Author: T.S Easton
Published by: Hot Key Books
Publication date: 1st January 2014
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
Ben is a normal teenage boy with normal teenage troubles. His friends are always getting him into tricky situations, and this time it's more serious. Having stolen a bottle of Martini Rosso whilst almost killing a lollipop lady, his parole officer asks him to start a journal which she will get to read when he's finished. Not too bad, right? But then she asks him to take up a new hobby, providing him with a list of available courses he can do at the local college. And that's when Ben starts knitting. Stir in girl problems, a dysfunctional family, a couple of bullies and an old lady, and you've got yourself a fantastic YA contemporary.
I was in hysterics on the first page. The first page. Now that is the sign of a good book! Boys Don't Knit is full of innuendos, euphemisms and witty one-liners, and if you properly know me then you will know that that is my humour down to a T. So what if it's immature? It makes for a hilarious book!
Then it started to drag a bit. I knew one of the main themes would be knitting - obviously, just read the title - but I didn't realise it would feature quite so much. I think sometimes it went into too much detail and, yes, that did make it more authentic, but I wasn't really interested in angora wool or how to knit a tank top. I just wanted to get to the action of the story. Boys Don't Knit is written in a diary format which greatly benefited the story and it helped the flow a bit, which was good! The protagonist, Ben, got into a lot of situations which were so cringe-worthy and fun to read, and I don't think there was any point during reading where I wasn't laughing.
I love how this book doesn't conform to gender stereotypes. It's a rare gem in today's YA market and society in general. Boys Don't Knit isn't that thrilling - in fact, it's fairly laid back - but it will have you in stitches! A thoroughly enjoyable YA contemporary, perfect for fans of David Walliams and Sue Limb.