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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 have even gone to the freshers’ party, full stop, let alone done what I did there. Ugh. The smell was making me feel sick. Every now and again as I walked along the dark streets from college it would hit me and for a split second I’d wonder where it was coming from.
And then I’d remember. It was coming from me. I wanted to be by myself, so I took a short cut through the graveyard, still sobbing my heart out. My sobbing had been the only sound in the world until I rounded the corner of the church and heard a different one. A scraping sound.

About the book

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.

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Press reviews

“... a sassy and enjoyable black comedy.”


“C.J. Skuse [is] on my radar as one of the funniest writers of YA fiction”


“... full of unexpected twists and turns, a real little rollercoaster ... This is a fantastic read and one I won't hesitate to recommend.”


Author notes

'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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