The Boy Recession
By Flynn Meaney
Available August 2012
It’s all about supply and demand when a high school deals with the sudden exodus of male students.
The boy recession has hit Julius P. Heil High, and the remaining boys find that their stock is on the rise: With little competition, even the most unlikely guys have a good chance at making the team and getting the girl. Guitar-strumming, class-skipping Hunter Fahrenbach never wanted to be a hot commodity, but the popular girls can’t help but notice his unconventional good looks. With a little work, he might even by boyfriend material.
But for down-to-earth Kelly Robbins, the boy recession is causing all sorts of problems. She has secretly liked her good friend Hunter for a while now, but how can she stand out in a crowd of overzealous Spandexers? As if dating wasn’t hard enough without a four-to-one ratio!
This Blonde’s Review:
Like toppling dominoes, the boys have all left Julius High. Budget cuts and the loss of a football coach have a bigger effect than anyone could have predicted when several families move their sons to places with more options. When school starts there is an unusually high number of girls. With so few options for them, it gives the guys left chances they never would have had before. It will also lead to a whole new kind of boy crazy for the girls fighting for prom date.
Kelly is a nice girl. She is the kind of girl people get along with and guys are comfortable around. Except that they’re so comfortable around her that she doesn’t date. The mass exodus of the male population of her high school doesn’t give her hope of finding a date. Hunter is a slacker. He sleeps in class, doesn’t cut his hair, and doesn’t care for the effort of chasing a girl. He just wants to hang out with his friends, and if a cute girl wants to make out he’ll take it.
When Hunter and Kelly start working on a project together they’re able to get to know each other better. As they know each other better and see the way the girls treat Hunter, they will be able to learn what they really want. This book is written from both points of view, with alternating chapters. It’s interesting seeing the way their minds work. There isn’t a steady obsession for them the way many of those types of books are, instead it feels like we really are watching a girl and guy figure out if they’re interested or not.
The Boy Recession was refreshing since it wasn’t a high love and passion type of love story. There was no destined to be together and fighting for/against it. In most books I read lately the characters have high feelings and it takes up most of their attention. In this one, they’re not sure. They’re interested but they don’t think the other is, so they move on to other things.
This was an adorable story. I enjoyed getting to know Kelly and Hunter. Seeing both of their viewpoints was great, since we should have had an entirely different book if it was only one of them. We’re able to see what life could be like in that sort of situation.
If you enjoy the idea of a real to life romance while seeing what could happen when you take most of the guys out of a school, you’ll enjoy the Boy Recession.