Kill the Boy Band

Book review by
Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Madcap whodunit has strong language, mature sex references.

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Educational Value

Zany whodunit meant to entertain.

Positive Messages

Love is crazy and great. Being happy is the simplest and the hardest thing to be. The joy you experience as a teenager is pure and meaningful, even when it's about something frivolous. Girls should be taken seriously; they can be amazing and dangerous. At 15, you're supposed to be obsessing about cute boys; just don't take it too far.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The narrator, who gives false names, takes advantage of being perceived as good to get away with lying about what she's doing. Although she recognizes that what she's doing is wrong, sees herself as the voice of reason, and often says she's getting out of the (possibly criminal) situation, she gets easily sidetracked when events take a turn and genuinely believes she has no choice but to continue going along even as things worsen. Her friends betray, lie, and manipulate. One friend posts very disturbing, threatening tweets to a celebrity.

Violence

Important character posts disturbing, violent threats to a celebrity on Twitter. The narrator is nonchalant about it and admires the friend's ability to put so much into 140 characters. Plot involves kidnapping and murder. The victim is described tied up in a chair. There's speculation about the cause of death and how it came about, but there's no gore. Brief description of a body after falling from a tall building and brief speculation about suicide.

Sex

One kiss. Teens use frank and vulgar sexual references, such as "I'd swallow" when talking about whether a man is attractive, wiping "dried splooge" out of someone's hair, having the desire to hump, and speculating that someone is about to reach climax. Having sex in the past is mentioned. Nude photos mentioned.

Language

Frequent strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," and their variations; "hell," "bitch," "p---y" (as name-calling); "d--k," "dammit," "ass," "boners" (on a sign), "whore," "tits," "butthurt"; and made-up words such as "douchef--k" and "slut-shamey." Spanish words with translations given include "mierda" ("s--t"), "culo" ("ass"), "puta" ("bitch"), and "pendeja" ("asshole").

Consumerism

Social media such as Twitter and Tumblr frequently used or referenced; a few food and drink brands, such as Coke and Butterfinger.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A teen extorts rum and Coke from a hotel bartender. Water bottle with vodka in gym locker mentioned. Video clip of young man drinking from bottle of cooking wine. Drinking a bottle of absinthe mentioned. "Stoned" used as part of a nickname once. One speculation about someone being addicted to an illegal substance.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kill the Boy Band is a zany, madcap whodunit about four fangirls who go way too far in pursuit of their boy-band obsession. Best for older teens due to frequent profanity (including "f--k," "s--t," and made-up, colorful combinations of swear words) and their occasional use of highly sexualized talk ("I'd swallow" when talking about a man's attractiveness). A kidnapping, a death, and solving the mystery are the main plot points. There's no gore, but a body fallen from a tall building is briefly described, the kidnapping victim is described tied to a chair, and strangulation is speculated about. There's some food for thought about celebrity and fans' roles in creating or ending it and about fan-type obsession being an age-appropriate exploration of attraction versus using your talents and energies on something more important than a boy band.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byhoneysucklestars September 13, 2018
HAHAHA great role models, yeah right. This book has a ton of swearing. A TON. This book is funny, yet frustrating. But, I mean, they kidnap a dude, what do yo... Continue reading

What's the story?

Obsessed with the boy band the Ruperts, four high school girls get a room in the hotel where the band is staying in Manhattan, hoping to increase their chances of meeting them. After a chance encounter at the ice machine, one of the Ruperts is knocked unconscious and dragged back to the girls' room. If only they could have realized that kidnapping was only the beginning of the trouble they'd get into. To get out unscathed, are they going to have to KILL THE BOY BAND?

Is it any good?

This book is fast-paced, madcap, and hilariously way over the top, so teens who can handle comic exaggeration and some very frank sex talk will enjoy laughing their way through the crazy caper. Think Stephanie Plum meets Weekend at Bernie's. Teens will relate to the four friends' obsession and to the narrator's feelings as events around her spiral out of control. Surprises around every corner, clues, red herrings, betrayals, and a perfect first kiss make it a fun, light read for older teens who understand negative examples.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about strong language in books, TV, and movies. Is it a big deal? Why? Is it how you talk to your friends?

  • Do you agree with Erin that boy bands turn fans into zombies and that fans should find better outlets for their talents and emotions? Or is the narrator right, that obsessing over cute boys is what you're supposed to do as a teen? Why?

  • Is there something you're a big fan of right now -- music, a movie franchise, a game, a book series? How do you think it will seem to you five or 10 years from now?

Book details

  • Author: Goldy Moldavsky
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Point
  • Publication date: February 23, 2016
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle

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