Book Review – The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

The poorer and cliched cousin of The DUFF

The Fine Art of Pretending Book Review Pic 01 by Casey CarlisleGenre: Y/A, Contemporary

No. of pages: 256

From Goodreads:

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.

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This book was superficial and cliche. It may have a few redeeming features, but for me – it has been the worst read of the year so far. Every ten pages or so I was rolling my eyes ore saying “Oh my God this book is awful” out loud. I read it til the end (well, skimmed) in hopes it would get better – it didn’t!

There are some funny moments, some sweet moments, but they are suffocated by generic writing and an unimaginative story line. I actually feel angry that I wasted so much time reading this book. I guess it was because I was insulted that I wasn’t challenged.

That is all.

Overall feeling: Worst book I’ve read this year.

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