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The day I created a boy started out like any other. Katie didn't mean to create a boy. A boy like a long-lost Hemsworth brother: six-foot tall with floppy hair and eyes like the sky on a clear summer's day; whose lips taste like cookie-dough and whose skin smells like springtime. A boy who is completely devoted to Katie. He was meant to be perfect. But he was never meant to ex The day I created a boy started out like any other. Katie didn't mean to create a boy. A boy like a long-lost Hemsworth brother: six-foot tall with floppy hair and eyes like the sky on a clear summer's day; whose lips taste like cookie-dough and whose skin smells like springtime. A boy who is completely devoted to Katie. He was meant to be perfect. But he was never meant to exist.


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The day I created a boy started out like any other. Katie didn't mean to create a boy. A boy like a long-lost Hemsworth brother: six-foot tall with floppy hair and eyes like the sky on a clear summer's day; whose lips taste like cookie-dough and whose skin smells like springtime. A boy who is completely devoted to Katie. He was meant to be perfect. But he was never meant to ex The day I created a boy started out like any other. Katie didn't mean to create a boy. A boy like a long-lost Hemsworth brother: six-foot tall with floppy hair and eyes like the sky on a clear summer's day; whose lips taste like cookie-dough and whose skin smells like springtime. A boy who is completely devoted to Katie. He was meant to be perfect. But he was never meant to exist.

30 review for You Were Made For Me

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (Diva Booknerd)

    Let's summarise. Single Katie wants a dreamboat boyfriend for her very first kiss. So what happens when you wake up in the middle of the night with six feet of solid, yet alluringly strange boy hunk in your bed? Freak the hell out. A dash of handsomeness, a pinch of blonde dreamy locks, a sprinkle of smoking hot body and generous amounts of kindness and you too can create your very own Guy. Of course there's more to the recipe and lots of sciencey goodness but now Katie has a very real and very m Let's summarise. Single Katie wants a dreamboat boyfriend for her very first kiss. So what happens when you wake up in the middle of the night with six feet of solid, yet alluringly strange boy hunk in your bed? Freak the hell out. A dash of handsomeness, a pinch of blonde dreamy locks, a sprinkle of smoking hot body and generous amounts of kindness and you too can create your very own Guy. Of course there's more to the recipe and lots of sciencey goodness but now Katie has a very real and very much naked Guy in her room, staring at her adoringly and content to live under her bed until she knows what to do with him. Girl, have at it. Thankfully Katie can rely on her always dependable friend and next door neighbour Theo to have her back. If it weren't for Guy's weird and wide eyed wonder, no one would believe this tall, handsome hunk of a boy was only hours old. Kate is a natural storyteller and with input from best friend Libby when she starts rambling or using the word tongue far too often than necessary, Katie shares her story about creating the perfect boy. Katie, Libby and Theo aren't part of the popular clique, in fact she and best friend Libby have been the target of the downright nasty and pretentious Mikayla. Even her maybe, sometimes boyfriend Declan Bell Jones is perfect, if only Katie could steal him from Mikayla's taloned clutches. Katie's had the hots for him as long as she can remember and all of Libby's eye rolling still isn't enough to douse those burning loins. Declan is no Guy and while he may seem nice, he's just another wanker with the need to feel adored. I believe he's also still looking for his spine. You Were Made For Me is a feel great, laugh out loud romantic comedy, like a nineties teen film that'll have you swooning and peeing a little, regular toilet breaks are highly recommend. It's utterly delightful, a little bit batshit and hilariously funny. We could all use a hefty dose of fun and fluff and this is perfection. We first meet Katie as she's pining away over the unobtainable boy, you know the type, he's usually popular, his girlfriend is a horrible bitch and he's typically a bit of a dimwit. On a girl's night in, Kate and bestie Libby are pretending to create the ideal guy, Libby ensuring she added a penis because no one deserves plastic genitals. Feeling better about her lack of boyfriend and kissing, Katie tucks her makeshift tiny boyfriend into bed. Sciencey and magical stuffs occur, which I believe is the technical term and that is how you end up with a hunk in your bed. Probably best not to try this at home kids, results may vary. What ensues is a journey of learning, hard lessons and realising that there's no such thing as perfection, although Guy comes pretty close. A story of friendship, awesome friends, shitty friends and that guy you thought was hot? He's a massive wanker. You Were Made For Me also touches on grief, Theo having lost his mother to cancer. Infidelity, someone can't seem to keep their own tongue in their mouth and body shaming. Theo is often teased by his family and peers for his weight. I loved the diversity of characters. There is a discussion surrounding sexuality when a character identifies as asexual and aromantic and it was brilliant to see that spoken about on the page so positively. Libby is Filipina Australian, she's intelligent, witty and an incredibly loyal friend. She also experiences taunting and racism at the hands of Mikayla and her minions. Jenna Guillaume has cemented herself as Australia's young adult romantic comedy author and my love her her knows no bounds. This was absolutely delightful, fun, fluffy and super cute. Also, a handy guide when faced with a large, ridiculously good looking man doll come to life in your bed while you're asleep.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Books

