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From the bestselling author of Frankly in Love comes a contemporary YA rom-com where a case of mistaken identity kicks off a string of (fake) events that just may lead to (real) love. When Sunny Dae—self-proclaimed total nerd—meets Cirrus Soh, he can’t believe how cool and confident she is. So when Cirrus mistakes Sunny’s older brother Gray’s bedroom—with its electric guita From the bestselling author of Frankly in Love comes a contemporary YA rom-com where a case of mistaken identity kicks off a string of (fake) events that just may lead to (real) love. When Sunny Dae—self-proclaimed total nerd—meets Cirrus Soh, he can’t believe how cool and confident she is. So when Cirrus mistakes Sunny’s older brother Gray’s bedroom—with its electric guitars and rock posters—for Sunny’s own, he sort of, kind of, 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 ropes his best friends into his scheme, begging them to form a fake band with him, and starts wearing Gray’s rock-and-roll castoffs. 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. Sunny goes all in on the lie, and pretty soon, the strangest things start happening. People are noticing him in the hallways, and he’s going to football games and parties for the first time. He’s feeling more confident in every aspect of his life, and especially with Cirrus, who’s started to become not just his dream girl but also the real deal. Sunny is falling in love. He’s having fun. He’s even becoming a rocker, for real. But it’s only a matter of time before Sunny’s house of cards starts tumbling down. As his lies begin to catch up with him, Sunny Dae is forced to wonder whether it was all worth it—and if it’s possible to ever truly change.


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From the bestselling author of Frankly in Love comes a contemporary YA rom-com where a case of mistaken identity kicks off a string of (fake) events that just may lead to (real) love. When Sunny Dae—self-proclaimed total nerd—meets Cirrus Soh, he can’t believe how cool and confident she is. So when Cirrus mistakes Sunny’s older brother Gray’s bedroom—with its electric guita From the bestselling author of Frankly in Love comes a contemporary YA rom-com where a case of mistaken identity kicks off a string of (fake) events that just may lead to (real) love. When Sunny Dae—self-proclaimed total nerd—meets Cirrus Soh, he can’t believe how cool and confident she is. So when Cirrus mistakes Sunny’s older brother Gray’s bedroom—with its electric guitars and rock posters—for Sunny’s own, he sort of, kind of, 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 ropes his best friends into his scheme, begging them to form a fake band with him, and starts wearing Gray’s rock-and-roll castoffs. 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. Sunny goes all in on the lie, and pretty soon, the strangest things start happening. People are noticing him in the hallways, and he’s going to football games and parties for the first time. He’s feeling more confident in every aspect of his life, and especially with Cirrus, who’s started to become not just his dream girl but also the real deal. Sunny is falling in love. He’s having fun. He’s even becoming a rocker, for real. But it’s only a matter of time before Sunny’s house of cards starts tumbling down. As his lies begin to catch up with him, Sunny Dae is forced to wonder whether it was all worth it—and if it’s possible to ever truly change.

30 review for Super Fake Love Song

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Again

    Oh gosh, I absolutely sped through this! Super Fake Love Song takes on a lot lighter and more romcom feel than Frankly in Love. (And when I say romcom, I do actually mean it.) Even though there's this twisting feeling in your gut for the big reveal of Sunny's secret (as he fakes being in a rock band with his best friends based on a miscommunication ten minutes into when Sunny met the love interest Cirrus), Super Fake Love Song still has that joking, silly feeling that Yoon gives his characters' Oh gosh, I absolutely sped through this! Super Fake Love Song takes on a lot lighter and more romcom feel than Frankly in Love. (And when I say romcom, I do actually mean it.) Even though there's this twisting feeling in your gut for the big reveal of Sunny's secret (as he fakes being in a rock band with his best friends based on a miscommunication ten minutes into when Sunny met the love interest Cirrus), Super Fake Love Song still has that joking, silly feeling that Yoon gives his characters' voices. I mean, Sunny is a nerd nerd. A LARP, DIY role-play prop video-making nerd. He's got a very specific & unique voice, a bit cynical & a little bit reminiscent of Norris in The Field Guide to the North American Teenager (but less judgemental & not getting in the way of the story). This story is very much a romance and a comedy and a story about friendship and love. Sunny gets new friends, strengthens bonds with his old friends, and really comes into himself over the course of the novel. Unlike Frankly in Love which is definitely a little more serious and rooted in family pain, Super Fake Love Song touches these topics with a much gentler hand, secondary to the romance and deception. I really enjoyed not only the lighter tone, but also how Sunny really manages to reconcile what he felt like his different personas were. Opposite of how Field Guide fell short for me, I think Super Fake Love Song managed to blur the lines of "nerd" and "jock" without it being like choosing one side or another. This story is light and it might be a little bit nerve-wracking from the secrets, but it ties itself up nicely in a way that makes me feel relieved and joyful walking out of it. Definitely something I'd recommend, even if you didn't like Frankly in Love. A note: I did read the uncorrected proof (And I mean, like really early & uncorrected. This is the first review on Goodreads.) and there's one really minor line that's really nagging at me. "Together, we three [Sunny and his two frineds] represented 42.85714286 percent of the entire Non-White population of Ruby High. The other four were Indian Indian, Asian, and Non-White Hispanic, all girls..." I hope this gets changed in its way to publication, both in the capitalization of white and also the implication that Indians are not Asian, even though they are. Yoon probably means East Asian, not Asian. This unfortunately isn't an uncommon mistake, but I did want to acknowledge it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katie B

