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My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours [Kindle Edition]

Kristina Springer
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Book Description

Seventh grade was supposed to be fun, but Tori is having major drama with her BFF, Sienna. Sienna changed a lot over the summer--on the first day of school she's tan, confident, and full of stories about her new dreamy boyfriend. Tori knows that she's totally making this guy up. So Tori invents her own fake boyfriend, who is better than Sienna's in every way. Things are going great--unless you count the whole lying-to-your-best-friend thing--until everyone insists Tori and Sienna bring their boyfriends to the back-to-school dance.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 5-7–For Tori Barnes, choosing the perfect outfit for the first day of school is essential and has always required the help of her friend Sierra for weeks beforehand. But now everything is different. Sierra's family recently became rich, and when they spent the entire summer on the beach relaxing, Sierra didn't stay in touch. When Tori arrives for the first day of seventh grade, she can hardly believe it. With her new hair extensions, clothes, and tan, Sierra has reached celebrity status. She even claims to have a boyfriend, Antonio, whom she met on vacation. Tori suspects that Sierra may be making him up, however, and she decides to invent a boyfriend for herself, sparking a competition between the girls as to who has the best (fake) relationship. Soon the lies begin to spiral out of control and Tori longs to have her old friend back. Springer writes in authentic tween language. The story takes place in a suburb of Chicago, but could easily be transported to any school in the United States. Tori is a well-rounded character, both likable and relatable. The themes will resonate with any girl who's ever gone through the hardships of middle school: friendship, boys, popularity, and, most importantly, choosing to do the right, but often more difficult, thing. A fun read.Kimberly Castle, Medina County District Library, OH
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Twelve-year-old Tori doesn’t understand why her longtime BFF Sienna blew her off while vacationing in Florida. And when Sienna shows up on the first day of seventh grade with a fabulous new look, a new long-distance boyfriend, Antonio, and newfound popularity at school, Tori feels even more bewildered. Then Tori begins to suspect that Antonio doesn’t exist, and to get back at Sienna, she invents her own fake boyfriend. Soon the girls are regaling their friends with stories of each boyfriend’s devotion, each gesture more romantic than the next. But having a fake boyfriend turns out to be hard work, from creating love letters to keeping the stories straight, and with a school dance approaching, Tori decides to come clean. Her difficult confession brings some surprising discoveries and new appreciation for what matters most in friendship. Tori is an appealing, engaging protagonist whose peppy first-person narrative includes some introspective moments and incorporates issues that readers will appreciate, especially the importance of honesty, trust, and self-appreciation. An enjoyable, entertaining read. Grades 5-8. --Shelle Rosenfeld

Product Details

  • File Size: 308 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0374399107
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); First Edition edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YJEXO8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,651 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too November 7, 2010
Tween girls will get a kick out of this one. With all the middle grade angst involving boyfriends and popularity, Kristina Springer has hit the nail on the head.

Tori is feeling totally abandoned by her best friend, Sienna. After all, Sienna spent the summer at some fabulous house in Florida getting a tan, and, apparently, getting an amazing boyfriend. All this while Tori stayed at home doing absolutely nothing as she waited for Sienna's dwindling texts and emails. Seventh grade is about to begin, and Tori doesn't even know if they are still friends.

It quickly becomes obvious that all Sienna is planning to do is talk about Antonio. He sends the best emails. He gives the best presents. He's the best kisser. Tori is getting more jealous by the minute, until she realizes that this long-distance boyfriend might not really exist.

The more Tori listens to Sienna, the more she begins to believe that Antonio is make-believe. Tori decides two can play that game, and she invents Sebastian. Now, the battle is on!

Ms. Springer takes all of the worst parts of seventh grade behavior and brings them together in MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS. All the feelings of insecurity and inferiority, of not fitting in and not being popular, are present in the characters of Tori and Sienna. Even though the ending is fairly predictable, readers will find the journey there an interesting one.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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5.0 out of 5 stars So cute! October 10, 2010
By Jordyn
(review is also posted to my website, [...])

This book is friggin' cute. When Tori's (newly rich) best friend, Sienna, comes back from her fabulous summer vacation with highlights, low lights, french-tipped nails, and a too-good-to-be-true long-distance boyfriend named Antonio, Tori misses the old Sea. The girl who was seriously shy and unabashedly dorky. Tori knows the boyfriend is a lie and, unsure of how to deal with her "new" old friend, she makes up a fake boyfriend of her own. Sebastian Colander, who's everything Antonio is and even more. As awesome as this premise is, the book is even awesomer. More awesome. Whatever. Tori, Sienna, and their new, popular friends are fully-fleshed out characters. For once the popular girls aren't mean or snobby -- just well-liked. And though Sienna's transformation is sudden and extensive, she doesn't turn into a snotty brat who forgets all about her best friend just because her family has some money now. Tori's (divorced) parents are also well-developed and the adorable relationship she shares with her father is definitely one of the best I've seen in a YA or MG book. He's actively involved in her life despite her not living with him. I get so used to (and sometimes bothered by) YA books where the protagonist is like so totally annoyed and embarrassed by her parents that it was refreshing to read a book where that wasn't the case. Tori's younger than the average YA protagonist and this is a middle grade novel, but even so, not all teenagers hate their parents.

