[RECOMMANDATIONS] Fake dating

Titre : Comment réparer un coeur mécanique

Résumé : Brandon et Abel, dix-huit ans, sont fans de la serie tele Castaway Planet, et detestent par dessus tout les mauvaises fanfictions, surtout quand elles mettent en couple leurs personnages preferes; le fringant capitaine Cadmus et Sim le tres chic android. En tant que presentateurs du troisieme vlog Castaway Planet le plus populaire, ils adorent se disputer avec les fangirls persuadees que Cadmus fera fondre le coeur mecanique de Sim avant la fin de la cinquieme saison. Cet ete, Brandon et Abel ont une mission: prendre la route dans un camping-car afin de suivre la convention itinerante de Castaway Planet, interviewer les acteurs et le createur de la serie et prouver qu’une veritable histoire d’amour Cadsim N’ARRIVERA JAMAIS.

En parlant d’histoire d’amour qui n’arrivera jamais, il y a celle de Brandon et Abel. Brandon est fatigue de se battre pour arriver a concilier sa religion avec son attirance pour les hommes. Aimer un android de serie tv est bien plus facile. Et puis Abel a un nouveau petit ami super cool, comment pourrait-il faire le poids ? Brandon a jusqu’a la fin de la tournee pour trouver la reponse a la question: peut-on reprogrammer un coeur mecanique, ou bien son premier amour est-il voue a un echec du systeme ?

Radar à diversité : romance M/M

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Titre : Frankly In Love de David Yoon

Résumé : De parents coréens, Frank-Li vit aux Etats-Unis. Il a baptisé Limbo cette double identité. Alors que ses parents ont décidé qu’il épouserait une Coréenne, il s’éprend de Brit, intelligente, merveilleuse, mais blanche. Il propose alors à Joy, une Limbo dans la même situation que lui, de feindre une relation amoureuse pour satisfaire leurs familles respectives.

Radar à diversité : pp americano-coréen + #ownvoices

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Titre : Fake de Jenn P. Nguyen

Résumé : Mia et Jake se connaissent depuis toujours. Et pour cause : leurs mères sont meilleures amies. Ils se sont supportés pendant les vacances d’été, les brunchs du dimanche et même lors des visites annuelles chez le dentiste !

Mais voilà, depuis qu’ils sont ados, les mamans n’ont qu’une idée en tête : leurs chérubins formeraient le couple parfait, elles en sont convaincues. Mia et Jake, eux, en sont plutôt au stade où se trouver dans la même pièce est déjà un calvaire.

Pour avoir un peu la paix, ils élaborent le plan parfait : ils vont prétendre être en couple pour deux semaines, et ensuite rompre pour calmer leurs mères à tout jamais. Ensuite, ils seront libres. Du moins, c’était ce que la stratégie soi-disant sans faille prévoyait…

Radar à diversité : pp asiatique + #ownvoices

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Titre : The Kiss Quotient d’Helen Hoang

Résumé : Stella Lane est une jeune femme brillante pour qui les chiffres n’ont aucun secret. Si sa vie professionnelle est parfaitement épanouie et qu’elle adore travailler avec des algorithmes pour prévoir la consommation de la population, sa vie personnelle est plutôt un échec, à ses yeux et à ceux de sa mère. Elle est affectée du syndrome d’Asperger, une forme d’autisme, qui la tient éloignée des autres. Comment se faire des amis lorsqu’on cumule une grande timidité et une franchise un peu brutale ? Que l’on craint le contact des autres ? Quant à sa vie amoureuse… Elle est inexistante…

Stella comprend mal l’intérêt d’avoir un homme dans sa vie mais, curieuse et poussée par sa mère qui se désespère de la voir célibataire et sans enfant, elle décide de résoudre ce problème comme une équation mathématique : avec méthode et détermination. C’est pour cela qu’elle va avoir recours aux services d’un escort boy.

Radar à diversité : héroïne autiste, li vietnamien + #ownvoices

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Titre : The Wrong McElroy de KL Hughues

Résumé : Une jeune lesbienne décide d’aider son meilleur ami à se débarrasser des attentes familiales en se faisant passer pour sa petite amie. Malheureusement, lorsqu’elle rencontre la petite soeur de ce dernier, c’est le coup de foudre…

Radar à diversité : pp lesbienne et asiatique, li lesbienne, ps acearo

Titre : Hot Dog Girl

Résumé :Elouise (Lou) Parker is determined to have the absolute best, most impossibly epic summer of her life. There are just a few things standing in her way:

* She’s landed a job at Magic Castle Playland . . . as a giant dancing hot dog.
* Her crush, the dreamy Diving Pirate Nick, already has a girlfriend, who is literally the Princess of the park. But Lou’s never liked anyone, guy or otherwise, this much before, and now she wants a chance at her own happily ever after.
* Her best friend, Seeley, the carousel operator, who’s always been up for anything, suddenly isn’t when it comes to Lou’s quest to set her up with the perfect girl or Lou’s scheme to get close to Nick.
* And it turns out that this will be their last summer at Magic Castle Playland–ever–unless she can find a way to stop it from closing.

