The Fine Art of Pretending

Author:  Rachel Harris                          art
Publisher:  Spencer Hill Contemporary
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Source: BEA


Publication Date:  September 30, 2014


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.

Ope’s Opinion:  Oh, what a cute young adult read!  The story is a little predictable, but in a perfectly awesome way.  Seeing the story from both the girls ( Aly ) and the boys (Brandon) perspective really gave made this fun to read.

It was great to see Aly figure out who she really is and what she really wants.  I think young girls think what they look like and who their boyfriend is defines them.  This book really brought out the fact that Aly had to find herself before she could be comfortable with her friends.

I also think Brandon was portrayed as most boys in high school are – mostly interested in sports and friends.  Girls are a complication they don’t always know how to deal with!  It was great to see Brandon struggle with his feelings.

I would recommend this to a young adult reader.  I think they could relate to the characters, the story will keep their attention and it has an appropriate amount of romance in it.  There is a little more foul language then needed to be there, but not over the top.


Rating:  Four Chairs – I like this book so much I know several friends to share it with.


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