Title: The Fine Art of Pretending
Author: Rachel Harris
Series: The Fine Art of Pretending #1
Genre: Young Adult, , Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: September 30th, 2014
My Rating: 4 Stars
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.
Seventeen-year-old Aly Reed is considered as one of the boys in Fairfield Academy. With only one year left to shed her tomboy image, she launches Operation Sex Appeal with a goal to get the perfect homecoming date, Fairfield Academy's biggest playboy - Justin Carter.
To help Aly advance her goal, her best friend Brandon agrees to become her pretend boyfriend. But because of Operation Sex Appeal, Brandon is finally seeing Aly, and they emerge with feelings they couldn't explain. Will their friendship be ruined, or will they find a way to be with each other?
The Fine Art of Pretending was an enjoyable read for me, but I was not able to love it fully because some parts were just too cliche. I went into it expecting cliche, but some parts are just really too much, but other than that, I have no real complains about this book.
It was enjoyable, relatable, and even though it was a light and fluffy read, it was not without substance. I loved seeing Aly's transformation, and the integration of both pre and post transformation Aly. Seeing her this was an evidence of her growth, and I loved that.
There were a lot of feels while reading this book, and it will really tug at your heartstrings. All in all, I was able to really enjoy this book, save for some parts that were too cliche.
I would recommend this to those who could enjoy a cliche plot. If you hate cliche, please stay away from this book because this book is all about cliche and the feels.
Labels: 4 Stars, ARC Review, Contemporary, Dress Up, Romance, Young Adult