Title: Kill the Boy Bad
Author: Goldy Moldavsky
Publication Date: May 19, 2016
Pages: 320 pages
Purchase: Amazon | Apple
From debut author Goldy Moldavsky, the story of four superfan friends whose devotion to their favorite boy band has darkly comical and murderous results.
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.
I’m not gonna lie, I DID have a bit of fun reading Kill the Boy Band but not for the reasons I was hoping for when I started this book. And by fun I mean I laughed out loud countless of times throughout the book out of sheer incredulity over the story and its characters. They are INSANE. Crazy. Totally mental. When the book says “We loved them to death,” it means it.
This book starts off with four superfans of The Ruperts (a boy band of four members whose names are all Rupert) as they are trying to figure out a way to get to see them when they come in for their next concert in NYC. Since they didn’t manage to get tickets, they come up with a brilliant (and crazy) plan – book a room in the hotel The Ruperts are staying at. And long story short, they get the room, the stumble into the least famous Rupert (Rupert P.), they kidnap him into their room, and everything goes bonkers from this point on.
Talk about crazy fangirls! I thought I was going to relate with at least one of the characters of this book but it was not the case. However, I feel that it does strike a chord when it comes to young fans of famous singers and boy bands. I personally haven’t met someone that would go to the extent the main characters of this book does, but I have come across posts in social media where girls would cut their hair in “solidarity” for a certain artist who supposedly gets sick (and usually is just an internet troll post).
So I think I get the message. It’s a call for attention to parents and teens alike, that young people shouldn’t get carried away with their love for something to the point that it may turn into something dangerous. It happens in this book and it’s not pretty at all.
However, while the message is important, I wasn’t completely satisfied with the execution of this novel. Perhaps it was the lack of parental supervision or how it just happens and there’s no real character growth between the characters. At the end of the day, the story itself was too crazy and did not offer enough resolution (in my opinion).
So all in all, Kill the Boy Band serves as an eye-opener and a quick, harsh laugh for any reader who decides to pick it up.
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