Book Review: The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

February 9, 2015 Young Adult Book Reviews 2 ★★★★★

Book Review: The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel HarrisTitle: The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris
Published by: Spencer Hill Press on September 30, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 256
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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.

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Also by this author: Seven Day Fiancé, My Not So Super Sweet Life, You're Still the One

One Line: Such a cute and fun read. I loved it!

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

Friendship-turned-lovers romance is one of my favorite troupes. I love seeing a couple who are such amazing friends, who understand each other on a different and more meaningful level, fall head-over-heels in love with each other. I think this book had just the right amount of drama, humor, and romance, which is kind of hard to do, especially in a YA novel. There always seems to be too little of one aspect or not enough of another, but Harris got it right with The Fine Art of Pretending. What she’s got going on here isn’t anything new, obviously, but Harris presents it with her own flair just makes it a great read.

Aly was a great female protagonist. She’s the shy, good girl who is never really “seen” and she wants to make a change. Even better, she did it while still staying true to herself somewhat and I liked her so much more because of that. Through changing her image and being something she clearly wasn’t, she finds out that being herself is perfectly acceptable and even downright awesome. Her relationship with Brandon was one I reveled in. They were just so cute together. It broke my heart when things went sour, after they realize their feelings for each other, and I kind of wish they handled things differently, a bit too much miscommunication, or lack of communication, really, but it was still good.

I also loved her friends. Gabi had a bit of an edge to her, but I loved how much they all cared for one another. So many times in YA books I see girlfriends who aren’t exactly the best. Something doesn’t go their way and all of a sudden, they turn into totally different people. That wasn’t the case here and I respect Harris for that.

This book is exactly what I’ve come to expect and appreciate from Rachel Harris. I just adore her writing and her characters. They always brighten my day and I always manage to finish her books at lightning speed and come out much happier because of it. I swear, there hasn’t been a book of hers that I haven’t loved. She’s just got this kind of feel-good element going on in her books and I devour everything she writes. Yes, this book isn’t your realistic teen world, but there’s nothing wrong with that every once in awhile. If you want a light-hearted romance with fun characters, you can’t go wrong with Rachel Harris!

About Rachel Harris

I write humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door who occasionally stumble through life (and relationships), and the protective men who cherish them. Vibrant settings, humor, and strong relationships are a staple of my books. And kissing. Lots of kissing.

I love to read for the escape it provides and that’s what I strive to give each of my readers. A chance to get away from the everyday routines and stress of dirty dishes, Mount Laundry, and rising bills, an opportunity to smile, laugh, swoon, and cry while you try on someone else’s skin for a few hours.

People often ask me about my tagline, “Unmask Your Inner Flirt.”

To me, flirt symbolizes the excitement of a new romance. The zing and tingles from the first touch. The anticipation of the first kiss. In my mind, it also embodies confidence. As for unmask, that references the sorts of stories I love to tell. I’m drawn to characters who hide their true selves, for any reason, and tend to believe we all sport different guises at various times in our lives, trying on personas and exploring new identities. A character’s journey from doing this to loving who they truly are, embracing their own unique brand of crazy, is a universal theme in my books.

What else should you know about me? Well, I’m an unashamed fan-girl and love supporting my fellow authors. I’m also a homeschool mom who spends her days giggling, hugging, and learning with her children. I watch way too much reality television and Netflix with my husband. And when it comes to my readers, I tend to slobber all over them.

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2 Responses to “Book Review: The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris”

  1. Magen Corrie

    OH! I’ve been wanting to read this one! I’m glad you really enjoyed it, and I am a big fan of friends to lovers reads 🙂 I’ve never read anything by this author, so I’m really looking forward to being lost in her world!

    Lovely review!

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