{ARC Review} Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips

Posted June 9, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 10 Comments

{ARC Review} Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips

Faking Perfect


by Rebecca Phillips
Pages: 256
Published on June 30th 2015
by Kensington Books
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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“Edgy and honest, Faking Perfect is the real thing.” –Huntley Fitzpatrick

When Lexi Shaw seduced Oakfield High's resident bad boy Tyler Flynn at the beginning of senior year, he seemed perfectly okay with her rules:

1. Avoid her at school.
2. Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.
3. Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.

Because with his integrity and values and golden boy looks, Ben can never find out about what she’s been doing behind closed doors with Tyler. Or that her mom’s too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills. Or that Lexi’s dad hasn’t been a part of her life for the last thirteen years. But with Tyler suddenly breaking the rules, Ben asking her out, and her dad back in the picture, how long will she be able to go on faking perfect?

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

2 Stars

Welp, there’s another one of those clichéd storylines that didn’t work for me anymore. Though this one may have more problems than just that. They can’t all be 4 and 5-star gems, unfortunately.

Faking Perfect is about Lexi Shaw. When she ‘seduced’ Tyler Flynn, local bad boy, he seemed okay with the rules she set up. Avoid her at school, don’t talk about what they do together and never tease her about her friend and crush Ben. Because Ben can never know what she does behind closed doors with Tyler, or that her mom’s too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills. Or that her dad hasn’t been a part of her life for at least 13 years. But then Tyler starts breaking the rules, Ben is asking her out and her dad is back in the picture. She may not be able to go on faking perfect.

See, I could’ve worked with the pretty cliché storyline. I don’t mind that as long as it’s executed well enough for me to at least enjoy it for what it is. But I didn’t. My main problems are with the characters, which unfortunately is one of the most important parts of the book for me. I need characters I can fall in love with and root for. Sure they’re kind of stereotypes but again, I wouldn’t mind as long as they were developed well. These characters were not. The only character that was somewhat more fleshed out was Lexi. We know plenty about her and from what I knew reading the blurb I was prepared to root for her and feel for her but I didn’t. She was often rude, mean and she didn’t appreciate her friends in the least. Plus, well, she was fake. I don’t think she grew at all in this book. The only times I somewhat liked her where when she was with her mom.

I wouldn’t even know what to say about the other characters because aside from their names, I knew practically nothing about them. They’re not very fleshed out and they don’t grow either. Nobody changes in this book. But the lack of character depth and development caused another problem. The romance is… Wait, there was romance? Huh… Must have missed it.

Overall I don’t think you’re missing out on anything if you skip this one, but I do see some people enjoying this one so if you’re a fan of this type of story, you might as well give it a shot. Though I could give you a couple of recommendations similar to this book but done so much better.

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Bee

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