Dead Romantic
C.J. Skuse
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UK Price: £7.99
Format: Paperback
Age: 13+ & YA
Size: 198x129mm
Extent: 352pp
ISBN: 978-1-908435-41-5
Publication date: February 2013
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C.J. Skuse takes chick lit to pieces and stitches it together with a sharp comic touch.

Camille wants to find the perfect boy, with an athlete’s body and a poet’s brain. But when she’s rejected at her new college party, she knows there isn’t a boy alive who’ll ever measure up. Enter Zoe, her brilliant but strange best friend, who takes biology homework to a whole new level. She can create Camille’s dream boy, but can she make him love her?

DEAD ROMANTIC is a new take on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.


'It blew me away!! I couldn't put it down . . . Laughed aloud hysterically several times … ' CHRISTINE BAKER, GALLIMARD

'… humorous and touching, shocking and reassuring, this story is a joy to read.' BOOKTRUST

'A rip roaring story about the perils of fame and the reality of all that glamour.'


'... a sassy and enjoyable black comedy.'
'C.J. Skuse [is] on my radar as one of the funniest writers of YA fiction'

"It had been the worst night in the history of the world ever ever ever. A giant mistake, a BFG meets Hagrid kind of big mistake. I shouldn’t

I wanted to write something sickly romantic in every way, but which doesn't do what you expect. In DEAD ROMANTIC, the main character Camille realises you don't have to go to such extreme lengths to find your perfect boy, and also that if you play with electricity, you have to expect shocks.

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