Friday, July 3, 2015

Blog Tour and Review: Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips


Title: Faking Perfect
Author: Rebecca Phillips 
Publisher: K-Teen
Release Date: 06/30/15

Summary from Goodreads:
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?
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Praise:
"Edgy and honest, Faking Perfect is the real thing." - Huntley Fitzpatrick

"Poignant, edgy, and real, Faking Perfect is an honest look at the courage and strength it can often take simply to be yourself." - Julianna Scott, author of The Holders

*****

My Review!
Faking Perfect wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was a pleasant surprise. I was initially interested in this because of the synopsis. The girl seduced the guy and makes all the rules? HERE FOR IT. And while I really liked that premise, I also felt that the book sacrificed the romance that made me want to read it in the first place. It was so... lacking in here, and I couldn’t totally believe in them.

I get it, though. This book was a lot more about the main character, and HER journey. Her feelings, her life, her dreams. It was about a girl who took care of a mother who neglected her. It was about a girl who didn’t show her emotions because she didn’t want to seem weak. She didn’t want people to know the real her. And throughout the book, she’s dealing with a hell of a lot. Between trying to keep up the front at school and with her friends to learning that her father is alive, Lexi is forced to confront all of the lies. The ones she’s been told all her life, and the ones she’s given everyone. I could understand her need to be popular, her need to fit in. She doesn’t think anybody but her best friend, Nolan, would accept her for who she really is. So she fakes it, but the cracks start to show, and she’s left floundering in the deep with no lifejacket. I could definitely relate to Lexi’s character, and I understood why she kept her emotions from showing, why she closed everyone off. It took her awhile to realize what’s most important, and to stand up for herself, but she got there. Her growth was wonderful.

But I wanted more developments with the romance and with the secondary characters. I liked that this book wasn’t about a romance saving Lexi, but I definitely wanted more in that regard. I loved that Lexi took control, that she made the rules, that she seduced the guy. Since when does a girl do that in YA? THAT was what I wanted, but also I just felt that her relationship with Tyler could have been a great support system for her to fall back on, because it’s clear he likes her more than just for a booty call. But with no communication, and her feelings for this other dude (what a jerk anyway), whatever emotional depth the romance could have had was left behind. I loved a few of the secondary characters a lot, especially Nolan and his mother, Theresa, and even her friend, Shelby. I especially loved that Nolan and Lexi had a PLATONIC girl-guy friendship. It was great to see nothing romantic happening there. And I loved Nolan's family! I loved that Lexi had that backup, that love and support and warmth that was lacking in her life. I also loved that she and her father started a relationship, and that it's something that she has now that she needs it.

The plot wasn’t boring. Not much happens, true, but it’s very much a character-driven book. It was about Lexi and her journey, one that pushes her to open up and to accept herself. I really enjoyed Faking Perfect, but it didn't have the romantic depth I was looking for. I loved the premise but I was a little disappointed in that regard. However, it was still a pleasant read, and I loved that the main character was such a sexually confident female. They're not very present in YA books.

RATING:
  

*****

About the Author
Rebecca Phillips has been a fan of contemporary young adult fiction ever since she first discovered Judy Blume at the age of twelve. After a brief stint writing bad poetry as a teenager, she finally found her niche with realistic, coming‑of‑age YA. Her third novel, OUT OF NOWHERE, was a finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. She's also the author of the best-selling JUST YOU series. Her next YA novel, FAKING  PERFECT (Kensington), is set to be released on June 30, 2015.

Rebecca lives just outside the beautiful city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband, two children, and one spoiled rotten cat. She absolutely loves living so close to the ocean. When she’s not tapping away on her laptop, she can be found vacuuming up cat hair, spending time with her family, watching reality TV, reading all different genres of books, or strolling around the bookstore with a vanilla latte in her hand.

Rebecca is represented by Carly Watters of P.S. Literary Agency.

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2 comments:

  1. That's disappointing, that the romance was sidelined.

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    1. It was, but I still liked the book in spite of that!

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