    So it 7pm tonight I thought I'd just read something lighthearted and fun, new Jenna Guillaume... I loved her debut so hell yes!! It's now 10.40pm and I binge read the whole book 🙈 I loved this book so much. I love the authenticity of the characters. I ADORE the sense of humor. I love the meaningful lessons and quotes interspersed into the story. I love the Australian culture shining through. I love the Ace representation ❤ I just love this. It's an emotional rollercoaster in the best way possible So it 7pm tonight I thought I'd just read something lighthearted and fun, new Jenna Guillaume... I loved her debut so hell yes!! It's now 10.40pm and I binge read the whole book 🙈 I loved this book so much. I love the authenticity of the characters. I ADORE the sense of humor. I love the meaningful lessons and quotes interspersed into the story. I love the Australian culture shining through. I love the Ace representation ❤ I just love this. It's an emotional rollercoaster in the best way possible. It's cheesy, and heartwarming, and rom-com cliche meets sci-fi young adult shenanigans...it's a strange, wonderful, warm and funny book and this has cemented Jenna Guillaume as a new fave author because my heart is just so full and happy and feeling warm and fuzzy right now. Read this book. It is wonderful. I initially got frustrated with two narrators but it really helped the characterisation and hilarious wit shine through. Give it a go it is glorious ❤ Review will be live on socials by second week of July.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Star

    I honestly don't know when the last time I laughed that hard while reading a book. Yikes, my jaw HURTS so much right now from the amount of laughing I did. This was an absolute GEM of a book and I am SO glad that I got to read an advanced copy courtesy of Pan Macmillan Australia via Net Galley. This has not impacted my thoughts or opinions. Full review to come when my sides stop hurting and I can form a coherent sentence other than "that was bloody amazing". (view spoiler)[ Thank you to Pan Macmilla I honestly don't know when the last time I laughed that hard while reading a book. Yikes, my jaw HURTS so much right now from the amount of laughing I did. This was an absolute GEM of a book and I am SO glad that I got to read an advanced copy courtesy of Pan Macmillan Australia via Net Galley. This has not impacted my thoughts or opinions. Full review to come when my sides stop hurting and I can form a coherent sentence other than "that was bloody amazing". (view spoiler)[ Thank you to Pan Macmillan Australia for the digital advanced reader copy of this book. I was provided a copy in exchange for an honest opinion – this has not impacted my views at all. At 16 years old, Katie Camilleri has never been kissed. It’s something she’d like to change as soon as possible. Preferably with Declan Bell Jones – the boy she has a crush on. But he’s been kissing the most horrible person Katie knows – Mikayla, bully extraordinaire. One evening, Katie and her best friend, Libby, decide to create the perfect boy. It’s all in jest, of course. Until it it’s alive and awake in Katie’s bed. Naked. Guy is literally the perfect boy. He’s handsome, kind, loves dogs, and the best part? He’s already head over heels in love with Katie! So why is she still thinking of kissing Declan Bell Jones? * I honestly do not remember the last time that I laughed that hard and out loud so many times than when I was reading You Were Made For Me. The story itself was simplistic but so wonderful. It was peppered in with amazing anecdotes, and my favourite Aussie-isms. I don’t want to say too much because this book isn’t out in the world yet – soon, though! You can pre-order a signed copy of the book from Booktopia via the link above. This is going to be one of my top books of the year, I know that much for sure. I laughed so hard that I cried – more than once! I couldn’t get over just how utterly incredible this book was. There were so many “oh my god!” and face-palming moments throughout this hilarious book. When I think of this book, I can’t stop myself from smiling. I had family visiting while I was in the middle of reading this book, and I was telling my 16 & 17 year old nieces about it because it was that funny. Both of them want copies because they loved the sound of it. I highly recommend this book to any human, young or old. There is something for everyone in here, I think. (hide spoiler)] 5/5 stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Becca Fitzpatrick (bookscandlescats)

    Jenna Guillaume is an amazing author. I loved her debut, and absolutely couldn't wait to read this one when I got my hands on it. I binge-read this novel in one sitting. It's a lighthearted, humorous YA tale that made for a great story. I loved the characters, the general wriring style and the representation included in the book. Thank you so much to Panmacmillan for providing me with a copy of this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alyce Caswell

    I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Katie and Libby accidentally create a hot guy (with science! and clay and a kiss) and his purpose in life is to dote on Katie and be the perfect boyfriend. While this should solve Katie's never-been-kissed problem, it threatens to tear apart her life and her friendships. Well, I loved this. It's like Weird Science for girls in the 21st century! And thankfully this is a much more progressive tale than a 1980s iteration - diversity I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Katie and Libby accidentally create a hot guy (with science! and clay and a kiss) and his purpose in life is to dote on Katie and be the perfect boyfriend. While this should solve Katie's never-been-kissed problem, it threatens to tear apart her life and her friendships. Well, I loved this. It's like Weird Science for girls in the 21st century! And thankfully this is a much more progressive tale than a 1980s iteration - diversity, ace representation, dealing with the fact that both parties must have agency in a relationship, etc. Libby and Kate acting as dual storytellers was inspired and it made the story feel hilariously self-aware. It was also nice to read a YA novel peppered with Australianisms. I'm a huge YA fan but most of them are foreign titles. This is definitely the kind of novel I wish I could have read when I was a teenager.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lynch

