Boys Don't Knit

Boys Don't Knit

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Book - 2015
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After a brush with the law, Ben, a dyed-in-the-wool worrier, must take up a new hobby and chooses knitting, an activity at which he excels but must try to keep secret from his friends, enemies, and sports-obsessed father.
Publisher: New York : Feiwel And Friends, 2015
New York : Feiwel And Friends, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250053312
1250053315
9781250073549
1250073545
Branch Call Number: YA EASTON 2015
Characteristics: 265 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Boys do not knit

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cat23_12
May 16, 2017

Review at www.fabulousbookfiend.com

Wow I really totally loved this book. I felt like I was watching a TV show about some unlikely lads and how they all got themselves in and out of trouble. I laughed so much reading this and just generally had a jolly good time.

I think it was interesting that the whole premise behind this book is that Ben is doing things that are all requirements of his probation and yet I found myself forgetting so often that he had done something wrong and was now dealing with the consequences. I really liked Ben as a character and he really does seem like a decent stand up gentleman. There are even knitting magazines hidden under his bed where you might expect other kinds of magazines to be hiding as well. Ben's friends, as I mentioned above, are also interesting characters. They just remind me of the lads that I went to school with and one of them is even attempting to write a sort of Fifty Shades of Grey spin off novel-how hilarious is that?

This book is very very funny but there are also some decent messages for life in here too. Ben really does grow and change because of his court mandated knitting and community service. He really is a decent person to start with but gains a level of maturity throughout the novel. He also finds out what happens when a lie spirals out of control. There is a little romance in this novel, and not just between Ben's parents (who are very much as embarrassing as a teenage boy's parents should be) and I liked that there was just a smattering of that left in there. Despite the fact that there is some slightly offensive language in there and allusions to sex in some scenes, I think this would definitely be something entertaining for the younger end of the YA audience, with those disclosures in mind.

This is a very British read, despite me having read the US version and translating certain things in my head as I went along and I loved that about it. I really enjoyed getting to know Ben and his friends and also getting to know a little bit more about knitting and football (soccer). I would definitely recommend this read, it was very funny and thoroughly entertaining!

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mammothhawk229e
Dec 08, 2016

Great off-beat novel.

QueenBoadicea Oct 13, 2015

Ben Fletcher is a typical guy. He’s spent too much time with his idiotic friends, a bunch of childish delinquents, and can’t speak to girls. He doesn’t understand why women act as if men were a bunch of sharks circling them, looking for an opening in order to attack. He doesn’t like the messes his friends get him into but can’t bring himself to say no when they propose one of their stupid (and usually illegal) schemes. When it comes to inner turmoil, he has a tendency to stress and worry (he also thinks he might be suffering from a mild form of OCD). Is it any wonder that his life is a mess?

But his probation has a bright side. He’s forced to write a journal (it’s to let his probation officers know his progress), perform a community service act and pick a hobby. The meaning behind this last one is a bit unclear; all he knows is that it’s part of his probation.

Ben’s journey to freedom from probation and getting the girl is one of amusing escapades, weird and sometimes sad insights into his own family and his gradual immersion into the teeth-clenching, nail-biting, competition-driven world of…knitting. Somehow, the author manages to make knitting—what seems like an activity reserved for little old ladies and bored housewives—fascinating, amusing and, yes, exciting. Who can refrain from cheering for Ben when he goes toe to toe with ruthless competitors, Keystone Cop-like security guards, his Three Stooges friends or hungry goats? This scene, like many others, has to be read to be fully appreciated and it is as hilarious as it is exultant.

Whether you’re a boy or a girl “Boys Don’t Knit” offers a highly amusing glance into the cutthroat world of knitting and a boy’s struggle to get his life into some kind of order…much like a knitting pattern.

FindingJane Oct 13, 2015

Ben Fletcher is a typical guy. He’s spent too much time with his idiotic friends, a bunch of childish delinquents, and can’t speak to girls. He doesn’t understand why women act as if men were a bunch of sharks circling them, looking for an opening in order to attack. He doesn’t like the messes his friends get him into but can’t bring himself to say no when they propose one of their stupid (and usually illegal) schemes. When it comes to inner turmoil, he has a tendency to stress and worry (he also thinks he might be suffering from a mild form of OCD). Is it any wonder that his life is a mess?

But his probation has a bright side. He’s forced to write a journal (it’s to let his probation officers know his progress), perform a community service act and pick a hobby. The meaning behind this last one is a bit unclear; all he knows is that it’s part of his probation.

Ben’s journey to freedom from probation and getting the girl is one of amusing escapades, weird and sometimes sad insights into his own family and his gradual immersion into the teeth-clenching, nail-biting, competition-driven world of…knitting. Somehow, the author manages to make knitting—what seems like an activity reserved for little old ladies and bored housewives—fascinating, amusing and, yes, exciting. Who can refrain from cheering for Ben when he goes toe to toe with ruthless competitors, Keystone Cop-like security guards, his Three Stooges friends or hungry goats? This scene, like many others, has to be read to be fully appreciated and it is as hilarious as it is exultant.

Whether you’re a boy or a girl “Boys Don’t Knit” offers a highly amusing glance into the cutthroat world of knitting and a boy’s struggle to get his life into some kind of order…much like a knitting pattern.

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