The Fine Art Of Pretending by Rachel Harris
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Age Group: Young Adult
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.
My Thoughts: I was really excited for this one! When I read the summary, it sounded like a cute quirky read! And it was!
We are introduced to Aly who is best friends with a boy named Brandon. She once had a crush on him but she got over that. He’s her friend now, and only that. Aly finds out that none of the guys want to date her because she is a commitment. There are commitments and casuals and the casual girls are the ones the guys want to have fun with. Aly wants a change. Its her senior year and she wants to be a casual. She wants to have fun and actually have a boyfriend for once.
She gets a makeover and a plan. Operation Sex Appeal. And in this plan, she devises a plan with Brandon to date her to make her look attainable and she has her eyes set on another guy. She wants to get his attention. Of course things don’t go as planned and things just go haywire!!!
This was such a cute and sweet novel. I loved the whole story-line and I loved the moments between Aly and Brandon. I could tell they really cared about one another and I just thought the whole thing was just sweet. This one wasn't too deep but it did remind me that inner beauty is really all that matters and to be true to yourself. I liked both Brandon and Aly and I had fun with them. I loved her little schemes and I loved reading about them!
I thought this was a really cute and great novel. At times, it did feel a little young BUT it was young in a good way.
I loved how things turned out and I loved everything Aly learned along the way.
Overall: So cute! I really enjoyed this one! I thought it was fun, laughable, and all out sweet!
Cover: LOVE IT!!! When I saw the cover, I knew I had to read it! I love how they are standing and I love the big heart! Super cute!
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