    The plot of this reminded me a little bit of the 80s movie Weird Science, where a couple of geeks create a ‘perfect woman’ through computer hackery and an accidental power surge. In You Were Made For Me, it’s two girls, Katie and Libby, who create a ‘perfect boy’ through a combination of Katie’s clay modelling skills and some accidental alchemy from Libby. Katie’s the driving force here, the primary storyteller (though Libby interjects occasionally) and the one who needs a ‘Hemsworth’, because K The plot of this reminded me a little bit of the 80s movie Weird Science, where a couple of geeks create a ‘perfect woman’ through computer hackery and an accidental power surge. In You Were Made For Me, it’s two girls, Katie and Libby, who create a ‘perfect boy’ through a combination of Katie’s clay modelling skills and some accidental alchemy from Libby. Katie’s the driving force here, the primary storyteller (though Libby interjects occasionally) and the one who needs a ‘Hemsworth’, because Katie has never been kissed, and at sixteen, she thinks it’s about time. This is just utterly, completely charming. Though it’s delicately infused with Australian flavour, many of the story’s themes would be relatable to teens the world over - cyber bullying, relationship drama, struggles with figuring out one’s sexuality (or lack thereof - lovely to see an asexual character represented), figuring out a teen’s evolving place within different kinds of family units. It has the feel of a teen movie - I was imagining the young Heath Ledger from 10 Things I Hate About You in the role of Guy - and I genuinely hope it does actually get made into a movie, hopefully in Australia because the local flavour of it definitely adds to its charm. Everything about it was an absolute delight. Five stars for a wonderfully imaginative and funny Australian YA story with a relatable heroine and an awesome cast of diverse characters. Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via NetGalley.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tiarna Georghiou

    'You Were Made For Me' was a fun and unique read that made me smile and laugh. The idea of a girl accidentally creating a boy was super cool however, I didn't love the book. I thought the characters were realistic which was wonderful! But they annoyed me at times and I didn't really connect with any of them. I also didn't love the writing style as it was very conversational, but I know that other people love reading books written that way! Overall, I did enjoy this book but I didn't love it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    From start to finish, I absolutely loved this, and tore through it in about 24 hours. I adore Jenna’s dedication to being unapologetically Australian, as its so far removed from the YA I grew up with, which was either American, or Australian but written with an American audience in mind. I also love the almost parental love and responsibility you can feel Jenna has for her young readers, her desire to treat her audience lovingly, inclusively and with respect. She does it effortlessly, without we From start to finish, I absolutely loved this, and tore through it in about 24 hours. I adore Jenna’s dedication to being unapologetically Australian, as its so far removed from the YA I grew up with, which was either American, or Australian but written with an American audience in mind. I also love the almost parental love and responsibility you can feel Jenna has for her young readers, her desire to treat her audience lovingly, inclusively and with respect. She does it effortlessly, without weighing the book down with “very special moments” that are overdone.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jenny (Bookbookowl)

    Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me with a copy of You Were Made for Me, in exchange for an honest review! Actual rating 3.5 stars Kate is 16 and never been kissed.  She's certain she's never going to meet the perfect boy, and she knows exactly what that perfect boy would be like.  She's even gone as far as to make him out of clay, with her best friend Libby.  But that night something ultra weird happens when Kate goes to bed. Laying her clay boy down next to her and givi Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me with a copy of You Were Made for Me, in exchange for an honest review! Actual rating 3.5 stars Kate is 16 and never been kissed.  She's certain she's never going to meet the perfect boy, and she knows exactly what that perfect boy would be like.  She's even gone as far as to make him out of clay, with her best friend Libby.  But that night something ultra weird happens when Kate goes to bed. Laying her clay boy down next to her and giving it a kiss, she wakes up to a real life boy.  Naked.  In her bed.  As the book progresses in a series of conversations, where Kate and Libby tell the story up to the present day, the idea of the perfect boyfriend starts to not live up to the reality.   This book was fun and fluffy.  The kind of read to pick up when you need a break from heavier topics or you're looking for a beach read.  It was one of those books that was somewhat predictable, but still enjoyable.  The way it was written, as a conversation between the two girls, did take some getting used to. At times it felt a bit clunky and I lost the flow of the writing, but it was definitely a unique way to tell a story!  The characters also seemed quite young to me.  They were 16, which IS young of course, but they seemed so naive and younger than I expected.  This may be due to 16 year olds acting much older in so many YA books, saving the world and what-not, that reading typical 16 year old characters seems strange now, but they still felt that way throughout the story, particularly the main character. I do sometimes struggle with YA contemporary, due to being so much older than the target audience and not quite connecting to the teenage angst, but I think this one will be a fantastic fit for younger YA readers who are looking for a sweet rom-com like book!

  10. 4 out of 5

    pagesofchapters

    *arc received from netgalley* From the very beginning of this book it immediately gave me 2012 wattpad vibes. I felt that the boy who was “made” could have been Harry Styles of Cameron Dallas in a y/n fanfiction so I was very hesitant to continue because that isn’t exactly the kind of romance I’m looking for as someone in their 20’s. With that being said, I did appreciate a lot of other elements in this book. I really enjoyed the friendships we got to see and I think the banter between the two “n *arc received from netgalley* From the very beginning of this book it immediately gave me 2012 wattpad vibes. I felt that the boy who was “made” could have been Harry Styles of Cameron Dallas in a y/n fanfiction so I was very hesitant to continue because that isn’t exactly the kind of romance I’m looking for as someone in their 20’s. With that being said, I did appreciate a lot of other elements in this book. I really enjoyed the friendships we got to see and I think the banter between the two “narrators” of the story was enjoyable and realistic. As for the plot, I do feel as though it was very mediocre and the writing style along with that did feel very juvenile at times, hence the refrence to a fanfiction. I did appreciate the conversation had about sexuality and self discovery despite it being very underdeveloped for my liking. I think that the message on perfection was definitely the strongest out of the topics touched on in this book, and I do think that element of this book was actually very inspiring and motivational. Overall, I would recommend this book to people who like to read a more young ya feeling story but would say to probably stay away if that isn’t something you enjoy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sofia Casanova

