My Invisible Boyfriend

My Invisible Boyfriend

by Susie Day

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ISBN-13: 9780545073547
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.86(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.04(d)
Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About 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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My Invisible Boyfriend 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Astridel More than 1 year ago
I completely loved this book, the writing was fantastic and the characters were intriguing. its a book that's worth buying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
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.
SJKessel on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Day, S. (2009). My Invisible Boyfriend. New York: Scholastic Press.275 pages.Okay, so this is another book that got my attention before it was even published and then post-publishing it kept slipping to the far side of the mountain of books in my To Read As Soon As Possible Pile.But look, here I am, getting to it!Appetizer: Fifteen-year-old Heidi is in love with Mycroft Christie, the protagonist of her favorite cancelled TV series. So with the start of a the new school year, she's excited for another year of watching her favorite show and hanging out with her four best friends. However, when the new year begins, Heidi is in for a shock when all of her friends seem a little more...boy fixated than they were last year. A small misunderstanding leads to her friends thinking Heidi has a boyfriend too. A deception she goes with that only leads to more and more misunderstandings and problems comparable to Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (which by the way, also happens to be the play Heidi and her friends are working on for the end of the term).I initially had a little trouble getting into My Invisible Boyfriend. I found Heidi's voice a little off-putting. I had to reread a sentence or phrase here and there to make sense of them. But as the plot started to pick up and Heidi was developing the story behind her imaginary boyfriend, I started to get used to the voice and eased into it.I did really like a lot of the tensions of the books. What was Heidi to do? All of her friends suddenly had boyfriends. Heidi wasn't ready to be kissed by any random guy. So, why not re-imagine her favorite TV character has her boyfriend? She just wanted to belong.I hadn't anticipated that Day would be using the fan-girl angle to inspire Heidi's characterization for her imaginary boyfriend. I thought that was a nice touch, especially as a person who is prone to having literary crushes of my own. (My imaginary boyfriend would also be British...and we'd meet by him apperating right beside me. Sure it'd be awkward at first, what with him having to explain to me that magic existed, but then we'd have an awesome snarky conversation over a latte (me) and tea (him). (Sigh.*)Ahem, Refocusing...Plus, since Heidi contemplates aspects of her favorite show and has imaginary conversations with one of the characters, the story forms a meta-narrative, encouraging the reader to think about the qualities of a book or show in the same way.It's also worth noting, that despite Heidi's imagined conversations with Mycroft. She never feels like a character who has lost touch with reality. She's just adapting to the situations at school using what she knows best.Also, the way she creates her boyfriend's personality online is very interesting. It reinforces the small ways that personality is shared and includes the subtle message about online stranger danger.One of the minor characters was nicknamed "Peroxide Eric" for his dyed hair. I couldn't help but think of the name Eric and how it seems to attract some type of adjective, description, marker-thing. For example, I have a friend who has a boyfriend named Eric. He is regularly called "Eric the Swede" by everyone. In my head, this guy's name is Eric the Swede. Although I think I have yet to say that to his face. Mainly because I don't get to see him that often. Then there's Eric in the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris. Viking Eric. Eric the Vampire.I'm just wondering. Is it because the name is so short?Dinner Conversation:"You know your life is not exactly normal when you're sitting on the steps on the first day of school, sugar-high giddy from knowing they're about to unlock the doors.But then no one at Finch is normal. They only send you here when you've been kicked out of every other boarding school on the planet--if your parents can afford it" (p. 2)."Mycroft Christie, in case you live under some kind of rock, is the most brilliant person in the universe, and totally my boyfriend. Sort
Kaydence on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Susie Day gives us a delightful tale of a high school girl named Heidi. She is terrified of being friendless and going back to being frog girl, due to an unfortunate incident from science class, so she makes up a boyfriend to keep up with all of her friends. At the beginning of the year party, all of her friends end up hooking up with boys and she unintentionally turns down the flirtations of one of the hottest guys in school. Her friend automatically decides this means that she has a boyfriend and Heidi does not correct her. Instead, Heidi goes on to invent a boyfriend with the help of her boss and her bosses cute son. She sets up an internet account and begins talking to her friends as if she is her boyfriend. It all gets worse when everyone begins having problems. Her boss is planning on moving and closing down the tea shop that she works in, so she is fired. Her friends seem to be breaking up and one of them is not really talking to her. At the same time, she is working with all of them for the performing arts group at school. She signs up to do costumes and uses her bosses son to help her design the costumes. They are a huge hit and her teacher decides to submit her drawings for an art contest. It seems that Heidi gets caught up in so many lies that she doesn¿t know how to work her way out without hurting a lot of people in the process. How is Heidi going to unravel all of these problems? Is there ever going to be a real boyfriend in her future?I love these types of quick reads. As a reader, I get to dive right in to the characters and figure out what matters most to them. Heidi is a kooky teenager that seems a little young for her age. She is silly with her friends and a little behind them in developing relationships. It¿s more about the idea of a boyfriend than actually having one that seems to draw her attention. I enjoyed the silly antics that all of the friends go through, but there was no deep connection made with any of the characters. I really didn¿t feel like Heidi had any substantial feelings about anything. This was really a cheesy beach read. It¿s great for that type of entertainment, but not something that I would recommend for analyzing. Also, this is recommended for ninth graders or older, but I believe that younger children could read it. The vocabulary is not difficult. The only thing to worry about would be alcohol and tobacco use by teenagers, but that is something that I am sure most sixth graders are aware of.4/5 stars
trishalynn0708 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I don't normally write a review for books that I don't like. But a copy of this was sent to me for review so I feel that I need to review it since that was the purpose of the review copy. Okay, this book wasn't horrible. It just wasn't the best. I found myself skipping over a lot of the pages and reading the e-mails and just paragraphs here and there through out the book until I got to the end. The writers writing is very confusing from page one. For example, this is how the book starts: Heidi is sitting on the steps of her new private school. Then she starts to talk about her mom and dad who she calls Mothership and Dad Man. But then it switches to a show that she watches on TV. Then Heidi is talking about the holidays and how they weren't so bad, and playing scrabble with her dad. Seriously, this book just seems to be every where. It seems like Heidi's life was trying to be crammed into the first half of the book. I also felt no connection at all with any of the other characters in the story. Another thing that annoyed me in the story was Heidi would take words and break them down syllables but they were spelled different. Like for example: "OUTS. TAN. DING." or another one is: OHM. EYE. GOD. Instead of Outstanding and Oh my god? This got really annoying through out the book. And it happened a lot. And the way I have it written above is the same way it is written in the book, with capital letters. Saying this I was surprised at the end with who the "Real Boy" was. And the very last half of the book did get better. But this just was not a favorite of mine
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not everyday you pick up a book that's as funky yet fun to read like this book. Could not put it down! If you like realistic fiction with geeky romance, this is the book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this boik as a gift and i loved bit!!!!!!
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MissPrint More than 1 year ago
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.
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I have invisable boyfriends too so i relate to this book
RoxxiiReaderr More than 1 year ago
really bad book i coyld barely get passes the first chapter i rwally couldnt finish it and al that gay british humo isnt fnnty