I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Boys Don't Knit by T.S. Easton
Series: Boys Don't Knit #1
Published by Feiwel and Friends on March 24th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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Knitting is a man’s game.
After an incident regarding a crossing guard and a bottle of Martini & Rossi (and his bonehead friends), 17-year-old worrier Ben Fletcher must develop his sense of social alignment, take up a hobby, and do some community service to avoid any further probation.
He takes a knitting class (it was that or his father’s mechanic class) under the impression that it's taught by the hot teacher all the boys like. Turns out, it’s not. Perfect.
Regardless, he sticks with it and comes to find that he’s a natural knitter, maybe even great. It even helps ease his anxiety and worrying. The only challenge now is to keep it hidden from his friends, his crush, and his soccer-obsessed father. What a tangled web Ben has weaved . . . or knitted.
Prepare yourself for a lot of flattery and positivity because I loved this novel. A lot.
Boys Don’t Knit has one of the most lovable/awkward main characters I’ve read in a while. Ben is hilarious and very interesting. He has such a fun and quirky voice, slightly reminiscent of a John Green character. His family and friends don’t fall far behind. They are all ridiculous but amazing at the same time. His friends are awful yet lovable, which explains why Ben sticks with them after everything they put him through. Also, I’m really jealous of his knitting abilities because they are out-of-this-world amazing. Yes, I’m jealous of a fictional character.
The plot is somewhat predictable but I didn’t really care. The misadventures along the way are worth the clichés. It is so fast paced and fun to read that I really had a difficult time being productive while reading this book. Not that reading is not a productive pastime, but I couldn’t stay away from this book long enough to feed myself. I’m not exaggerating.
I love the way this novel deals with stereotypes and bullying. Ben is such a great character and his “unusual” hobby opens up a lot of discussion about the way our society handles stereotypes. Ben’s knitting draws a lot of attention and the negativity surrounding his decision is overwhelming. Ben is very ashamed of enjoying something that is associated with being “girly,” so it is extremely interesting to see how he adapts and grows up. A huge round of applause to T.S. Easton for bringing this up while using fantastic humor along the way.
Boys Don’t Knit is hilarious, nerdy, and tons of fun. I couldn’t be happier that this is part of a series because I’m not ready to part with Ben just yet.