Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon
Sunny Dae is perfectly content with his reputation as a nerd. That is, until he meets Cirrus Soh. When a mixup leads Cirrus to believe that Sunny is in a rock band, instead of correcting her, Sunny leans into the mistake. He persuades his two best friends into starting a rock band and starts wearing his older brother’s old clothes. But the further he gets into the lie, the more he has to lose.
With themes of family and the American Dream, Super Fake Love Song is a story of identity and what it means to be yourself. It is told entirely in the first person from Sunny’s perspective. Sunny was an excellent, dynamic character. I loved his use of cynicism to protect himself, as well as his loyalty to his close group of friends.
I wanted to like this story so badly but it was all over the place. There were parts that I really liked, mainly Sunny’s relationships with some of the characters: his longtime bully Gunner, his rockstar brother who moved home, his two best friends. What I didn’t enjoy as much was his relationship with Cirrus, the main plot of the book. Something about it felt so forced to me. Additionally, I didn’t love Cirrus. She initially came off as so vapid to me, and I struggled to warm up to her from there.
If you were a fan of David Yoon’s last book, Frankly in Love, you will likely enjoy Super Fake Love Song.
Thank you to BookishFirst and Penguin Teen for the review copy. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
About the Author
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 upcoming 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 now lives in Los Angeles with Nicola and their daughter.