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There’s more than one way to get the girl in this fun and fast-paced novel about one epic party and a kiss that could change everything.

Tonight’s the night: Simon’s big chance to finally get with Cassie. Cassie, who he’s loved for ages. Cassie, who is newly boyfriend-free. Cassie, who just happens to be throwing the biggest party of the year. Simon’s plan is simple: He’ll go to the party, she’ll fall in love with him, they’ll make out like ...

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Overview

There’s more than one way to get the girl in this fun and fast-paced novel about one epic party and a kiss that could change everything.

Tonight’s the night: Simon’s big chance to finally get with Cassie. Cassie, who he’s loved for ages. Cassie, who is newly boyfriend-free. Cassie, who just happens to be throwing the biggest party of the year. Simon’s plan is simple: He’ll go to the party, she’ll fall in love with him, they’ll make out like crazy, and the night will be a complete success.

But things don’t ever go as planned…especially when it comes to Cassie.

In two alternating plotlines, Simon goes after the girl of his dreams and stumbles toward his destiny. It’s one night, one party, and a thousand ways for things to go wrong…but a million ways for them to go right.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Pity 17-year-old Simon Cross: he’s spent his high school years pining for gorgeous Cassie Castillo and, apart from one confusing date, she’s remained out of reach. But now Cassie is single, not acting like herself, and throwing a rager of a party. Reluctantly helped by his best-friends-turned-boyfriends, Coop and Ben, Simon is determined to kiss Cassie and reveal his feelings for her. Hutch-inson (The Deathday Letter) splits the alcohol-drenched evening into two alternating narratives. One, labeled “Living the Dream,” casts Simon as a quasi-heroic figure, facing school bullies and jerks (and Cassie’s ex) as he pursues her; in the other, “Reality Bites,” Simon meets a quirky girl named Stella who helps him plot his kiss. Hutchinson doesn’t push the differences between Simon’s real and imagined versions of the party all that far, and it can be difficult to track which conversations and misadventures take place where. The raucous party antics and bawdy banter provide laughs, but the overlap between the threads somewhat defeats the purpose of the conceit, as both paths basically result in the same outcomes and realizations, albeit in different ways. Ages 14–up. (June)
Booklist
“Hutchinson delivers a raucous, raunchy, and romantic hero who is challenged to view the object of his affections as a person, not a prize.”
From the Publisher
"In only one storyline will Simon kiss Cassie, but in both he’ll find that this party has changed his life."
School Library Journal
09/01/2013
Gr 9 Up—Tonight is the night. Cassie dumped her boyfriend, is single, and is throwing a huge party. Simon's plan is simple. Find Cassie, confess his love, make her fall in love with him, and kiss her. Simon's friends, Coop and Ben, try to talk him out of it. The 17-year-old has been obsessed with Cassie for years and everyone knows it. He can't help it though. Every girl pales in comparison. The story alternates between two possible scenarios. In the first, "Living the Dream," Simon heads directly to Cassie's party with Coop and Ben and attempts to put his plan into action. In the second, "Reality Bites," he decides to ride with Natalie, a girl who seems interested in him. He hopes this will be the beginning of getting over Cassie, but the idea backfires. Both story lines lead to the party and, ultimately, Simon's mission. He is focused on kissing Cassie and all but ignores warning signs from her and others as the night becomes crazier and crazier in both scenarios. Simon's friends have their own issues, which makes the novel even more interesting. The plot is entertaining enough to keep the pages turning.—Natalie Struecker, Rock Island Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Two different storylines about one party may result in a "who cares?" shrug. Cassandra Castillo is throwing a party at her house, and it's a golden opportunity for Simon. He's been in love with her since freshman year, and senior year is nearly over. So Simon's plan is simple: He'll get a kiss from Cassie and confess his love, even though his friends Ben and Coop tell him to forget her. Thus begins two alternating, complicated storylines, denoted for readers by different typefaces, as Simon attempts to woo Cassie. In one, there's dancing and a session of Q-and-A beer pong before Simon can tell Cassie how he feels. The less realistic storyline features a strange girl, Stella--who just might be perfect for Simon--and Simon dressing in drag. In addition to the expected drinking, drugs, rude humor and fights, Hutchinson throws in Coop and Ben's worries about sex ruining their relationship and strange interactions with Cassie's ex. In only one storyline will Simon kiss Cassie, but in both he'll find that this party has changed his life. Bland characters and plot gimmicks make this an empty-calories book. (Fiction. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442432871
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 977,527
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Shaun David Hutchinson lives with his partner and two dogs in South Florida and spends way too much time watching Doctor Who.

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  • Posted July 22, 2013

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    When I read the synopsis for FML, and saw that it was told in tw

    When I read the synopsis for FML, and saw that it was told in two alternating plot lines, I was quiet curious.  I have read several stories in which this worked well, such as Pivot-Point by Kasie West, where everything made sense.  In FML, the two plots lines were confusing, because it revolved around the same party, the same situations, just different outcomes and I got lost more than once trying to figure out which plot line I was in. 




    Simon is your typical geeky guy.  He's had a crush on the popular girl, Cassie, all throughout high school.  It's the end of the year and the whole book takes place the night of the big party at Cassie's house, what happens during that evening, and two different ways it could happen.  Simon is a pretty good guy.  I wasn't crazy about him, but I didn't dislike him either.  He is just obsessed with what he thinks he wants and can't have, convinced that he is in love with Cassie, she's the one, etc.  He spends the entire evening with the help of his friends, trying to get close to her and kiss her.  There were several other characters that I did like, Ben and Coop, who were his best friends, were also gay, and both had great personalities.  Then there was Stella, the new girl that Simon meets. 




    FML is something that may appeal to teens.  It has its humorous moments, but not a lot of depth.  I didn't dislike it, It just didn't appeal to me, though the humor in this book may appeal to some.  The main character wasn't bad, he just didn't draw me in, and neither did the story.  This is another one of those books that have mixed reviews, and is something that will probably appeal to some and not others, depending on personal taste. 

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