New YA Novel about Perfection, Love, & Creating Life


Disclosure: I was sent an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Today I get to share with you a fun, soon to be released young adult novel. It will be released on April 1, 2021. It is the second novel by Jenna Guillaume. You can see my review of her first one here. This new novel is a new feminine twist on Weird Science. The book is called You Were Made for Me.

From the Publisher:

Sixteen-year-old Katie Camilleri can’t believe she’s accidentally created a teenage boy. A boy six-feet tall with floppy hair and eyes like the sky on a clear summer’s day. A boy whose lips taste like cookie dough and whose skin smells like springtime. A boy completely devoted to Katie. But silly musings and kitchen antics with her best friend, Libby, have definitely taken a whimsical twist into something bigger than Katie could have ever daydreamed. Turns out the consequences of fumbling a human being into existence are rather complicated. More importantly, does Guy, the golden Adonis Katie’s created, like her because he wants to, or because he has to? And will he be Katie’s very first kiss?

From the author of What I Like About Me comes a hilarious feminist twist on a classic narrative, loaded with laughs, mishaps, and plenty of 80s and 90s pop-culture callbacks. Jenna Guillaume’s entertaining romantic comedy novel features a humorous and relatable voice and will appeal to fans of Jenny Han.

From Me:

This book is very entertaining. It is written as the two best friends, Katie and Libby, share this unique experience. The two tease and banter back and forth as best friends would throughout the story. This adds to the already interesting and at time humorous story being told. It draws the reader in right away.

I love that the book shows Katie questioning having a boy like her because he was created that way versus liking her for her. In several places in the book she asks Guy what he likes about her and realizes he doesn't really have an answer. She also feels small and insecure next to Guy, the perfect man. 

The friendships Katie has also plays a huge role in this book. They are interesting on their own and although I was able to predict some of the ending it was endearing. There are the issues many friends feel when one of their group begins dating from feeling left out to not having time or the focus of the friend. Each character has his or her own issues going on in life while they try to figure out what to do with this creation of a person. I love that it also has characters who are gay and asexual. They are key players, but their sexuality is not as much of a focus in the book. However the asexual is going through discovery and comes out in the book.

I hadn't shown Hazel this book until last night and she immediately wanted to read it. I told her she could have it when I was done but wanted to try to get a digital copy right away and was disappointed when I pointed it out it wasn't being released until April 1st. She will probably be reading it later today though and knowing her she will have completed it by the weekend. It is a truly amazing book that I know many young adults will love. I hope you will check it out.