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Where have all the boys gone?

Down-to-earth Kelly is always the friend and never the girlfriend. But as her junior year of high school starts, Kelly is determined to finally reveal her true feelings for her long-time crush and good friend Hunter - that is, until the Boy Recession hits.

Over the past summer, an overwhelming number of male students have left Kelly and Hunter's
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247 pages
Published August 7th 2012
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Giselle
If you're looking for a really light, fluffy, funny read, The Boy Recession will give you just that. At a very small school, after an awful lot of boys have moved away, the girls are left with a very limited number of date and prom choices. Providing quite a few chuckles and even some laugh-out-loud moments, it's an overall satisfying, quirky novel.

Combining the dual perspectives of Kelly and Hunter, we meet two students at this school who are both on different grounds. One is striving to get no
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Crystal
I. Freaking. Love. This. Book. I was seriously just short of rolling on the floor laughing out loud. What I did do was laugh out loud and bang on the couch so much that my family thought I was going nuts. Needless to say, my mom demanded to have full rights to reading the book after I finished, so she can see what the deal is! (And because she knows if I loved the book, then she's going to love it too!)

The story is told from the alternating points of view of Kelly and Hunter. I like this because
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hpboy13
Okay, at first glance, this does not look like a book I would like. Multiple narrators? Not a fan of the format. High school romance and dating as the focus? Commence eye-rolling now. But, since I got an ARC of it (and since Flynn Meaney's first novel "Bloodthirsty" was hilarious), I read it. And, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT.

The best thing about this book, just like her debut novel, is how damn funny it is. She makes me laugh out loud more than any author except maybe Rick Riordan. From hysterical ref
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Delaney
GAAAAAAHHHH YOU AWESOME BOOK!!!! Oh yeah, and guess what, people, I love the title!!!! XD This book is so super duper cute!!!! > //// < My cheeks and ears are still feeling red from the cuteness!!!!! I love you book. You are my new favorite book of the year. You have picked me up from my mini-depression on Alice in Zombieland. If there is ever a book to pick you out of a mini-depression or for anything, this. IS. THE. ONE!

The Boy Recession, a sudden need of boys at Whitefish Bay and to mak
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
The Boy Recession is just what the doctor ordered. When I came home last night and opend the package I was jumping up and down because I have been dying to read this book. I started reading it and could not put it down. Thank you to Around The World ARC's for allowing me to read this book.

The Boy Recession is a fun book that had me laughing so hard I was in tears! The girls are celebrating their last day of summer before school starts and they are on the beach tanning enjoying the sun. The next
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Celeste
“In August, we agreed to go to the prom together this year,” Pam reminds Josh. “So I’m just formalizing the agreement. You sign here”—she points to the first page—“and initial here.”

“Shit,” Josh says, shaking his head. “This thing is four pages? What does it say?”

"The first page is the agreement to be each other’s dates,” Pam says. “The second page says you’ll pose with me for at least twenty-five pictures. The third page lists acceptable colors and styles for your tux. Read that carefully, bec
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Andrea
What happens when all the boys are gone? From your school, that is. When the most popular guys in school transfer to greener pastures, the Boy Recession hits. Guys who are usually ignored gain the girls' interest and new found popularity. The girls are scrambling to get a guy before they're all taken. Sweet Kelly likes slacker Hunter, who suddenly becomes the biggest catch in school. But now that he has all the girls' attention, Kelly realizes that she may be too late, because in a recession, it ...more
Ariel Avalon
Read this and other reviews at my blog.

Julius P. Heil High has about 250 students, and a general ratio of more girls than guys. But when budget cuts drive the desired football couch across the country, a lot of families pull their boys out to go to private schools where they can have a shot at getting their coveted football scholarships. This has left the school with a 4:1 ratio of girls to boys, making even the geekiest boys a hot commodity. Kelly is a down-to-earth girl, not the type to get no
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Justin
This book was really cute in principal, but I ended up finding myself looking for more. Flynn did a great job with the book in general, it was fun to read but I didn't really feel as if there was any connection to the characters. I guess the easiest way to explain it, would be that while it was a cute and fun book it doesn't really leave much of a lasting impression. With that said, my rating leans more towards four stars (3 1/2) I just couldn't warrant a full four stars.

