The Boy Recession by Flynn Meany is one of those sweet books that you can sit down and read in an afternoon. It’s the story of a high school in the Upper Midwest and thus filled with all those fun Midwestern stereotypes that I adore, having grown up in Nebraska! Such as a post-homecoming party in a barn, despite living in a suburb of one of the states larger cities! And of course, with half of the cute boys having left school, the female population is thrown for a loop as they scramble for boyfriends.
This book is told from two perspectives, Kelly and Hunter. Kelly was likable, and her narration was smooth and believable. She’s your average high school girl – not in the popular crowd, but not the nerdy crowd either. She has a group of best friends that she does pretty much everything with, and is developing a crush on Hunter, the other part of our narration team.
Now Hunter? his narration sort of scraped at me. It was clearly written from a woman’s stand-point, with his slacker tendencies (laying in bed all weekend?? Staying up all night playing WoW, and not having a job…) and really, I didn’t find many redeemable qualities in him! (With the exception of his teaching the younger kids to play the drums – which I have to admit I really liked!)
What I really enjoyed about this book? Was the side characters – from “Diva” who made me think of Snooki in many ways, to Eugene (who’s closest semblance is Scott Disick – yep, he’s a slimeball, but you can’t help but love him!) the colorful cast in this had me snickering throughout the book.
Really, The Boy Recession is a cute read, that’s a good break from some of the longer tomes I’ve been reading lately! I’d recommend it to fans of contemporary YA! There’s not a huge Squee factor, but it is certainly a fun book!