Kill the Boy Band
Author: Goldy Moldavsky
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: C –
“Kill the Boy Band” is a stand alone YA book from a debut author. I couldn’t resist this one, primarily because of the title. It seems like every teen generation has at least one major boy band that they get obsessed about. So, I was entertained by the idea of a group of teens accidentally killing them.
The narrator of this book likes to give fake names to everyone, so I can’t remember if we ever got her actual name. The names she gives out are all from 80’s teen movies (Samantha Baker, Sloane Peterson, etc.). She’s also a compulsive liar, so what she’s telling us is rather unreliable. I rather liked this, but the story fell a little short for me. I was expecting more of a farce, but this book tried to get a little too real with the plot.
The book starts out with our narrator and her three friends going to stay the night in a hotel where they know that their favorite boy band, The Ruperts, are staying. Things get out of hand when one of the girls “accidentally” kidnaps the least liked Rupert. Panicked, they tie him up and try to decide what to do with him.
There were some pretty humorous moments throughout the book. Particularly in the characterization of the different Ruperts members and how the band was formed. I was really into the story until about the halfway point. That’s about when the book tried to take a more serious turn with it’s characters. With the plot being that a group of girls kidnaps and accidentally kills a member of a popular band I was expecting it to primarily be a comedy along the lines of “Weekend at Bernie’s”. So, when it took a more serious turn it took me out of the story as it was harder to believe the crazy stuff going on.
I also wasn’t on board with how awful all the girls’ were to each other. It was pretty clear they were all using each other for various reasons and they got pretty brutal with each other. I’m tired of YA books that pit the female characters against each other. I would have liked to have seen at least one of the friendships be healthy.
All in all, this was an ok read. I don’t really read regular contemporary YA books, so I can’t say if this would work for a fan of those books or not.