Wednesday, August 19, 2020

You Were Made For Me by Jenna Guilaume

Do you remember when you were a teenager? When you were absolutely convinced that the cool guy is never going to be into you? Not least of all because he has a beautiful, popular girlfriend who happens to be your nemesis, but also because you know you're not in his league?

I remember feeling similar things to this, and to be honest, not only as a teenager. As an adult I spent many years as a single parent and there were times I believed it wouldn't be possible for me to meet the perfect guy. Luckily, I ended up meeting my pretty much perfect guy but it did take a long time.

What I didn't ever do though is accidentally create my own perfect guy (I had to rely on book boyfriends to fulfil that role) but that's exactly what happens for Katie. She's never been kissed and the boy that she really likes is oblivious to her existence. One night, after a rough day at school Katie and her friend Libby conjure up the perfect boy. When she goes to bed she has an anatomically correct clay figurine and when she wakes up there is 6 foot of Hemsworth-like boy in her room. What else are you going to do but freak out? And then you give them a completely imaginative name like, um, Guy?

Fortunately Libby and Katie's next door neighbour Theo are on hand to help with issues like where Guy can sleep because Libby's parents would freak if he stayed at her place. Theo has been Katie's friend for years. They have been there for each other through tragedy and triumph. But will their friendship survive Guy?

But here's the thing about creating someone so perfect. Guy has no life experience of his own. He has just popped into existence. Every time he eats something, it is the best thing he ever tasted. He has never been to school, and so just waits around for Katie to come home from work or school. He has to learn about working and money. The one thing he knows is Katie. But how do you know what they see in you when you made them to love just you?

I am not the target demographic for this book at all. I am more like the parent of the target demographic, but that doesn't mean to say that I couldn't enjoy the book. I enjoyed the back and forth on the page between Libby and Katie, and, obviously suspending disbelief, I enjoyed the premise of the book. It has that same kind of feel as movies like Freaky Friday and Big. And I definitely could relate to some of the issues around self worth as I did in this author's debut novel which I read last year. I think that there are certain feelings that you have as a teenager that you don't have to dig very hard to be able to find within yourself as an adult.

There is no doubt that this book is on the lighter end of the scale, but if you are looking for a fun read with a very Australian feel that still manages to cover off serious subjects such as grief, sexuality and finding your own identity, this was a pleasure to read.

Rating 4/5

Thanks to Netgalley for this book.

Goodreads summary

The day I created a boy started out like any other.
Katie didn't mean to create a boy. A boy like a long-lost Hemsworth brother: six-foot tall with floppy hair and eyes like the sky on a clear summer's day; whose lips taste like cookie-dough and whose skin smells like springtime.
A boy who is completely devoted to Katie.
He was meant to be perfect.
But he was never meant to exist.


  1. Thanks for the review. Totally new for me so I enjoyed the update.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment Mystica.

  2. So much fun! I saw the online launch for this with Jenna and Danielle Binks and it was so good!

    1. I can imagine it was! I have seen Jenna on a couple of MWF panels and she was so much fun.

  3. Great review! I will buy this one at some stage, when I'm allowed go places again!

    1. I would ask you if you had heard of online shopping but I know that you have! lol