REVIEW: Boys Don’t Knit by T.S. Easton

I don’t think you can go wrong with a book that makes you laugh. The thing is, though, Boys Don’t Knit didn’t just make me laugh. It made me ROAR with laughter, so much so that my shoulders shook. I haven’t read such a hilarious book in a long time.

After an unfortunate incident involving a lollipop lady and a bike, Ben Fletcher is on probation. This means that he has to choose a course to attend at the local college as part of his rehabilitation. So, believing the gorgeous teacher from school is taking the class, Ben starts knitting. Hilarity ensues as Ben tries to hide his new hobby from his family, his friends, and also has many other problems at him.

I think the thing I liked most about this book is that, although it may seem like it’s only for boys, anyone, of any age or gender, will enjoy it. The protagonist, Ben, is someone you can’t help but warm to, and he wasn’t your stereotypical teenager. There was a lot more depth to him and Easton has really captured that. As a teenager myself, I’m often frustrated by unrealistic portrayals of teenagers so Boys Don’t Knit was a very refreshing read.

There was so much packed into this novel. There wasn’t a moment throughout when I wasn’t completely hooked and I want to read more books like it now because I feel like there aren’t enough books like this that I’ve read.

Although I’m absolutely hopeless at knitting, I felt myself learning through Ben’s eyes and I still managed to connect to the story even though it was new territory to me. I think this is an incredible skill to achieve on the author’s part and I just know other people will enjoy it too.

The contrast between Ben and his friends really intrigued me. They were very different characters and, whilst they had fallings out, were still loyal to each other. Through each of them, we got a very good picture of teenage life, and I enjoyed that we got to see how everyone differs. I think it’s something that can be forgotten by quite a few people sometimes.

I cannot wait for the sequel to Boys Don’t Knit because I know it won’t disappoint. I’ll definitely be re-reading this if I’m feeling a bit down or want to read something that will have me chuckling because this book put a massive grin on my face.

four-half-stars

Lucy Powrie

Lucy Powrie is a blogger, YouTuber and author from the UK. When she's not reading, she enjoys cuddling guinea pigs and eating Oreo chocolate, but let's be real: she's mostly always reading.

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    Sunny @ A Sunny Spot

    13 January, 2014

    Boys Don’t Knit sounds like such a good read. I love a book that can make me laugh. I’m glad the portrayal of the teenage characters was realistic, I hate when it isn’t. Great Review Lucy!
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    Francoise

    13 January, 2014

    This sounds like such a funny book. I love those books that just have you literally rolling on the floor laughing. This sounds like an excellent book and I must keep an eye out. How have I not heard of it before??? Anyways thanks for the review! Always nice to see a new book to look out for.
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    Jesse Owen

    13 January, 2014

    Oh, I’ve heard so many good reviews for this book and now yours as well. It sounds hilarious – which just so happens to be the kind of books I love. Great review 🙂
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    Eileen @ Singing and Reading in the Rain

    13 January, 2014

    this one looks so funny!! I always see you reviewing books that are ridiculously happy and hilarious, and it’s about time that I finally start one. This one looks like it could appeal to boys and girls of all ages and I’m glad that the characterization was really well and showed Ben’s character contrast to everyone else. And a connection made to a character is always a positive thing. Fantastic review, Lucy! <33
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    Chrissi Reads

    14 January, 2014

    Looking forward to this one! I like a book that made me laugh out loud. Great review Lucy!
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    Maya

    14 January, 2014

    This is next up on my TBR pile and I’m really looking forward to reading it. I’ve heard a lot of good things and I do love books that make me laugh, so let’s hope I love it too! Great review, Lucy 😉
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    Lucy @ ChooseYA

    14 January, 2014

    I’ve heard a lot about this book but I wasn’t sure about it. It sounds like a really fun read though so I might check it out now!
    Lovely review!

    Lucy
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    Rebekah@Reflections of a Bookworm

    14 January, 2014

    Oh my flipping goodness, this sounds hilarious! I love quirky books so a boy knitting in secret is just up my street. Glad that you thoroughly enjoyed it too, Lucy 😀
    Brilliant review!
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    Nina @ Death Books and Tea

    14 January, 2014

    Oh, I loved this one. Got for the gender stereotype smashing promised, stayed for the laughs. It’s great to see you enjoyed this 🙂
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    Debbie @ Snuggling on the Sofa

    18 January, 2014

    I think the thing I most enjoyed was all the knitting puns. Fab review, and I hope we get the sequel soon!
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