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Dimensions (Overall): 8.6 Inches (H) x 5.7 Inch (W) x 1.2 Inch (D)

Weight: 1 Pounds

Suggested Age: 13-19 Years

Number of Pages: 368

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Sub-Genre: People & Places

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Author: David Yoon

Book theme: Asian American, United States

Language: English

Street Date: November 17, 2020
TCIN: 79681645
UPC: 9781984812230
Item Number (DPCI): 059-12-3366
Origin: Made in the USA


About the Book

When new-girl Cirrus mistakes self-described nerd Sunny Dae as the lead in a rock band, Sunny rolls with it forming a fake band with his friends, but as the lies continue he risks losing both Cirrus and his friends.

Book Synopsis

An NPR Book Concierge Pick of the Year

"The fun of this engrossing read is that underneath the slapstick lies a finely nuanced meditation on how we perform as ourselves." --New York Times Book Review

From the New York Times bestselling author of Frankly in Love comes a moving young adult novel about friendship, identity, and acceptance. Perfect for fans of John Green and To All the Boys I've Love Before.

When Sunny meets Cirrus, he can't believe how cool and confident she is. So when Cirrus mistakenly thinks Sunny plays guitar, he accidentally winds up telling her he's the front man of a rock band.

Before he knows it, Sunny is knee-deep in the lie: He gets his best friends to form a fake band with him and starts dressing like a rock star. But no way can he trick this amazing girl into thinking he's cool, right?

Just when Sunny is about to come clean, Cirrus asks to see them play sometime. Gulp.

Now there's only one thing to do: Fake it till you make it.

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Praise for Super Fake Love Song
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A YALSA Best Fiction Pick For Young Adults

The fun of this engrossing read (I found myself laughing out loud and admiring Yoon's wordplay) is that underneath the slapstick lies a finely nuanced meditation on how we perform as ourselves. The real surprise is how many of our perceived shortcomings are part of a self-imposed narrative... Through romance and failed romance, passion projects and fake passion projects, Sunny and the people around him learn that being true to yourself, once you figure out what the heck that is, is the most important thing of all. --The New York Times Book Review

"While this is the classic (YA at its best) story of a boy and his first high school relationship, at its heart Super Fake Love Song is also the story of an even more important relationship: the one you have with yourself. It's a big-hearted novel full of delightful, funny, empathetic characters." --NPR Book Concierge

"Sweet and funny." --PopSugar

"Brimming with nerdy humor and warm feels... the perfect rom-com to snuggle up with... an absolute delight to read! This is a funny, heartwarming story about friendship and family, and it is guaranteed to make you smile." --The Young Folks

"Don't miss this sweet rom-com about identity and belonging." --HelloGiggles

"This real-life role-playing-game YA novel addresses being true to oneself in a funny, heartfelt way.... Yoon's colorful language and careful plotting enhance an effective, meaningful story about self-acceptance." --Shelf Awareness

[S]weet and pointed story of a nerd out of his depth....David Yoon explores the cost of toxic masculinity and the price to young adults when parents give up everything to chase the American dream. --Minneapolis Star Tribune

★ "Yoon captures the humor, the heart, and the universal anxieties--and possibilities--of trying on new identities in high school . . . A clever, hilarious, and empathetic look at diverse teens exploring authenticity, identities, and code-switching." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "Yoon's (Frankly in Love) endearingly winning coming-of-age novel . . . challenges stereotypes and tackles the age-old theme of being true to oneself, whether that self is a rock star or a nerd." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "Readers will be drawn in by the sweet romance and Sunny's hilarious narration. But in a novel filled with excellent writing, strong characterization, and abundant positive messages, perhaps the greatest strength of all is the emotional openness of the male characters. VERDICT Yoon's sophomore follow-up to 2019's Frankly in Love is charming, witty, and inspirational. Highly recommended." --School Library Journal, starred review

"With this delectable comedy of errors, Yoon reaffirms his place in the pantheon of authors crafting smart, satisfying romantic fare for teens... [It] offers a more complex melody by mixing in running commentary on diversity, culture, and class. . . A worthy read-next for fans of Jenny Han, Nicola Yoon, and David Yoon's Frankly in Love, it's a novel that strikes all the right chords." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

The novel is a joyful one. . . For nerds--and those who love them--this is a fitting tribute." --The Horn Book

"[Sunny's] voice, unique and wry, is gripping. Fans of Yoon's Frankly in Love--and there are legions--will enjoy this follow-up that similarly tries to reconcile romance with identity." --Booklist

About The Author

David Yoon grew up in Orange County, California, and now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Nicola Yoon, and their daughter. He drew the illustrations for Nicola's #1 New York Times bestseller Everything, Everything. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Frankly in Love, which was a William C. Morris Award finalist and an Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature Honor book. You can visit him at
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onemused - 2 years ago
SUPER FAKE LOVE SONG is a YA contemporary romance about siblings, feeling like an outcast, and friendship. Sunny definitely feels like a "loser," as he is picked on by the star of the football team and he and his friends spend their time doing videos for the internet for DIY Fantasy FX. Then, he meets Cirrus, who seems so cool and is not interested in him - until she mistakenly walks into his older brother's old room and he begins lying about the guitars and band stuff, saying he is the front for the band, Immortals. He can't let the lie go and basically copies his brother's style and life to make it his own. He convinces his two BFFs to make the band something real and falls into a spiral of lies. He is nervous about the truth coming out, but he really likes Cirrus and feels like he needs these lies to impress her. A wrench is thrown into his plans when his brother comes back home, and they are unable to connect the way they used to - but his brother sees what he is doing and knows the lie. Sunny's struggle felt so real - he is pretending to be someone else, but where does the lie end and the truth begin? His search for belonging and coolness is one that will resonate with young readers who may also be struggling with how to define themselves in the first place. Sunny certainly doesn't know who he is yet, and his path to figuring out who he wants to be felt really genuine. I felt that the real elements that shone in this book were the friendships with his BFFs who support him in these unusual schemes and the ways that he tries to relate and connect with his older brother, who is struggling with his own life. There are some really deep and heartfelt conversations that happen towards the end of the book with his family, about what is important in life and the importance of real conversation/understanding, and with his friends that really made this a much stronger story. That along with the themes throughout the book of trying to find your place, wanting to be more, and connecting with your own truths made this an intriguing read. Overall, I would recommend this book for fans of YA contemporary where the focus is on character development and growth with a light touch of romance. Please note that I received a copy through Bookish First. All opinions are my own.
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bookwormm - 2 years ago
I'm not going to lie, about a quarter of the way into this book, I was ready to close it and put it back on the shelf. The way "nerds" were being portrayed in the start felt so cliche and the amount of second-hand embarrassment I felt for the main character, Sunny, while reading was almost unbearable. I pushed through, however, and I'm so glad that I did. While the beginning of the story still doesn't sit entirely right with me, by the time I finished reading, I saw the significance of it being written the way it was. Overall, Super Fake Love Song was a really cute story. I found myself rooting for Sunny more and more as I worked my way through the story. David Yoon did a great job of making sure the side characters were fully fleshed out as well, which is always appreciated. By the time I was a little over halfway through the book, I couldn't put it down. I needed to know what was going to happen next. The one fault I did find with the book, aside from my issues with the first quarter, was that the story was very heavily dialogue based. While this is something I don't personally love, I don't think it's something that should make or break a book
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