Radar à diversité : pp bie, ps lesbienne

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Titre : 10 Things I Hate About Pinky de Sandhya Menon

Résumé : Pinky Kumar wears the social justice warrior badge with pride. From raccoon hospitals to persecuted rock stars, no cause is too esoteric for her to champion. But a teeny-tiny part of her also really enjoys making her conservative, buttoned-up corporate lawyer parents cringe.

Samir Jha might have a few . . . quirks remaining from the time he had to take care of his sick mother, like the endless lists he makes in his planner and the way he schedules every minute of every day, but those are good things. They make life predictable and steady.

Pinky loves lazy summers at her parents’ Cape Cod lake house, but after listening to them harangue her about the poor decisions (aka boyfriends) she’s made, she hatches a plan. Get her sorta-friend-sorta-enemy, Samir—who is a total Harvard-bound Mama’s boy—to pose as her perfect boyfriend for the summer. As they bicker their way through lighthouses and butterfly habitats, sparks fly, and they both realize this will be a summer they’ll never forget.

Radar à diversité : héroïne indienne + #ownvoices

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Titre : Boyfriend Material d’Alexis Hall

Résumé : Luc O’Donnell is tangentially–and reluctantly–famous. His rock star parents split when he was young, and the father he’s never met spent the next twenty years cruising in and out of rehab. Now that his dad’s making a comeback, Luc’s back in the public eye, and one compromising photo is enough to ruin everything.

To clean up his image, Luc has to find a nice, normal relationship…and Oliver Blackwood is as nice and normal as they come. He’s a barrister, an ethical vegetarian, and he’s never inspired a moment of scandal in his life. In other words: perfect boyfriend material. Unfortunately apart from being gay, single, and really, really in need of a date for a big event, Luc and Oliver have nothing in common. So they strike a deal to be publicity-friendly (fake) boyfriends until the dust has settled. Then they can go their separate ways and pretend it never happened.

But the thing about fake-dating is that it can feel a lot like real-dating. And that’s when you get used to someone. Start falling for them. Don’t ever want to let them go.

Radar à diversité : M/M

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Titre : Written in the Stars d’Alexandria Bellefleur

Résumé : After a disastrous blind date, Darcy Lowell is desperate to stop her well-meaning brother from playing matchmaker ever again. Love—and the inevitable heartbreak—is the last thing she wants. So she fibs and says her latest set up was a success. Darcy doesn’t expect her lie to bite her in the ass.

Elle Jones, one of the astrologers behind the popular Twitter account, Oh My Stars, dreams of finding her soul mate. But she knows it is most assuredly not Darcy… a no-nonsense stick-in-the-mud, who is way too analytical, punctual, and skeptical for someone as free-spirited as Elle. When Darcy’s brother—and Elle’s new business partner—expresses how happy he is that they hit it off, Elle is baffled. Was Darcy on the same date? Because… awkward.

When Darcy begs Elle to play along, she agrees to pretend they’re dating to save face. But with a few conditions: Darcy must help Elle navigate her own overbearing family over the holidays and their arrangement expires on New Year’s Eve. The last thing they expect is to develop real feelings during a fake relationship.

But maybe opposites can attract when true love is written in the stars?

Radar à diversité : F/F

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Titre : Breaking Character de Lee Winter

Résumé : Life has become a farcical mess for icy British A-lister Elizabeth Thornton. America’s most-hated villain stars in a top-rated TV medical drama that she hates. Now, she’s been romantically linked to her perky, new co-star, Summer, due to the young woman’s clumsiness. As a closeted actress, that’s the last thing Elizabeth needs. If she could just get her dream movie role, life would be so much better. The only problem is that the eccentric French film-maker offering it insists on meeting her “girlfriend”, Summer, first.
Summer Hayes is devastated when her co-star shuns her for accidentally sparking rumors they’re lovers. Now the so-called British Bitch has the audacity to ask Summer to pretend to be her girlfriend to get her a role? Elizabeth doesn’t even like Summer! Oh, how she’d love to tell her no. And Summer definitely would if it wasn’t for the fact she’s maybe a tiny bit in love with the impossible woman.n.

Radar à diversité : pp saphiques, F/F

Sorties 2021 :

2021 a l’air d’être l’année du fake dating car les sorties avec ce trope sont nombreuses ! Voilà celles que j’attends avec le plus d’impatience :

Titre : Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating (mai 2021)

Résumé : Everyone likes Humaira « Hani » Khan—she’s easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate—Ishita « Ishu » Dey. Ishu is the complete opposite of Hani. She’s an academic overachiever who hopes that becoming head girl will set her on the right track for college. But Ishita agrees to help Hani, if Hani will help her become more popular so that she stands a chance of being elected head girl.

Despite their mutually beneficial pact, they start developing real feelings for each other. But relationships are complicated, and some people will do anything to stop two Bengali girls from achieving happily ever after.

