It's all about supply and demand in Flynn Meaney's second novel about a Midwest high school that experiences a sudden decrease in male students. Hard hit by the recession, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin's population is shrinking as families move to cities and towns with greener pastures, and the local high school in particular is hurting: most of the school's most eligible bachelors have moved or transferred schools.
The remaining male students' stocks are suddenly on the rise, though guitar-strumming, class-skipping Hunter Fahrenbach is unprepared to be the center of attention. Desperate coaches are recruiting him for sports teams and the drama teacher casts him in the lead role of the school musical. Even the most popular girls are noticing Hunter in a new light--with a little work, he might even be boyfriend material...
But what does the boy recession mean for the girls of Whitefish Bay? Always the friend and never the girlfriend, down-to-earth Kelly Robbins secretly likes her good friend Hunter, but in order to stand out from the crowd and win his heart, she'll need a "stimulus package" in the form of cougar lessons from a senior girl who dates hot freshman boys and advice on the male mind from her Cosmo-addicted best friend, Aviva.
As if dating wasn't hard enough without a four-to-one ratio!
"In this sassy and very funny he said/she said romantic comedy from Meaney (Bloodthirsty), Kelly and Hunter's small Wisconsin high school suffers an exodus of dudes. . . the fun of the story lies less in the question of "Will they or won't they?" than in the large supporting case of offbeat friends. . . rarely has a recession brought such enjoyment."
"Meaney's The Boy Recession is downright hilarious... smooth, witty, and charming. The Boy Recession is bound to please across the board."
Flynn Meaney is an alumna of the University of Notre Dame and a current poetry student in the Hunter College M.F.A. in Creative Writing program. Flynn survived a real-life boy recession at her high school in Westchester County, NY, and lives to tell the tale.