The Boy Recession
By Flynn Meaney
(Poppy, Hardcover, 9780316102131, 256pp.)
Publication Date: August 2012
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It's all about supply and demand when a high school deals with the sudden exodus of male students.
The boy recession has hit Julius P. Heil High, and the remaining boys find that their stock is on the rise: With little competition, even the most unlikely guys have a good chance at making the team and getting the girl. Guitar-strumming, class-skipping Hunter Fahrenbach never wanted to be a hot commodity, but the popular girls can't help but notice his unconventional good looks. With a little work, he might even by boyfriend material.
But for down-to-earth Kelly Robbins, the boy recession is causing all sorts of problems. She has secretly liked her good friend Hunter for a while now, but how can she stand out in a crowd of overzealous Spandexers?
As if dating wasn't hard enough without a four-to-one ratio!
Flynn Meaney is an alumna of the University of Notre Dame and a current poetry student in the Hunter College M.F.A. in Creative Writing program. She herself was an innocent victim of a boy recession at her high school in Westchester County, NY.
"In this sassy and very funny he said/she said romantic comedy from Meaney (Bloodthirsty), Kelly and Hunter's small Wisconsin high school suffers an exodus of dudes. . . the fun of the story lies less in the question of "Will they or won't they?" than in the large supporting case of offbeat friends. . . rarely has a recession brought such enjoyment."
"Meaney's The Boy Recession is downright hilarious... smooth, witty, and charming. The Boy Recession is bound to please across the board."
"The dialogue is witty and crisp, capturing the rhythms of teen conversations."
"Meany's laugh-out-loud dialogue and vulnerable protagonists-they split first-person narration duties-assure this charming crowd-pleaser a varied audience."
"Breezy, fast-paced accounts incorporate humorous situations and witty comments."
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"Bloodthirsty sparkles with wit and charm."
-Daniel Waters, author of Generation Dead
"A story so funny and clever I wish I had thought of it myself."
-Jake Wizner, author of Spanking Shakespeare and Castration Celebration
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