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…
I first heard about this book at one of the Hot Key’s Blogger Brunches and I knew that it was a book I wanted to read. Then other exciting books were put into my hands and this one, sadly, slipped into the background. Then with the help of my book club, I finally got around to reading this book and felt so bad that it took me so long to read as it was absolutely brilliant. I was hooked from the very first page and now cannot wait until the next book comes out! This book was everything that I had hoped it would be.
Thanks to his friends, and an inability to keep things together, Ben Fletcher finds himself on probation. One of his tasks of probation is to sign up for an evening class but as it’s so late in the year, he has very limited options. Through much deliberating, he finally decides on knitting. What unfolds next is something he never could have imagined. This book was hilarious and had a plot that just seemed to keep all of the action and comedy flying off the page! I loved all of the things that occured in this book and felt that it was all just put together so well! While there was a slight generic feel to the plot, this was easy to look past as everything else was just so brilliant and vibrant!
Ben is, by far, my favourite character in this book and is one of the main reasons it was such a funny book to read. Ben is a character with a real personality and someone I could actually imagine being friends with. I love that he had a few quirks to his personality. He was caring, a worrier, sensitive, smart, and just always wanted to do the right thing. He was a great character to read about! I loved all of his misadventures! I also enjoyed reading about his friends, his family, and all the people in his knitting group! All the characters are perfect for this kind of book and are just written so well.
Boys Don’t Knit is a book full of humour that I just loved. I don’t know why I love Inbetweener style comedy books, but I just really do. It was easy to fall into Ben’s life and completely understand all of the restrictions he goes through every day. I loved the over-the-top humour, the food-sex jokes, the abundance of cultural references but mostly I just loved the very realistic feel to this book – well, until the end anyway! This book simply builds and builds until it reaches a really fun and hilarious climax that I absolutely adored!
If you want a book that is quick to read, and will leave you in stitches, then this is a book you must read! If you enjoyed The Inbetweeners or Don’t Call Me Ishmael or One Seriously Messed Up Week In the Otherwise Mundane Life of Jack Samsonite, then I am certain you’ll love this book (or vice versa!) and you should definitely get to reading it! Boy’s Don’t Knit is a wonderful book that has all the elements needed to make you laugh, as well as love all the characters, and simply just pull you into the story. It is an easy read that will stay on your mind for ages, one you’d be happy to re-read and it will also make you beg to get your hands on more. It is a book that I would highly recommend because it is just fantastic!
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **