Review: Super Fake Love Song (David Yoon)

Super Fake Love Song
Author: David Yoon
Publication Date: November 17, 2020
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

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.


Super Fake Love Story is a book I was excited to read. I loved Yoon’s Frankly in Love, and I had high expectations for this new book. I hate to say it, but it didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

I had a love-hate relationship with Sunny Dae. He was this big nerd who sometimes came off in an endearing way and other times came off as annoying. I respected that he let his nerd flag fly, but hated when he got caught up in being what he thought Cirrus wanted. His character did have a lot of growth throughout the story, so that was a good thing.

I loved Sunny’s friends. Milo and Jamal helped make this book more enjoyable. I loved their support of Sunny. I liked how Sunny and Cirrus’ relationship developed – despite the whole lying thing. I do wish their issues hadn’t been so quickly wrapped up in the end, but it was cute. I think my favorite relationship was between Sunny and his brother Grey, though. I liked learning about it.

I think my biggest problem with this book was that it found it kind of boring. I had a hard time getting into it at first, and I thought it might have been a formatting issue with the ARC. It could have been that, or maybe I just wasn’t as interested in the story as I hoped to be. I didn’t find it all that entertaining unless it was when Sunny, Milo, and Jamal were doing music or when I was learning about Grey. I don’t think I was truly sold until all the drama really started happening. Overall, it was just a good read compared to a great read (like Frankly in Love was).

23 thoughts on “Review: Super Fake Love Song (David Yoon)”

  1. I thought Yoon built enough of a case for me to understand why Sunny was the way he was at school and why he felt the need to put on an act for Cirrus. He did grow though, and I really did love the ending

    1. I read it when I was in one of those weird reading mood and I’m now wondering if that was an issue when I read other people’s reviews. Or maybe it was just the fact that YA has been harder for me recently. I don’t know. Others seemed to enjoy it more.

    1. Thank you! I’m kind of thinking I might be alone in my feelings for this one, but I did love his other book.

    1. Yes, I bet you would enjoy Frankly in Love. You might even like this one. I seem to be alone in my comments about it. I think it might have been my mood.

  2. Sorry to hear this didn’t live up to your expectations! I still need to read it, but I can totally see how it can be annoying to read when the main character gets to caught up in what someone else wants…

    1. Frankly in Love was just so good! I highly recommend that one. And maybe even recommend this one. I’ve been telling people it could have been by mood since a lot of people seem to like it.

  3. I was surprised when Olivia said that she wasn’t interested in trying this one, but after reading your review I think it is a pass for me as well. It sounds like fun, but I have been having a hard time finishing books that don’t keep me interested these days. I hope that your next read is more enjoyable! 😉

    1. Thank you. It might have been my mood. I was in a weird funk where YA just wasn’t working for me in most cases.

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