters are not written to be particularly likeable, it is still easy to find a rapport with the characters and the story is incredibly engaging. Highly recommended for teens. Reviewer: Danielle Williams; Ages 14 up.
VOYA, February 2016 (Vol. 38, No. 6) - Gwen Amborski
Teen girls love boy bands and Moldavsky does a good job bringing this world to life. Sometimes over the top, Kill The Boy Band is a good book with crazy characters. Teen girls who like boy bands or teens interested in the world of celebrity will enjoy this book. Reviewer: Gwen Amborski, Teen Reviewer; Ages 15 to 18.
VOYA, February 2016 (Vol. 38, No. 6) - Adrienne Amborski
Debut author Moldavsky tackles the world of obsessed fan girls and the boy bands they follow. Four girls with distinctly differing personalities all have one thing in common: they are “Strepurs.” Strepurs, which is Ruperts spelled backwards, are over-the-top fans of the British boy band the Ruperts. Discovered individually on the reality show, “So You Think the British Don’t Have Talent?,” the Ruperts all share the same first name. From the boys’ reality show success, they are inevitably assembled into a boy band that rockets them to fame. Touring America for a Thanksgiving Day appearance in New York City spurs a frenzy of fan girl activity. The unnamed narrator, her best friend Erin, Isabel, and Apple form an alliance to meet the Ruperts by booking a room in the same hotel where the band is staying. When the girls kidnap Rupert P. and his untimely death occurs, a satirical and madcap story follows testing friendships and moral fortitude. Was it an accident? Did one of the girls murder Rupert P.? Having suffered a breakdown after the death of her father, the narrator begins to question her sense of reality and who to trust. Kill The Boy Band does a good job of capturing the essence of fan girls and the lengths to which they will go to meet the objects of their fantasies. Full of dark humor and lewd verbal exchanges laden with profanity, this book defies the fan girl image of an innocent starry-eyed teenager. The members of the boy band turn out to be the not-so-perfect idols created by the media, mirroring real life celebrity downfalls. Kill The Boy Band does a fine job of scrutinizing the world of celebrity worship. Readers of Kody Keplinger’s Duff (Little, Brown, 2010/Voya October 2010) will enjoy this sarcastic, hard-hitting book geared to the high school audience. Reviewer: Adrienne Amborski; Ages 15 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—What if a group of fangirls decide to meet their idols by any means necessary? In the case of Strepurs—that's Ruperts spelled backward—the thing they most desire are the boy band The Ruperts. Discovered on So You Think the British Don't Have Talent?, four boys named Rupert are thrust into the spotlight and become every fangirl's dream. When the singers arrive in the Big Apple to film a Thanksgiving special, thousands of fans surround their hotel in an attempt to get a glimpse of the guys. Apple, Erin, Isabel, and the unnamed narrator decide to get a room at the hotel and will do anything to meet the group. When a coincidental meeting with Rupert P., the untalented Rupert, leads to him being strapped to a chair in the girls' hotel room, misunderstandings, chance meetings, Twitter revelations, and murder ensue. Told in the first person, Moldavsky's debut novel is filled with dark humor and pop culture references and will have readers laughing until the end. Fans of boy bands and reality TV talent contests will notice parallels between The Ruperts and current pop groups. The power of social media and fandom and its impact on teens and adults alike make this a relevant read. Sexual innuendos and language make this book better suited to older teens. VERDICT A hilarious read to satisfy readers' inner fangirls. A must-have for high school and teen library collections.—Ashley Leffel, Griffin Middle School, Frisco, TX
Kirkus Reviews
Boy bands gets the Heathers treatment in this madcap macabre. Moldavsky's debut novel is a subversive take on the discontents of celebrity and obsessive fandom. Her 15-year-old narrator is so unreliable that readers never learn her real name; she uses a series of sobriquets culled from her favorite John Hughes films of the 1980s. She surrounds herself with fellow "Strepurs," manic fans of The Ruperts, a boy band curated by the host of the fictionally hilarious So You Think the British Don't Have Talent? This nest of vipers—vapid, vicious, and vitriolic—is led by queen bee Erin, whose "biggest talent in life [is] making being bad feel so good." Backed up by the bellicose Isabel and spoiled Apple, Erin orchestrates an overnight escapade in the SoHo hotel where The Ruperts are staying. Murder and mayhem ensue. As the situation spirals out of control and the panicked girls begin to behave even more erratically than their normal crazed-fan selves, the narrator eventually realizes that her so-called best friends are actually psychopaths. When they close ranks to dispute her own detailed memory of the night's events, she and readers both begin to wonder if she might be the craziest Strepur of them all. A sendup of the artificiality of the fame-making machine from both sides, the novel's humor is mercilessly black, and no one comes up smelling like roses. (Fiction. 14 & up)

