You Read What? Book Reviews: The Boy Recession

Author(s): Flynn Meaney

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

  • Imprint: Poppy

Date Published: August 7th 2012

Format: Hard Cover

Source: Toronto Public Library


The population of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, is shrinking as families move to cities and towns with greener pastures, and the local high school is hurting: nearly all of the area’s most eligible guys have moved or transferred schools.

With little competition, the remaining boys find their stocks on the rise, and even the most unlikely candidates have a good chance at making the team and getting the girl. Guitar-strumming slacker HUNTER FAHRENBACH has made an art of blending into the background, but now desperate coaches are recruiting him and popular girls are noticing his scruffy good looks. With a little help, Hunter might even by boyfriend material…

Down-to-earth KELLY ROBBINS has a simple wish for her junior year: “one normal, nice boy to crush on.” Kelly and Hunter have always been friends, but is there something more to their platonic relationship? And can Kelly overcome the odds? After all, dating is hard enough without a four-to-one ratio.

Number of Days It Took to Read: 1



The cover is cute and is relevant to the story. Um…that’s it.

The Writing Score: 3 out of 5

Recommendation: Eh…

Memorable or Forgettable: Forgettable

Rating: 3 out of 5

I’ve been having an internal struggle about the rating. Going back from 2 to 3 to 2 and then back to 3. To be honest, I could have done without the book. Expecting a fun read, all I got was a dying cell phone due to the constant checking of the time. It felt LONG and this is probably because  nothing was really happening. Mundane, typical things occurred in this book or they appeared mundane and typical through the writing. I didn’t relate to any of the characters or care about them. I didn’t feel my heart race when a kiss was going to occur or cringe at the awkward and disastrous moments.

The romantic relationship didn’t feel natural (with the female lead literally declaring her sudden realization of love not that far into the book) and the other characters felt under developed or stereotypical. What bumped this book from a 2 rating to a 3 was the occasional quirky line that actually had me laughing. Why couldn’t there be more of that? Also, the story line felt too ordered and there wasn’t enough disorder and miscommunication especially given the plot of the book.

I was really disappointed but it’s interesting to see how two books of the same genre, read back to back, can generate very different reviews. I expected more of this book but I just felt like I ended up putting too much effort only to get nothing in return.


A. A. Omer

The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.

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