Review: Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
Title: Kill the Boy Band
Author: Goldy Moldavsky
Publish Date: February 23, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Humor
Synopsis: Just know from the start that it wasn’t supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near them. That’s why we got a room in the hotel where they were staying.
We were not planning to kidnap one of them. Especially not the most useless one. But we had him—his room key, his cell phone, and his secrets.
We were not planning on what happened next.
From thrilling new talent Goldy Moldavsky comes a pitch-black, hilarious take on fandom and the badass girls who have the power to make—or break—the people we call “celebrities.”
I knew this book was going to be outrageous since I first read the synopsis. What I didn't know was just how crazy and over-the-top this book would get.
I LOVED IT!
Holy shit, if you want to understand hardcore fangirls, then this book is for you.
I read a few reviews that said this book was somewhat offensive but I think it's spot on. Fangirls are crazy. There are just different levels of crazy to that status. Personally, I didn't take offense. I found it extremely funny. I have not gone to the extremes mentioned in this book (I really hope no fangirl has) but I have gone kind of far.
This bunch of girls were just fantastic. The only one that had any good judgement was Lydia (whatever her name was) (I actually had to read through three reviews before I found her name?) but she kept ignoring it. Apple was sweet and I don't think she really knew what she was doing. I hated Erin with a passion. She was just a douche and not a true fan. (Who lies about being obsessed with someone?) Isabel just scared me. She did everything for her blog. (I can relate.)
This book was ridiculous. You should probably know that going in. Someone did die and a few people did go to jail.
The Ruperts were based off of One Direction. Everyone has said it (but I'm not so sure about the author). There are so many similarities that I easily recognized since I was a fan when they first started out. (Don't ask.) The Ruperts were essentially a British boyband that all had the first name of Rupert. Most of the story revolves around what the four ladies mentioned above do when they accidentally kidnap Rupert P. It was an accident.
I hated Rupert P. but I do not see that as justification for the girls' actions. He was a douche. A little advice, don't be rude to your kidnappers. It's not nice.
I gave this 4 stars on Goodreads because I could not deal with the fat shamming. It was ridiculous and not in a good way. I am not for shaming young girls about how much they weigh. It shouldn't be joked about (especially this much) because it is such a sensitive issue. So what Apple is overweight? I feel as if Moldavsky was trying to be funny and over the top but I did not agree with this part of the book. It even mentions that the only reason they had kidnapped Rupert P. was because Apple saw him, got excited, and barreled towards him knocking him out in the process. That just made me feel bad. I think they even referred to Apple as a whale at some point.
There was a part of the book that I really liked and connected to. I don't have the exact wording but I'm pretty sure it was something about how someone's biggest fans are also their biggest haters. Like I'm obsessed with 5SOS and Dan & Phil, and I do this all the time. Sometimes they do really stupid stuff and I'll be the first to call them out on it. But if someone else that's not a fan calls them out on it, I'll be the first to defend them.
This book was extremely funny. I could not stop laughing nor could I put the book down. It was great. There was a lot of diversity in this book with POC, so for all of you looking for those kinds of books. Also, Kill the Boy Band dealt with a lot of issues. It was very modern. I really like this book and cannot wait to read more from Moldavsky!