    3.5 stars This book was a bit of a slow grower as I struggled with the premise at first. Around the halfway point or so I realized the positive aspects of the story outweighed the negative, and I settled into a good reading groove. Surprisingly, given the title, the romance is not the strength of the story. But the main character, Sunny Dae, is someone worth getting to know, in my opinion. Sunny Dae admits he is a nerd. Along with his two best friends, Jamal and Milo, he plays Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 stars This book was a bit of a slow grower as I struggled with the premise at first. Around the halfway point or so I realized the positive aspects of the story outweighed the negative, and I settled into a good reading groove. Surprisingly, given the title, the romance is not the strength of the story. But the main character, Sunny Dae, is someone worth getting to know, in my opinion. Sunny Dae admits he is a nerd. Along with his two best friends, Jamal and Milo, he plays Dungeons and Dragons. They also like to post DIY videos for those diehard fans who LARP, aka live action role playing. (I'm trying my best to get the lingo down!) When Sunny meets the new girl at school, Cirrus, he doesn't think he will win any cool points with her if he mentions his hobby. So instead he just straight up lies and tells her he is in a rock band. Hmm.. lying to impress a girl, let's see how this one is going to play out. I'm a frequent reader of romance novels, so it's not like I am unfamiliar with the whole "pretending to be something I'm not" premise. However, even I thought the rock band storyline was a stretch of the imagination and I could never fully get on board with it. At least after awhile, I was able to stop analyzing it to death and focus on the parts of the story that were more enjoyable to me. There wasn't much character development when it came to Cirrus and that might be why the romance fell a bit short in my eyes. On a friend level, Sunny and Cirrus were a good match, but beyond that I didn't see much chemistry. Thankfully the author does bring some substance to other aspects of the story which made it a worthwhile read. Discussions of racism and how Sunny was treated in his community gave the story depth. And I loved how in the last few chapters of the book, you really got the opportunity to know the rest of the Dae family as well. That's the heart of the story. Might not have been a perfect read, but I'm glad I read it. I won a free copy of this book from BookishFirst and the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    11/18/20: REVIEW TIME!! Big thanks to Bookish First and the publisher for providing me with a beautiful finished copy of this, my most anticipated book of 2020... unfortunately, just like everything else in 2020, it sucked. So there's irreverent and then there's POINTLESS. This book leaned heavily towards the uppercase word in that sentence. I read in the acknowledgements that this was Yoon's "fun" book, and I get that, I do. I've written things just for funsies too... only I wouldn't slap a $19 p 11/18/20: REVIEW TIME!! Big thanks to Bookish First and the publisher for providing me with a beautiful finished copy of this, my most anticipated book of 2020... unfortunately, just like everything else in 2020, it sucked. So there's irreverent and then there's POINTLESS. This book leaned heavily towards the uppercase word in that sentence. I read in the acknowledgements that this was Yoon's "fun" book, and I get that, I do. I've written things just for funsies too... only I wouldn't slap a $19 price tag on it and hand it out for the world to consume. Don't get me wrong, I do sorta kinda maybe a lil see the POINT of this book - if I squint, but I think it missed the mark big time. Like Fake Love is bad. If you don't love yourself, you can't love anyone else. That's true. I agree with that message. I despise when people fake anything to try to fit in. That's what the message of this book was. Could it have been done better? Yap. Was it funny? Eeeeeeeeeeeeeer, a little. Did I laugh? Mmmmmmmmmmmnnnnnnnnnnnn, a little. Did I like it? Urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrm, not really. Within pages, I was disappointed. Nothing against nerds - I AM ONE!! - but it was just TOO nerdy. Like a stiff sorta unfunny kinda nerdy. Think Sheldon Cooper minus the hee hee's and the ha ha's. I didn't fall particularly hard (read: at all) for any of the characters, and minus like one tiny mention, it was lacking the charms of diversity that Frankly in Love banked on. It just wasn't what I wanted and I am le sad. Oh well. 10/5/20: I STAYED UP TILL MIDNIGHT TO SNATCH AN ARC BUT I DID IT! I GOT AN ARC OF THE BOOK I MOST WANTED TO READ THIS YEAR!! I CAN'T WAIT FOR IT TO GET HERE!!! :D :D :D YAY! I see the words "Fake" and "Love" together and I SCREAM. Why? I don't know! Nan molla!! Also because I really love David Yoon's writing. lol It's delicious.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Fanna