Radar à diversité : pp saphiques et asiatiques

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Titre : She Drives me Crazy de Kelly Quindlen (avril 2021)

Résumé : After losing spectacularly to her ex-girlfriend in their first game since their break up, Scottie Zajac gets into a fender bender with the worst possible person: her nemesis, the incredibly beautiful and incredibly mean Irene Abraham. Things only get worse when their nosey, do-gooder moms get involved and the girls are forced to carpool together until Irene’s car gets out of the shop.

Their bumpy start only gets bumpier the more time they spend together. But when an opportunity presents itself for Scottie to get back at her toxic ex (and climb her school’s social ladder at the same time), she bribes Irene into playing along. Hijinks, heartbreak, and gay fake-dating scheme for the ages. From author Kelly Quindlen comes a new laugh-out-loud romp through the ups and downs of teen romance.

Radar à diversité : pp saphique, pp saphique et racisée

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Titre : Love and Other Natural Disasters de Misa Sugiura (juin 2021)

Résumé : When Nozomi Nagai pictured the ideal summer romance, a fake one wasn’t what she had in mind.

That was before she met the perfect girl. Willow is gorgeous, glamorous, and…heartbroken? And when she enlists Nozomi to pose as her new girlfriend to make her ex jealous, Nozomi is a willing volunteer.

Because Nozomi has a master plan of her own: one to show Willow she’s better than a stand-in, and turn their fauxmance into something real. But as the lies pile up, it’s not long before Nozomi’s schemes take a turn toward disaster…and maybe a chance at love she didn’t plan for.

Radar à diversité : pp saphiques, pp racisées

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Titre : Some Others Now de Sarah Everett (février 2021)

Résumé : Before she kissed one of the Cohen boys, seventeen-year-old Jessi Rumfield knew what it was like to have a family—even if, technically, that family didn’t belong to her. She’d spent her childhood in the house next door, challenging Rowan Cohen to tennis matches while his older brother, Luke, studied in the background and Mel watched over the three like the mother Jessi always wished she had.

But then everything changed. It’s been almost a year since Jessi last visited the Cohen house. Rowan is gone. Mel is in remission and Luke hates Jessi for the role she played in breaking his family apart. Now Jessi spends her days at a dead-end summer job avoiding her real mother, who suddenly wants to play a role in Jessi’s life after being absent for so long. But when Luke comes home from college, it’s hard to ignore the past. And when he asks Jessi to pretend to be his girlfriend for the final months of Mel’s life, Jessi finds herself drawn back into the world of the Cohens. Everything’s changed, but Jessi can’t help wanting to be a Cohen, even if it means playing pretend for one final summer.

Radar à diversité : pp racisé

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Titre : Counting Down with You de Tashie Bhuiyan (mai 2021)

Résumé : Karina Ahmed has a plan. Keep her head down, get through high school without a fuss, and follow her parents’ rules—even if it means sacrificing her dreams. When her parents go abroad to Bangladesh for four weeks, Karina expects some peace and quiet. Instead, one simple lie unravels everything.

Karina is my girlfriend.

Tutoring the school’s resident bad boy was already crossing a line. Pretending to date him? Out of the question. But Ace Clyde does everything right—he brings her coffee in the mornings, impresses her friends without trying, and even promises to buy her a dozen books (a week) if she goes along with his fake-dating facade. Though Karina agrees, she can’t help but start counting down the days until her parents come back.

T-minus twenty-eight days until everything returns to normal—but what if Karina no longer wants it to?

Radar à diversité : pp bengale

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Titre : Like a Love Song de Gabriela Martins (août 2021)

Résumé : Natalie is living her dream: topping the charts and setting records as a Brazilian pop star…until she’s dumped spectacularly on live television. Not only is it humiliating—it could end her career.

Her PR team’s desperate plan? A gorgeous yet oh-so-fake boyfriend. Nati reluctantly agrees, but William is not what she expected. She was hoping for a fierce bad boy—not a soft-hearted British indie film star. While she fights her way back to the top with a sweet and surprisingly swoon-worthy boy on her arm, she starts to fall for William—and realizes that maybe she’s the biggest fake of them all. Can she reclaim her voice and her heart?

Radar à diversité : pp latinx

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Titre : Meet Cute Diary d’Emery Lee

Résumé : Noah Ramirez thinks he’s an expert on romance. He has to be for his popular blog, the Meet Cute Diary, a collection of trans happily ever afters. There’s just one problem—all the stories are fake. What started as the fantasies of a trans boy afraid to step out of the closet has grown into a beacon of hope for trans readers across the globe.

When a troll exposes the blog as fiction, Noah’s world unravels. The only way to save the Diary is to convince everyone that the stories are true, but he doesn’t have any proof. Then Drew walks into Noah’s life, and the pieces fall into place: Drew is willing to fake-date Noah to save the Diary. But when Noah’s feelings grow beyond their staged romance, he realizes that dating in real life isn’t quite the same as finding love on the page.

Radar à diversité : pp trans, M/M

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