Kill the Boy Band
Four super fans infiltrate the hotel their favorite boy band, The Ruperts, are staying at for their New York tour. After they accidently kidnap one of the boys, they begin to realize how society pressures teens to love boy bands. It turns out that being a fan is not all that it is cracked up to be.
First, I want you to take a moment and breathe because you may not get a chance to when you plunge into the crazy that is KILL THE BOY BAND. This book was the strangest debut I’ve ever read. It may have been the craziest --- and it most definitely is the boldest piece of work that has graced my bookshelf in a long time.
KILL THE BOY BAND encompasses readers’ minds, and cleverly inspires them to look between the lines beyond the strange plot.
It starts out innocently enough. The four main characters are the ultimate fans of The Ruperts, a band of four boys each named Rupert. Each fan has their own way of loving the band --- and then they don’t. After accidentally kidnapping one of The Ruperts, things start getting weird. KILL THE BOY BAND becomes a slow progression of true ridiculousness (and I never said it was funny). A lot of reviewers have said that Goldy Moldavsky’s book is hilarious, but the dark humor never came close to total hilarity for me.
The narrative is told by a girl who never tells readers her name. At first I thought not disclosing the protagonist’s name was meant to prolong the mystery, similar to how E.K. Johnston handled A THOUSAND NIGHTS. Yet the true message behind the unnamed protagonist and the whole plot was not as literal as I initially thought. KILL THE BOY BAND, underneath the ridiculousness of kidnapping a boy band member, shows the true colors of the boy band dynamic in society and how it’s a false representation of society itself.
A documentary about boy bands and the fangirls that love them served as the inspiration for Goldy Moldavsky's wild debut. The unidentified main character’s narration begins by asking questions about fans and the lengths they will go to in order to see the boys of their dreams. In turn, readers begin asking the same thing. KILL THE BOY BAND encompasses readers’ minds, and cleverly inspires them to look between the lines beyond the strange plot. This book may be one of the boldest debuts in recent history which tells us a message about our own society. Now I must ask you: do you want to kill the boy band or let it continue on?
Reviewed by Jeanna Michel on March 1, 2016