11 February 2015

The Fine Art of Pretending (The Fine Art of Pretending, #1) by Rachel Harris

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Format: Kindle 
Publishers: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Published: 30th September 2014
Pages: 256
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance, 
Main Characters: Aly, Brandon, Justin 
Date Read: 2nd February - 6th February 2015
Rating Given:
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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.

I requested this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is such a cute cover which I think matches the story perfectly even if it's not a part of a scene I could still imagine this happening. The cover did interest me and was one of the main reasons why I wanted to read this book and I just love it when the cover matches just how good the story is.

After reading some really dark books I wanted a cute, light-hearted book and thankfully I chose right as this book was just what I needed. This was my only second read written by Rachel Harris and both I have enjoyed but for me this book blows the other one out of the water as I was hooked from the very start of this book to the very end. I think what makes this book so good is that it relatable to teenagers today and just made me think about how school was for me. Even though when I first read that synopsis and maybe the first few chapters I thought it was going to be a shallow story but in reality it was anything but shallow with a hidden meaning behind it. The relationship between Brandon and Aly was so sweet and I think this is down to the fact they where friends first it made their feeling for one another seem real. I loved the ending as this could be a stand alone novel but thankfully there is more to come and even though it will be new main characters I'm sure we will see more from Brandon and Aly.

All of the characters where likeable even the ones that where a bit mean as there was glimmers of kindness so I was able to warm to them even if I didn't love their characters I still liked them. Aly is definitely one of my favourite female characters ever as she showed that she wasn't this perfect person who loves themselves as she was very self conscious, but she was also a very likeable character. I loved Brandon as even though he was one of the most popular boys he was still likeable as he was sweet and always there for Aly he was just going through things that made him do certain things. I didn't think I was going to like Justin but I did in the end as he was more than what everyone made him out to be and I felt sorry for him at times. I loved Aly's friends as they where very supportive but they where also funny. I also loved some of Brandon's friends especially Carlos as he was so funny I hope he gets his own book.

Overall a cute read that will have you smiling and laughing along.