    October 17, 2020: It was fun to read! ↦ quick miscommunication leads to a string of teen lies that keep you nervously excited. ↦ adoration at first sight gradually evolves into genuine feelings. ↦ excellent character development as Sunny finds what he truly likes, finds himself, strengthens his current friendships, opens up the possibility of connecting to new people, and remains a proud nerd. ↦ diverse set of characters: Korean-American MC & love interest, Jamaican-American side character, Guat October 17, 2020: It was fun to read! ↦ quick miscommunication leads to a string of teen lies that keep you nervously excited. ↦ adoration at first sight gradually evolves into genuine feelings. ↦ excellent character development as Sunny finds what he truly likes, finds himself, strengthens his current friendships, opens up the possibility of connecting to new people, and remains a proud nerd. ↦ diverse set of characters: Korean-American MC & love interest, Jamaican-American side character, Guatemalan-American side character. ↦ humorous narration that is actually hilarious at bits. ↦ the romance didn't impress me much and the narrator's tone gets annoying at times. Note: I can't help but take away a whole star from the rating because I couldn't find anything to justify this sentence in the first few pages of the book: "...we three represented 42.35 percent of the entire Non-White population of Ruby High. The other four were Indian, Indian, Asian, and Non-White Hispanic..." As an Indian, I'm a little too tired of seeing anything that implies India isn't a part of Asia or that Indian has to be used as a separate identity when an inclusive term, Asian, is already being used in the very same sentence. I understand I've read an early copy but seeing the capitalisation of white and this implication (even if unintentional) I pointed out, isn't something I expect to see in any stage of a manuscript, especially when the writer is an author of colour himself. July 01, 2020: No, I haven't read Frankly in Love. No, that doesn't mean I can't be super excited for this. I mean, it has the fake-identities-but-real-love trope soooo YAY! Digital review copy received via Edelweiss.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher (Penguin Teen). Since I received an ARC, my quotes from the book are tentative. I had previously read Yoon’s other novel, Frankly In Love, and loved it, so I knew I had to pick this one up. It should first be said that this book is different than Frankly in Love. This book is less serious and more light hearted, so don’t go into this book expecting it to be just like Frankly in Love. I thought this book was so fun. I found the whole “fake I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher (Penguin Teen). Since I received an ARC, my quotes from the book are tentative. I had previously read Yoon’s other novel, Frankly In Love, and loved it, so I knew I had to pick this one up. It should first be said that this book is different than Frankly in Love. This book is less serious and more light hearted, so don’t go into this book expecting it to be just like Frankly in Love. I thought this book was so fun. I found the whole “fake being in a band to impress a girl” premise to be well executed. I loved seeing how it all came together. As for the actual romance, it was not the most exciting thing. I didn’t find Sonny and Cirrus’s relationship to be all that interesting or compelling. I just didn’t see the chemistry. In terms of relationships and dynamics, the book really shined in regards to Sonny and his brother. I loved seeing them reconnect. I also liked the friendship dynamic between Sonny and his two best friends, Milo and Jamal. I was really glad that Gunner, the school bully, was so much more than that. Oftentimes YA authors just use bullies as an adversarial cliche, but in this book we discovered that there was more lurking under his tough exterior. Lastly, I just love Yoon’s writing style. It flows so well and is highly entertaining. He is also so good at making big points in very subtle ways. For example, there is a short mention of the racist background of the national anthem. He writes, “ the crowd groaned along with its hoary antiquated lyrics, as always omitting the third stanza threatening murder for free former slaves” (pg 107). It was a brief nod, but I liked how it brought attention to it. Overall, I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading what he writes next!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Woodward

    **Many thanks to BookishFirst, Penguin Teen/Putnam, and David Yoon for an ARC of this book!** Sunny Dae (yes, that's really his name) has always been a nerd, a far cry from his wannabe rockstar older brother Gray who is out pursuing his dreams in LA. When he moves to a new town due to his entrepreneurial parents' unyielding ambitions, he finds brothers-in-arms in Jamal and Milo, and the trio stand up against full-time jock and part-time bully Gunner. Sunny's life takes a dramatic turn, however, w **Many thanks to BookishFirst, Penguin Teen/Putnam, and David Yoon for an ARC of this book!** Sunny Dae (yes, that's really his name) has always been a nerd, a far cry from his wannabe rockstar older brother Gray who is out pursuing his dreams in LA. When he moves to a new town due to his entrepreneurial parents' unyielding ambitions, he finds brothers-in-arms in Jamal and Milo, and the trio stand up against full-time jock and part-time bully Gunner. Sunny's life takes a dramatic turn, however, when his parent's prospective clients bring their fun and quirky daughter Cirrus around to meet Sunny...who has consequently been hanging out in his rockstar brother's former bedroom, wearing his clothes, and even holding his guitar. Of course, Cirrus instantly gets starry-eyed for the teenaged rocker Sunny. And naturally, this leaves Sunny no choice but to recruit his friends and transform into said rockstar. Can these nerds get their rockin' revenge? Will Sunny get the girl...and more importantly, can he keep her? Super Fake Love Song is, at its core, a love song in and of itself: to all nerds, everywhere. Yoon goes so far as to actually dedicate this book to them, and he lived up to that promise! This book is SO nerdy and quirky, in fact, that it took me quite a while just to get used to the narration. At first, I felt it might just be a bit over my head, but as time went on, I got very invested in Sunny and his friends and got increasingly hopeful they would be able to pull off their scheme. Super Fake Love Song reminded me in some ways of what John Green attempted to do (and in my opinion, did not do, since it was the only book of his I haven't enjoyed) in An Abundance of Katherines , with the almost Asperger-like qualities in those characters. What felt jerky and strange there flowed much better here for me, and these teens are full to bursting with uniqueness. The story kept moving and I appreciated Yoon's balance of relationships, from Sunny's relationship with Cirrus, to his brother, to his parents, and beyond. Though perhaps not the most inventive in terms of plot, Super Fake Love Song is a fun ride through the ups and down of high school, first love, and rock and roll, ultimately underscoring the universal truth: Nerds really DO rule the world. 4 (rock) ⭐!

