As part of his prize for winning the All-UK Knitting Championships, seventeen-year-old Ben Fletcher has won himself an all-expenses paid trip to New York... and to the US National KnitFair. Unfortunately his new girlfriend Megan is (somewhat suspiciously) unable to come with him, which means Ben has the dubious pleasure of being accompanied by his family and his third-choice-friend Gex.
The other problem is, Ben's not really sure he wants to be known as teenage knitting genius any more. His idea for a knit-able hoodie could make him millions... or turn him into a laughing stock forever. An existential knitting crisis turns out to be the least of Ben's concerns though, as he quickly finds that his apparent magnetism for trouble has followed him across the pond. Join Ben for another hilarious misadventure, involving some overly-eager Knitting Expo representatives, suspicious men in dark suits, some potential trouble from the Mob, a mix-up of epic proportions with Megan... and still rather a lot of knitting.
My Rating: 4/5
This book was just as funny and witty as the first one. I love the situations Ben gets himself into and the randomness of the people he always seems to meet.
The majority of this book is set in New York. The only issue with this was that he was stuck in press related stuff the whole time so he didn't get to explore the city. This frustrated me a lot.
The characters in this book are the best part. Ben's parents are the most embarrassing parents you could possibly think of and his friend Gex gets himself into the weirdest situations with no thought of the consequences.
I loved the pop culture references throughout the book. Both Harry Potter and The Hunger Games got a reference which I loved.
Overall, I think this book would appeal to just about everyone. It has just the right about of humour and is a great realistic, contemporary read.