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Meet the Author

Goldy Moldavsky writes YA fiction from her hometown of Brooklyn. She studied journalism in college, where she got to interview some cool celebrities for her school paper. After a bit she realized it’d be more fun making up stories about celebrities, so that’s what she does in her writing. Some of her influences include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the esteemed works of John Irving, and the Mexican telenovelas she grew up watching with her mother.

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Kill the Boy Band 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Take_Me_AwayPH 4 months ago
I have to be honest. I hadn't heard about this book until it was already out. And even then I was torn on whether or not I wanted to read it or not because the cover was pretty plain, but the title was so cool lol But in the end I went ahead and read it after I met Moldavsky at TLA. Four girls are altogether waiting to get into one of the biggest events of their lives; A concert for their favorite boy band. But then things spiral out of control and nothing goes as planned. But then things get a lot darker than what anyone expected. This book was literally all over the place. I laughed and rolled my eyes and everything else. This book was all over the place and full of black humor. It wasn't bad, but it was some pretty weird stuff they talked about. And then to see the chicks in it were like 15/16 and they cussed as much as me! I understand most kids nowadays really do that, but geez lol I did like how entertaining it was though. So much was going with every page turn. (Technically I listened to it on audio but that's beside the point.) I found myself genuinely wanting to know what was really going to come out of it. The only thing I didn't like was the way the characters were portrayed. One of them was described as being "fat." Normally I would praise that for the diversity in body image, but when you describe her as also having a "suitcase full of popcorn" and basically saying no one else would love her so she "settled with the ugliest band member because he was the only one who could possibly love her" it kind of pissed me off. I wasn't really a fan of that. The only reason I didn't DNF right then was because I was already too invested in what had happened. I just chalked it up to the dark humor. But to be honest, it was more mean than funny. Just know, that the way she described Apple's character is not ok. Let's hope Moldavsky doesn't treat any more of her characters that way. There's some things about this I would definitely change, but there were still some funny aspects to the story. In the end it turned out to be entertaining, but overall it wasn't my favorite.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Kill The Boy Band, is interesting and entertaining. It kind of reminded me of the Jawbreakers Scenario. If you’ve never seen this movie, It came out awhile ago. So you have four girls who decide they want to get a room in a hotel, the same hotel that The Ruperts are staying in. The hottest boy band of today. Some of the girls have a plan and well others have no idea what’s going to happen.  Fangirls are different type of creatures. Now if only these types of Fangirls spent the amount of energy they did, stalking boybands, with something else. They would really be going places. Everything in this book, had it’s twists and its turns. Left you wondering at some point, is this real? is this in her head? Whats going on?!  I think that this was a pretty brilliant story. It took you into the craziness that are fans. I’ve witnessed fans doing crazy things and I wonder how most celebs deal with this sort of crazy. I can say I’ve never really gone this far, I probably wouldn’t know what the heck to say to someone I was a super fan of. Needless to say. The author really brought this story to a whole new level. This wasn’t the best book I’ve read but I enjoyed it. It was different, not like something I’ve read before.  It's not my normal genre, but when I was saw the title. I couldn’t help but request it. And I really was taken for a ride. Overall, I give this story a Four. It was pretty intense, funny, and downright crazy....Lissa