  7. 5 out of 5

    여리고

    This feels like every other rom-com movies out there. One would think it's getting old. But I sure hope it still delivers. This feels like every other rom-com movies out there. One would think it's getting old. But I sure hope it still delivers.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    Lying leading to love?? Okay, let's see how disastrous this gets haha Lying leading to love?? Okay, let's see how disastrous this gets haha

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Super Fake Love Song is a contemporary YA coming of age story about a nerdy boy who tries to impress the new girl by pretending he's in a band. Feelings develop, but his lies start to get a little out of control... Sunny Dae is a total nerd, making cosplay how-to videos with his friends and living in a sterile feeling bedroom. So when cool new girl Cirrus mistakes his much cooler older brothers bedroom for his, he lets her believe she's right. And then has to convince his friends to create a fak Super Fake Love Song is a contemporary YA coming of age story about a nerdy boy who tries to impress the new girl by pretending he's in a band. Feelings develop, but his lies start to get a little out of control... Sunny Dae is a total nerd, making cosplay how-to videos with his friends and living in a sterile feeling bedroom. So when cool new girl Cirrus mistakes his much cooler older brothers bedroom for his, he lets her believe she's right. And then has to convince his friends to create a fake rock band to back up his web of lies. Parts of this were pretty funny, if very over the top. Plenty of bad decisions are made and you know it's all going to blow up in his face. The message here is that coolness is all a matter of perspective and maybe is more about confidence than anything else. And also, high school isn't everything. I felt like the ending wrapped up a bit too neatly, and I felt like Sunny's ongoing lies became pretty egregious, but overall I had a good time with this one. I received an advance copy of this book for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Catie

    I LOVED this -- possibly one of my favorite reads of 2020. David Yoon's writing is witty and weird and unashamedly dorky, but perhaps the greatest thing of all about this book is the loving, supportive male friendship that permeates every chapter. I love Milo and Jamal (and Gunnar!!!) forever, and I know that many teen boys will feel so seen by these sweet, sensitive, caring kids who are the antidote to toxic masculinity. I LOVED this -- possibly one of my favorite reads of 2020. David Yoon's writing is witty and weird and unashamedly dorky, but perhaps the greatest thing of all about this book is the loving, supportive male friendship that permeates every chapter. I love Milo and Jamal (and Gunnar!!!) forever, and I know that many teen boys will feel so seen by these sweet, sensitive, caring kids who are the antidote to toxic masculinity.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kajree Gautom

    Ah this book!!! Super fake love song was my first from David Yoon and I absolutely loved this book! It narrates the story of Sunny Dae, who is a dorky nerd and makes diy role playing videos for the internet. So when he meets the very charming and intresting Cirrus who thinks Sunny is in a rock band, he continues on with the lie. With his best friends Milo and Jamal, they create a fake band until Sunny can carefully come out of his lie while also get the girl. It is such a fun story. The characte Ah this book!!! Super fake love song was my first from David Yoon and I absolutely loved this book! It narrates the story of Sunny Dae, who is a dorky nerd and makes diy role playing videos for the internet. So when he meets the very charming and intresting Cirrus who thinks Sunny is in a rock band, he continues on with the lie. With his best friends Milo and Jamal, they create a fake band until Sunny can carefully come out of his lie while also get the girl. It is such a fun story. The characters are interesting and totally dorky, which makes them all the more real and relatable. Sunny's constant thrive to be someone and be interesting is something that we all teenagers would relate to. And Yoon also very perfectly addresses racism again Asians in the story. Milo was one of my favorites in the book and Jamal's practical worries just added a whole lot of joy to the story. Their friendship was adorably beautiful and healthy and it was so good to read about them doing nerdy works, being total fangirls over Lady Lashblade!! Simply adorable 😍 What I really liked was the fact that even though Sunny must have gone on with the lie, it in no scene turned into something toxic. Rather, it became a medium of growth for him and his friends, to come out of the shell and figure himself out. That was so nicely done, and the the characters' growth was great too. While Cirrus was an interesting character, I don't think we see of her much in depth. She appeared a lot two dimensional and she was fun, but I couldn't really connect with her as much as I did with the others. Even then, I totally loved Cirrus and Sunny together! They were totally cute and loved seeing their relationship grow, and how she was so supportive and a big fan!! The story might be a YA rom-com but it also talks about the important of friendship and family in a large context. I really enjoyed the ending because of that. Overall, Super Fake Love Song was an amazing book and I enjoyed it thoroughly, right from the beginning. It was sweet and funny and an ode to fandom nerds!

  12. 4 out of 5

    human

    *chuckles* oh, this is not gonna end well...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Toya (the reading chemist)

    After seeing all the love for Frankly in Love, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to read Super Fake Love Song. Yoon does an incredible job of taking a light hearted rom-com and infusing it with deep social themes such as race, class, identity, and role expectations (parental and sibling). 17 year old Sunny Dae is a Korean American and a HUGE nerd. We are talking DnD and LARPing. Sunny’s character shows us the many struggles that teens face with balancing school, one’s identity, and relation After seeing all the love for Frankly in Love, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to read Super Fake Love Song. Yoon does an incredible job of taking a light hearted rom-com and infusing it with deep social themes such as race, class, identity, and role expectations (parental and sibling). 17 year old Sunny Dae is a Korean American and a HUGE nerd. We are talking DnD and LARPing. Sunny’s character shows us the many struggles that teens face with balancing school, one’s identity, and relationships (familial, friends, and love). I loved Sunny’s relationship with his two best friends Milo (Guatemalan American) and Jamal (Jamaican American). The three of them together was just a ton of fun to watch. They had amazing banter and were always there for each other through everything (even the really bad decisions). I really appreciated the complicated family dynamics in the Dae household. Sunny’s parents want more to life than what they had, but there’s definitely a cost associated with that. And Sunny’s relationship with his brother Gray is tense to say the least, but the tension was so authentic and refreshing to see. I do think that the romance of this story takes a bit of a back seat, not that it's a bad thing. I actually found Cirrus' character to be the least developed of all of the characters presented in the story, so I wasn't that invested in her. Rather, I enjoyed Sunny's personal growth and development as well as watching him navigate his relationship with his friends and brother. I think that ended up being more important to the story line. Overall, I do think that this is a good story that will resonate with a specific audience. I say this with the caveat that I am not a music fan (so all of the music references went over my head) and I know nothing about gaming. Thank you to Penguin Teen for providing a review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elena L.

