Saturday, May 30, 2015

From the shelf: The Fine Art of Pretending

Title: The Fine Art of Pretending
Author: Rachel Harris
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
Date read: May 21-24, 2015
Dawn Rates: ★ (3/5)

Summary (cr: 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.

My Review: (also in goodreads)

I'm still all for stories that involves friendships turning into something more because familiarity is that safe haven that I like. No more getting to know each other, pretending to let someone like you first in the surface. No pretensions, just all you. And this story has that flavor. Although there were times that it was too stereotypical and I got a bit dragged in the middle, it still had me engrossed on the 'will they or won't they drama'.

Till the next read...

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