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What happens when your imaginary boyfriend turns out to be real?

"I did meet a Boy," Midge snaps. "He has wavy brown hair, and he's English. I met him at the Library. We had romantic picnics by the river and we kissed. A lot.'"

Midge has never had a boyfriend—so she makes one up. Then she is paired for a major project with George, the new boy, who doodles dragons, tucks in his shirt, has a mysterious past, and an unseemly interest in secrets. Soon Midge's white lie turns into a web of deceit as she fabricates emails from her imaginary boyfriend, and even a MySpace page. Then one day, Midge comes face-to-face with her imaginary boyfriend in the school corridor. Tall, brown wavy hair, English accent—he's exactly as she'd described him, right down to his name. Ben catches on quickly and rescues her from certain humiliation, by kissing her in front of all her friends. He seems to be a dream come true—the perfect boyfriend! But he turns out to be not quite perfect after all, and before long Midge finds herself in all sorts of trouble.


Allen & Unwin
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Lili Wilkinson
Publication Date
January, 2012
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
7.60 x 5.10 x 0.50 Inches

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Sixteen-year-old Midge...

Sixteen-year-old Midge, tired of being teased about not having a boyfriend, invents one. And then he shows up. It's just a coincidence, of course -- the real-life Ben isn't quite the same as the boy Midge made up, but he's pretty close . . . and he's willing to play along with Midge's story. For a price, of course. It turns out that Ben isn't nearly as perfect as Midge had envisioned, and keeping up the lie, while it has its pleasant sides (popularity! kissing!), also makes life a lot more complicated. This is one of the most innocent teen romances I've read in a long time -- so much so that I think it's most likely to appeal to tweens. Older readers may find it tame and a little predictable, but those making their first painful forays into the world of real-life romance will empathize with Midge's naïve mistakes.

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