    Sunny Dae is considered a "nerd" person and when he encounters Cirrus Soh, he wants to be cool by pretending to be a front man of a rock band. SUPER FAKE LOVE SONG is a lovely YA rom-com which is mainly about exploration and discovery of identity. We follow Sunny as he navigates through new hobbies and faces his fears. It is a journey which he finds himself and recognizes/deals with his shame. I really enjoyed the diverse cast of characters - Korean-American MC and his Jamaican-American and Guat Sunny Dae is considered a "nerd" person and when he encounters Cirrus Soh, he wants to be cool by pretending to be a front man of a rock band. SUPER FAKE LOVE SONG is a lovely YA rom-com which is mainly about exploration and discovery of identity. We follow Sunny as he navigates through new hobbies and faces his fears. It is a journey which he finds himself and recognizes/deals with his shame. I really enjoyed the diverse cast of characters - Korean-American MC and his Jamaican-American and Guatemalan-American friends - and I found this brotherhood sweet and priceless (plus the side characters were captivating). There were funny dialogues, "nerd" jokes and heartwarming moments that kept me invested in the story. The fluid writing of Yoon drives us into themes of friendship and familial relationship and makes for a fast-paced read. While this book offered less about Korean culture in general, it was mouth-watering to read about yummy Korean food and Sunny's family humor had me laughed a bit. Furthermore, as a lover of music, I particularly adored reading about the power and magic of music. I thought that this book was "too YA" in the beginning and the romance aspect was cute yet not developed enough. Also, in my opinion, some relationships progressed too quick. Few readers may think that the ending wrapped up too neatly but I was satisfied with it. Overall, I enjoyed SUPER FAKE LOVE SONG and this book is great for readers who enjoy a YA novel focused on a character's journey on a search to be accepted. [ I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review ]

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paperback

    Check out my initial thoughts of this book here: https://youtu.be/nnRBvkz8vQA Ok I got this book in a book box and I never would have bought it for myself. Pleasantly surprised! Not your usual icky love story. A rom-com but more com than rom. It's the theme of this book that does it for me more than anything - finding out who you are and how others perceive you, and what that means to you. 3 stars Check out my initial thoughts of this book here: https://youtu.be/nnRBvkz8vQA Ok I got this book in a book box and I never would have bought it for myself. Pleasantly surprised! Not your usual icky love story. A rom-com but more com than rom. It's the theme of this book that does it for me more than anything - finding out who you are and how others perceive you, and what that means to you. 3 stars

  16. 5 out of 5

    Abbie | abbie.ruis

    A quick fluffy rom-com that explores and redefines the typical high school stereotypes! I loved the length of this one! It wasn't too long, and it wasn't too short. It was just right for the story! Super Fake Love Song was a super swift, cute read that required little commitment (which I needed so bad right now, as I'm recovering from surgery). The book definitely played on the classic tropes and flipped them on their heads, which was enjoyable to read about. I loved seeing that the typical jock A quick fluffy rom-com that explores and redefines the typical high school stereotypes! I loved the length of this one! It wasn't too long, and it wasn't too short. It was just right for the story! Super Fake Love Song was a super swift, cute read that required little commitment (which I needed so bad right now, as I'm recovering from surgery). The book definitely played on the classic tropes and flipped them on their heads, which was enjoyable to read about. I loved seeing that the typical jock liked to play D&D on the sly 😂 I did find the main character a little annoying at some points, and while I wasn't a big fan of the romance, this was still funny and enjoyable. Super Fake Love Song releases on November 17th! Big thank you to Penguin Teen for sending me an ARC copy of this book!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kaya

