Friday, December 16

Fake Me A Match by Lauren Barnholdt

Fake Me A Match by Lauren Barnholdt
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Publisher: Aladdin
Age Group: Young Adult/Tween
Pages: 288

Summary: Avery LaDuke is in the market for a new best friend. Her former BFF, Sophie Burns, dumped her to hang out with the popular crowd at school. But the good news Avery's getting a new sister who's bound to be her new BFF too! Blake is her age and she's from New York. How cool is that? But things don't go quite as smoothly as Avery hoped. And what's with Blake becoming BFFs with Sophie? Huh?? That wasn’t supposed to happen!
When Avery gets put in charge of the eighth grade charity project, an on-line matchmaking service, she thinks she can use this project to get Blake back on her side. She decides to fix the matches so that Blake gets matched with Sam, the most popular boy in school, but when the matches come out something has gone seriously wrong! Not only is Avery matched with Sam, but the class advisor knows that someone tampered with the program. On top of that, Avery discovers that she actually kind of, sort of, likes Sam . . . and he likes her back. Torn between the guy she likes and her sister/best friend, Avery is left wondering: is there any possible way she can keep them both?

My Thoughts: Let me start off by saying I am a huge fan of Lauren Barnholdt. If she wrote it, I will read it. I love all her of books!

Fake Me A Match is more Middle Grade than Young Adult. I tend to stay away from Middle Grade because usually I don't like reading about 12-13 year-olds. But when I saw what this was about I knew I had to read it, plus its by Barnholdt.

We are introduced to Avery who is 13 years old. She lives with her mom. She is getting a new sister (stepsister) because her mom is marrying a guy and his daughter is coming down from New York to live with them. Avery couldn't be more stoked. She's an only child and she's finally going to have someone to share things with and be a real family.  She couldn't be more excited!

Blake and her Dad move into the house. It isn't as picture perfect as Avery hoped. Blake is kind of high maintenance and she gets her mind set on something, gets it, than doesn't really care about it anymore.

Avery gets put in charge of the charity project for Student Council. It’s a matchmaking service. Everyone fills out a questionnaire, than a computer goes and matches people up and people pay to get their results.  Sounds pretty fun, right?

Avery isn't really into it, she doesn't think about boys too much. But she does like one boy in particular at the beginning of the novel. But, Blake likes another (Sam) so Avery figures she'll be nice and change the results so Blake gets matched with Sam.

Her plan doesn't go the way she expects it too and things get very very complicated. Not only that, but Avery is starting to have feelings for someone else.

Lets see, I really liked this book because I liked the angle with the dogs, I liked the boys, I liked the relationship between Avery and everyone else. It was fun and full of drama. There was a lot of drama.

Remember, this is more middle school and its more fun than real serious. So at times the characters can seem pretty immature and young but I still liked it a lot.

Overall: I really enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun. If your expecting an in-depth book, you might want to stay away from this one, BUT if you want something cute and funny, read this now! It was what I was in the mood for and I liked it!

Cover: Like it. Not usually into cartoon covers but the description alone made me want to read this.

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1 comment:

Alex Bennett from Electrifying Reviews said...

This sounds way cute! Thanks for the review.


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