Book Review: ManicPixieDreamGirl by Tom Leveen


Young Adult > Contemporary

Seventeen-year-old Tyler Darcy’s dream of being a writer is starting to feel very real now that he’s sold his first short story to a literary journal. He should be celebrating its publication with his two best friends who’ve always had his back, but on this night, a steady stream of texts from his girlfriend Sidney keep intruding. So do the memories of his dream girl, Becky, who’s been on his mind a little too much since the first day of high school. Before the night is over, Ty might just find the nerve to stop all the obsessing and finally take action.

(A copy was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Tom Leveen!)


I was introduced to Tom Leveen‘s work in Zero. I liked how realistic his depiction of teen life is, and in the same manner, that’s how it went for me in Manicpixiedreamgirl.

After years of watching Becky from afar, Tyler hasn’t shake off the feelings he have for that girl. Sure, they became friends, but is that all he can be? Tyler wonders if he can pursue the girl at last, while he was still experiencing the high of having his work published.

First off, Tyler’s treatment of Sydney is sucky. I get that Ty’s not the most upfront and aggressive among the guys, but dude, just tell her you don’t feel the same way. Ty is so typical, he thinks he’s just lucky that he’s still scoring with a girl, even if it’s not the girl. O_o *sticks tongue out*

But I think Tyler is as real as it gets, and that’s fine. I pity the guy sometimes. At least he has the gut to admit his mistakes, and own up to a broken heart. =( I love Robby! What a funny guy, and he has his moments – and I really, really like those.

It was an open-ended ending, not usually my cup of tea, but it worked for me. Mildly heartbreaking, but pain is pain nonetheless.

#23 Off-the-Shelf Challenge 2013



Hardcover, 256 pages

Published April 23rd 2013 by Random House Children’s books

3.5/5 stars


4 thoughts on “Book Review: ManicPixieDreamGirl by Tom Leveen

  1. Tom’s dating Sydney but in love with Becky. And he’s built up Becky to this impossibly perfect girl in his mind. That totally rang true.The jumping back and forth between the present and the past detracted from the story for me, but I liked the rest.

  2. elena – this is the second review i read that loved manicpixiedreamgirl this week! i’m reallly curious about this book and anxious after reading your review. it sounds like he wrote the character of tyler really well esp considering the situation. excited to read this now!

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