    First things first: I am by no means a contemporary lover. I basically live in an alternate reality full of wizards and magic at this point. However, this year, I’ve read contemporaries that I’ve genuinely enjoyed. And this happens to be one of them. My “Actually Really Amazing” Contemporary Checklist: Music. The emphasis on music, on loving music, on being passionate for music, or finding a passion? The snippets of finding the sheer magic of performance? Super Fake Love Song might be about a fake First things first: I am by no means a contemporary lover. I basically live in an alternate reality full of wizards and magic at this point. However, this year, I’ve read contemporaries that I’ve genuinely enjoyed. And this happens to be one of them. My “Actually Really Amazing” Contemporary Checklist: Music. The emphasis on music, on loving music, on being passionate for music, or finding a passion? The snippets of finding the sheer magic of performance? Super Fake Love Song might be about a fake band but the love for music is real. Relatable characters are what makes or breaks a contemporary for me, honestly. I’m a teenager. I need to read about real teenagers, and be able to relate in some form to their passions, ideals, thoughts, hopes, dreams, and whatever else is on the back of a college pamphlet. And David Yoon did very much accomplish that. ROMANCE. Was I totally, 100%, Jude-and-Cardan invested in Cirrus and Sunny’s relationship? No. However, I liked it. It felt like a sweet, teenage romance. Albeit one built on lies. ALRIGHT. I actually have more thoughts*! First of all, Sunny, Milo, and Jamal are the only three minority male students in their school, and that was something they’d bonded over. Jamal is Jamaican-American, Milo is Guatemalan-American, and Sunny is Korean-American. This is OwnVoices for the Korean-American rep, and I loved seeing all the hints of Korean culture the author dropped. All three are mega-nerds, and very heavily involved in DND, live action role-playing, and the like. It’s pretty awesome. I loved the fact that even as Sunny is faking being a rock star when he meets Cirrus, even as he gains popularity and confidence, he doesn’t want to let go of being a nerd. He loves what he loves, and he shouldn’t be ashamed of that. In a world crowded with media constantly telling people what to do, what to like, who to be, it was so refreshing to have a book that isn’t focused on the main character becoming “cooler”. The balance of Sunny discovering a new passion, yet yearning for his old one, is so well-done. *me? with coherent thoughts? truly, contemporaries are an alternate reality Sometimes, I was a little thrown off by the dialogue and writing style. It felt like it was trying almost too hard at times to mimic teenage conversations and inside jokes. At others, thought, it fit perfectly with the scene. I think the writing style is definitely an adjustment and won’t be for everyone, but I personally liked it. Also, the relationship dynamics??? My heart??? I don’t even know what I liked best. The family dynamic of Sunny’s parents constantly working and his older brother Gray not wanting to hang out anymore, and the development of the brotherly bond? Or maybe Sunny finding friends in unexpected places*? Or his blossoming romance with Cirrus, knowing that it’s based off of a lie? The complexities of character arcs and relationships actually make this book feel so very genuine, despite all the fake pretenses surrounding it. I just…loved it. that made it sound cheesy but i swear it’s not. i’m just trying to avoid spoilers. I feel like there’s so much more to say, but at the same time I don’t want to ramble into oblivion and spiral into spoilers. I do feel like this book won’t be for everyone, but I really loved it. Sunny’s balancing game of fake/real was entertaining, the topics and themes discussed were thought-provoking, and it was semi-relatable! a huge thank you to Penguin Teen for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Taschima

    Super Fake Love Song--The story about an insecure boy who decides to lie about who he is in order to get the cool new girl to like him. I was expecting more, specially after Frankly in Love (I remember being taken right away with the characters in the first few chapters). Ultimately I feel like Super Fake Love Song was the equivalent to a pop song (which the main character of course dislikes), easily digestible. Super Fake Love Song has some introspection into what is ultimately real vs fake, the Super Fake Love Song--The story about an insecure boy who decides to lie about who he is in order to get the cool new girl to like him. I was expecting more, specially after Frankly in Love (I remember being taken right away with the characters in the first few chapters). Ultimately I feel like Super Fake Love Song was the equivalent to a pop song (which the main character of course dislikes), easily digestible. Super Fake Love Song has some introspection into what is ultimately real vs fake, the limitations we put on ourselves, and how we change as we grow up. SUNNY--He spends the entire novel debating the coolness of everyone and everything, drowning in his nerdness while still legit wanting to go back to his old lifestyle, though not really. I did like the authentic way Sunny faces his old persona and wanting to leave behind the negativity and cynicism that was his downfall in his old life. He learns to embrace his old self while learning which parts to incorporate from his fake life (aka, the confidence) and that is beautiful. (view spoiler)[I still did not think he should have gotten the girl as well. He LIED the entire time they were together, and yes the girl fell for him (ah, young love) but she fell for the whole package (which is still him though not really?). Then he turns it on her saying that would she have liked him as the NERD he was--and I say maybe not because that guy was full of negativity and lacked confidence, but she wouldn't have not liked him because he was a nerd. What if she DID NOT LIKE HIM because he was a nerd? SO WHAT? That would make her shallow sure, but this should ultimately be her CHOICE--would be nice to have all the facts. Just, ugh. (hide spoiler)] The family dynamics shined. I enjoyed seeing how Sunny and Gray's relationship developed, how they dealt with their parent's over working, how they ultimately learn to listen to each other. Gray really needed some therapy to work out some issues. Their broken relationship was the backbone into which a lot of Sunny's insecurities sprung upon, as he felt abandoned by Gray and bullied into submission. Sunny and Cirrus' love story felt incredibly one sided. I wasn't hugely invested in it, and a lot of the time was rooting for its demise. Cirrus Soh is the trademark Manic Pixie Dream Girl--it feels like she is only there to be the catalyst to the male character's transformation. She has been all over the world! Yet we don't really hear stories about her and her hundreds of friends unless they directly relate to something the male character is hiding about himself. I legit feel like I barely know Cirrus and yet I do because she is just a generic girl, there to further the male counterpart's story line. While having some neat introspection, Super Fake Love Song suffers from a basic love story, and a female love interest that is painfully uninteresting (she is as blank as the condo she lives in). It was okay overall *shrugs* PS; I was provided a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Thanks go to the publisher!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    This hilarious, romantic and diverse young adult contemporary read was completely endearing, and so much fun. This was one of my most anticipated reads this summer, and Super Fake Love Song definitely did not disappoint. Sunny Dae and his friends love being complete nerds with each other until .... super cool Cirrus Soh enters into his life where all of a sudden, pretending to be his amazing Hollywood musician brother was the best thing to do to impress Cirrus. In this captivating, hilarious and This hilarious, romantic and diverse young adult contemporary read was completely endearing, and so much fun. This was one of my most anticipated reads this summer, and Super Fake Love Song definitely did not disappoint. Sunny Dae and his friends love being complete nerds with each other until .... super cool Cirrus Soh enters into his life where all of a sudden, pretending to be his amazing Hollywood musician brother was the best thing to do to impress Cirrus. In this captivating, hilarious and charming read, you will find yourself completely immersed into these amazing characters. The narration and writing is impeccable - witty, clever, and super fun, Yoon captures the hearts of all ages, while addressing racial stereotypes in that coming-of-age, finding your identity and your true self underneath all the expectations of wanting to be accepted and loved. This is Perfect. I enjoyed this one and I highly recommend!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nazanin

