How did I get it?:
I bought it!
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…
Another book I read, another recommendation by Luna’s Little Library. Yes, she really does recommend most of the books I read. Boys Don’t Knit didn’t quite win my Luna’s picks last month, but I still bought it, as it intrigued me and I wanted to read it. I’ve seen so many favourable reviews about this book. I can see why. It’s fun, light and easy to read at time, touching and funny.
The main character in Boys Don’t Knit is the lovable Ben Fletcher. He discovers he has a passion and great aptitude for knitting, after choosing knitting as a hobby, after being put on probation. The reason he’s on probation? An accident following a lollipop lady! The reason he picked knitting class? The teacher! Being a boy, Ben wants to keep this secret. It’s just not what boys do!
I loved how Ben’s story was told in a diary style. It made it incredibly easy to read. You know when you tell yourself ‘Just one more instalment..’? That’s what I kept doing! I think it really gave the reader an insight into Ben’s voice. He’s a great character. He’s fun, sweet and quite simply lovely! It was great to read about a teenage boy that wasn’t a rebel.
I think Boys Don’t Knit addresses stereotypes really well. I’m pretty sure lots of people identify with not fitting the stereotypes, but feeling pressure to be a certain way because they are a girl or a boy. I certainly think that many people will also relate to the problem of not wanting to disappoint a parent. Ben doesn’t want to disappoint his dad, who thinks boys should like football and cars. Boys Don’t Knit encourages people to follow their passions, no matter who they are. I think this is a great message to promote.
Boys Don’t Knit had me laughing out loud several time. The story is engaging and fast-paced. It’s well worth taking a look at.
Would I recommend it?
Split Second- Kasie West