The story was good, but
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Nafiza
Meaney’s debut doesn’t come with fireworks or sparkles. It doesn’t have a swoony love interest nor does it have a love triangle that sends girls spinning into teams so and so. There are no deep dark secrets or childhood trauma that often characterizes contemporary novels. None of that in The Boy Recession. If I had to paint a picture of what the book is like, I would paint a quiet country afternoon, a large, green lawn, blue skies, sunshine. It’s a breath of fresh air, an escape. The main charac ...more
Liviania
I've had this review in draft for several days now because I just can't decide what to say. This is the worst sort of review to write: the meh review. I had fun reading THE BOY RECESSION, but I just don't have anything to say.

Hunter Fahrenbach and Kelly Robbins are both seniors and band members at Julius P. Heil High. But when they come back to school from the summer, they find out that there have been a number of changes due to budget cuts. There is no band. And, more importantly in the minds o
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Kayla Eklund
Flynn Meaney's second novel, The Boy Recession, was a good YA chick-lit novel. Chick-lit isn't my usual genre, but I really liked this book. The plot was interesting, and flowed smoothly. There were a few things that bothered me about the book. I dislike when authors use the f-word more than once in a young adult novel. The author probably used the f-word close to half a dozen times. Another thing that bothered me in the book was some of the article titles that Aviva uses. For example, "Skankolo ...more
Frishawn Rasheed
This book is for all of the fringe kids. You know..the friend of a friend of the popular crowd twice removed.
This is a bird's eye view of what happens if all of the popular kids (in this case boys) disappear.
The shocking thing is that readers get to see that the laws of adaptation that are often seen in nature apply in this book.
Noooo... that is not to say that any of the females at Juilus P. Heil High School became male over night like those fish on the nature channel; but some pretty drab sl
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Britta
This book is one of those feel-good-quick-read kind of books. It is cute and funny, extremely funny at times with witty observations, but there is not much else going on - no depth I guess you could say. However, with a title like The Boy Recession, I was not expecting any sort of life changing epiphany. So I am not disappointed, nor am I blown away, but I did have a fun time reading this story and it would be a great "in-between" read.

School is starting up again after summer break and the gi
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Sarah
This review can also be found here.

**I've gone back and forth between 3 and 4 stars and I really don't know which to choose. I liked the story I just had some issues with it.**

This book was pretty cute and I found it to be a quick read. I did like the book. It was pretty short and at times was pretty funny. I found myself laughing at times because of some of the things the characters said. I just wish the characters and the romance could have been a little more developed.

A lot of the characters
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Merary
Note: The copy I read was an ARC. The final copy may be change or altered. This is a review of the ARC.

Have you ever seen one of those typical, cheesy, teen movies? You know, the type where two best friends don't know that they're in love with each other because they are too stupid to realize that, then some sudden drama occurs because of that unresolved romance, but at the end they realize their stupidity and start dating, and then go to prom, because, you know, every teen movie has to have a p
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Kristin (Beneath Shining Stars, I Read)
When your school's cute boy population dwindles, what do you have? Well, according to Eugene, you have a boy recession. Suddenly the boys who usually go overlooked are getting a ton of attention and Kelly comes to the realization that she likes Hunter, just as he skyrockets in popularity.

Told in first person and alternating between Hunter and Kelly, The Boy Recession certainly lives up to its name. It's not precisely what I thought it would be, but I definitely ended up liking it! And I'm just
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Megan (The Book Babe)
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*Rounded up from 2.5 Stars on original blog post.

I had several issues with The Boy Recession. That doesn't mean that I didn't like it, but, ya know, I had some issues. The biggest issue that I have with this book is that it's written in alternating point of view. Ordinarily, this wouldn't be a problem for me. But Kelly and Hunter sounded way too much alike, so I usually ended up being confused, because I HONESTLY had NO IDEA who was
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Despair Speaking
It has its bad points, that is true. Here are some that I noticed:

1. Veering of directions

They stopped at this point in this chapter and then out of nowhere they reach here in the next. There are clues on what happened but you can't help but get the feeling that you missed a lot of stuff in between.

