Synopses & Reviews
A hilarious novel about the ultimate high school hoax gone wrong - Heidi invents a boyfriend only to find that her fake Romeo is suddenly more popular than she is!
Heidi has the perfect solution to her popularity problems - a fake boyfriend. She's even made him an Internet profile that makes him look like a motorcycle-riding, poetry reading bad boy. *swoon* Heidi's friends are so impressed they start emailing Heidi's fake boyfriend with their problems . . . including their problems with Heidi.
As if that weren't bad enough, a delicious and possibly single person called "A Real Boy" emails Heidi to say he knows the truth. Can Heidi escape from her world wide web of lies? Or will her chance at romance disappear faster than you can type gtg?
"This over-the-top but entertaining British import follows 15-year-old Heidi, who has always had an active imagination. When everyone seems to be coupling off at the first party of the new school year, Heidi invents the perfect boy for her Ed Hartley. But 'imaginary boyfriend construction is harder than it looks.' Heidi perpetuates Ed's existence by creating an online profile for him he rides motorcycles, he writes poetry and her friends think he's great, too. Day (Serafina67 *urgently requires life*) intersperses Heidi's first-person narrative with invented conversations between Heidi and Mycroft Christie, a TV detective, as well as e-mails between 'Ed' and Heidi's friends, who have their own quirks. While it's implausible that Heidi's friends would divulge their problems to someone they've never met, Heidi is thus able to learn some of their deepest secrets. And when she begins receiving mysterious e-mails from someone claiming to be 'a real boy,' she worries that the gig is up. The sender's identity is predictable, but readers should still be satisfied with the outcome. Ages 13 up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
From School Library Journal:
"Heidi is a sassy, likable character who has a knack for assigning imaginative labels to people and situations that are dead-on .Supporting characters are full of emotion and contagious energy. . . a fun read sprinkled with a bit of teenage angst."
From the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books:
"This is a classic frothy relationship comedy, with a boarding-school setting that enhances the angst of the peer-group drama and a happy ending for Heidi that will leave readers as pleased as she is."
About the Author
Susie Day is the author of SERAFINA *URGENTLY REQUIRES LIFE* and MY INVISIBLE BOYFRIEND. She lives in Oxford, England.