    You Were Made For Me is one of the most delightful books I've had the pleasure of reading this year! Jenna is an incredible writer and is quickly becoming Australia's queen of teen rom-coms. Our protagonist Katie has never been kissed and wants her very first one to be perfect with the perfect boy. So when her best friend Libby and herself accidentally create a boy who happens to look like Hemsworth brother, has the personality of a very happy Golden Retriever and he's utterly devoted to Katie, You Were Made For Me is one of the most delightful books I've had the pleasure of reading this year! Jenna is an incredible writer and is quickly becoming Australia's queen of teen rom-coms. Our protagonist Katie has never been kissed and wants her very first one to be perfect with the perfect boy. So when her best friend Libby and herself accidentally create a boy who happens to look like Hemsworth brother, has the personality of a very happy Golden Retriever and he's utterly devoted to Katie, what's a girl to do? I should also mention her first encounter with him is finding him naked in her bed. 16-year-old me would have died. Narrated by mostly Katie with a dash of Libby, the book is hilariously self-aware and filled with fluff and utter fun as they try to hide this super hot guy who doesn't quite understand how he came to be, but knows Katie is his world. He'll do anything for her - even take his shirt off for her artistic projects! Luckily Katie's other best friend Theo, who happens to live next door, has some space for a roommate and just enough patience to deal with him. While the book is very much a light-hearted Australian contemporary, it also examines the idea of perfectionism, which I feel will resonate with a lot of teen girls. There's also discussions around sexuality, friendship, dating, and body image, all of which I found effortlessly written into the story. This book ticks all the right boxes for a teen rom-com! You Were Made For Me is a laugh-out-loud delight that all teens and fans of YA should pick up!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kahlia

    If I had to summarise this book in a word, I'd say it was juvenile. This book is clearly aimed at mid-older teens (given the focus on sex and related issues), yet it's full of fart and poop humour that feels more appropriate for a twelve year old, and the little asides from Kate and Libby felt like they were trying too hard to be funny. All of the characters felt very one-dimensional as well, particularly the antagonists, who could have been cut and pasted from any teen rom com. I will note that If I had to summarise this book in a word, I'd say it was juvenile. This book is clearly aimed at mid-older teens (given the focus on sex and related issues), yet it's full of fart and poop humour that feels more appropriate for a twelve year old, and the little asides from Kate and Libby felt like they were trying too hard to be funny. All of the characters felt very one-dimensional as well, particularly the antagonists, who could have been cut and pasted from any teen rom com. I will note that I appreciated the ace rep, and there were some nice moments of female solidarity which I think is important in books for teens (and everyone really). However, unfortunately I won't be recommending this one. Note: I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ellie King

    You Were Made for Me is a fluffy and fun YA contemporary read that made me feel 16 all over again and was entirely giggle inducing. The entire concept of creating a pretend boyfriend one night with your girlfriend and then waking up with said boyfriend alive and naked in your bed is a quintessential rom-com movie plot. The story is told in conversations between friends, Kate, Theo and Libby, which is an interesting way to tell the story and does take a little while to get used to. ⁠ ⁠ This book is You Were Made for Me is a fluffy and fun YA contemporary read that made me feel 16 all over again and was entirely giggle inducing. The entire concept of creating a pretend boyfriend one night with your girlfriend and then waking up with said boyfriend alive and naked in your bed is a quintessential rom-com movie plot. The story is told in conversations between friends, Kate, Theo and Libby, which is an interesting way to tell the story and does take a little while to get used to. ⁠ ⁠ This book is laugh out loud hilarious but also touches on deep and hard topics such as bullying, discrimination, racism, infidelity and grief to name a few. The diversity of the characters was enjoyable and there was also a diverse range of diversity. Libby is a Filipino-Australian, Theo is teased because of his weight and there are characters who identify as asexual. The friendships within this book are a joy to read and made this book so enjoyable. Thank you @macmillanaus for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tegan Siân

    This book was the perfect light hearted read I was looking for and I just couldn't put in down and finished it in one sitting. I really enjoyed how the story was told with our main character, Katie, leading the reader through the events with interruptions from her best friend Libby with both character voices easily recognizable. It was a wonderful way to tell the story as it felt so true to how two teenage girls would respond but also pull the reader in like a story being told at a sleepover. I This book was the perfect light hearted read I was looking for and I just couldn't put in down and finished it in one sitting. I really enjoyed how the story was told with our main character, Katie, leading the reader through the events with interruptions from her best friend Libby with both character voices easily recognizable. It was a wonderful way to tell the story as it felt so true to how two teenage girls would respond but also pull the reader in like a story being told at a sleepover. I know in my teenage years my best friend and I would often imagine what our perfect man would look/be like and this book took that idea and nailed it. The setting felt familiar with many moments reminding me of my own Aussie high school experience. This book was a super cute, laugh out loud heartfelt read that also touched on some more serious issues such as bullying, body confidence and grief in ways that I'm sure will help any teen that reads this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mirelle

