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Title: Hot Pteradactyl Boyfriend
Author: Alan Cumyn
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK Childrens
Published: April 7th, 2016
I actually thought this would be a fun read, the idea of having a pterodactyl boy attending high school is suitably different enough to make it a somewhat intriguing concept and a potentially interesting and highly entertaining story. Unfortunately, for me, this didn’t work. Sheils is a high achiever, getting good grades, leader of student body, a girl who is going to do well in life. She even has a long standing boyfriend. All is well until a new student joins the school – a pterodactyl boy. He’s Pyke, flies in and causes drama and seems to stimulate heightened sexual awareness in those close to him. Get ready for purple noses, a disco with a difference, yellow trainers, running, a competitive sports match to remember and much more if you decide to give this a go. Maybe you’ll enjoy it and understand it much better than I did – I certainly hope so!
I’m giving this book one star for being written and another half for me actually finishing it but I’m afraid I didn’t really enjoy it, it is just too weird and there isn’t even what I’d class as a proper ending – and I can only hope this isn’t because there’s to be a sequel.
Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for gifting me an ARC of this novel. I chose to read it (and somehow managed to struggle to actually finish it) and this is my honest review.
Prepare to be blown away – or rather, carried away on huge muscular wings – by this blissfully outlandish, bracingly smart and completely original YA novel!
Sheils is very happy with her perfectly controlled life. She’s smart, powerful, the Student Body Chair, and has a doting boyfriend. What more could a girl ask for? But everything changes when the first-ever interspecies transfer student, a pterodactyl (what?) named Pyke, enrolls at her school. There’s something about him – something primal – that causes the students to lose control whenever he’s around.
When Pyke’s band plays at the Autumn Whirl dance, his music sends the whole school into a literal frenzy. The next day no one can even remember what happened at the dance, but Shiels learns that she danced far too long with Pyke, her nose has turned purple, and she may have done … something that she shouldn’t have…
Who is this winged boy, with incredible pecs and rock-star talent that has swooped in on her carefully constructed life?
Hilarious and relatable (despite the dinosaur), Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend is about breaking free and discovering your true self. Oh, and finding out that going primal isn’t always a bad thing.