Series: The Fine Art of Pretending,
Also in this series: The Natural History of Us
Published by Spencer Hill on 30 September 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Also by this author: Taste the Heat, Seven Day Fiance, Accidently Married on Purpose, You're Still the One, The Natural History of Us
Place(s) Traveled To: Fairwood City, Texas // Cypress Lake, Texas
First Line(s): The cleavage popping out of my scandalously low-cut halter top heralds the beginning of Operation Sex Appeal.
I’m a relatively new convert to Rachel Harris’s books and I really enjoyed her adult contemporary series, Love and Games, and so was really excited with I heard about her newest young adult contemporary The Fine Art of Pretending. The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Aly and Brandon who are really good friends. At the start of the book Aly decides that she needs a make over so that people will see her differently and sets a goal of getting the hottest boy in school to ask her to the homecoming dance. Part of Aly’s plan is a new wardrobe and the other part is convincing Brandon to pretend to date her as a way to make her more appealing in the eyes of the other boys in school. But as you can imagine things start to get a little muddled when real feelings start to come into play.
The Fine Art of Pretending is no deep character study but it is a fun and entertaining story. I have always liked the friends to lovers trope as I firmly believe that some of the best relationships are based on friendship. You need to have things in common and not just be attracted to the other person, though attraction certainly helps. The Find Art of Prentending is a quick, fast-paced read and your heart will really get a work out even though you know how this journey will end. At the start of the book it seems like Aly might be a bit shallow thinking that her popularity is based on how she looks. But I love the character growth that Aly takes throughout the book as she learns to accept her whole self. I also like Brandon’s growth as he deals with his relationship-phobia.
The Fine Art of Pretending is filled with an awesome cast of secondary characters too and I loved what they all added to the page. I liked how Aly’s friends were real friends and how she had to face consequences for her actions. I liked how the book had parents that weren’t emotionally distant and just how real the book felt. This was a great book to pass the time and is perfect for a day at the beach or for a cold snowy day when you are trapped inside. Its an entertaining read and I look forward to the next book in the series. I also need to find the time to read Rachel Harris’s other YA series My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century because I adore her quirky characters and a modern girl who ends up in the distant past? Well, that’s a book that’s sure to be filled with shenanigans.