Fake Boyfriend

Common Sense Media says

Girls create the perfect guy. Cute but contrived.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Girls put up fake information on a social networking site.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some kissing.

Language

Some light swearing, like "crap" or "slut."

Consumerism

Ralph Lauren, Pepsi, XBox, movies like The Holiday and Lord of the Rings.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there isn't much here to worry about here beyond some kissing, light swearing (like "crap"), and a few product names. Also, the girls put up fake information on a social networking site.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Isabelle is obsessed with prom, so when her boyfriend dumps her right before the big dance she's devastated. Her best friends Vivi and Lane want to make her feel better, so they create a fake MySpace profile for Isabelle's dream guy. They don't expect that Isabelle will actually fall for him -- or that they'll soon be searching for a guy willing to impersonate \"Brandon,\" and take Isabelle to the prom. And that's just the beginning of the mayhem.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The premise feels like an '80s romantic comedy, and even if you cast the over-the-top wackiness aside, you still have a pretty predictable book with scripted and not-very-likable characters. Instead of Vivi, Lane, and Isabelle, the characters could be named The Pushy One, The Mousy One, and The Romantic. Readers will have the most trouble finding anything likable about obnoxious and controlling Vivi -- rather than the fact that she really is trying to do something nice for Isabelle when she comes up with her silly scheme.

The author does throw in a few twists at the end, but even then, readers will know that the three protagonists will find their true loves -- and remember what they love about each other -- before the book's conclusion.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the fake profile that Vivi and Lane create for "Brandon." How easy is it to fake information on a social networking site? Do you believe most of what you read on sites like MySpace?

Book details

Author:Kate Brian
Genre:Coming of Age
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Publication date:December 26, 2007
Number of pages:272
Publisher's recommended age(s):14
Read aloud:12
Read alone:12

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Teen, 13 years old Written bypeaceoutelsa October 8, 2009
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I really likesd the book but there are some parts that say some bad but not swear words but other than that it was a good book with a theme of "freinds are friends forever".
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written bysimply42amazing August 5, 2009
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11
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Awesome Book! must read

All in all, this book was terrific. its been awhile since I've read it but definitely a book I will remember!
Teen, 13 years old Written bycedepie November 6, 2012
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12
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what i think bout the book fake boyfreind

i think this book is for tweens and teens of a mature age. kids 10 and under definitaly no read this book. nooooononononon not for kids. but this is a really enjoyable book. its funny and dramatic.and i am a 13 year old ad i found most funny but some not for kids.
What other families should know
Too much sex

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