I received this book for free from Hot Key Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Title: Boys Don't Knit
Author: T. S. Easton
Series: Boys Don't Knit #1
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: January 1st 2014
Source: Hot Key Books
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. 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'. 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 girl-next-door Megan Hooper has a bit of a thing for him.
Review: Boy’s Don’t Knit came into my life at just the right moment when I really needed cheering up. Told in a (slightly reluctant) diary format, Easton has the teenage voice down perfectly. Ben is a great character and you can’t help rooting for him as he unintentionally lands himself into chaotic situations.
After an unfortunate accident and misunderstanding, Ben is now giving back to the community and being forced to take up a hobby and ends up in the knitting class. Suddenly he finds out that maybe knitting isn’t as bad as he thought, in fact he might actually be good at it. If only it wasn’t such an ‘uncool’ hobby.
I adored this book. It’s funny, it feels very authentic and it looks at how we can tell ourselves not to do something due to a fear of being uncool or weird, but actually that isn’t always right and we limit ourselves. Ben grows a lot throughout the novel and he’s a really solid narrator. Easton’s voice is so on point and genuinely humorous. Most importantly, this book to me proves a lot about the debate about boys reading YA and the idea of boy and girl hobbies. Why do we have these strict ideas about what boys and girls can do and that in the case of this book, boys don’t knit? Easton doesn’t get didactic about this and it’s not a preachy novel in the slightest, but the message does come through.
Contemporary YA fans and those who love UKYA should definitely enjoy Boys Don’t Knit. It’s quintessentially British and is an authentic, funny and thought-provoking YA. I’m very keen to read the sequel and continue Ben Fletcher’s adventures in knitting and life.
I received a free paperback from Hot Key Books for reviewing purposes. My review is honest and its tone and content unaffected by the means in which I received the book.