I’m heading to the NY office later tonight for a few meetings this week, so things may be quieter than usual around here. As always, though, you can find me on Twitter at @DaphneUn, which is a lot easier to update on the go. In the meantime, I’m delighted to share this review of The (Not Quite) Perfect Boyfriend by Lili Wilkinson, which was published in Australia before Pink, but is only being distributed in the US now. From School Library Journal:
Cliques, dating, and the school social scene are the focus of this Australian import. Midge, 16, is embarrassed to be lagging behind her friend Tahni in the boyfriend department, so she invents one on the spot. Her imaginary guy is an Englishman named Ben and before she realizes what she’s doing, she’s created a whole backstory for him. By complete chance, a transfer student matching this description arrives at school. The real Ben agrees to play along, blackmailing Midge in exchange for homework help. Midge is lovably nerdy—each chapter opens with a dictionary definition, and she obsesses about proper grammar. Über-geek George might seem to be a better match for her, but even she can’t lower her standards enough to date a live-action role-player. Her parents’ possible divorce amps up the stress before everything is pleasantly resolved. This is a surprisingly lighthearted, funny book, peppered with Australian slang. Teen drinking (legal in Australia) is handled as routine. Fans of Louise Rennison’s “Confessions of Georgia Nicolson” series (HarperTeen) or Carolyn Mackler’s The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (Candlewick, 2003) will find a lot to like in this frothy offering.