Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Fake Boyfriend by Kate Brian

How far would you go to help a friend get over a breakup? Creating a fictional new boyfriend for her might be considered an extreme, but that's exactly what happens in this predictable, yet enjoyable novel.

Izzy's boyfriend Shawn has been nothing but heartache, yet she keeps going back to him. When he cheats on her right before prom, her friends say "Enough is enough!" Desperate to ensure that she doesn't take him back like she's done in the past, her friends Vivi and Lane create the perfect man on Myspace and lure Vivi's brother Marshall into playing him online. Soon Izzy is connecting with "Brandon" and they realize if he's supposed to take her to prom, there needs to be a physical "Brandon." In walks Jonathan who they mold into the perfect man. The only problem, though, is that Vivi seems to like Jonathan. On top of that, Vivi's demanding personality is preventing Lane from going after the man she likes, her friend Curtis. What happens if Izzy finds out the truth? How can "Brandon" end things with Izzy without breaking her heart? Will all find love in the end? Is it possible that these friends have gone too far in helping their friend?

There's not much to say about the book since it was a typical chick flick. The ending is predictable, but there's something reassuring in that. It's nice to take comfort in the happily ever afters since it sometimes feels like there are so few of those out there. The story is cute, even if the situations are formulaic. The characters are complex and ones you can relate to.

Overall, it's a fast and enjoyable read. It's definitely something nice to pick up for a lazy summer afternoon.

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