Goldy Moldavsky’s debut novel Kill the Boy Band is a book for any girl that ever was a fangirl or ever will be a fangirl (so basically all of us). Or really, it is just a good book for anyone who understands crazy, passionate, slightly scary fandom love. But especially boy band love.
So it’s pretty much what it sounds like based on the title. The book follows four friends all obsessed with the same band (The Ruperts, so named because all the boys are named Rupert) and they’ve decided they are taking matters into their own hands. They want and up close and personal look at the boys, and it is exactly what they get. But nowhere close tot he way they were imagining.
The narrator is super relatable, and she’s also fairly self-aware. Which is a nice balance for the reader because then it’s not just trying to cope with crazy fangirl screaming. And the story becomes not just about all these shenanigans these four teenage girls get into while trying to meet their favorite boy banders. It becomes a bit of a social commentary on the fandom life, in whatever shape it might take.
Being crazy about a boy band or a TV show or a book series to the point of total life consumption is not, itself, a bad thing. Especially when you’re young and you kind of don’t have a lot of other things to occupy your time with. But it is sometimes wise to have a voice of reason come in and remind you there are other things in life. In addition to making some good observations about fandom this book is also just a hilarious, ridiculous fun read.