Saturday, March 24, 2012

The (Not Quite) Perfect Boyfriend by Lili Wilkinson

The (Not Quite) Perfect Boyfriend by Lili Wilkinson is chick lit for young teens. Sixteen-year-old Midge, tired of being teased about not having a boyfriend, invents one. And then he shows up.

It's just a coincidence, of course -- the real-life Ben isn't quite the same as the boy Midge made up, but he's pretty close . . . and he's willing to play along with Midge's story. For a price, of course. It turns out that Ben isn't nearly as perfect as Midge had envisioned, and keeping up the lie, while it has its pleasant sides (popularity! kissing!), also makes life a lot more complicated.

This is one of the most innocent teen romances I've read in a long time -- so much so that I think it's most likely to appeal to tweens. Older readers may find it tame and a little predictable, but those making their first painful forays into the world of real-life romance will empathize with Midge's naïve mistakes.

(Reviewed from a copy borrowed through my library system.)

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