Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris | Book Review

The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

Reading Group Rating: Young Adult

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Given Summary: 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.

Cover: The cover of this book is very sweet.  It depicts two people, presumably Aly and Brandon, hiding behind a heart.  I like the cover because they aren't close enough to be kissing (unless of course they are half ducks, but that would be weird and probably mentioned in the book...hehe) so what are they doing?  Are they about to kiss?  Are they smiling at each other?  Are they in that awkward phase were they want to be friends, but only because they're afraid to be more so they aren't making eye contact?  I think judging by where their hands are they are probably at least being flirty with each other.

My Review: I loved this book because it was relatable.  I think it's normal for people to start thinking about ways to change themselves at the end of the summer.  To think This year is going to be my year.  And even making small changes.  Do I think most people try to change as drastically as Aly did?  No.  But do I think a few people do every year?  Absolutely.  Everyone wants to be noticed in high school.  So they make some changes, come up with a few lies, it happens.  But eventually the real you comes through and you'll realize that it's easier to just be you.  And maybe, in your mission to change you discovered some new things about yourself and that's great, but the lies just make life messier not easier.  I think this book describes this perfectly.  It was a great story and of course I loved it because it had the best friends turned boyfriend and girlfriend aspect in there too.  And that part was obviously a big part, but I don't think it took away from the fact that Aly did a lot of self discovery at the start of her senior year.  Brandon too.  He had to admit some things to himself that he never thought he would.  Coming from someone who has been through senior year I can tell you that you do learn a lot about yourself during senior year.  It's scary and exhilarating at the same time.

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