Friday, February 27, 2015
Review: The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris.
Summary from Goodreads:
According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you're friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.
With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.
But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.
After reading quite a few dark books (mainly Gillian Flynn) I decided I needed some YA chick-let to make me feel better. And this was just what I wanted.
I loved the plot, mainly because I love the cliche of two friend pretending to date. I was not a big fan of the duel POVS because I felt like it was not needed with this story.
However, I liked both the main character, Aly, and the love interest, Brandon, and the message about being yourself and not changing just to fit in.
I recommend checking this out if you enjoy YA contemporary novels.
Four Stars Out of Five.