Published By: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Publication Date: September 2014
Date Read: January 4, 2014
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Beta Copy from Rachel Harris
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.
**Please Note that this review is based from the Beta version of the book**
"Every day we spend not talking is torture, like my soul is inside out and my nerves are being spliced by an electric can opener."
As soon as I heard about this new Contemporary novel coming from Rachel Harris I genuinely couldn't wait for it. Ever since reading her YA debut My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century I was hooked by her fantastic writing style, her incredible characters and addictive storylines. I have read all of her work up to now and I have to say that The Fine Art of Pretending is my favourite so far. It had everything that I would ever want in a YA Contemporary novel. It was utterly perfect.
Alyssa is tired of being invisible. Her whole life she has just been the friend to all the guys in school. Finally giving in to her best friends wishes she agrees to go through a total makeover and launches "Operation Sex Appeal". The goal? To get the most popular guy in school to notice her as more than a friend. Brandon, Alyssa's best friend, is baffled as to why Alyssa feels the need to change. Giving in to her plan to pretend to date he thinks this is the only way to protect her from his friends. But the further they go through the pretense the more confused Alyssa and Brandon feel about their feelings for each other. Can they get through this and still have their friendship? Or are the destined to be more?
I love love love this book. It's so freaking amazing. The Fine Art of Pretending is so much more than just a normal YA Contemporary Romance novel. It is so inspirational and uplifting and it really has such a deeper meaning than just a romance. Having Aly go through this journey of having her makeover and realising that she is actually fine and perfect as she is.
The Fine Art of Pretending is the kind of book that I wish I could have read as a teenager. When everything is difficult it really pulls through the message of nothing else matters as long as you are true to yourself and that is what is a great uplifting and inspirational message.
If you are looking for a fantastic, quick, unputdownable read that will leave you swimming in happy emotions then this is the book for you. Filled with laugh-out-loud moments, heart-stopping romance and lots of swooniness The Fine Art of Pretending will stay with you long after finishing.
"I'm me, and that's okay. Actually, it's more than okay. It's pretty freaking fabulous."