The Stand-In

  • Interest Level: Grade 8 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

The inspiration for the Netflix original film, The Perfect Date!

When Brooks volunteered to be a stand-in for Burdette’s cousin who got stood up for Homecoming, it was with the noblest of intentions—helping a fellow human being, free of charge. But when he gets a tip of more than three hundred bucks, word spreads quickly and Brooks seizes the opportunity to offer his impeccable escort services to super-wealthy parents who want their daughters to experience those big social events of senior year.

Besides, Brooks could use the cash to hire a tutor to get admitted to Columbia University. So what if along the way he goes along with a few minor deceptions and cuts a few moral corners? What could be the harm?

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Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 360
Publication Date 2016-10-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF052060, YAF058030
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 750
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed

Author: Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom has written TV and movie screenplays for more than 30 years. The Stand-In is his first novel. He lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and their French bulldog.



The Stand-In has humor, romance, and a definite dose of fun, and is a good choice for reluctant readers . . . . This is recommended for libraries looking for books that will appeal to those who want both an easy and a fun read, and, perhaps, those looking for a male lead in a romance.”—VOYA

School Library Journal

“This tale will resonate with young adults looking for a unique coming-of-age story. . . . A purchase for libraries where realistic fiction . . . titles are in demand.”—School Library Journal


“The breakneck pace and snappy writing keeps this humorous caper moving . . . and the sometimes crass but good-hearted hero at its center is worth rooting for.”—Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“In his debut novel, screenwriter Bloom gives Brooks a strikingly irreverent narrative voice, weaving a tale built around standard rom-com moments.”—Publishers Weekly