[[caption-width-right:312:''"You fooled me once, but that news is old. I swear to shun you, [[TitleDrop Fool's Gold!]]"'']]

''Fool's Gold'' is an OELManga series written and illustrated by Amy Reeder Hadley and published by TokyoPop.

The story follows Penny, a sophomore in high school who has come to the conclusion that AllGirlsWantBadBoys, and [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan she wants to fix this]].
She proposes that the reason girls are attracted to jerks is because the jerks are pyrite, or fool's gold: [[BitchInSheepsClothing they look nice on the outside,]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk but they're not really worth any girl's attention]]. Penny starts a club dedicated to identifying the pyrite in her school and then shunning them by having all club members swear not to date or associate with them. But when she labels a boy a pyrite a little too quickly, she's caused a lot of confusion as it starts to seem that [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold he might not be so bad.]]

The series spans three volumes, the first two of which have already been published. [[WordOfGod Hadley has stated]] that the third volume is finished, but TokyoPop has no plans to release it at this time.

Hadley's official site can be found [[http://www.tentopet.com/ here]].

[[IThoughtItMeant No relation to]] the movie starring Creator/MatthewMcConaughey and Kate Hudson.


!!This series contains examples of:

* ActualPacifist: Blake.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Penny makes it her mission to defy this trope and help other girls to do the same.
* AlphaBitch: Hannah has all the makings of a traditional Libby, but is treated fairly sympathetically and is arguably a subversion.
* {{Animesque}}: Doesn't embrace the manga style as overtly as some other [=OELs=], but it's still noticeable.
* BettyAndVeronica: Orion is Betty and Blake is Veronica.
* [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunman]]: Orion, who appears in the background of every chapter of the first volume but doesn't become important until the end of it.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Severely insecure Orion becomes a Clingy Jealous [[GenderFlip Boy]] once he and Penny start dating.
* CoolBigSis: Penny's aunt, Nicole.
* EducationMama: Penny's dad is a male example.
* FaceHeelTurn: Hannah. When Penny continues to assume the worst of her despite her loyalty to the club, she decides to become the bad guy Penny insists on making her out to be.
* GenkiGirl: Penny.
* GrammarNazi: Blake.
* LonelyRichKid: Hannah and Blake seem to be this.
* LoveTriangle: Seeing as the series has pretty strong {{Shoujo}} influences, this was guaranteed to show up.
* MinorInjuryOverreaction: Blake has one after Orion tries to start a fight with him. Orion only manages to give him a small scrape before Penny breaks it up, but Blake curls into a ball and worries he might faint.
* MissingMom: Penny's mom died when she was seven.
* NoNameGiven: There is a curious lack of last names in this series.
* NotGoodWithPeople: Orion loves plants and animals but is cripplingly shy, so he's a fairly harmless type 1 ([[ClingyJealousGirl mostly]]).
* RichBitch: Hannah.
* ShrinkingViolet: Orion.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: The point of Penny's club.
* SuperOCD: Possibly averted as Blake is described [[AllThereInTheManual in his Tokyopop bio]] as only "borderline OCD".
* TellMeAboutMyFather: Doesn't actually happen, but Penny wishes her father would talk more about her dead mother because she never got the chance to know her.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: In a more mundane example, Blake is so obsessed with proper grammar that he [[spoiler: defaces signs that contain sentence fragments to make them grammatically correct]]. Penny is arguably this with her club.