    4.5 stars! Jenna is fast becoming the queen of the #LoveOzYA rom-com, and her second novel is a testament to that. While this is a very different book to What I Like About Me, it is just as enjoyable and I fell more in love with it the more I read. Jenna is now definitely one of my auto-buy authors!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ngoc

    I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did! It was like Taylor Swift’s You Belong With Me come to life in book form, with the vibe of a 90’s rom-com, mixed with Isn’t It Romantic. And I LOVED all the subtle nods to Australian culture like magpies, Tim Tam slams & the million ways you can pronounce ‘mate’. Full review to come on my blog! I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did! It was like Taylor Swift’s You Belong With Me come to life in book form, with the vibe of a 90’s rom-com, mixed with Isn’t It Romantic. And I LOVED all the subtle nods to Australian culture like magpies, Tim Tam slams & the million ways you can pronounce ‘mate’. Full review to come on my blog!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ally

    You Were Made for Me by Jenna Guillaume is a hilarious romcom that you need in your life! It follows the story of Katie who somehow managed to create a living boy out of clay with her best friend Libby. This boy is real, just like Pinnichio became a real boy after the Blue Fairy blessed him. This boy is like a long-lost Hemsworth brother: six-foot tall with floppy hair and eyes like the the sky on a clear summer day. The perfect dream guy. A guy named Guy, who is completed devoted to Katie becau You Were Made for Me by Jenna Guillaume is a hilarious romcom that you need in your life! It follows the story of Katie who somehow managed to create a living boy out of clay with her best friend Libby. This boy is real, just like Pinnichio became a real boy after the Blue Fairy blessed him. This boy is like a long-lost Hemsworth brother: six-foot tall with floppy hair and eyes like the the sky on a clear summer day. The perfect dream guy. A guy named Guy, who is completed devoted to Katie because that was what he was born to do. After Katie and Libby create this hunky seventeen year old, they find themselves dealing with bigger problems. How to keep him a secret but let the world know he exists a the same time? Cue in craziness, teen drama, self-love and growth! You Were Made for Me is the love child of Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging and literally all the best Hallmark-like Christmas movies (minus the Christmas part). This book made me laugh, made me gasp, made me relive how stressful it is to be a teenager trying to figure out life. It’s light-hearted and sweet, making it the perfect book to devour when you need some feel-good entertainment in your life. Katie felt like a teenager and reminded me of myself during those years. Being so stressed out cause due to the lack of romance and trying to fit the social norms of what it is to be perfect. Katie is a bit obsessed with having the perfect kiss, perfect boyfriend, perfect mural that she becomes a tiny-bit self absorbed. Her friends call her out on this through-out the novel until she finally realizes that and learns that being perfect is overrated because no one and nothing is perfect (maybe except Guy, he’s is LITERALLY perfect). Katie’s character growth and personal growth did not revolve around Guy (or any guy) but herself and she got there with the help and love from her friends. Which moves me to my next topic, the friendship dynamics in this novel are PERFECT! Libby and Theo, are Katie’s best friends and honestly the fact that they are willing to call her out on her nonsense, fight and make-up and love each other is something more YA novels need. Because real friends call you out on your BS and are there for you while you’re being silly and shower you with love afterwards. Guillaume deals with the complicated teenage feelings about appearance, friendship, bullying, love and identity so well. We have a character who realizes that they are asexual and that character’s friends respond by wanting to learn more about their identity and supporting them. It was so beautiful I nearly cried. Even though I am no longer a teen, I felt very seen in this book. I wish books like these were around when I was a teen, because it’s just so pure and deals with topics toxic idea of perfection in a realistic manner without pulling any punches. Also the book ended with the characters still learning about who they are rather than having everything about life figured out. Let’s be real even in your twenties you are still learning about yourself and figuring life out. Honestly this book need to be made into a Netflix Original Film ASAP because it’s such a great story. LGBTQAI+ inclusivity? CHECK. Mashing stereotypes? CHECK. Soft boys? CHECK! Characters of colour with depth? Check. Dogs? Check! Present parental figures? CHECK! RELATABLE STORY? CHEEEECK! For real, add this book to your TBR. It is the fun heart-warming book you need in your life amidst of the 2020 dumpster fire.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kimmie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you to NetGalley and Pan MacMillan AU for an ARC in exchange for a review. I did not expect to love this book as much as I do. I absolutely adored Jenna Guillaume’s first book, What I Like About Me (WILAM). It was so fun and lighthearted and so meaningful. In my mind, there was no way You Were Made for Me could be just as good. I am so happy to be wrong. You Were Made For Me is a fun, quirky and lighthearted story just like WILAM. But it’s so different to WILAM. It’s a completely different s Thank you to NetGalley and Pan MacMillan AU for an ARC in exchange for a review. I did not expect to love this book as much as I do. I absolutely adored Jenna Guillaume’s first book, What I Like About Me (WILAM). It was so fun and lighthearted and so meaningful. In my mind, there was no way You Were Made for Me could be just as good. I am so happy to be wrong. You Were Made For Me is a fun, quirky and lighthearted story just like WILAM. But it’s so different to WILAM. It’s a completely different story, but it’s so good in it’s own right. I don’t think I’ve laughed so much when reading contemporary before. I ended up laughing so much I cried – it was an emotional rollercoaster, but it was just that good. I read the whole thing in one sitting - it’s so easy to get through. I love when books are so easy to read. It makes the experience of reading so much easier and I don’t have to keep putting the book down to ask what the hell is going on :) I remember seeing the title and cover and thinking how cute and somewhat predictable the story would be, but decided to read it anyway. Somehow I was approved for a review copy, and here we are. The thing is, You Were Made For Me wasn’t as predictable as I thought it would be. Sure, two friends somehow Frankensteined their way into making a real-life boy (Guy) who is in love with one of them. And drama arises from that, to the point where the main character, Katie, questions Guy's affections for her. But what I wasn’t expecting is how real the story would feel. The characters felt genuine, and their relationships with each other flowed so well. The issues they face, with Guy, typical high school bullying and general friendship and family dramas are so well written and come across so authentically. Katie’s friends, Libby, Theo, Adam and the rest of her friendship group felt so real, particularly with the way they referred to little things, like their formal not being a prom. There were all these little hints throughout the story that screamed Australia at me, and it’s always so lovely to read a story that incorporates all those things and doesn’t come off feeling silly. The relationship drama didn’t feel forced, and I liked how Libby pointed out how absorbed Katie was with Guy, and how she felt about it. (view spoiler)[Also, while Katie and Theo were clearly endgame from the start, it was so nice to see them come to terms with how they felt about each other. (hide spoiler)] The overall style of the book is really refreshing and uncomplicated as Katie and Libby add their thoughts as they write the story together. It really put emphasis on their friendship and how their friendship influenced their story – this book focussed more on platonic relationships than romance. All up, I really enjoyed this book. I am still wondering what happened to Guy since he did just disappear, but I’m not entirely sure how you could get rid of him - he's kinda like Frankenstein’s monster in that way :D