2. Impossible ideas

They WERE interesting but they were rather ridiculous. Like The Promsitutes (oh yeah, I totally love the word!). Seriously? You can somehow manage to earn something from just three
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Candyap
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Lulie
Read my reviews at looking for seattle

The Boy Recession was so cute. I don't have anything negative to say about it, but it didn't exactly change my life or anything, so I think a 4 is appropriate.

The book opens up in Hunter's point of view, which excited me. I LOVE YA's told from the male POV. Teenage boys are... interesting. Of course, the book eventually starts to switch back and forth from Hunter's POV to Kelly's. But I didn't mind - Kelly is a very down to earth, real character. She's afra
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April
When you are blasting calories on your recumbent exercise bike, one of the best things you can do for yourself is read an entertaining book that makes the time go by quickly. Y’all, The Boy Recession by Flynn Meany was a book where I read 21% in half an hour on the bike. I was so absorbed that those calories just fell away and time flew right by. But I suppose that is what the most entertaining contemps are supposed to do.
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Emily (Book Jems)
3.5/5 Stars

The only thing word I can think of to describe this is "cute." It was a great read for a day where I just wanted to chill out. There wasn't a lot of depth to it, you didn't have to really think about what you were reading - which is not a bad thing. The Boy Recession had an interesting plot that the author pulled off very well. The characters were relatable and funny. This novel had some super fun scenes that had me giggling! I would definitely read other YA contemporary works by Ms.
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Hannah
I haven't read a book this light and humorous in forever. And this was one of the very rare books that I never wanted to end.

There was not one character in this book that didn't like. They fit together like a puzzle. Eugene with his perverted charm, Darcy with her realism, Derek with his craziness, all of them.

Hunter is definitely in my top five of best male protagonists lists. I loved his character and charisma, he was a joy to read about. And Kelly!!! Finally! A main female protagonist I lik
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Kimberly
This book had a really good sense of humour to it. Love when its realistic the way teens are, especially boys.
Mitch Cave
Aug 06, 2012 Mitch Cave marked it as to-read
What the cover says:
Guys can be mega-sluts and get away with it.
Meg
This was a very quick, very fun read. At first I didn't think I was going to like it and almost put it down, but I am glad that I didn't. It took me just an afternoon to read.

I didn't like that although there were two narrators, there wasn't anything truly distinguishable between the two. Although by setting and friends could tell you who was speaking, I really had to pay attention to the chapter line to get ready for who was speaking because the voices weren't really different.

I loved the tit
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Kiara
Originally from Read it in a Day

I’m kind of hopeless when it comes to love story. In real life I may roll my eyes at dating and couples, but in the fictional world, I’m lost. I love a good love story, and Boys Wanted (Previously known as The Boy Recession, which I think is a much better title) made my OH MY CUTE meter go all the way up. I found myself laughing out loud at parts-something that I rarely do. When I read, I’m quiet. I make faces, but I hardly ever laugh out loud. Meaney has a writi
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Amanda-Lee (StoryWings)
The Boy Recession was another excellent demonstration of Meaney’s amazing ability.

Hunter is a slacker, he never studies, has no extra-curricular activities and can’t really be bothered with trying, in any aspect of his life – he’s also clueless when it comes to girls.

Kelly is the girl that nobody sees, she blends into the crowd and she doesn’t mind most of the time, but when she realises she has developed a crush on Hunter, she wants to make sure she is at the front of the line of girls that hav
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Kay
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! If you are looking for an easy quick read that has an adorable plot with likeable characters then The Boy Recession is the perfect choice for you. There is a boy recession in the small town of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, and it starts to show when things get a little crazy at the local high school. All the while Kelly and Hunter are just trying to navigate through the boy recession while staying sane.

This is a laugh out loud novel that had people giving me s
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