The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
There are only two types of girls at Fairfield Academy… The kind you’re friends with and the kind you hook up with. It just so happens that Alyssa continuously falls into the friend category… just ask her best friend Brandon Taylor.
Aly is determined to jump categories and hook Fairfield’s most notorious player – Justin Carter. He’d be the perfect date to take to homecoming. With just 57 days to turn from tomboy to sexy senior she turns to Brandon to help her by pretending to date her… everything is going according to plan… until it’s not just her pretend relationship in the crapper, but her friendship as well.
I thought this was a really cute read! It was at the top of my list to grab when I got to BEA this year and I’m glad I snagged it! Plus… that cover!!! ADORABLE!
I’m a huge fan of Rachel Harris – I love the characters she creates and the cast in The Fine Art of Pretending are wonderfully done. I felt that both Aly and Brandon were, for the most part, well developed (more on that coming) and I really enjoyed getting to know them!
Friends to more is one of my favorite tropes around and so I had really high expectations for this and I will say that I definitely enjoyed this, even though it probably wouldn’t fall into my absolute favorite for that type of story.
First, there was really only one thing that didn’t work well for me… the story sort of dragged in certain points for me. I felt the first part of the story was a bit slow and filled with a lot of drama that really just slowed the story down for me , but was happy once the pacing picked up a bit towards the middle.
That said, I really felt that Harris absolutely captured the mind of a teen in this one with Aly. She felt authentic throughout and her struggles with the opposite sex were realistic and something I could identify with to some extent.
The theme here… of being true to yourself , is definitely something I think that all of us can identify with and something that is definitely something that teen girls struggle with all the time. While this story isn’t incredibly deep, I thought it was the perfect amount of light hearted contemporary with a bit of a message.
If you’re in the mood for a sweet high school romantic comedy, definitely look no further. The Fine Art of Pretending will provide you with just the right amount of humor and swoon, and characters that you can’t help but cheer for.
Thanks to Spencer Hill Press for giving this one away at BEA!!