My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours [NOOK Book]

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Seventh grade was supposed to be fun, but Tori is having major drama with her BFF, Sienna. Sienna changed a lot over the summer—on the first day of school she’s tan, confident, and full of stories about her new dreamy boyfriend. Tori knows that she’s totally making this guy up. So Tori invents her own fake boyfriend, who is better than Sienna’s in every way. Things are going great—unless you count the whole lying-to-your-best-friend thing—until everyone insists Tori and ...

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Overview



Seventh grade was supposed to be fun, but Tori is having major drama with her BFF, Sienna. Sienna changed a lot over the summer—on the first day of school she’s tan, confident, and full of stories about her new dreamy boyfriend. Tori knows that she’s totally making this guy up. So Tori invents her own fake boyfriend, who is better than Sienna’s in every way. Things are going great—unless you count the whole lying-to-your-best-friend thing—until everyone insists Tori and Sienna bring their boyfriends to the back-to-school dance.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Friendship versus one-upmanship in seventh grade is the subject of Springer’s very funny and strongly realistic novel. When Tori’s longtime best friend, Sienna, returns from a summer vacation in Florida with a glamorous new look and rhapsodic reports of her perfect new boyfriend, accompanied by the quirk of pulling on her right earlobe, past experience convinces Tori that Sienna is lying. Without completely meaning to, Tori makes up her own perfect boyfriend, and the competition is on. Lying doesn’t sit well with Tori, however, and Springer (The Espressologist) believably renders her inner conflicts about handling her friendship with Sienna and her growing uneasiness about both of their lies, as well as the up-and-down swings in her relationships with her amicably divorced parents. A secondary plot involving a science teacher with a drinking problem further enlivens the story, but seems irrelevant to Tori’s deeper dilemma, which will ring true to many readers. For much of the book the suspense is low key, but Springer builds just enough minor drama into the final chapters to hold readers’ interest until the credible resolution. Ages 11–14. (Sept.)
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"Irresistible as a fluffy kitten. I laughed out loud and so will you!" —Meg Cabot, author of the Airhead and Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series

"Tori is an appealing, engaging protagonist whose peppy first-person narrative includes some introspective moments and incorporates issues that readers will appreciate, especially the importance of honesty, trust, and self-appreciation. An enjoyable, entertaining read." —Booklist

"Friendship versus one-upmanship in seventh grade is the subject of Springer’s very funny and strongly realistic novel." —Publishers Weekly

"The sheer exhaustion of a fake-boyfriend arms race, with the need to create fake email accounts and to come up with competing romantic gestures on the fly, is cleverly depicted." —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

"The themes will resonate with any girl who’s ever gone through the hardships of middle school: friendship, boys, popularity, and, most importantly, choosing to do the right, but often more difficult, thing. A fun read." —School Library Journal

"The dialogue is realistic, and Springer brings refreshing personalities to standard character types; Tori’s parents are divorced, but both parents are active in her life, for instance, and the popular girls aren’t mean." —Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—For Tori Barnes, choosing the perfect outfit for the first day of school is essential and has always required the help of her friend Sierra for weeks beforehand. But now everything is different. Sierra's family recently became rich, and when they spent the entire summer on the beach relaxing, Sierra didn't stay in touch. When Tori arrives for the first day of seventh grade, she can hardly believe it. With her new hair extensions, clothes, and tan, Sierra has reached celebrity status. She even claims to have a boyfriend, Antonio, whom she met on vacation. Tori suspects that Sierra may be making him up, however, and she decides to invent a boyfriend for herself, sparking a competition between the girls as to who has the best (fake) relationship. Soon the lies begin to spiral out of control and Tori longs to have her old friend back. Springer writes in authentic tween language. The story takes place in a suburb of Chicago, but could easily be transported to any school in the United States. Tori is a well-rounded character, both likable and relatable. The themes will resonate with any girl who's ever gone through the hardships of middle school: friendship, boys, popularity, and, most importantly, choosing to do the right, but often more difficult, thing. A fun read.—Kimberly Castle, Medina County District Library, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429994057
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 421,410
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • File size: 153 KB

Meet the Author



KRISTINA SPRINGER holds a master’s degree in writing from DePaul University. She is the author of The Espressologist, which Publishers Weekly called "a cheerful, breezy romance." She lives with her family outside Chicago, Illinois.

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for Teens Read Too

    Tween girls will get a kick out of this one. With all the middle grade angst involving boyfriends and popularity, Kristina Springer has hit the nail on the head. Tori is feeling totally abandoned by her best friend, Sienna. After all, Sienna spent the summer at some fabulous house in Florida getting a tan, and, apparently, getting an amazing boyfriend. All this while Tori stayed at home doing absolutely nothing as she waited for Sienna's dwindling texts and emails. Seventh grade is about to begin, and Tori doesn't even know if they are still friends. It quickly becomes obvious that all Sienna is planning to do is talk about Antonio. He sends the best emails. He gives the best presents. He's the best kisser. Tori is getting more jealous by the minute, until she realizes that this long-distance boyfriend might not really exist. The more Tori listens to Sienna, the more she begins to believe that Antonio is make-believe. Tori decides two can play that game, and she invents Sebastian. Now, the battle is on! Ms. Springer takes all of the worst parts of seventh grade behavior and brings them together in MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS. All the feelings of insecurity and inferiority, of not fitting in and not being popular, are present in the characters of Tori and Sienna. Even though the ending is fairly predictable, readers will find the journey there an interesting one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Love

    Im twelve and i thought this book would be girly and boring. But i ended up loving it! It was funny and a great read. :D

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 17, 2012

    Luv it

    Its a amazing book got to read it was intresting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    SOOOOOOO SOOOOOOOO FUNNY AND CUTE!!!!!!!

    This was the cutest and funnyest book i ever read!! A lot of tweens and teens can relate to this book but maybe not this situation!! THIS BOOK TOTALLY ROCKS!! I RECOMMEND FOR AGES 11-15!!!!!!! READ THIS BOOK IT IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE AND REALLY REALLY FUNNY!!!!!!!!

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    Posted June 10, 2013

    Great book!!!

    An amazing book! Just love it!!!

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    Posted March 17, 2013

    Me

    I got this in my class

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    Posted December 27, 2012

    Dont waste your money on the nook

    I got this book at my schooll bookfair for three dollars

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    Posted June 29, 2012

    Luv

    Luv this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Me

    That sounds like me and my bff but there real guys they just cant date jacob and caden

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    This is a doll??

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    Posted December 13, 2011

    Awesome

    My friend and i read this book together last year.As far as i remember it was a great book!

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    Posted October 15, 2011

    Cute and Funny

    This book was funny and cute. I liked it a lot. Enjoy reading!!! :)

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    Cute

    It looks like a good and funny book

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

    patriec

    i am on chapter 5 and so far it is good p.s. it about two girls ... know wat just read the book

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

    Read this book!

    Great story and very well written!

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