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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  311 ratings  ·  85 reviews
Sometimes the most dramatic scenes in a high school theater club are the ones that happen between the actors and crew off stage.

Seventeen-year-old Tyler Darcy's dream of being a writer is starting to feel very real now that he's sold his first short story to a literary journal. He should be celebrating its publication with his two best friends who've always had his back, b
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Random House Children's Books
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I've read quite a few of the other reviews of this book, and it seems that NO ONE has the same concerns that I have.
This was a good book. I thought the characters seemed pretty realistic for the most part and I liked the style of storytelling. But what bothered me was that no one, excluding the main character, Tyler, seemed to give a damn about the girl in question, Becky.
Tyler has a thing for Becky. He just sees her and starts building fantasies about her. However, she has no friends. Her paren
S.F. Robertson
This is my first Tom Leveen novel and I am head over heels for his writing. You can bet after reading this slim but superb novel about a young man chasing a vision of what he wants instead of appreciating what he has that I will be adding Leveen's other novels to my shelf.

Manicpixiedreamgirl opens on Tyler Darcy and his friends Rob and Justin celebrating after Tyler sells a short story to a literary magazine. After three years of pining for Rebecca, Tyler's forced to decide whether it's time to
Once again, in Manicpixiedreamgirl, Leveen writes realistic, edgy teen characters that tug at your heartstrings and make you root for their ultimate triumph.

As Manicpixiedreamgirl opens, Tyler and his two friends are celebrating the publication of one of Tyler's stories in a magazine. The three of them are all in various stages of intoxication in a city park. Tyler is receiving texts and phone calls from two different girls--Syd, who has been his steady girlfriend for two years, and Becky, who h
Apr 14, 2013 Jen added it
For the complete review, including a brief history of the Manic Pixie Dream girl,
Check out my blog, YA Romantics

Manicpixiedream girl is about a boy who drifts into a relationship he's not that into because he can't bring himself to reach out to the girl he's really interested in.

The book switches between the past and the present, between the aftermath of Tyler's girlfriend discovering that he's obsessed with another girl and his prior encounters with Becky, the girl in question. The flashback s
Many thanks to Random House for offering this ARC on This is the second Tom Leeven ARC I have received and read. I loved Zero and Loved Manicpixiedreamgirl even more. Leveen's first book, Party, gave me some mixed feelings, but Zero was great and Manicpixiedreamgirl just proves that Leveen is getting better and better. His characters are real and avoid stereotypes. They are not "all bad" or "all good," they are characters who live in grey, who make good decisions and poor ones...ju ...more
Carla Martinez
I didn't like Tyler Darcy.. He has a girlfriend but he's in love with someone else. Cheater. But yeah, good book though. ...more
"manicpixiedreamgirl"? i am in. i am so in. i am really, super in. requesting from the library now, omg.

after reading: okay, so this was pretty standard ya fare. no exceptional writing style or imagery or anything like that. leveen does a good job of making tyler both a real human and an obvious caricature of all those teenage boys who build women into goddesses and innocent flowers at the same time. spoiler alert: becky is a human being!

pretty nice slap in the face to the manic pixie dream girl
I went into this book not thinking I was supposed to really like Tyler. I didn't. I went in taking the book as almost a parody of every other YA book featuring a manic pixie dream girl. I mean, it was so ridiculous and spot on to the definition of the word that I couldn't believe it wasn't supposed to make you think. C'mon, Tyler wrote a story about her in which he changed pretty much everything about her to fit his ideals. Like a fanfic. He knew she had real problems but he never really tried t ...more
Sometimes a cover on the front page of your library's e-book website randomly catches your attention, and you click on the preview button, and the first page turns out to be edgy and interesting and funny, and the next thing you know you're reading the rest of the book, even as it loses all its charm and just leaves you wanting to shake some sense into everyone involved.

To be fair, MPDG isn't entirely without interest, humor, and realism. But it never gets close to reaching its potential; it's
This book hooked me in part because the writing is compelling and accurate to teenage life, and in part because it served to remind me of how much of a tool I was in high school. I do think, however, that the ending causes it to fall flat. It came close to being really good, but I feel there wasn't enough of a lesson passed on by the experiences of the protagonist. Like, *spoilers*, your crush throws herself at you because she's using sex to escape her problems and you decide that you should jus ...more
This is one of the most pointless books I have ever read. The plot leads nowhere and nothing even happens. I don't even know why this is a book.

