Author: Goldy Moldavsky
Series or standalone: Standalone
Genre: YA Fiction
Publisher & Date of Publication: Point, 2016
Summary: “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.” (Goodreads)
Review: In Kill the Boy Band, Moldavsky presents the trials and tribulations of being a fangirl in a darkly humorous way. As someone who spent a majority of my teenage years deeply dedicated to One Direction, I found this book both painful and amusing. As the fifteen-year-old main character recounts her tumblr use and her love of Rupert K. of the band The Ruperts, I felt nostalgia for my own fifteen-year-old self’s fangirl experiences. At the same time, I couldn’t help but feel like fifteen-year-old me was being made fun of. This book is satirical, obviously, and I mostly appreciated the satire. The part of me that still loves One Direction, however, did not.
My favorite part of this book was the humor. It was dry and dark at times, not the type of humor you usually find in a YA novel. Some of the humor could be understandably seen as offensive, however. Also, a lot of the humor is based in fangirl culture (tumblr, fanfiction, etc.) so if you aren’t familiar with it, the humor may be lost. The plot of this book, in addition, is a ridiculous and wild ride. It’s completely and utterly implausible and read like fanfiction but I loved it. It was fun in a very dark and twisted way and it was refreshing. If you are a former/current fangirl or just want a unique YA book to read, I would recommend this.
Rating: 4 stars