By Kate Brian
Lane and Vivi have had it with Isabelle’s boyfriend, Shawn. He is the only person who can turn their smart, confident best friend into a complete mess. When Shawn cheats on Izzy and dumps her just months before the prom, 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. Too bad he’s totally fake. Vivi’s younger brother is way too into being the “man” behind the profile, so they turn to cute, prep-school Jonathan to be the face of Brandon. But when Vivi falls for Jonathan, and Shawn tries to get back with Izzy, the whole plan starts to go south faster than you can say “fake boyfriend”.
But when you want something, you usually go for it without thinking about other people’s feelings.
The fun, quirky colours on the cover suggest it all. Fake Boyfriend is an entertaining, comical read that I happened to devour in one sitting. It will make you cry out loud, giggle uncontrollably, yell out in frustration and cause your heart to ache.
If there was one thing I hated the most, it would be the character Vivi. She has an attitude that makes me want to pull my hair out. She rolls her eyes every second, bosses her friend Lane around, snaps at her brother Marshall every time she gets and becomes too engrossed in her plans. Beneath her actions, however, her reasons are for the best. It’s just that she cares too much about Isabelle. Vivi is the type of person who would do something so unbelievably beyond to protect her. Now that is an intense friendship.
The plot line is a very interesting one. It also connects to the question of whether or not the people you chat with online are real or not. Who knows? Maybe half of the people you have met online aren’t even who they say they are. It’s a dangerous world, the internet.
The end was brilliant. I haven’t laughed like that in a really long while. The silly situation just drove me nuts, especially the way I imagined it. Kate Brian definitely knows how to tie it all together. With a strong friendship, adorable puppy loves, and one of those important life lessons, Fake Boyfriend is a satisfying novel you wouldn’t want to miss.