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)

    I was delighted to receive a copy of Jenna Guillaumes' second novel, You Were Made For Me. And rightly so! Immediately you are submersed into teenage angst, a protagonist and her best friend who are laugh-out-loud funny and that classic Guillaume writing style that is so easy to read. You Were Made For Me is a light and fun read, it broaches subjects like bullying and family loss in a gentle way, as well as the dangers of social media. But at its heart it is a warm and fluffy novel about a girl I was delighted to receive a copy of Jenna Guillaumes' second novel, You Were Made For Me. And rightly so! Immediately you are submersed into teenage angst, a protagonist and her best friend who are laugh-out-loud funny and that classic Guillaume writing style that is so easy to read. You Were Made For Me is a light and fun read, it broaches subjects like bullying and family loss in a gentle way, as well as the dangers of social media. But at its heart it is a warm and fluffy novel about a girl who wants to be loved perfectly, and through her rose tinted glasses, she is blinded to what she already has. I think I am a little too old to fully enjoy what creative genius this book is. 16 year old me would have loved this, would have read it over and over. The creative way it has Kate and Libby interjecting over the story breaks through the traditional style of wrtiting and makes it fun and feels more real. This will definitely be a hit for those on the younger side of the Young Adult age range. Kate and Libby's friendship is what gives this book its substance. It is warm and real. Libby's sarcastic nature gives You Were Made For Me, the down to earth addition that it needs. And don't even get me started on the spud that is Theo. He is kind and gentle and honest. He is literally the perfect boy next door. You Were Made For Me is a heart warming, coming of age title, with some science stuff thrown in for good measure. We see Kate grow so much throughout this book and even though I saw the ending coming from the very first page, I still loved it and it was still adorable. Thank you to Pan Macmillan for sending me a review copy of this title. All thoughts are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amanda C

    What a light-hearted, fun and just down right adorable read this was from Jenna Guillaume! This was the perfect book to read whilst in lockdown as it had me laughing out loud all the way through 😂 I loved how the book was written in a fun way but also mixed in more serious topics as well such as inclusion, perfectionism, bullying and sexuality in a way that will resonate with the teens who will read this book! My only tiny criticism is that I found the parts where it jumps into conversation betw What a light-hearted, fun and just down right adorable read this was from Jenna Guillaume! This was the perfect book to read whilst in lockdown as it had me laughing out loud all the way through 😂 I loved how the book was written in a fun way but also mixed in more serious topics as well such as inclusion, perfectionism, bullying and sexuality in a way that will resonate with the teens who will read this book! My only tiny criticism is that I found the parts where it jumps into conversation between Katie and Libby a little clunky at times which took a while to get used to but I still think this is a wonderful YA read! . . A big thank you to Netgalley and Pan Macmillan Australia for this advanced digital copy to read and review! You Were Made for Me is out TODAY! ✨

  21. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Barker

    Thank you Netgalley for an ARC of this book. I am a huge fan of Jennas first book What I like About Me, and was super excited to read more of her work. This is the story of two friends who accidentally create the perfect boyfriend for one of them and the drama the ensues, making the reader consider is perfect all that it’s desired to be? Overall, I found this book a super fast and pleasant read. At times the main character annoyed me because I thought she was such a shitty friend, but if I think Thank you Netgalley for an ARC of this book. I am a huge fan of Jennas first book What I like About Me, and was super excited to read more of her work. This is the story of two friends who accidentally create the perfect boyfriend for one of them and the drama the ensues, making the reader consider is perfect all that it’s desired to be? Overall, I found this book a super fast and pleasant read. At times the main character annoyed me because I thought she was such a shitty friend, but if I think back to when I was 16 I’m sure I was just as self involved, weren’t we all at that age? This also might be because I felt an attachment to the main character Maisie in her other book more than I had to Katie in this book. This book gave me vibes of Suddenly 30, one of my favourite movies of all time, and there were so many moments where I laughed out loud. The relationships between family and friends came across authentic for the story of a 16 year old girl. Jenna does a great job at writing in references to remind you that this story is taking place in Australia. Loved the roll up reference - the only true way to eat it. I would recommend this to anyone who has read Jenna’s other work, and honestly anyone wanting to escape the real world for a light hearted, easy read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Taegen

