by Rebecca Phillips
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: eARC, 256 pages | eBook, 272 pages
Published: 30 June 2015, K-Teen
Source: eARC provided
Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours
When Lexi Shaw seduced Oakfield High’s resident bad boy Tyler Flynn at the beginning of senior year, he seemed perfectly okay with her rules:
- Avoid her at school.
- Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.
- Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.
Because with his integrity and values and golden boy looks, Ben can never find out about what she’s been doing behind closed doors with Tyler. Or that her mom’s too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills. Or that Lexi’s dad hasn’t been a part of her life for the last thirteen years. But with Tyler suddenly breaking the rules, Ben asking her out, and her dad back in the picture, how long will she be able to go on faking perfect?
PRAISE FOR FAKING PERFECT:
“Edgy and honest, Faking Perfect is the real thing.”
– Huntley Fitzpatrick
“Poignant, edgy, and real, Faking Perfect is an honest look at the courage and strength it can often take simply to be yourself.”
– Julianna Scott, author of The Holders
Rebecca Phillips has been a fan of contemporary young adult fiction ever since she first discovered Judy Blume at the age of twelve. After a brief stint writing bad poetry as a teenager, she finally found her niche with realistic, comingofage YA. Her third novel, OUT OF NOWHERE, was a finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. She’s also the author of the best-selling JUST YOU series.
Rebecca lives just outside the beautiful city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband, two children, and one spoiled rotten cat. She absolutely loves living so close to the ocean. When she’s not tapping away on her laptop, she can be found vacuuming up cat hair, spending time with her family, watching reality TV, reading all different genres of books, or strolling around the bookstore with a vanilla latte in her hand.
This book is the realest ever. Realest.
Okay, maybe at one point it isn’t, but this isn’t your normal contemporary read.
Faking Perfect is perfect. I love this book so much your argument is invalid.
You see, this isn’t the norm. It just isn’t.
How am I supposed to get through this without spoiling anyone? /sob
What if the life you have worked so hard to build isn’t so perfect after all? What if the person you’re striving to be isn’t who you’re meant to be? What if the one thing you’ve always wanted isn’t worth it after all?
(I have basically summarised the whole book I’m crying)
How do people get through writing a review for this book? /sob
Okay, I have decided to use gifs instead of words (but I will do my best to explain them though since gifs don’t really count as review)
This book is
So, Tyler is basically
And Lexi is just
Actually, that’s most of the characters.
Okay, so now that you get the gist, I’m going to put out the e
motions words. What I ant to say is that in the end, Tyler and Lexi went through some beautiful character development. I’m in love. We all have our own secrets and you know what they say about secrets. They all get revealed at some point. I love the friendship in this book (friendship does not include Emily, okay? We all hate her. And Ben, too) The family aspect, on the other hand, went on a real rollercoaster ride. But I like how that turned out too.
(DOING THIS REVIEW MAKES ME WANT TO REREAD THIS BOOK I’M CRYING)
Now on to the plot,
I love the plot. I love the base of the romance. Even unto the end, it was just the start. Lexi was stupid but who isn’t at some point? I love the friendship factor. In the end, it doesn’t matter who you’ve known the longest or who has the better reputation. It is those who stick with you and accept you for all that you are that matters. I love the family aspect too. No family is perfect but people change and when the time comes, everyone deserves another chance.
I love the writing. Need I to say more? NO NOW GO READ THIS BOOK.
I HAVE BEEN HOLDING MYSELF BACK FROM LAUNCHING THE EMOTIONS CAPSLOCK PARTY BUT HERE WE ARE
Oh, by the way, this is written in Lexi’s POV in first person.
And I love the writing. It’s awesome.
And you’re missing out on life by reading this review and not picking up the book.
Overall, Faking Perfect is a beautiful story about accepting who you are and stop trying to fit in. When I phrase it like that, the book is just like a lot. But no, this is the realest thing I have ever read. The characters were so real. So alive. So flawed. So beautiful. The writing is great. So fitting. So alive. Just because a person looks so perfect from afar doesn’t mean they are. We’re all hiding something and pretending and a life built on these pretentiousness will get you nowhere. Life tip: If someone can’t accept you for who you are, that person isn’t worth your time. It doesn’t mean you’re all set for life the way you are already. You’re beautiful just being you but there’s always room for improvement. And improvement doesn’t mean you have to change everything about you. In the end, everyone deserves another chance to start all over again. I mean, how can someone show their worth if you won’t give them the chance to? If you think you have read YA contemporary, think again. You haven’t read this and you should.
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