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Changeless by Gail Carriger
Escape from Bridezilla by Jacqueline deMontravel
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Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King
The Great Desert Race by Betty Baker
Great House by Nicole Krauss
Her Permanent Record by Jimmy Gownley
Lion in the Valley by Elizabeth Peters
The Main Corpse by Diane Mott Davidson
Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale
My Invisible Boyfriend by Susie Day
Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci
Ottoline At Sea by Chris Riddell
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
The Rules by Stacey Kade
The Secret of the Stone Frog by David Nytra
Skywalkers: Mohawk Ironworkers Build the City by David Weitzman
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Someday by Charlotte Zolotow
Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley
The Twelve Bots of Christmas by Nathan Hale
Who's Seen the Scissors by Fernando Krahn
Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded by John Scalzi

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My Invisible Boyfriend: 06/06/13

cover artMy Invisible Boyfriend by Susie Day is about the difficulties of being the last one in a group of friends to find a date. Heidi, who goes to a boarding school — only because her father works there — is such a person. All her close circle of friends are dating and she's the last singleton.

While she's not all that interested in dating, she's not immune to the pressure. She decides to relieve some of that pressure by inventing a boyfriend based on her favorite TV character — Mycroft Christie.

To make her boyfriend seem more real, she creates an online identity, including giving an email address and chat ID. She then emails back and forth to create the appearance of a long distance relationship. A goof up, though, gives her friends access to "his" account and soon she is chatting and emailing with her friends in her boyfriend's voice.

As you can imagine, there's only so far this sort of deception can go. I enjoyed both parts of the book — the set up and the aftermath when her deception falls apart. Yes — Heidi and company are shallow. They're young and at that age when bad ideas seem like good ideas. If the internet had been around when I was a teen, I probably would have invented a whole cast of fictional characters.

Stylistically — especially with Heidi's odd ball grammar, unbridled enthusiasm and sometimes weird word choice — reminds me of the Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series by Louise Rennison. OK, I say that a lot — but I love the series and it's the bar I hold similar series to. This book comes close.

Four stars

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