Boys Don’t Knit

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

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…

Thoughts:

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?
Of course!

Reading next:
Split Second- Kasie West

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WWW Wednesday #55

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday!  To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

15792316I was torn between starting Ignite Me or reading Split Second for my next read after I finished my previous book. I went for Split Second because I reasoned that I’m enjoying that series more. Never fear though, Ignite Me is DEFINITELY next. As for Split Second, I’m currently 10% through and I think I’m going to love it!

What did you recently finish reading?

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This book was recommended to me by Luna, who if you read my blog regularly, you’ll know recommends me many, many books! I thought this was a fun, easy to read book which made me laugh out loud at many moments.

What do you think you’ll read next?

13188676I KNOW Ignite Me is next. I have it in ‘real’ book format, and it’s just waiting for me. I’m really looking forward to this book. It’s good to know that once I finish it, I’ve finished another series pending!

How about you? What are you reading this week? Please feel free to answer the questions in the comments section, or leave me your WWW Wednesday link?

Stacking The Shelves #52

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodread’s page!

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I’m quite happy to say that I bought all of these books for a reason, they weren’t just impulse buys! I bought My Life Next Door and Everneath as they were in my list of top ten books I wanted for Christmas. It meant that I really wanted to read them. Everneath is also on my list of series that I want to read in 2014, as is Reached. I bought Boys Don’t Knit, Weirdos vs Quimboids and Pop! as they could be part of my new feature where my friend Luna picks a book or two for me to read a month. I’m doing this because she recommended such awesome reads last year. She gave me a list… and I ended up buying them all. Oops!

Free:

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My phone network does Priority Moments where you can get some free things. I noticed an offer for a Richard and Judy Spring Reads 2014. I participate in this book club, so I jumped at the chance to get a free book. I picked up a book and my friend with the same phone network got one for me too. Bonus!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to leave a link and I’ll come and visit you!