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Title: Boys Don’t Knit
Series: Boys Don’t Knit
Author: TS Easton
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: 1 Jan 2014
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
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 straight and narrow. The hot teacher he likes runs a knitting group so Ben, reluctantly at first, gets ‘stuck in’. Not easy when your dad is a sports fan and thinks Jeremy Clarkson is God. To his surprise, Ben finds that he likes knitting and that he has a mean competitive streak. If he can just keep it all a secret from his mates…and notice that the girl of his dreams, girl-next-door Megan Hooper has a bit of a thing for him…Laugh-out-loud, often ridiculous, sometimes quite touching, and revelatory about the knitting world, Boys Don’t Knit is a must for boys and girls..
REVIEW BY SAM – YEAR 9
This is a teen comedy novel revolving around the life of struggling teen Ben fletcher. Ben isn’t a bad kid, he just seems to hang out with the wrong people, in the wrong places, and more often than not, he’s also in those places at the wrong time. So it’s only a matter of time before he is forced into community service after a hairy incident involving shop-lifted alcohol, a bike and a lollipop lady who wouldn’t seem out of place on a Viking battlefield. Thrust into a desperate mission of redemption, Ben must face this wizened warrior queen, inappropriate innuendo from his parents, girls, and a short-lived career in knitting. And getting a date with the frustratingly elusive Megan Hooper would also be nice.
I picked this book up with mixed emotions; the title suggested a comedy, and after reading the synopsis I was assured that it was, however, the cover was a dubious mix of bright colours and a theme that wasn’t reassuringly masculine, and as a result there was a brief moment of indecision, before I made the worthwhile choice of taking it to read.
Filled with unexpected turns, it didn’t exhaust its ability to occasionally cause me to giggle like a little girl, and at other times groan with exasperation at the impossible circumstances Ben somehow gets himself into. T.S. Easton seems to manage to effortlessly draw you into the life of Gex, Joz and Freddie and their friend and antiheroic weed, Ben Fletcher, the unlikely main character of this story.
A worthy read, causing you to inwardly cringe, laugh and even feel the successes (few, yet still there) of the relatable Ben Fletcher, it’s almost sad to finish the story, but it leaves no doubt about the prowess of the skilled T.S. Easton: there is nothing to criticise.
Read it, it’ll be a laugh.