    I'm seeing a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews so I'm definitely the minority on this one. YA is generally my favourite genre but this was difficult to get through. The characters came across as juvenile; the language they used and the way they spoke to each other felt very immature so I thought maybe this was targeting a younger audience but then there was some pretty "adult" content - very confusing... The concept was interesting, maybe a modern day teen Frankenstein...? But it fell flat and overall I'm seeing a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews so I'm definitely the minority on this one. YA is generally my favourite genre but this was difficult to get through. The characters came across as juvenile; the language they used and the way they spoke to each other felt very immature so I thought maybe this was targeting a younger audience but then there was some pretty "adult" content - very confusing... The concept was interesting, maybe a modern day teen Frankenstein...? But it fell flat and overall this just wasn't for me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sonja

    Jenna, this was exactly the novel I needed right now! Cute, not too high stakes, female friendship, cute Hemsworthy guys 💕 Thanks for writing a book that made me smile (even in the middle of a pandemic!)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jemima

    I loved every second of this book. It's a super cute storyline with really well-written characters, I laughed out loud at least twice :)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Noeletta

    I love this book. It had a modern John Hughes vibe. The characters were so refreshing, and although I did have to stop myself from thinking too much on how 'Guy' was created, it didn't distract from the story at all.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lucie Dess

    I LOVED this book. I was captivated the entire time. I adored the main character, Katie. She was just hilarious and and I saw my teenage self in her. The story and the characters were so relatable, I felt like I was instantly back in high school! Nasty girls trying to bring me down; having crushes on beautiful boys and staring at the back of their heads during class; my parents not wanting me to date; getting swept up in the thrill of a boyfriend and forgetting about your friends; it was all too I LOVED this book. I was captivated the entire time. I adored the main character, Katie. She was just hilarious and and I saw my teenage self in her. The story and the characters were so relatable, I felt like I was instantly back in high school! Nasty girls trying to bring me down; having crushes on beautiful boys and staring at the back of their heads during class; my parents not wanting me to date; getting swept up in the thrill of a boyfriend and forgetting about your friends; it was all too real. Jenna has a knack for writing such cringe worthy scenes! Like graphic descriptions of terrible kisses while having a whole heap of thoughts going through your mind. The best part was the family interrogation about if Katie and her boyfriend are having sex. This book had me full-body cringing! I had to stop reading at parts as I was giggling so much. The style of the book was really enjoyable, cutting from the narrative to dialogue between Katie and her best friend, Libby, as they tell the story. I highly recommend picking up this adorably hilarious book! It’s the perfect coming of age story and It will brighten your day. Thank you to Pan Macmillan for sending me this one in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Manuia

    (Thank you Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me an ARC). An enjoyable, light read. Katie is a regular teenager who falls for the hot guy at school and is bullied by the mean girl (also known as Hot Guy’s girlfriend). At sixteen, Katie has never been kissed, and so she dreams of a gorgeous boy who would fall madly in love with her and give her the most perfect first kiss ever… Sounds unlikely, until Mister Perfect actually shows up. One night, Katie and her best friend Libby inadvertently cre (Thank you Pan Macmillan Australia for providing me an ARC). An enjoyable, light read. Katie is a regular teenager who falls for the hot guy at school and is bullied by the mean girl (also known as Hot Guy’s girlfriend). At sixteen, Katie has never been kissed, and so she dreams of a gorgeous boy who would fall madly in love with her and give her the most perfect first kiss ever… Sounds unlikely, until Mister Perfect actually shows up. One night, Katie and her best friend Libby inadvertently create him with clay and something sciency. Now Katie has this amazing boy in her life, made especially to love and worship her. What could possibly go wrong? Well, first of all, she’s got to hide him from her family. You Were Made For Me is told as a conversation between Liddy and Katie as they recount their ‘science experiment.’ This gives the novel a fresh, engaging perspective. It was an enjoyable read with a varied cast of teens and some funny scenes. The main character was a bit angsty for my taste at times, with everyone around her looking way more mature, but I do recommend it if you like easy and light contemporary YA books in the vein of Kasie West.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    Thank you Pan Macmillan Australia and Netgalley for the eARC.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica M

