February 21, 2013

New Kids on the Block - review

New Kids on the Block
subtitle:  Five Brothers and a Million Sisters
author:  Nikki Van Noy
published:  October 2012
publisher:  Simon and Schuster - Touchstone
source:  publisher

Ahhh,  every generation of tweens and teens have their idols! squeeeeeal!   For my older cousin, it was Elvis.  For me, the Beatles!  For my middle school students in the early 1990s, it was New Kids on the Block (NKOTB).

Five boys from the Boston area rose from nothing and became the first organic band of young boys from the same area.  Other bands that followed were different because they brought together band members from various locations through talent search.

We follow DannyWood, Donnie Wahlberg, Joe McIntyre,  Jon and Jordan Knight through their childhood and school years.   Busing was mandatory in Boston, so some of the boys met each other in elementary school.   We learn about the band years beginning with Nynuk, the transition effect away from NKOTB in 1994, and finally their reunion.  

In 2008, they played at Madison Square Garden.  In 2011, NKOTB was second on Time's list of Best Comebacks for the year and they became the first pop band ever to play Fenway Park.   Some of the squealing fans, now older women,  are interviewed about their memories.  

As always, it is interesting to see how kids and teens of the past are now adults of the present.

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