My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours by Kristina Springer

Pub. Date: August 31, 2010

  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Format: Hardcover, 192pp
  • Age Range: 12 and up
Tori’s best friend has come back from summer different.  Sienna’s family all of a sudden became rich and went on a family vacation to the Florida Keys.  When Sienna comes back, she looks different and acts different at school.  Tori doesn’t know what to do at first.  All Sienna seems to talk about is this boy named Antonio that she says is her boyfriend.  The problem is, Tori notices that Sienna keeps tugging on her ear and the only time that she does that is when she is lying.  So, Tori figures that Antonio is fake and in order to feel a part of the group Tori makes up a boyfriend too.  The two girls keep trying to one up each other with how sweet and incredible their boyfriends are.  The group of friends that they are hanging around eat it up.  In seventh grade, romance is all the girls can talk about.  Tori wants Sienna back to normal though and attempts to spend time with just the two of them so that Sienna can stop lying.  Then, Tori attempts to follow steps she finds on the internet to make Sienna stop lying.  When the school dance comes and Sienna says that she is bringing Antonio Tori starts to panic that he might actually be real.  Then Tori’s made up boyfriend ends up being a real boy who is a hero for saving people from a fire.  Oh, what is a seventh grade girl to do?
This is a quick read with lots of laughs.  The overall message, of course, is not to lie to begin with.  The antics that both girls go through to show that their boyfriends are better than the other ones are truly hilarious.  It could also be a pretty good manual for seventh grade boys that are trying to appease a girl that they have a crush on.  This book is pretty much all girly giggles, but I think that you would expect that from the title.  I will tell you that my absolute favorite thing about this book is the cover art.  I love the little advertising bubbles that go around the fake boyfriend packaging.  True love that lasts the entire seventh grade made my students laugh when they saw me reading it in class.  I would recommend this book for children 12-15.  There is no inappropriate sexual themes, just a discussion about kissing, and the language is mild.
4/5 stars
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