Fake Boyfriend

Book review by
Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Girls create the perfect guy. Cute but contrived.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

Girls put up fake information on a social networking site.


Some kissing.


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


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bycedepie November 6, 2012

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 en... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 31, 2012

Fake Boyfriend Review MUST READ!!

This was a good book but some things in it where bad.Such as Thinking of sex,bad language,and some minor kissing.They also joked about some one acting gay and a... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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