David Yoon is the author of the New York Times bestseller Frankly In Love, a William C. Morris Award finalist and Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature Honor book, as well as the YA novel Super Fake Love Song and adult thriller Version Zero. He also drew the illustrations for his wife Nicola Yoon’s #1 New York Times bestseller Everything, Everything. David grew up in Orange County, California, and lives in Los Angeles with Nicola and their daughter.
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.
Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Random House for the advanced copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
Thoughts and Themes: I read David Yoon’s first book, Frankly In Love and really enjoyed that one so I knew that I had to read this one. I winded up listening to this one and loved the audiobook version of it. This was just a cute rom com that I highly recommend for those of you who are looking for a light read.
I loved that the main character of this story is a nerd who not only fakes who he is but is faking to be who his brother once was. I usually get frustrated with the whole “pretending to be someone you are not” to get someone to like you but I think this story was well done. I think that the ending of the story and how Sunny’s lie falls apart really adds to how I felt about this trope.
While this story was a rom com it felt like Sunny and Cirrus’s relationship was kind of in the background for me. I was not really rooting for them as much as I was rooting for his friendships, and relationship with his brother. I thought that Sunny and Cirrus’s relationship was cute and liked the funny moments between them. This book was a nice, light, read that is great when you want to distract yourself from the world.
Characters: In this book you get to meet Sunny who is the main character, his older brother, Gray, his two best friends, Milo and Jamal, and his girlfriend, Cirrus. Along with these characters you also get to meet his family, and the bullies at his school.
My favorite part of this book was the relationship that develops between Sunny and Gray through this lie that Sunny has told to get a girl. I know that this book is meant to be a rom com which it definitely is but I think it also shows how much of a difference someone’s support can make for someone.
I really loved getting to see the friendships develop in this story and how they fell apart once Sunny’s lie was revealed. I love that Gray points out how much Sunny should really value his friends because they have his back. I liked that we got to see how important friendship is even when other things aren’t going your way.
Something that I really liked about the characters in this story was that we got to see more about the bully than what I thought we were originally. I liked that we get to see the development of this character and watch his interests develop. I liked that he was much more than just a bully and a jock.
Writing Style: This story is written in first person through the perspective of the main character. I liked that we got to see things from his view and that we don’t get much from others. I think getting to see Sunny’s perspective through it all makes it so that we get to be in his head and also not see the way his actions affect those around him. I liked that we don’t get to see much about what others think of what he is doing beyond what they tell him.