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Fake boyfriend

by Brian, Kate, 1974-

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
Available (1)
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Shaler North Hills Library Young Adult Fiction YA BRI
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
 
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
 
Call Number  YA BRI
 
 
Summary
He's absolutely perfect.If only he were real.Lane and Vivi have had it with Isabelle Hunter's boyfriend, Shawn Littig (a.k.a. Sluttig). He is the only person who can turn their smart, confident best friend into a complete mess. When Shawn Sluttig cheats on and dumps Izzy just months before the prom she's been planning since the ninth grade, Lane and Vivi decide to take action.With a few quick keystrokes, they create a MySpace page for "Brandon," the perfect guy to get Izzy out of her revolving-door relationship with Shawn. Too bad he's totally fake. Vivi's younger brother, Marshall, who they hire to be the "man" behind the profile, is way too into being Izzy's fake boyfriend. So they turn to cute, prep-school Jonathan to be the face of Brandon. But when Vivi falls for Jonathan, and Sluttig tries to wedge his way back into Izzy's prom picture, the whole plan starts to go south faster than you can say "fake boyfriend."
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "After their friend Isabelle is dumped yet again by her cheating boyfriend Shawn, right before senior prom, friends Vivi and Lane concoct a plan to ensure that Izzy moves on once and for all. Together, they invent a dreamy, distracting new guy for her. Working with Vivi's geeky brother, Marshall, they create a MySpace for Brandon, their creation, and they coerce Marshall into impersonating Brandon in e-mails to Izzy. The plan seems successful; Izzy's depression lifts, and reconciliation with Shawn seems unlikely. Then Izzy wants to meet Brandon, and Vivi and Lane scramble to find a guy willing to play the part. Like Brian's novel The V Club (2004), this is produced by Alloy Entertainment, the packagers responsible for Gossip Girl and other chick-lit series, and readers will recognize many similar elements: predictable story reversals, cultural references that may date tomorrow, and gorgeous, rich teens. Chick-lit fans will overlook the story's clichés and improbabilities, though, and fall headfirst, along with the characters, into the made-for-teen-movie romances and the friendships which always come first.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "After Isabelle gets dumped yet again by her sleazy boyfriend, her two well-meaning friends invent a dream guy for her, hoping to cheer her up (and keep her from taking him back). Domineering, sharp-tongued Vivi overrides meek Lane's objections and has Lane help create a MySpace page for "Brandon," then gets her younger brother to pretend to be him while IM'ing Izzy; later Vivi bribes Jonathan, a boy from a neighboring school, to pose as Brandon and ask Isabelle to the prom. Readers can guess that this scheme does not turn out to be as "harmless" as Vivi envisions, especially when she herself falls for Jonathan. In fact, except for a few small twists toward the end, the book follows a predictable course, right down to the girls' personal growth (Lane, for example, finally stands up to Vivi). This would be easier to swallow if Brian's (Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys) characterizations were more imaginative or her prose less standard-issue ("Her logic didn't make her heart hurt any less, and it didn't make the unshed tears recede from her eyes"). Ultimately, the inevitable chaos-and happy ending-may be all that keep readers turning pages. Ages 14-up. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Interpersonal relations -- Juvenile fiction.
Dating (Social customs) -- Juvenile fiction.
Mistaken identity -- Juvenile fiction.
High schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Schools -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Dating (Social customs) -- Fiction.
Mistaken identity -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 262 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781416913672
141691367X
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