Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Boys Don't Knit by T.S. Easton

Title: Boys Don't Knit (Boys Don't Knit #1)
Author: T.S. Easton
Released December 20th, 2013
Won from Goodreads Giveaway
Rating: 4.5/5


Knitting is a man’s game.

After an incident regarding a crossing guard and a bottle of Martini & Rossi (and his bonehead friends), 17-year-old worrier Ben Fletcher must develop his sense of social alignment, take up a hobby, and do some community service to avoid any further probation.

He takes a knitting class (it was that or his father’s mechanic class) under the impression that it's taught by the hot teacher all the boys like. Turns out, it’s not. Perfect. 

Regardless, he sticks with it and comes to find that he’s a natural knitter, maybe even great. It even helps ease his anxiety and worrying. The only challenge now is to keep it hidden from his friends, his crush, and his soccer-obsessed father. What a tangled web Ben has weaved . . . or knitted (Summary from Goodreads).

I knew I would enjoy this book just by the summary, but I admit that I actually enjoyed it even more that I thought I would.  This was a funny, light-hearted read that just made me feel all good inside whenever I picked it up.  This was the kind of feel good book that brought me back to my Meg Cabot days.  I got a hardcover version of Boys Don't Knit from a Goodreads giveaway, and the cover is awesome.  I've been reading so much on my Kindle that it's like heaven on earth whenever I pick up a hardcover book.

Anyway, I swear Ben Fletcher is the male version of me when it comes to how much of a worrier he is.  The story is formatted as if you're reading Ben's required journal writing for his probation, so you really get inside his head and it's hilarious.  I laughed out loud a lot while reading his sarcasm.  He is such a relatable character.  It was great to see how Ben improved at knitting.  It makes me wonder if there are really people that can speed knit like he does in the tournament.  

When Ben gets tied up in an incident that lands him on probation, he has to choose a class at a local community college.  Ben chooses knitting (originally because the instructor was supposed to be hot), and finds that it helps him deal with his worries.  Not only that, but he's good.  So good that his instructor suggests he enter into a knitting tournament.  Things start to get complicated as Ben tries to keep his knitting a secret from his father and friends and other problems arise...

Once again, such a cute and fun read.  I highly recommend it, especially if you have any experience with knitting.  I feel I should add that this story re-lit the knitting fire in me.  About 2 years ago, I messed up on this sock I was knitting and threw it under my bed in a fit of anger and frustration.  Last week, I pulled out that partially completed sock, unraveled the yarn up to the error, fixed it, and completed it a couple days later.  Now I'm addicted to knitting again and working on the second sock. That just goes to show you how much books influence me!

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