Previously published as The Boy Recession.
The population of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, is shrinking as families move to cities and towns with greener pastures, and the local high school is hurting: Nearly all of the area's most eligible guy shave moved or transferred schools.
With little competition, the remaining boys find their stocks on the rise, and even the most unlikely candidates have a good chance of making the team and getting the girl. Guitar-strumming slacker Hunter Fahrenbach has made an art of blending into the background, but now desperate coaches are recruiting him and popular girls are noticing his scruffy good looks. With a little help, Hunter might even be boyfriend material...
Down-to-earth Kelly Robbins has simple wish for her junior year: "one normal, nice boy to crush on." Kelly and Hunter have always been friends, but is there something more to their platonic relationship? And can Kelly overcome the odds? After all, dating is hard enough without a four-to-one ratio.
Flynn Meaney's writing has been described as "witty, laugh-out-loud funny, and real," and Boys Wanted cements her spot as a comedic star on the rise.
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 when several popular jocks defect for better football programs, turning under-the-radar guys like Hunter and his friends into prime boyfriend material. Hunter relishes his life as a slacker, despite his academic and musical gifts, but is prodded into action when he starts teaching music to elementary school students with Kelly as a r sum booster, and lands the lead role in the school musical. Before long, Kelly and Hunter are falling for each other, although typical barriers stand in their way aspiring actress Diva pursues Hunter, and Kelly dates geeky piccolo player Johann in retaliation. The fun of the story lies less in the question of "Will they or won't they?" than in the large supporting cast of offbeat friends such as Hunter's friend Eugene, whose reputation as a perv does a complete 180 and the romantic pairings that result. Rarely has a recession brought such enjoyment. Ages 15 up.