He starts out with a crush on this girl and he wants to date her and crap and at he end he has a crush on her still and still wants to date her. There is no development in their relation ship and nothing happens. The whole book is him saying why he likes her practically and it is boring.

Ty- he is obsessive. He just does not let
Mike Wittmann
This was a really enjoyable read for me. I randomly picked it up at the library after the title and back summary caught my eye.

It's a story of a quiet high school boy (Tyler) in a secret love for the girl of his dreams, a quiet mysterious quirky manic-pixie-dream-girl named Rebecca. Though the plot may start predictable, the book takes a life of its own as the story unfolds.

Tyler's crush starts the very first day of their freshmen year of high school, although by Christmas, he is dating another
Liz Fichera
This story was so wonderfully perfect. Perfect teen hilarious boy voice, superb writing. Excuse me now while I go out and buy all of Tom Leveen's other books.
Finally, a YA novel that centers around romance that feels... well, right. The obsession with manic pixie dreamgirls is a real thing in today's society, and Tom Leveen hits on the right notes of idol worship and settling that young people have to navigate in early crushes.

Yeah, I liked this book. Not a WHOLE lot happens, but I really empathized with the main character. And I really liked the girl he was "settling" for. I think it's intentionally supposed to remind you of Say Anything> or 500
Manicpixiedreamgirl had me at the title. I knew exactly what this book was going to be about without even reading the blurb, and I was excited for it. Alternating between the one night that changes everything, and the three years leading up to it, we follow Tyler as he pines after Becky. He saw her on the first day of high school and she stayed with him, even though they didn't speak until he joined the drama club sophomore year. But by then he was dating Sydney. Now he has his chance to see if ...more
Celine Garcia
I have spoken about Tom Leveen often with writers and readers, telling them how uniquely realistic he is as an author for young adults. He gets to the right level of real when it comes to the crazy emotions of young love and the levels of intimacy between two people with all the awkwardness that a reader can bare. After I read Zero I became an instant fan of Leveen’s. His characters are people that are actually out in the world who have always had a voice but maybe just don’t get heard as often ...more
Words cannot even begin to explain how much I loved this book. I don't know what it is, but I just could not put this one down. I finished this in one day. During finals week. That's gotta tell you something!

The moment Tyler Darcy sees Rebecca Webb, he's a goner. For the next three years, Tyler continues to obsess over Becky and everything about her, even though he starts dating Sydney at the end of freshman year. There's just something about Becky he can't get out of his head. Tyler's a writer,
Jessica Day
Manicpixiedreamgirl actually was surprisingly good, something I wouldn't have guessed by only looking at the cover. For one thing, I loved reading about a writer. Tyler is realistic and familiar, at least to me. He is really moved by his muse, Becky Webb, and I liked watching him slowly come to realize that, no matter how you paint your muse, they are still human. Becky Webb is an especially realistic and complex character. While she is predictable, there are many layers to her character that be ...more
Sometimes the most dramatic scenes in a high school theater club are the ones that happen between the actors and crew off stage.

With this sentence, I was hooked and knew that I must read this book. Tom Leveen made me a believer in his talent with his novel Zero and amazed me even more with manicpixiedreamgirl. His writing is dynamic and honest and REAL. He draws the reader in with his character development and overwhelms us with his storytelling. Pure genius. Leveen just gets it right.

The story
I like Manicpixiedreamgirl.

I was introduced to Tom Leveen's work in Zero. I liked how realistic his depiction of teen life is, and in the same manner, that's how it went for me in Manicpixiedreamgirl.

After years of watching Becky from afar, Tyler hasn't shake off the feelings he have for that girl. Sure, they became friends, but is that all he can be? Tyler wonders if he can pursue the girl at last, while he was still experiencing the high of having his work published.