    I don't know what is with David Yoon books but they start out really great but towards the end they really drag on and get super boring. This was your typical YA story of a guy faking his way for a girl to fall for him. I don't know what is with David Yoon books but they start out really great but towards the end they really drag on and get super boring. This was your typical YA story of a guy faking his way for a girl to fall for him.

  21. 4 out of 5

    biblio_mom (Aiza)

    It all begins one day when Sunny, the main character, met a girl named Cirrus. He kinda told her about being a part in a rock band when he's actually not 😆 From there on, he had to play pretend and intentionally and accidentally dragged other people into his game. An instant rock band was faked and everyone thinks he's cool. The biggest challenge is to perform LIVE at a local competition and he's supposedly win the girl's heart. But, could he? 🤔 💭 What I like about it? : How chessy his name is. It all begins one day when Sunny, the main character, met a girl named Cirrus. He kinda told her about being a part in a rock band when he's actually not 😆 From there on, he had to play pretend and intentionally and accidentally dragged other people into his game. An instant rock band was faked and everyone thinks he's cool. The biggest challenge is to perform LIVE at a local competition and he's supposedly win the girl's heart. But, could he? 🤔 💭 What I like about it? : How chessy his name is. Very PUNnable. Sunny-dae. Underneath the main story lies other interesting events like his "true hobby", and his brother. I love Yoon's style of writing. Its easy to get hooked and unputdownable in most chapters. The story also reminds me of my highschool! 💭What I dislike about it? : The so-so ending.

  22. 5 out of 5

    The Blonde Bookworm

    This story was super cute! And the characters were so silly but 100% lovable and hilarious. I loved how close and adorable the three boys were and a just wanted to be their fourth friend throughout the whole story. There were a few bits that were a little slow and that’s the only thing that kept me from a full 4 stars. But this one was really fun, lots of laughs and awkward giggles! Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Teen for my copy.

  23. 4 out of 5

    sol

    why is literally no one talking about this? authors people won't shut up about: -Sarah j. Maas -VE Schwab -Cassandra Clare -Brandon Sanderson this book: *crickets* why is literally no one talking about this? authors people won't shut up about: -Sarah j. Maas -VE Schwab -Cassandra Clare -Brandon Sanderson this book: *crickets*

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)

    What silly thing have you done for love or just to get someone's attention? I think we've all been there at one point in our life. Did that something get a bit out of control? Sunny's sure did - and what a fun trip to take with him. What starts off fun and brings him surprising joy is just an escalation that is doomed to come crumbling down. What a cutesy YA rom-com. We all know how these stories go and this holds true here as well. What makes this so much fun though are these absolutely adorable What silly thing have you done for love or just to get someone's attention? I think we've all been there at one point in our life. Did that something get a bit out of control? Sunny's sure did - and what a fun trip to take with him. What starts off fun and brings him surprising joy is just an escalation that is doomed to come crumbling down. What a cutesy YA rom-com. We all know how these stories go and this holds true here as well. What makes this so much fun though are these absolutely adorable characters! If you've ever been that nerdy, not popular, kid in school then you'll be able to relate greatly with Sunny and his crew. I love this very diverse cast, the relationship between Sunny and Grey Dae (yes, those names!!!), him and his parents, his framily and the kids at school that don't exactly make his life easy. You'll love the lessons that are learned and while Sunny's disposition isn't always as bright as his name would make you believe, you'll find yourself all smiles at the inevitable antics that come about. I could totally see this also going to film (ahem). There's less Korean culture references in this than there was in Yoon's other YA novel, but I liked that as while it was touched on enough for me to nod in understanding without it being all in your face, it was unnecessary to fill that cultural vessel as much because of the now representation of a more "Americanized" Korean family. All in all, you get exactly what you expect out of this novel... with a diverse cast (YAY). For those who tend to shy away from YA novels, this one does start off YA strong but stick with it as that fades as you read on... prepare your bellies for deep nerdy, snorty laughter with a pull of the heart strings that will definitely leave you smiling at the end.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    This was my first book to read by David Yoon and it did not disappoint! The humor, the plot, the relatable (and sometimes cringey) characters made this book a delight to read. What stuck out to me the most about this book was the humor. This book is written as if I'm really seeing into the mind of Sunny. We see into the mind of the main characters in most books, but the way this was written helped me to understand who the character was a little better. And, I had fun while getting to know him. I a This was my first book to read by David Yoon and it did not disappoint! The humor, the plot, the relatable (and sometimes cringey) characters made this book a delight to read. What stuck out to me the most about this book was the humor. This book is written as if I'm really seeing into the mind of Sunny. We see into the mind of the main characters in most books, but the way this was written helped me to understand who the character was a little better. And, I had fun while getting to know him. I also really liked the pace of this one. We're introduced to all the major characters pretty quickly. As well, the main plot gets moving within only a few chapters. My only negative is that I think the romance could have been a little better. There was something missing to make me feel those warm and fuzzies I usually feel with rom-coms. I mostly enjoyed it though so I didn't dock too many points for this. Overall, this was a swift, sassy, and super funny book about having the courage to express yourself to those you love. And finding the courage to love in general. I will definitely be reading another David Yoon book in the future! Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Kathryn Wright

