The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers by Adam Sass is a modern day fairytale that puts a queer spin on Cinderella. I loved the idea of an Instagram account filled with sketches of imaginary boyfriends, and the main character is relatable as he sets off on a quest to find his first real love. This is an uplifting story about falling in love, and it is sure to leave readers with a smile.Title: The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers
Author: Adam Sass
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: September 20, 2022
A charming YA rom-com perfect for fans of Red, White, and Royal Blue and What If It’s Us.
Micah Summers runs a popular Instagram full of drawings of his numerous imaginary boyfriends (ninety-nine so far)—though he's never had a real boyfriend before. But when a meet-cute with Boy 100 goes wrong, Micah embarks on a Prince Charming-like quest throughout Chicago to find true love—for real this time.
Will Boy 100 be the One?
Micah is rich, dreamy, and charming. As the “Prince of Chicago,”—the son of local celebrity sports radio host known as the King of Chicago—he has everything going for him. Unfortunately, he’s also the prince of imaginary meet-cutes, since he’s too nervous to actually ask boys out.
Instead, Micah draws each crush to share on Instagram with a post about their imaginary dates. Ninety-nine “boyfriends” later, his account is hugely popular, and everyone is eagerly awaiting Boy 100. So is Micah. He’s determined that Boy 100 will be different. This time, Micah will sweep the boy off his feet, for real!
So when Micah flirts with a hot boy on the L who’s wearing a vegan leather jacket and lugging a ton of library books, he is sure this is Boy 100. But right before he can make his move and ask for the boy’s number, the guy rushes off the train, leaving behind his pumpkin-embroidered jacket. The jacket holds clues to the boy’s identity, so Micah and his friends set off on a quest to return it. Along the way, Micah will discover that the best relationships aren’t fairy tales. In fact, the perfect fit—and true love—might be closer than he thinks.
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The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers by Adam Sass
On his popular Instagram account, Micah draws imaginary boyfriends–99 of them to be exact. However, while he spends his time dreaming of romance, Micah has never had a boyfriend before and is determined to make boy 100 the one he’s actually going to ask out. Luck is on his side one day on the train, where he meets a cute boy, but when they’re suddenly separated, Micah must track him down with only his embroidered jacket as a clue. However, when their relationship goes viral and things between them start to shift, Micah must confront the reality of relationships and realize that true love is closer than he originally thought.
❀ Enjoyable Main Character
I enjoyed Micah’s character, and he learns a lot throughout the book. He dreams of his own fairytale romance and wants the same for his friends, and throughout the book, he gains the confidence to be in a relationship. Micah’s experiences are realistic and relatable, and I enjoyed watching him slowly learn that relationships can be messy and don’t always align with his romanticized visions. I have to admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of the love triangle, but I still enjoyed the story as a whole.
Where this book really shines is in its take on fairytales. The reason why Micah runs his Instagram account is to create his own magical stories that he doesn’t see reflected in the world around him, and I loved the way the book itself reflects this as a modern, queer fairytale. It’s heartwarming to see Micah slowly start to find the true love he has been searching for–and to see the way this changes as he discovers more about himself along the way.
❀ A Charming Romcom
The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers by Adam Sass is a charming romcom about the kind of love we see in fairytales. I loved the idea of a modern quest to find true love, and the main character’s vision of romance changes throughout the book as he tries to make his fairytale ending come true. This is the perfect read for those looking for something that feels cinematic and sweet.