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3.19  ·  Rating details ·  313 ratings  ·  65 reviews
When Brooks volunteered to be a stand-in for Burdette's cousin who got stood up for Homecoming, it was with the noblest of intentions-helping a fellow human being, free of charge. But when he gets a tip of more than three hundred bucks, word spreads quickly and Brooks seizes the opportunity to offer his impeccable escort services to super-wealthy parents who want their dau ...more
Published October 1st 2016 by Carolrhoda Lab
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Amber And let me tell you, the movie is hilarious. Just saw it, love the humor, love the actor (wink wonk), love the story. ENJOY

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Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok. Now I understand why this book is so underrated. Luckily, I’m not the kind of person who would DNF a book. Because if I would’ve been that kind of person, I would have DNFd this book when I was 100 pages in. It was that bad in the beginning. Somehow it changed in the last 100 pages. But it was still pretty bad... And all those references to places and people from the past were so bad for a person who is not from America. I mean... I had to Google search a lot of mentions from this book, whic ...more
Irene Prilutskiy
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: nobody
Ok, two things before I begin this review: 1) it will contain spoilers (not that spoilers matter because you really should not read this book) 2) I read this book because of the Netflix movie

While at first, I thought this book had potential to be more meaningful than the movie, it quickly became apparent that this was not the case.

While I have issues with the ideas and themes this book propagates, I think it’s only fair to first talk about what this book was trying to do. This book felt like a b
Nov 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ldl, young-adult
This was bad. Like a 50 yr old trying to write a cut-rate late 90s/early 00s teen comedy movie based on really out-dated clichés bad. It is cliché after trope after nauseating dialog trying to be American Pie (I am really dating myself...) There are some quippy one liners but nothing else redeaming about this. Well, being a thirty-something librarian meant I could drink while reading, so there was that. The fact that this is going to be a movie does not surprise me, but does slightly depress me.
Stacy Fetters
"Know how when you get high you think you're saying all sorts of super important crap, crap so heavy and mind-blowing that it would forever change your life if only you could remember exactly what it is you said?And those few times you do remember to write the crap down, the next morning you either can't understand what you wrote because your handwriting's totally illegible or if you do understand what you wrote you can't understand why you thought it was so incredible when you wrote it?"
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
A quick read about Brooks Rartigan and his life as a senior trying to get
into college and coming from the wrong side of town. This young man
Volunteers to be a stand- in for girls wanting to attend their prom. It is a
tale of the privileged and wealthy who want their daughters to have the
experience of their lives in the social world of their senior year. It is also
about Brooks finding himself and accepting his life and who he is. Be
true to yourself.
Brooke H
Jul 02, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
So I just watched the movie of this book.
Different name altogether.
I think it was called The Perfect Date or something??
It had Laura Marano and Noah Centineo in it.
Anyways, I liked the movie
The reviews of this book however don’t seem too promising 😂
But I’m still putting it on my TBR 😂
Kimberly Kowalski
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This was a cute fast read. Storyline was a bit predictable, but it was nice reading a teen promish novel from a male's point of view. If this is how teens really think of college though I'm horrified by what our society has done to them.
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“That wasn't any act of God. That was an act of pure human fuckery.”
This book is by turns funny ('Quick! Pretend you like me!') and poignant ('I tag after them like a mutt which, let's face it, is what I am').
t manages to combine teenage angst -- trying to save face above all else, embarrassed about the entire state of New Jersey, painfully aware of his loser father's shortcomings -- with teenage desire and hope and ambition and ingenuity. The kid is hard on himself, but he's also a survivo
Rachel Reeves
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book is pretty unique among the other contemporary romance YA books out in there in having a male protagonist. I love that it has that male POV because it is so rare. The book also provides an interesting commentary on several topics: privilege and wealth, the desires of parents vs. the reality of what children want, parents living through their children, the high costs of college, the adm
Alex Kuipers
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! So refreshing to come upon a YA novel that is not melodramatic and/or incredibly depressing (ie the fault in our stars, If I stay).

