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Boys Don't Knit (in Public)

(Boys Don't Knit #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,141 ratings  ·  511 reviews
Ben Fletcher must get to grips with his more 'feminine' side following an unfortunate incident with a lollipop lady and a stolen bottle of Martini Rosso from Waitrose. All a big misunderstanding of course.

To avoid the Young Offenders unit, Ben is ordered to give something back to the community and develop his sense of social alignment. Take up a hobby and keep on the stra
Paperback, 277 pages
Published January 2nd 2014 by Hot Key Books
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Dec 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3, 2015, ya, starred-2015
Very light (maybe a little too light?) and quite funny, in a Georgia Nicholson way.
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pub-macmillan, 2015
This book was a complete delight! I loved being inside Ben's head. Ben doesn't always understand his messy family - or feel like he fits, he's not sure how he feels about his friends (they keep getting him into trouble) and he doesn't know how to talk to girls he likes. When Ben gets put on probation for a situation that involves poor judgement, liquor stealing, and hitting a crossing guard with a bicycle, all largely the fault of his idiotic friends, Ben ends up taking a knitting class. Of cour ...more
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

I’m always on the lookout for books with well-done male POV. Boys Don’t Knit is such a little gem, and I wish it got more attention.

Ben Fletcher is your average teenage boy. Well, maybe not so average, but, hey, we all have our quirks.
"Call me Mr Template. Otherwise known as Ben Fletcher. My friends sometimes call me Bellend Ben which I’m not so keen on. I am small and thin with black hair and brown eyes. I don’t like sports, though my mum thinks I like football. I don’t like cars, though
I love this book so much. In my head this was John Oliver's voice narrating his memoirs.


I love it even more because I'm such a bad knitter and can appreciate that some people can BE REALLY GOOD AT IT. It's just not going to be me.

What I DIDN'T LOVE is the back and forth between UK/American vernacular, which I notice happens in Australian released novels as well. I'm pretty sure the editors change U.K specific words and make it more Americanized (because I went to this workshop about it hosted
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2015
First of all, my library holds this in Juvenile Fiction. I will be having a chat with the librarian when I return this book. I am relieved I didn't let my 6-year-old read this! The very first page talks about the parents using food-based double entendres with each other. While my son doesn't know the term yet, he knows that wieners and buns can also be names for certain body parts. And as an adult reading them, it got old really fast. The main character gets in trouble for stealing alcohol to sn ...more
Stacey (prettybooks)
Boys Don't Knit was the second book I read in June for #aryaclub, a young adult book club. Tom Easton read from Boy's Don't Knit back in March at the Drink Shop Do Speakeasy. I rarely find books that are 'laugh out out'-funny, but Tom's reading was so hilarious that it made everyone on my table want to read the book even more – so we did.

After Ben Fletcher gets into a kerfuffle with a lollipop lady, which isn't really his fault at all, he narrowly avoids the Young Offenders Unit by pledging to G
Kathy Martin
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a funny, quirky story about seventeen-year-old Ben Fletcher who could win an Academy Award for worrying. Ben is fussy and funny and marches to the beat of his own drummer. After an bicycle accident involving a crossing guard and a Porsche Cayenne Ben finds himself on probation. He needs to keep a diary which we are privileged to read. He also has to find an extra-curricular activity to keep him out of trouble. Rather than taking the auto mechanics class taught by his dad, he signs up fo ...more
Jen Ryland
Funny, irreverent "lad lit" about a British teenager who joins a knitting class as a condition of his probation. While it lagged a bit in the middle for me and then ending was predictable, it had its laugh-out-loud moments.

Recommended for fans of Nick Hornby, the Inbetweeners, Adrian Mole and the like.

Full review soon.
Samantha (WLABB)
I absolutely loved Easton's Girl Can't Hit, and couldn't wait to read more of his books. I am happy to say, that Boys Don't Knit was an utter delight!

Ben was a good kid, but trouble always seemed to find him. After an unfortunate string of bad decisions, Ben was forced to do a series of tasks as per the terms of his probation. One of his assigned tasks was keeping a journal, which was how the story was told. I love a journal format, and Ben's entries was honest and hilarious.

Another part of his
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:** 

My Thoughts I can't even accurately convey how much I enjoyed Boys Don't Knit (In Public). This book is kind of my new obsession. It has everything. It's funny, it's heartwarming, it has an awesome male protagonist. I can't say enough good things about this book. Other than, I think everyone needs to read it. Ben is a high school student in the UK and he has a pretty typical group of friends. They always seem to be getting i
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was actually really funny (if somewhat unrealistic near the end). Full review to come.


Let's just lay it all out on the line: I know absolutely NOTHING about knitting! I have a couple friends who know how, and I've always thought it would be cool to learn, but I know nothing about it. Also, I don't read a lot of YA books with male protagonists. Mainly because I feel like a lot of the ones I've picked up have protags that are either complete assholes or so unrealistic that they
Ms. Yingling
I really wanted to like this, but it is very British and very vulgar. This would be great if I wanted to introduce my 6th graders to the British slang for naughty bits, but I think I will pass at this time. Drat. I knew some boys who knit and was looking forward to this one.
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute! A few parts were a bit cheesy and over dramatic but I enjoyed it. It was so adorable how into knitting he got. Buying magazines, listening to knitting podcasts, shopping around for the perfect wool yarn and patterns.
This was so adorable, funny, and completely won me over.
Alex  Baugh
Mar 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: randomly-reading
Ben Fletcher, 17, really wants to go to the party his crush Megan Hooper will be at. Trouble is, it's for older kids and you need a bottle of booze to get him. Under age and with no money, Ben and his friends Gex, Freddie and Joz decide to steal what they need. But when Ben gets caught stealing a bottle of Martini Rosso and injuring a crossing guard in the process (a lollipop lady in England because of the sign she holds up), he ends up on probation.

