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Super Fake Love Song
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Super Fake Love Song
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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...
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...
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  • 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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  • From the cover Gray’s door was always open, because that’s how Gray liked things. The door to my room was always shut, because that’s how I liked things.
     
    My door was blank and unadorned. My door could have led to anything—a linen closet, a brick wall, an alternate universe.
     
    You only get one chance to make a first impression, Mom liked to say. It was characteristically shallow advice, but there was a truth to it that I only now realized.
     
    I followed Cirrus, heading left into Gray’s room instead of right into mine.
     
    Cirrus had already made herself at home in Gray’s salvaged steel swivel chair. She drummed her fingers on her thighs, as if eager to be introduced to the room’s history.
     
    I started to say something, then stopped.
     
    I started to say something else, then stopped.
     
    I started to—
     
    Cirrus eyed me with growing concern.
     
    “So are you—” she said.
     
    “These are guitars,” I said suddenly. I craned my neck back to look at them. I stretched, sniffed, did all the things amateurs do when gearing up for a big lie. “They’re my guitars.”
     
    Cirrus brightened. “Wait. Are you in a band?”
     
    “Phtphpthpt,” I said with a full-body spasm. “It’s just a little band, but yes: I am.”
     
    Cirrus looked at the guitars again, as if they had changed. “Very cool.”
     
    I heard none of this, because my lie was still busy pinging around the inside of my big empty head like a stray shot. Shocking, how easily the lie had slipped out.
     
    “You’re more than cool,” continued Cirrus. “You’re brave. Most people barely have hobbies, if they bother to try anything at all. Most people let the dream starve and die in the kill-basement of their soul and only visit the rotting corpse when they themselves are finally on death’s door wondering, What was I so afraid of this whole time?
     
    “Jesus, you’re cynical,” I whispered.
     
    Cirrus spotted something behind my guitars [Gray’s guitars]: the torn Mortals flyer. “Is that you?”
     
    I cleared my throat, which was already clear. “That’s, uh, my old band,” I said. “We split up. I’m working on a new thing.”
     
    “Cool-cool,” said Cirrus, nodding blankly.
     
    Then she flashed me a look.
     
    Not just any look.
     
    The Look.
     
    I recognized the Look from when Gray was still at school. The Look was a particular type of glance Gray got often—a combination of burning curiosity barely masked by bogus nonchalance. Everyone badly wanted to know Gray; everyone pretended they didn’t.
     
    The Look was the expression people gave to someone doing something well, and with passion. It was an instinctive attraction to creativity—the highest form of human endeavor—expressed by emitting little hearts out of our eyes. It was falling a little bit in love with people who were fashioning something new with their hands and their imaginations.
     
    I had always wondered what it would feel like to get the Look, and now I realized I had just found out.
     
    The Look was pure deadly sweet terror, and it felt incredible.
     
    I instantly wanted another.

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 davidyoon.com.

Reviews-

  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from October 19, 2020
    Yoon’s (Frankly in Love) endearingly winning coming-of-age novel begins when 17-year-old self-described nerd Sunny Dae, who is Korean American, meets the girl of his dreams: Korean American Cirrus Soh, the well-traveled daughter of commercial real estate developers. After her family moves to Rancho Ruby, a “99.6 percent” white community in Southern California, tongue-tied Sunny doesn’t correct Cirrus when she mistakes his older brother Gray’s room for his, leading Cirrus to believe that Sunny is a budding rock star. Desperate to impress and avoid being caught in the lie, Sunny recruits his best friends to join his fake band, the Immortals. Together, they learn to play instruments and work on perfecting one of Gray’s unperformed songs. But when Gray moves back home, and the bully who has tormented Sunny for years figures out the scheme, Sunny’s plans may all come tumbling down. Through Sunny, who feels conflicted about his parents’ obsession with money and his older brother’s choices to abandon music for a more stable career, Yoon challenges stereotypes and tackles the age-old theme of being true to oneself, whether that self is a rock star or a nerd. Ages 14–up. Agents: Sara Shandler, Joelle Hobeika, and Josh Bank, Alloy Entertainment.

  • AudioFile Magazine Narrator Michael Bow expresses the cynical wit of Korean-American Sunny Dae. A self-proclaimed nerd since middle school, Sunny finds friendship and a bit of fame in the Dungeons & Dragons world--but things change when he meets supercool Cirrus Soh. Bow embodies Cirrus with sarcasm, adding a soft accent that differentiates the two characters and highlights the magnetism of their personalities. Sunny has always hated the pretenses of his community and parents, and he adopts the guise of Gray, his rock-star brother, to impress Cirrus. Soon he has convinced his two best friends, also well portrayed by Bow, to form a band with him. Though addicted to popularity and his new role, Bow reveals Sunny's true self as he ultimately questions his relationships with Cirrus, Gray, and his parents and finds his own identify. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award � AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine

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