    http://jessjustreads.com You Were Made for Me is Jenna Guillaume’s second YA novel, another heartfelt rom-com for a teenage audience. I loved her first book, What I Like About Me, and so I was excited to pick up this next read. Teenager Katie swoons over romance and wants her first kiss to be perfect, but she’s having trouble getting any guy to notice her. When she sculpts the ‘perfect guy’ and then wakes up to find him naked in her bed, she suddenly finds herself with not just a boyfriend, but th http://jessjustreads.com You Were Made for Me is Jenna Guillaume’s second YA novel, another heartfelt rom-com for a teenage audience. I loved her first book, What I Like About Me, and so I was excited to pick up this next read. Teenager Katie swoons over romance and wants her first kiss to be perfect, but she’s having trouble getting any guy to notice her. When she sculpts the ‘perfect guy’ and then wakes up to find him naked in her bed, she suddenly finds herself with not just a boyfriend, but the perfect boyfriend. He’s sweet, affectionate and absolutely adores her. He’s everything that she ever wanted — but now that she has the perfect man, she starts to doubt whether he is actually what she needs. Over the course of the novel, Katie learns what it means to have a meaningful connection with someone. “I felt around on my bedside table for my glasses and slipped them on. They were still wonky, but they did their job. The room came into focus, and I got a proper look at the naked guy for the first time. He was scratching his head, his face placid, like he didn’t have a care in the world.” You Were Made For Me explores themes of love, relationship and friendship, but also family, body image, grief, self-confidence and following your heart no matter where it leads you. Young readers may recognise themselves in Katie — anyone who feels alone, perhaps lonely. Anyone who isn’t popular in school. Anyone who is craving the experience of a first kiss and feels like the perfect guy will never exist. Jenna is skilled at crafting a premise that teenagers can relate to, and older readers can recognise and sympathise with. We were all teenagers once! Admittedly, the characters did seem younger than 16 at times. Katie and Libby are optimistic and positive, but perhaps a little naive. Katie’s reliable and dependent neighbour Theo seemed the most consistent in terms of age vs. personality. He was also one of the most likeable characters in the book. “I don’t know why I was so shocked to see him there. I mean, he lived down the road, in one of the big houses by the beach. I’d seen him skateboarding past, usually with a package from the fish and chip shop next door tucked under one arm. But he’d never come in before.” The chapters are short and the layout really accessible to young eyes. And inside this gorgeous front-cover design, Jenna’s latest read features a diverse cast of characters — culturally, physically and sexually — so young readers will be able to see themselves reflected in the pages. “We were at the park down the road from Libby’s place to do our official Guy handover. I had to go to work, which meant Libby was on Guy duty for the day. I felt weird about leaving him and had been tempted to call in sick…” Stylistically and structurally, the narration bothered me. It’s hard to explain, but the book is written in first person POV, as if telling a story to the reader, but every so often Katie’s best friend chimes in and the two start having a conversation. It feels very stilted and unnatural — a little awkward? I would’ve preferred the narration to stick to first person POV without the back-and-forth with the best friend. Additionally, the girl-gets-a-boy-and-ignores-the-best-friend is a stereotypical trope I was a little sad to see in this book. And the fact that Katie’s boyfriend suddenly appears out of thin air and she’s able to hide this grown teenager from her family and her parents is a little comical. I do think Jenna’s first book is a stronger read — the characters are a little more likeable and the book has a more seamless style and format. But young teenage girls will enjoy this story, the quirks of the characters, the quick dialogue and the absurdity of the premise. It reminds me a little of the Life-size film with Tyra Banks, which is showing my age. Readership skews female, 12+ Thank you to the publisher for mailing me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ben Wilson

    This is a review for Jenna Guillaume’s You Were Made For Me. This is Jenna’s second novel after What I Like About Me. You Were Made For Me follows friends Katie and Libby as they create the perfect boy, a boy that checks all the boxes on their list of what makes the perfect boy, a boy that becomes as real as you or me. This creates some interesting situations and schisms in Katie’s social life that prove for an interesting and engaging read. I want to start by noting that Jenna tends to experime This is a review for Jenna Guillaume’s You Were Made For Me. This is Jenna’s second novel after What I Like About Me. You Were Made For Me follows friends Katie and Libby as they create the perfect boy, a boy that checks all the boxes on their list of what makes the perfect boy, a boy that becomes as real as you or me. This creates some interesting situations and schisms in Katie’s social life that prove for an interesting and engaging read. I want to start by noting that Jenna tends to experiment with different ways of formatting her novels, such as the form of Journal Entries in What I Like About Me, or in a conversational way in this novel, which I think is implemented here in a way that keeps the book engaging and entertaining. You Were Made For Me personally broke my expectations. As a big fan of the Young Adult book genre I am always looking for books that surpass expectations, that go beyond the mold. The Young Adult genre can be known for certain tropes and situations that either aren’t usually done well or are overdone. There are other books that can break new ground or ground that doesn’t get it’s fair chance in the limelight generally. I feel this book falls into the latter category. Tackling themes that generally would get looked over or not written about as often as they should is Jenna’s strong suit. Her first novel for example follows a character journeying through body image issues, which is a great example of how Jenna doesn’t shy away from tackling the harder social issues of our time, which is so important and welcome, particularly where Young Adult literature is concerned. This is undertaken again and so expertly in this book. I will note, examples can’t be given for this without spoilers. You’ll need to read the book to know what I mean. The plot itself was engaging. The idea of two teenage girls creating their own Hemsworth feels rather uninspired and lacking in potential. The comedy sections of Katie needing to hide Guy(which is what they name the Hemsworth clone) felt straight out of a Disney movie. I admit, 10 years ago me would have been all over that movie, and the scenes in the book itself were still fun and entertaining. I didn’t expect a bad book, rather I expected a fun story without substance. It’s a silly premise that we’ve seen in similar ways before, it particularly makes me think of the film Big. However, Jenna manages to take the premise and use it to explore the pressures and stresses of teenage life in a fresh and nuanced way. The book excels at presenting characters in a relatable and evergreen way where it’s possible to read the book and see yourself in Katie’s shoes as she traverses her schooling and social life and the bumps that come along the way. I highly recommend the book especially for those in the teen to young adult demographic.

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