My Invisible Boyfriend by Susie Day

Susie Day gives us a delightful tale of a high school girl named Heidi.  She is terrified of being friendless and going back to being frog girl, due to an unfortunate incident from science class, so she makes up a boyfriend to keep up with all of her friends.  At the beginning of the year party, all of her friends end up hooking up with boys and she unintentionally turns down the flirtations of one of the hottest guys in school.  Her friend automatically decides this means that she has a boyfriend and Heidi does not correct her.  Instead, Heidi goes on to invent a boyfriend with the help of her boss and her bosses cute son.  She sets up an internet account and begins talking to her friends as if she is her boyfriend.  It all gets worse when everyone begins having problems.  Her boss is planning on moving and closing down the tea shop that she works in, so she is fired.  Her friends seem to be breaking up and one of them is not really talking to her.  At the same time, she is working with all of them for the performing arts group at school.  She signs up to do costumes and uses her bosses son to help her design the costumes.  They are a huge hit and her teacher decides to submit her drawings for an art contest.  It seems that Heidi gets caught up in so many lies that she doesn’t know how to work her way out without hurting a lot of people in the process.  How is Heidi going to unravel all of these problems?  Is there ever going to be a real boyfriend in her future?

I love these types of quick reads.  As a reader, I get to dive right in to the characters and figure out what matters most to them.  Heidi is a kooky teenager that seems a little young for her age.  She is silly with her friends and a little behind them in developing relationships.  It’s more about the idea of a boyfriend than actually having one that seems to draw her attention.  I enjoyed the silly antics that all of the friends go through, but there was no deep connection made with any of the characters.  I really didn’t feel like Heidi had any substantial feelings about anything.  This was really a cheesy beach read.  It’s great for that type of entertainment, but not something that I would recommend for analyzing.  Also, this is recommended for ninth graders or older, but I believe that younger children could read it.  The vocabulary is not difficult.  The only thing to worry about would be alcohol and tobacco use by teenagers, but that is something that I am sure most sixth graders are aware of.

4/5 stars

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