3-1/2 stars. I almost really liked it.
The unlikely exodus of over a dozen of Julius P. Heil High's prime male specimens results in what's called The Boy Recession
. The girls start to notice the boys that remain, realizing that their standards aren't what they originally thought. This story alternates POVs between musically-gifted Hunter, a slacker who likes to hang out and doesn't like to put too much effort into anything, and Kelly, a girl who finds herself in the middle in most situations.
Does a boy recession make you less ugly?"
..."No," Eugene says, pretty much ignoring my comment. "But a recession changes people. They don't have the same options they did before. they have to reexamine their priorities."
"You mean lower their standards?"
Although I felt like a lot of their inner monologue was a bit juvenile, it was refreshing to see kids who's biggest worries centered around whether or not they'd get a date to the prom or how to break up with an annoying girl. I thought they were both pretty sweet kids, and Hunter definitely said at least a couple of swoony things. I liked how realistic they seemed to be, and I liked their relationships with their friends, too.The Boy Recession
is a cute, quick read, and I think you'll like it.