First off, Tyler's treatmen
Audrey Wilkerson
Rating: 3.5

The Low Down: Ever since he first saw her freshman year, Tyler Darcy has been drawn to Becky Webb like a moth to the flame. She has no idea of his almost obsession with her; after all, in the beginning, he can’t bring himself to speak to her, much less spill his secrets. All his friends know of his infatuation, hell, even his girlfriend knows. Syd is beautiful, smart and so cool. Why she puts up with his fixation is beyond him. But every chance he gets, he looks for Becky. Thinks abou
Cheyenne Teska
It starts with a girl. She's not just any girl, but the girl of Tyler's dreams. From the first moment he locks eyes with her, he knows that he's done for. Though we try to move on, sometimes there's just the smallest bit of hope that keeps us from letting go. Tom Leveen's Manicpixiedreamgirl shows what it's like to be stuck on the thought of someone you may never be able to have.

The story is set over the span of one night, with various flashbacks to help the reader get a better feel of each char
This book is a rather short and quick read that packs a great story into its pages. The characters are complex and seem like real people. The story is engaging and keeps the reader invested the entire time, making this a great book.


Tyler is a fantastic male POV protagonist. He is pretty much obsessed with Rebecca Webb, and this obsession sometimes hurts his relationships. For example, he isn't really fair to his girlfriend, Sydney. She's a good person, yet he has such a hu
C.J. Sarcasm & Lemons
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You know the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. She's Natalie Portman in Garden State. She's Summer in 500 Days of Summer, for a while. Ramona in Scott Pilgrim. Eccentric, adorably quirky savior of the brooding bad boy. She's the girl (or guy) you watched from afar in high school, invented daydreams about, held on a pedestal. Leveen plays with this most common of experiences in an authentic and clever way, creating the brooding boy Tyler and the dream girl
I am by far not the target audience for this book, which first is a young adult novel and second I suspect may be aimed at boys as the protagonist is a teenage boy. The story centers around a teenage boy named Tyler who has been pining after his dream girl Becky for three years while also dating another girl named Sidney. One fateful night brings everything to a head with the story moving back and forth between what is happening that night and all the moments over the past three years leading up ...more
Liza Wiemer
Mar 27, 2013 Liza Wiemer added it
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Quick read, romantic, and at times heartbreaking.

This was my first Tom Leveen novel, and I'm totally hooked. I'll definitely be adding his other books to my to-read list. I loved how Leveen alternated between narrating the story in the present and then in the past, allowing Manicpixiedreamgirl to unfold and keep me interested. Tyler Darcy narrates his obsession for a girl named Becky, which started on his first day of his freshman year of high school. He watches Becky from a distance and asks h
Real rating: Between 2.5 and 3 stars. It was okay.

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It's a bit of a struggle for me to put into words how I feel about Manicpixiedreamgirl. But what I do know for sure is that the author did an amazing job of creating an authentic seventeen-year-old boy in Tyler Darcy. Everything from the dialogue with his two best friends to his innermost thoughts to his angsty outbursts felt so real. A regular guy with a talent for writin
Judy (Geeky Reading)

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This was not quite what I expected, although to be fair I wasn’t sure what to expect.

I liked Tyler. He’s not quite sure what he wants, but he’s figuring it out. I liked his interactions with his friends, and his sister; they were entertaining. And I really liked his feelings toward Becky; he was so adorable. I felt really bad for Becky, and a bit bad for Tyler, given how he’s always there for her but not sure what to do.

The ending was really good, though
Katie Johnston
I love how realistic the characters were in the book. Sydney, the protagonist's girlfriend, was my favorite. I was expecting jealousy and petty girl hate, but she was aware of the situation between Ty and Becky and handled it with grace. The story reminded me of John Green's Paper Towns but with more of a realistic character voice. Well done, Tom Leveen.
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Tom Leveen has 22 years of theatre experience as an actor and director. He was the Artistic Director and a co-founder of two companies: Chyro Arts Venue, an all-ages nonprofit visual and performing venue; and Is What It Is Theatre, a community theatre that operated for 13 seasons. Tom lives with is wife and son in the Phoenix area. PARTY was his first novel, followed by ZERO (a 2013 YALSA Best Boo ...more
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