My Invisible Boyfriend

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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 ...

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Overview


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?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. (Apr.)
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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."

Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
Heidi Ryder's world and friendships are vividly eccentric yet believably realistic and contemporary. At the same time, the issues with which she deals—no boyfriend and a female friend who is becoming estranged—are universally adolescent. Start with the fact that her mother (aka the Mothership) works for a series of British boarding schools where her father (aka Dad Man) acts as custodian. As a result, Heidi changes schools frequently, often in mid-year, and must not only befriend but also live with a revolving continuum of new names, relationships, and local styles. At the alternative school Finch, her cast of characters includes Dai and his boyfriend Peroxide Eric; the elusive Fili and her Russian model roommate, Yuliya; and several boys. Heidi develops relationships with them but not completely, especially after they find love interests. To cope, Heidi retreats to her job at a coffeehouse whose owner seems to be the only sane adult in her life; to a television serial about the detective Mycroft Christie, with whom she imagines conversations; and to an imaginary boyfriend, whom she names Ed, based on a gingerbread cookie. To convince the others of Ed's reality, she sends herself U-chat messages from him. When the girl and boy friends begin to switch partners, the scene becomes ever more complicated, and Heidi decides to break up with the fictional Ed, whose non-existence Fili has already deduced. The language and format of the book are hip, the characters are intriguing, and the resolution is a lesson about honesty and friendship. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Heidi's parents (affectionately called Mothership and Dad Man) have moved from job to job for years, never allowing Heidi to stay at any school long enough to establish friendships, find the girl's bathroom, or get past what she calls the "Never-ending Era of Pathetic Noobishness." But at Finch, an alternative boarding school, Heidi has made great friends and she's coming back for her second year. Trouble, however, begins at the first dorm party when Heidi is believed to have turned down the "tongue services" of a hot guy, and her friends mistakenly assume she is seeing someone. Not sure how to correct the misconception, Heidi creates an imaginary boyfriend, Ed, using a gingerbread-boy cookie as her inspiration. As imaginary Ed becomes popular with her friends through online chat, a real boy shows interest in her. Heidi is a sassy, likable character who has a knack for assigning imaginative labels to people and situations that are dead-on, although her ongoing fascination and imaginary dialogue with a British TV detective can be distracting. Supporting characters are full of emotion and contagious energy. Readers may figure out who her secret admirer is long before Heidi does, but it's still a fun read sprinkled with a bit of teenage angst.—Kelley Siegrist, Farmington Community Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Although Heidi is not a subject of ridicule at her British reform school, which she attends because her parents work there, she's not Miss Popularity, either. In imitation of her favorite TV detective, Heidi starts wearing a long beige raincoat, which turns out to be her key to social success. When asked about the coat's origins, she replies that it belongs to her boyfriend, Ed. Ed is so cool and wise that Heidi's friends correspond with him by e-mail. Only Heidi knows that Ed is completely made up. Then...Heidi's tangled web is invaded by someone who goes by the online handle "arealboy" and claims to know that Ed isn't real. The story, which includes a student production of Twelfth Night, has some Shakespearean parallels, with role-playing, mistaken identities, breakups and makeups. The supporting characters, however, are too bland to support the interesting plot, and Heidi has a fondness for Scrabble that makes her inner dialogue often obnoxious. Romance readers should figure out who "arealboy" is early on, leaving little mystery to add dimension to the story. (Fiction. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545073547
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,002,762
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.86 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author


Susie Day is the author of SERAFINA *URGENTLY REQUIRES LIFE* and MY INVISIBLE BOYFRIEND. She lives in Oxford, England.
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  • Posted April 28, 2010

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    Pretty Great

    I completely loved this book, the writing was fantastic and the characters were intriguing. its a book that's worth buying.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

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    Invisible Boyfriend Shines

