Super Fake Love Song

Book review by
Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media
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Hilarious romcom highlights communication and integrity.

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Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Friendship, family, communication, honesty, and integrity are important themes. Never be afraid to be yourself and be careful not to judge people based on their appearances. Real friends will accept you for who you are. 

Positive Role Models

Although the characters lie throughout the book, they're loyal, supportive, and understanding. Diverse representations include Korean American, Jamaican American, and Guatemalan American characters.

Violence

Bullying by a teen who teases the characters, calls them names, and flips their lunch trays in the cafeteria. One character fights with his brother and then gets a concussion after he's hit by a car.

Sex

Characters kiss and make out.

Language

Characters use variations of "s--t," "f--k," "ass," "bastard," "douchebag," "loser," "nerd," "shut up," "Jesus," and more.

Consumerism

Brands, bands, and pop culture mentions include Dungeons & Dragons, David Bowie, The Ramones, The Pixies, iPod, James Blunt, Freddie Mercury, Prince, Muse, Fall Out Boy, Green Day, Weezer, and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Underage drinking at a house party. Sunny's older brother, Gray, drinks beer and gets drunk. Mentions of beer, wine, Bloody Marys, and cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that David Yoon's Super Fake Love Song is a hilarious romantic comedy about two Korean American teens, a boy named Sunny Dae who pretends he's in a rock band to impress a girl named Cirrus Soh. A bullying student teases Sunny and his diverse friends at school and also flips their lunch trays. Language includes variations of "s--t," "f--k," "ass," "bastard," "douchebag," "loser," "nerd," "shut up," "Jesus," and more. Characters kiss and make out. Underage drinking at a house party. One character often drinks beer, gets drunk, and later is hit by a car and gets a concussion. There's one instance of underage drinking at a house party plus mentions of beer, wine, Bloody Marys, and cigarettes.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byFigthefangirl June 30, 2021

YES.

This book is glorious. I love the characters, I love the plot, i love the friendships, and I love the romance. I, as a fellow nerd, love that Sunny Dae got the... Continue reading

What's the story?

In SUPER FAKE LOVE SONG, Sunny Dae has always been a nerd. He's into playing Dungeons & Dragons with his best friends, Milo and Jamal, and together they create cosplay props for their ScreenJunkie channel, DIY Fantasy FX. When Sunny meets Cirrus Soh, the inexplicably cool and well-traveled new girl in town, he knows she'll think he's a major dork if he tells her about his hobbies. Instead, he lies and tells her he's in a rock band. But how long can Sunny keep up his fake rock star persona before the truth comes out?

Is it any good?

David Yoon's hilarious romantic comedy explores family, friendship, and identity, making it a must-read for teens. Readers will love Sunny's and Cirrus's sweet yet slightly predictable relationship, plus all the awkward situations Sunny finds himself in as he tries to keep up his fake rock star persona. Although there are many laugh-out-loud moments, a few poignant scenes reveal that many of the characters desperately want to feel accepted by their peers and families and remind readers to avoid judging people based on their appearances. As Super Fake Love Song progresses, teens will recognize the importance of honest communication, integrity, and staying true to yourself.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the romance in Super Fake Love Song. Does it seem realistic and relatable? Do YA romance novels help readers sort out their feelings and learn how to communicate, or do they create false expectations about teen relationships?

  • Talk about the various kinds of diversity in the novel. Why are diverse representations important in children's and young adult literature?

  • How do the characters demonstrate communication and integrity? Why are these important character strengths?

Book details

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For kids who love Asian American stories and romance

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