Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky

Title: Kill the Boy Band
Author: Goldy Moldavsky
Pages: 320 pages
Published: February 23rd, 2016
Source: Hardcover from Books of Wonder
Genre: Dark Contemporary
Rating: 3.75/5
Okay, so just know from the start that it wasn't supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near The Ruperts, our favorite boy band.

We didn't mean to kidnap one of the guys. It kind of, sort of happened that way. But now he's tied up in our hotel room. And the worst part of all, it's Rupert P. All four members of The Ruperts might have the same first name, but they couldn't be more different. And Rupert P. is the biggest flop out of the whole group.

We didn't mean to hold hostage a member of The Ruperts, I swear. At least, I didn't. We are fans. Okay, superfans who spend all of our free time tweeting about the boys and updating our fan tumblrs. But so what, that's what you do when you love a group so much it hurts.

How did it get this far? Who knows. I mean midterms are coming up. I really do not have time to go to hell.

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No, I don't love One Direction. I don't listen to their music on loop and stalk their social media accounts. I don't have a serious infatuation with any of the members of any boy band. No, I don't stare at a computer screen waiting for tickets to be released. I don't do anything fangirl worthy of the sorts, but for some reason I adored this book.

There is something so enjoyable about scary and evil humor. It's a hybrid of something totally sarcastic and sadistic. 

The only qualm I had with this book was the lack of originality. I knew the history behind the boy band in the story would be based off of One Direction. I didn't expect it to be the exact same thing as One Direction! The backstory was exactly the same. A group of boys who meet on a singing competition show and are all grouped together because the judges thought they'd work better as a group. And they're British! I don't know about you but that sounds exactly like One Direction... What really kills me is that she didn't even try to be original. She could have said they were Australian or Asian, but British? Really? 

Moldavsky really thought the entire story through. Although it follows 4 fangirls and their plot to get near their favorite boy band, we only hear the from the voice of one of the characters. This was an interesting spin on what could have been a story told from 4 point of views. But now that I think about it, 4 would have been way too confusing and hectic. Especially choosing to tell the story from the weakest link in the group was ingenious.

There were actions of the characters that seriously irked me but were understandable, considering the circumstances they were put under. I wouldn't go as far as to say that I resented the characters because they, in more than one way, reflected me and my actions. If my friend kidnapped a member of a famous boy band, I would react just as Samantha (the protagonist). 

Not over the top or offensive to the species of fangirls/fanboys in any way. If anything, this book will make you question why you're a fangirl in the first place. In fact, she brings up some great philsophical points . It almost makes me proud to be a crazed human-being. 
"I don't know how it was in the days of yesteryear, but the fangirls of today are a way more sophisticated bunch. Loving someone so fiercely gave us permission to also be critical of them." 

- pg. 46, Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky 
Finally a YA book that doesn't think romance is the only think keeping the genre afloat. No more pretentious romances and god-awful plot twists. We need more dark and sadistic contemporaries!

 I guess there's an inner boy-band lover in me after all. 

Meeting Goldy at the NYC Teen Author Festival @ Books of Wonder
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  1. I want to read this book SO MUCH!! Ever since I first heard about it, I have been desperate to read it. I can't wait until it's published in the UK in May so I can get my hands on a copy! I really don't like One Direction, but I still think I will really enjoy it because I love black comedy and dark contemporaries. This book sounds like loads of fun, and a really interesting read!

    Great review!! I'm glad you enjoyed this one! :D
    Denise | The Bibliolater

    1. It's a ton of fun and I thought the concept was interesting. I believe people always have this idea of writing about a boy band meetup gone wrong but no one's put pen to paper and actually written something like this before. Hope you get to try it out!

  2. Great review! This one looks so interesting. I'm not a huge One Direction fan, but I do like their music. I had no idea the band backstory in this one was so similar to theirs.

    1. Similar would be an understatement. It was exactly alike and that's one of the problems I had with this book. Hope you get to read it soon :D

  3. I heard this book was pretty good. I might check this one out. Maybe.

    1. You should! I thought it was much more hyped up, am I wrong?

  4. This looks like a great read, and much more then the synopsis suggests. Great Review! Also lucky you got to meet the author, I think that always adds something more when your able to.
    Tori @In Tori Lex

    1. Yes I do too! I think it allows you to learn about their story and why they chose to write their book on that specific topic. It also lets you compare their personality with their character's personalities. Always a delight :D

  5. I loved the dark humor! The book really defends and validates "fangirl culture," too. I'm not a huge fan of boy bands, but I have other fandoms I obsess over, so that made the book relatable for me.

    Great review!

    1. You worded that so much better than I did. I'm so glad you enjoyed it as well. I really haven't seen many people with this book am an glad when anyone posts something nice about it as well :D

  6. I really loved this book because I CONNECTED with the fangirl culture (even if it's not boy bands per say, but other fandoms too)! I think the "lack of originality" you mentioned in your review was actually on purpose. I don't think 1D would read this, and I still don't think they would be offended if they did! It's awesomely satirical and kind of the epitome of a lot of boy band stans. If I had less overprotective parents, I would probably be one of those people - the rush and glamour of constantly knowing where your favorite celebrities are, you know?

    1. That's great that you mentioned that point. I actually understand where you are coming from. I would too! I think that if I had a powerful devotion to boy bands, I wouldn't be sitting at home right now haha. I just know when I know someone famous and get to tell others about it! Is that what u mean? Thanks for reading :D


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