    This one took me a while to get into because I didn’t really connect with the main character and it took a while for the plot to really progress. Even though I didn’t connect with the main character I did like him and he reminds of some people that I know. Also his friendship with Jamal Milo was really sweet and it felt real. The romance and love interest I didn’t really care for, I didn’t really think there was a connection there, and she was just not that interesting to me. And the reason for This one took me a while to get into because I didn’t really connect with the main character and it took a while for the plot to really progress. Even though I didn’t connect with the main character I did like him and he reminds of some people that I know. Also his friendship with Jamal Milo was really sweet and it felt real. The romance and love interest I didn’t really care for, I didn’t really think there was a connection there, and she was just not that interesting to me. And the reason for that is that the love interest Cirrus does not have much character growth and she was better as a friend to Sunny. And Gunner, I really liked seeing his development because it was something I didn’t see coming. But the story was enjoyable and I really liked the musical aspect especially with how it brings Sunny’s family together. There was also a discussion of racism and how Sunny felt with his treatment in his community, helped with the story. Because I really feel that the romance did nothing for this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    When the worldly Cirrus enters his world, Sunny decides to adopt pieces of his brother's old rockstar life. In order to keep up appearances, he recruits his best friends and brother in his scheme, and his web of lies grows. Though it's exhausting keeping up the ruse, he does so out of fear that Cirrus may not love the real Sunny. There were a lot of things I enjoyed as I read SUPER FAKE LOVE SONG, but the thing I loved most was the messaging. There came a point in Sunny's life, where he felt the When the worldly Cirrus enters his world, Sunny decides to adopt pieces of his brother's old rockstar life. In order to keep up appearances, he recruits his best friends and brother in his scheme, and his web of lies grows. Though it's exhausting keeping up the ruse, he does so out of fear that Cirrus may not love the real Sunny. There were a lot of things I enjoyed as I read SUPER FAKE LOVE SONG, but the thing I loved most was the messaging. There came a point in Sunny's life, where he felt the need to hide parts of himself. He believed he could not be accepted as-is. This was the message that resonated most with me, and I really appreciated how it was explored in this story, not only via Sunny, but other characters as well. After reading both of Yoon's books, I feel his strength is in the relationships he creates and examines. The friendship between Sunny, Jamal, and Milo was fantastic. I love seeing boys like this in YA. Boys who share their feelings, really talk to each other, and do not fear being honest with one another. They were also fantastic ride-or-die friends, the type of friends one envies. But it wasn't only this friendship that delighted me, I also enjoyed seeing the brotherly love between Sunny and his brother, Gray. The brothers used to be very close, but moving to their upscale neighborhood put distance between them. Both Gray and Sunny were affected by the move in ways they never shared with their parents or each other. Not only did they find their way back to each other, but they were able to work through some of those past hurts together. A few other things I enjoyed and want to mention: • I love a nice redemption arc and was happy to see Yoon allow one of his characters to be more than what they seemed. • What's nerdy to some is stupendous to others, and I found myself so caught up in the props Sunny and his friends built. All of it, the LARPing, D&D, the YouTube videos had me captivated. I also want one of those elliptical bikes as well. • The romance was adorable. Cirrus and Sunny were wonderful together. I didn't suspect Cirrus had this sweet and endearing side to her when she first entered the story, but she did, and the two were precious together. • Sunny was a great character. He was a cynic, who wormed his way into my heart. Yes, I shook my head quite a bit with each of his bad decisions, but I was also rooting for him to get the girl, make the prop, and become a rockstar and YouTube sensation. I was proud of how much he grew and internalized the lessons he learned as well. Overall, I found this to be both a hilarious and heartwarming coming of age tale, which highlighted family, friendship, first love, and being true to yourself. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tara (Spinatale Reviews)

    I wasn’t 100% sold on Super Fake Love Song when I first started reading. But then I fell in love with this story and the second half went by in a blur. Sunny Dae is such a relatable protagonist and I really enjoyed watching his story unfold. Super Fake Love Song also deals with the search to be accepted and how to recognize what really matters. Overall, if you’re looking for a rom-com YA novel that’s very character-based, check this one out! Also, I’m really crossing my fingers this one gets opti I wasn’t 100% sold on Super Fake Love Song when I first started reading. But then I fell in love with this story and the second half went by in a blur. Sunny Dae is such a relatable protagonist and I really enjoyed watching his story unfold. Super Fake Love Song also deals with the search to be accepted and how to recognize what really matters. Overall, if you’re looking for a rom-com YA novel that’s very character-based, check this one out! Also, I’m really crossing my fingers this one gets optioned as a film because I think it would translate beautifully to the screen. *Disclaimer: I received an advance copy of this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Surprisingly, a book whose major plot point is lying, and I didn’t hate it. Actually, it was fun and funny and emotionally satisfying.

  30. 5 out of 5

    ella (alecsbow)

    it’s not you. it’s me i promise i have a love hate relationship with this writing style. on one hand, it’s very fresh and unique, but sometimes i feel as though the author is trying so hard to be relatable that it makes me kind of cringe

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