I received this book for free from the publisher via BEA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: The Fine Art of Pretending #1
Published by Spencer Hill Press on September 30, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
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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.
What I Thought…
• The Fine Art of Pretending is everything I love about romantic comedies. It’s cute and fun and a little bit frustrating!
• Aly launches “Operation Sex Appeal” and you just know that this is not going to go well. Her first bright idea is for her best friend, Brandon, to pretend to be her boyfriend, all in hopes of getting this other guy Justin, whom she thinks she wants. Things are rolling along and Justin is showing interest, only now she’s not so sure she wants him after all.
• I adored Aly. She’s a little messed up in the beginning (she’s changing herself just to get a guy) but she grows a lot and realizes that she’s just not that kind of girl, and she doesn’t need to be.
• Brandon is quite swoon worthy. He has some issues of his own and I loved being in his head while he battled for Aly’s affection without actually outwardly battling for it.
• I also liked Justin, which kind of surprised me. He was the guy that Aly felt she needed and given that I knew where it was going I was expecting Justin to be an asshat and he wasn’t. They weren’t a good match, but I like that Harris didn’t make the reason they weren’t good together because he wasn’t a good person.
•I liked Aly’s friends as well, though I wish they were more present in The Fine Art of Pretending.
• There were times where The Fine Art of Pretending was a a bit too high school drama, but it’s fairly easy to set that aside because Aly and Brandon are awesome like that.
Overall The Fine Art of Pretending is a cute and fun read and will put a smile on your face!
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