    I had certain ideas of what this book would be like at first and now that I am through the book I can say that it was nothing like I expected. The main character Hedi is a very likeable girl who is trying to fit into the boarding school she is thrown into, not becuse she is a bad student, but because her parents work there. You quickly see that she not hated, but she isnt invited to any cool parties either. She sits on the fringe, but gets to see everything that happens.
    But that changes when she makes up an imaginary boyfriend(Ed) and creates him in the virtual world of internet chats and emails. Turns out, her friends are growing more and more attached to the virtual Ed than Heidi realizes.
    The funniest secnes are in The Litte Leaf, the cafe she helps waitress, and the drama club putting on a new version of Twelfth Night, but making it in the 80's.
    Overall, the book is really good and the ending seems too quick to me, but its satisfying and really makes you wish for another book to continue the story of Heidi.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

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    After a whole summer away from her friends, Heidi is thrilled for the start of the term and the chance to be one of the gang again.

    But before she can say "frog girl" Fili has found the only other Goth at the Finch, Ludo is snogging a guy with piercings and peroxide blonde hair. Big Dai isn't even big anymore. After a summer of intensive training he's downright svelte. And dating Henry Kim.

    Heidi is exactly the same except for her awesome, slightly dodgy looking, new trench coat. It's kind of quirky and it looks exactly like something Mycroft Christie* would wear on Mycroft Christie Investigates while running about with the dashing Jori Song.

    Heidi is fifteen. She isn't very dashing. She didn't have an exciting, transformative summer. She spent the summer working at The Little Leaf with her crazy boss while admiring her boss' beautiful son Teddy from afar. Heidi is very single.

    When Ludo assumes Heidi's coat is from a boyfriend instead of the rubbish bin things start spinning out of control. Before Heidi can say OHM EYE GOD the assumption has become a rumor which has run off and become fact.**

    Which leaves Heidi two options: Fess up and admit she's the same, boring Heidi and say goodbye to her friends. Or she can make a boyfriend who is conveniently far away and solve all her problems.

    Well, honestly, what would you do?

    It's not like a whole imaginary person can create that many problems. That is, until he does in My Invisible Boyfriend (2010) by Susie Day.

    My Invisible Boyfriend is a comedy of errors in the truest sense of the phrase, which is actually appropriate since one of the big plot elements is Heidi's involvement in a school production of Twelfth Night: The Musical (set in the 1980s). Over the course of the story Heidi's made up boyfriend learns secrets, solves problems, and starts talking back to Heidi.

    This is a funny book that moves really fast. Heidi is almost as adorable as the dashing Mycroft Christie she talks with in her head throughout the story. The other characters, sadly, are less compelling as they verge into one dimension with their EMPHATIC (and capitalized) talking or seemingly random jealousies.

    Day blends a lot of fun elements together in a recipe for humor if not for the most well-developed plot. The fun premise suffers in the last quarter of the novel as Heidi almost literally flails trying to find out who knows her secret (and has started emailing her as "a real boy") in all the wrong places. The plot is very true to traditional Shakespearean comedies but sadly lacking the voice of a wise fool to balance all the crazy and and a touch more depth to the characters.

    *Mycroft is a made up character on a made up show (that I sooooooooo wish was real, even with the Horrible Beard and awful dead wife). As far as I can tell he is a cross between The Doctor, Captain Jack Harkness, and Sherlock from the new 21st Century remake. (Am I showing my geek cards by mentioning this?) Mycroft might have been my favorite character in this whole zany story.

    **This sounds totally improbable as a premise except . . . it actually happened to me once. I have this boxy jacket that used to be fitted. But then I lost some weight and it was too big. And one day a woman at work saw me with it on and asked if it was my boyfriend's. Being an idiot, I said yes before I understood the question. Of course I didn't even have a boyfriend at the time. Not even a made up one.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    I love this book!

    This was probably my favorite YA rom-com of last year. Totally charming and funny. Just good clean fun, with plenty of quirkiness to keep it interesting.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    A gift gone right

    I got this boik as a gift and i loved bit!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    Bad

    really bad book i coyld barely get passes the first chapter i rwally couldnt finish it and al that gay british humo isnt fnnty

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Happy

    I have invisable boyfriends too so i relate to this book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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