Title: Kill the Boy Band
Author: Goldy Moldavsky
Genres: Young Adult
Release Day: February 23rd 2016
ARC kindly provided from the publisher via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
AMAZON US | AMAZON UK
“The joy you find as a teen, however frivolous and dumb, is pure and meaningful.”
Kill The Boy Band definitely hit too close to home. Even before I discovered the Internet, I was a fangirl. I didn’t know what I was, what it meant, what the definition was but I would get butterflies when my favorite band would be on MTV – back when MTV would play video clips 24/7 and we could actually enjoy music all day.
Boy band or girl band, slightly older than a teen boy band, rock band or any other genre, any formation of more than 2 people, I’ve loved them all. Which is why KTBB spoke to me.
This is a book about your
average crazy fangirls being totally obsessed with a boy band One Direction The Ruperts – who all have the same first name, Rupert – but with dark humor, a hint of morbidity and sarcasm and basically Mean Girls meets the Scream Queens setting. Totally insane.
The story is about 4 fangirls, our narrator has to be the most unreliable narrator I’ve read so far, who are obsessed with The Ruperts. A boy band carbon copy of One Direction but not the members, more like how they came to be – a British show – and all the crazy fangrils that came with it. Our heroines are crazy. Even in the over the top setting the book has, I found myself screaming at them in my head instead of laughing. I did chuckle a few times, but that was it.
I have a problem with books using too much real life people and this book was full of them. Some were named, some were graphically described. It felt like this book was constantly wondering, how can I make its characters even more cartoonish but with an evil side – and it tried its hardest to achieve that goal.
So, the girls manage to book a room at the same hotel with The Ruperts and all hell breaks loose. Everything that happened from that point was unbelievable. Literally. The girls are designed to each do something crazy. There’s the fat Asian girl who literally crushes her idol with her weight, the crazy website girl that will do anything for a story, the Regina George of this book and out narrator who keeps introducing herself differently to several people within the story.
After Apple crushed Rupert P, the girls hold him hostage. And that’s where I lost some of the anticipation I had built up to that point because there were moments that I wanted more emotions from the girls. Those girls are supposed to be die hard fans of this band and yet throughout the book they torment and literally drive Rupert P to death with their actions after they stage him to “quit the band via twitter” since, hello he’s their hostage and can’t perform. I have a hard time connecting to characters that show little to no emotion when a person dies, the narrator literally sits across from his body when her mom texts her and she replies back instantly while chuckling at the joke she makes in her head. That’s definitely when I lost every little connection I felt with the girls.
The girls go through a lot in this story but one solid thing is their love for their idols, the same love that seems to evaporate along with the band at the end of the book which left me utterly confused, but maybe that was the goal? I did like the clever way it was written and the fresh language, it contained a lot of love for the 80s from our narrator – really author? – but over all, fangirl or not, it’s a book worth checking out!
“Anyone have a pen and paper?”
There was a moment of stillness as the four of us looked around, totally clueless. The only things any of us ever wrote with were our phones. And there was no way this was going to be a vote via group text.”