Now, as part of that requires that he keep a d
Michelle Sedeño
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-5-stars
Originally reviewed on The Escapist.


When I started reading Boys Don't Knit, I thought it was the kind of book that would disappoint me. Because there's a part of me that unconsciously expected a certain story and voice for the main character, but as I continue reading, I realized it would never happen. It turns out Ben Fletcher's story and voice sounds more like MG (middle grade) even though this book is YA (young adult). And with my history on some MG books, I'm afraid that I wouldn't end up
Lucy Powrie
You can read more of my reviews at Queen of Contemporary

I don’t think you can go wrong with a book that makes you laugh. The thing is, though, Boys Don’t Knit didn’t just make me laugh. It made me ROAR with laughter, so much so that my shoulders shook. I haven’t read such a hilarious book in a long time.

After an unfortunate incident involving a lollipop lady and a bike, Ben Fletcher is on probation. This means that he has to choose a course to attend at the local college as part of his rehabilit
Pop Bop
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Deadpan Teen Humor, With A Heart

I guess I shouldn't have been surprised to note the Adrian Mole reference in this book's blurb, since that was exactly who came to mind as I read this. It has the same deadpan delivery and the same sort of funny throwaway bits and lines as the Mole books. It also has a decent hero, Ben, who is smart, dumb, oblivious, insightful, horny and shy in all of those endearing, distressful ways that teen boys can be.

Like most of the best teen social humor books, both Brit
Samantha Trillium ☂
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was FANTASTIC!!!! I read it in one sitting, honestly just so lost in the humour and storyline that I didn't even realize how late it was, and that I should actually be thinking about turning in...

This book is about a 17-year old boy named Ben Fletcher. Ben has three friends that he is not sure he really likes, but then again, he is pretty unpopular at his school, and beggars can't be choosers. The only problem with these guys is that they are a magnet for trouble. The story starts off
Gitte - Bookworm's Closet
I’m starting to think that maybe knitting has healing powers greater than I ever imagined.

17-year-old Ben Fletcher becomes a criminal by accident, and has to join a programme to “Give Something Back”. One of the things he has to do is join an evening class. He accidently ends up in a knitting class – and finds that he loves it! Knitting is the only activity that helps him relax and forget about his problems. And he’s darn good at it. But knitting isn’t cool. So Ben desperately hides his
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Allow yourself a few hours for reading Boys Don’t Knit because most likely you’ll end up like me, starting and unable to finish until the last page. From the very first page T. S. Easton had me hooked.

I loved Ben’s voice, the story is narrated as a diary and from the moment Ben tells us about his sister eating tadpoles I knew Boys Don’t Knit would be my kind of book. Due to the “unfortunate incident” Ben ends up in a knitting class, it’s a long story but instead of the hot teacher he expected th
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
review also found at

I won an advanced copy of this book in a giveaway on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is March 24th 2015.

I'm not really sure to make of this story as a whole lot does not happen throughout. I guess it can be described as a coming of age story where the main character Ben figures out to be his own person in spite of the prejudices surrounding his new found hobby.

It was humorous at times. Take a
Katey Lovell
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is laugh out loud funny. From the scene where Ben and his friends try and steal alcohol (from Waitrose, no less) I was hooked. I loved Ben- he's a teenager bumbling through life, wondering how on earth he finds himself in the situations he does. He's a bit like one of The Inbetweeners, certainly not perceived as cool by the majority of his peers, yet desperate to fit in-or at least, not stand out.

Don't let the knitting bit throw you, this book is about friendship, family and challengi
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cute! A few parts were a bit cheesy and over dramatic but I enjoyed it. It was so adorable how into knitting he got. Buying magazines, listening to knitting podcasts, shopping around for the perfect wool yarn and patterns.
Sarah Hadd
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This was a simple, quick YA book that was laugh out loud funny in a few parts. I had no expectations but I’m pleasantly surprised that I really enjoyed it!
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, comedy, uk-reads
Fluffy and light, funny at times, and so good for talking about the gendering of activities. Boys should knit, and shouldn't feel ashamed of it. Will recommend to 7th and up.
SJH (A Dream of Books)
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I loved 'Boys Don't Knit' by T.S. Easton. It was the perfect book to start the new year with - fun, enjoyable and very, very entertaining!

The main character Ben Fletcher, discovers that he has a passion for knitting, after being put on probation for an accident involving a lollipop lady. Of course, being a boy, he tries to keep this a secret, because he's worried what his friends and family will think of him if he reveals that he'd rather knit than go to watch a football match.

The story is told
Ben Fletcher is a 17-year-old worrier. He worries about everything. He also is one of those rare high school boys who considers the consequences of his actions, although he usually goes ahead and does the wrong thing anyway.
When he gets put on probation for something stupid that his friends talked him into doing, part of his probation is to find a hobby. He has to take a class, and knitting turns out to be his best option. He knows if people find out, he'll be in for a lot of harassment, but
Natalie TBGWP
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I honestly have not giggled and laughed out loud at a book for a long time. From page one of Boys Don't Knit I was giggling as an adult, but cringing as the teenager I was many years ago. I got that engrossed in a certain part that my eyes bulged, I couldn't read fast enough and my heart was beating ten to the dozen. I realised I was engrossed in Knitting and was highly amused with myself. Knitting please?

As a YA book I believe this will be very popular with teenagers, but I think their parent
Simone Ramone
I skimmed wads of this which lifted to a 3 at times. It read like an ep of The Inbetweeners. Might be very good for Year 7/8.

In other news, I am going wool shopping.
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