Fake Boyfriend, by Kate Brian

I'll admit it, it was the cover that hooked me!

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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."

I picked Fake Boyfriend up because it looked like it was a fun read, and it didn't disappoint. While it wasn't the most thought provoking or meaningful novel out there, I did enjoy reading it. The characters are likable, and the plot, while predictable, was fast paced enough to keep me reading on. My favourite character by far was Marshall, the mistreated younger brother of Vivi. I wish he had got to play more of a part, and while there his IM conversations with Izzy are mentioned a lot, we don't actually get to read much of it. The book could have done with more on the MArshall/Izzy fake relationship, instead of concentrating on Jonathan, the 'face' or the fake boyfriend.

The 3rd person POV switches from Vivi to Lane throughout the novel, and not having anything from Izzy's POV was actually a refreshing twist. While it would have been fun to see things from her POV, the story wasn't really about her, or her boyfriend problems. It was more about friendship, and how the 'right thing' can really be the wrong thing!

A fun read overall.

WritersBlockNZ's Verdict: 7/10



Dawn Embers said...

That does sound like an entertaining book. Especially if the characters are interesting and developed enough. I like the idea of it being the two friends with good intentions to help their friend and not having it from the girl's point of view who doesn't know the boyfriend isn't quite "real." It's nice to have a fun read every once and a while.

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