Read it in two days because I could not put it down -- I had to find out if Brooks Rattigan got into Columbia, if he ended up with Celia Lieberman, and if he would stay friends with The Murph (perhaps my favorite character). I really liked Brooks' voice -- honest, funny, and, from what I remember from high school, very accurate. The book was incre
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Brian
Cover Story: Giant Teen Hands
Drinking Buddy: Yeah, Why Not?
Testosterone Level: I'm Trying to Think of a PG-13 Euphemism
Talky Talk: Loose Ends
Bonus Factors: The 1%, Academia
Bromance Status: Freshman Roommate

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Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
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May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This teen romance features a leading man instead of a leading lady. Brooks is competing against all of the pressures and deadlines that supposedly determine one's fate in high school. Brooks' is stressed by his determination to get into Columbia. He's arguing with his father and growing apart from his best friend. And yet he's also dancing the night away, with so many different young women he has been hired to escort. The desperation of wealthy parents who dream of their daughters experiencing t ...more
Con Write
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is fabulous!! I couldn't put it down--lots and lots of laughs. I want a sequel!
Rossana Snee
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. I loved it. Well written and entertaining. I plan to read more by this author.
Megan Thorsen
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Stand In has been turned into a movie titled The Perfect Date coming to Netflix April 12th !! I read this book because my favorite person Laura Marano is starring in it alongside with Noah Centineo. The second they were cast as leads.. I did some research and grabbed a copy. This was a quick and easy read. It was refreshing and I LOVED reading the book from a male perspective. However; if Steven Bloom wanted to make this story into another novel from Celia's perspective I would read it. Broo ...more
David Wolpe
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is by turns funny ('Quick! Pretend you like me!') and poignant ('I tag after them like a mutt which, let's face it, is what I am'). It manages to combine teenage angst -- trying to save face above all else, embarrassed about the entire state of New Jersey, painfully aware of his loser father's shortcomings -- with teenage desire and hope and ambition and ingenuity. The kid is hard on himself, but he's also a survivor, an entrepreneur. He's a lot of contradictory things: a pretender, bi ...more
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
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Steve Braun
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A hilarious romp of a book. The likeable working-class hero dips more than his toe into the heady, trendy world of the 1 percent, learning lessons about love, lust, and integrity along the way. Bloom surrounds his leading man, Brooks Rattigan, with a hugely entertaining crew of friends, enemies, and paramours. The action is fast-paced as Brooks’ brilliant scheme goes hilariously off the rails. This is a great read for the simple fun of the perfect-pitched dialog and crisply-drawn scenes of yearn ...more
Maria Larisma
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think I’m gonna write a review when the film comes out this Friday. I want to see how the adaption holds up to my expectations.

Overall though, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It took me only two days. That’s saying a lot considering I haven’t sat down and read a book in such a short amount of time in quite a while - which I kind of sad on my part.

4/5 stars - I can’t think of anything particular I want to critique, but it is 1am and the critical part of me has already gone to bed for the day. It’s am
Elyse Marie
May 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
honestly this is the worst YA book i’ve ever read. i picked it up after seeing the movie (which i thought was actually really cute and solid). that being said, all the things i liked about the movie were changed from the book and there was nothing redeeming here. none of the characters are relatable or even likable and it feels like this book was written by an older guy trying to be hip with the youngsters these days. also, there’s so much misogyny and just overall trashiness in this book that i ...more
Scott Fields
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great read for any age, The Stand-in is storytelling at its best. Brooks Rattigan takes us on a journey through his high school senior year that is edgy and deeply biting at the same time that it is warm, uplifting, very accessible and often hilarious. Very relatable to anyone who has ever applied to college (and their parents). Hollywood should take note -- I want to see this one on the screen!
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked the male protagonist perspective. I think the roles of most YA romances were flipped & it was refreshing. Brooks has some serious character flaws stemming from his need to be accepted into any Ivy League school - some of which made me dislike him - but it was nice the guy was obsessed with grades & the future instead of just sports or booze.
I do wish there were a few more scenes with Celia & Brooks but I love how they developed.
Mandi Murphy
Sep 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
I am so sorry. But I hate this book. I managed to force my way through 148 pages. I can't press on anymore. It's the kind of story, and had the kind of characters, that makes you hope that nothing ends the way they want it to. One reviewer said something about how real the main character was. Something about how that's how kids were today. If this is truly the way our youth are today, we have a lot to atone for.
May 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Quick, fun read. If someone hasn't already optioned this to be a movie, they should hurry up and do that. (And I said this before I realized the author is also the screenwriter of one of my favorite 80s movies.)
Jasmine Isabella  Climer
Not my favorite book, when it comes to books I like my books to at least let me know what my characters looks like, not one single description. Its hard to keep up and some of the lines are confusing. Even though some scenes where my favorite but but not alot.
Sophia Young
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I made the mistake of watching the cheesy Netflix spin off of this book before I ever realized it was a book. And let me tell ya, the movie is basically nothing like the book so don’t even waste your time. But the book was a fun, easy, no brainer read with a feel good message.
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book a lot because I liked the movie. But unfortunately I just didn’t like it. Thankfully they made the movie cleaner than the book because the language was not good. The moral of the story was the one good thing.
Dec 26, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

The way this book was written made me cringe. I actually couldn't finding this book because of it and I couldn't get through the first chapter.
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