I have mixed feelings about this book.
It started off great. The beginning of this book was absurd and ridiculous, and I loved it. I swear the author just crammed in as many words with a sexual connotation as he could. The word “throbbed” was used at least three times within the first half hour. It was hilarious for its sheer ridiculousness, and the audiobook narrator deserves an award for keeping a straight face (voice?) throughout the entire thing. Also for her amazingly overdramatic and sensual voice performance that paired perfectly with the content.
Also, I thought the pterodactyl would be a shifter and have a human form, but nope. It was a full-on pterodactyl that the main character was attracted to. Honestly, that just made it even better.
But the book got more serious as it went on. It became more about Sheils realizing she couldn’t control everything and everyone around her, realizing she was selfish and used people and took them for granted, realizing what she really wanted in life. Except I feel like most of those things weren’t really followed through on. By the end, she didn’t seem to actually change much except that she liked running. Maybe I just missed something? There was also more serious stuff happening in the plot. But the more serious the book got, the harder it got for me to suspend my disbelief about certain things. And what Sheils felt for Pyke, it didn’t feel like love; it felt like obsession. Maybe it was just Pyke’s strange powers affecting her, and maybe it was realistic in the sense that some teens feel things very quickly and strongly, but I still couldn’t quite understand why she was going to the lengths she was going to for him.
As for the audio narration, the male voices were not the worst I’ve heard, but also not the best. I’m really picky about that though. Other than that, the narrator (Brittany Pressley) did a good job.
Another thing, the characters kept using the term “wrangle dancing.” I have no idea what that is. Either a) it’s something the author made up, b) it’s a regional term, or c) I’ve reached that age in which I can’t keep up with the lingo of the youngins anymore. Now get off my lawn!
Overall, I think this book would’ve worked better for me had it kept that silly, absurd tone that it had in the beginning. But some readers might enjoy the character development and the more serious aspects of this story just as much! And let’s be honest, if you’re anything like me, it doesn’t matter what anyone says because you’re not going to be able to resist reading what is probably the only book in existence about a pterodactyl boy ;-P
Anyone who likes YA, uncommon paranormal creatures, and books that combine silly with serious.
Prepare to be blown away—or rather, carried away on huge muscular wings—by this blissfully outlandish, bracingly smart, tour de force about a teen who has to come to terms with relinquishing control for the first time as she falls for the hot new…pterodactyl…at school. After all, everybody wants him!
Shiels is very pleased with her perfectly controlled life (controlling others while she’s at it). She’s smart, powerful, the Student Body Chair, and she even has a loving boyfriend. What more could a girl ask for?
But everything changes when the first-ever interspecies transfer student, a pterodactyl named Pyke, enrolls at her school. There’s something about him—something primal—that causes the students to lose control whenever he’s around. Even Shiels, the seemingly perfect self-confident girl that she is, can’t keep her mind off of him, despite her doting boyfriend and despite the fact that Pyke immediately starts dating Jocelyn, the school’s fastest runner who Shiels has always discounted as a nobody.
Pyke, hugely popular in a school whose motto is to embrace differences, is asked to join a band, and when his band plays at the Autumn Whirl dance, his preternatural shrieking music sends everyone into a literal frenzy. No one can remember what happened the next day, but Shiels learns that she danced far too long with Pyke, her nose has turned purple, and she may have done something with her boyfriend that she shouldn’t have. Who’s in control now?
Hilarious and relatable, Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend is about a teen who must come to terms with not being in control of all things at all times, break free of her mundane life, discover who her true self is, and, oh, find out that going primal isn’t always a bad thing.