Title: Kill the Boy Band
Author: Goldy Moldavsky
Recommended for: 7th grade & up
Call Number/Link: Teen Fiction Moldavsky, G.
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I wanted to like this book so much. I really did, but I ultimately just couldn’t. Moldavsky writes a compelling mystery, but it’s overshadowed by fat shaming, fandom shaming, and much more. Many people are saying this is a satire and it’s over-the-top-ness is supposed to be funny. However, I didn’t read that way at all. One page it would uplift fandoms and explain why they’re so important and then the next it would talk about how they were only true fans if they were crazy. (Think send threatening tweets crazy.) Sadly, the things she tried to make over the top, actually happen, especially on social media. It’s scary and not funny at all.
This one is getting a lot of positive reviews on goodreads, so it may depend on the reader. However, there was just too many problematic things for me to recommend this book.