The setting here, aside from one memorable scene, is fairly forgettable and non-important. And as much as I would have loved an incredibly vivid setting, it really didn't impact the book very much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very cute and clever story! February 19, 2012
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My daughter is 12 and simply LOVED this story! She tells all her friends about this book, even grandmas and others who visit that this is her "favorite book!"

It is a story about a girl whose best friend (and the best friend's family) recently came into some money. The friend (Sienna) returns from an extended vacation looking and acting much different....better...more popular. The herione in our story (Tori) is still liked by this girl, but feels her position possibly slipping. The friend discusses this "perfect" boyfriend she met, but Tori thinks it is all made-up. So Tori invents a fake boyfriend, too. If Sienna's boyfriend IMs with Sienna for a half an hour, then Tori's fake boyfriend is on for two. A one-upmanship battle that Tori wants to get out of, but doesn't want to lose face...or have her friend lose face either. Plus, their new-found popularity isn't all that terrible.

I won't give away the ending, but it is very sweet, enjoyable, light read that is quite appropriate for younger girls. I like that having the nicest clothes, shoes, friends, phone, boyfriend, etc. is acknowledged as being a big influence on kids, but tries to show that that stuff it isn't really the most important attribute of a person. I think most kids even know that, but those kinds of things do seem to make navigating junior high school simpler....and the author doesn't dismiss it (or the kids) as silly. I maybe would have liked a few more in-depth characters...especially a male (but not the typical long suffering friend character that the girl finally realizes is the real gem.) Still, it is a nice best-friend story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and largely realistic June 30, 2010
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Anyone who can remember the brink of adolescence (even if one's own was long before the IM days) will be able to identify with Tori and Sienna. The budding attempts at establishing one's own identity, awkwardness with friends, ambiguous feelings about boys, and insecurity are captured rather well here.

The tone of the book, despite the 'fake boyfriend' confusion, is very positive - more so than most girls might find "IRL." For example, Tori's first venture into the company of the popular girls involves none of the difficulties (betrayal, gossip, nastiness and the like) which are especially common at that age. Both Tori and Sienna, despite their struggling problems with establishing a popular image, are accepted as they are - and I doubt too many teens would find this typical.

There is no great depth to the book. It does not explore friendship and conflict beyond the peripheral. Yet I believe young readers, in particular, would find this an enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect book for tween girls
What a fun middle grade novel! This book pulled me in from page one and kept me all the way to the end. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephanie Faris
3.0 out of 5 stars it's fine
I mean the book was cheap so I guess I don't mind reading it but it was also very short! The book was also very predictable and kind of obvious at the very beginning. Read more
Published 14 months ago by b.clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!!
This book had me flipping through the pages! This like my favorite book! You have to read it! Fake boyfriend? Please... totally sounds like something I would do! Read more
Published on February 6, 2013 by Hayley
1.0 out of 5 stars ugh
This book really sucked.I couldn't even finish it.I love to read and am around the same age as the main characters and this book just sucked.
Published on June 14, 2012 by Lisa K Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Life!
My fake Boyfriend Is Better than yours, is a total teenage girl book because some girls have to relate to this book.
Published on March 18, 2012 by #Clippers
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book By Kristina Springer!
I picked this book up awhile ago and only recently got to reading it... and it's one of those books that makes me wonder why I didn't devour it the second I got home! Read more
Published on October 6, 2011 by R
4.0 out of 5 stars An evening well spent
I enjoyed this book tremendously. As an avid (adult) reader, I wasn't really sure I would enjoy this book. Springer, however, made middle school come alive for me again. Read more
Published on June 30, 2011 by Amy
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of ChickLovesLit . com
My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours is a cute read. It is very short, and the title describes it well - our main character makes up a boyfriend to feel more popular at... Read more
Published on November 13, 2010 by S Day
3.0 out of 5 stars Appealing
This perfect mix of boyfriends, clothes and beginning of school is sure to appeal to tween girls. As a teacher myself, I did not appreciate the sub-plot about the science teacher. Read more
Published on September 4, 2010 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and cute!
My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours was so cute and such a quick read. Tori hasn't talk to her BFF in a few weeks and is worried that their friendship will be over. Read more
Published on September 3, 2010 by Sarah Woodard
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Kristina Springer is the best-selling author of THE ESPRESSOLOGIST, MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS, JUST YOUR AVERAGE PRINCESS, THE PAPARAZZI PROJECT and BOY SWAP. She has a Masters in Writing from DePaul University and she resides in a suburb of Chicago with her husband and children. Read more about her at

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