I love a good contemporary romance, and I guess that’s what made me request this book on NetGalley in the first place. However, I have to say, I was disappointed.
Lexi is an average teenage girl living with her mother in a small city. She hangs out with her best friends, sleeps with Tyler, a drug-dealing bad boy, and has an unrequited crush for one of her friends’ cousin, Ben. Average, I said? Well, a little over dramatic already from this synopsis, sure, but that’s what should make this story interesting.
Every character and their lives stories seemed real, to me. This is what I enjoyed the most, in Faking Perfect. The situations, from the teenage girl being pregnant to dealing with weird boyfriends, being drunk at a party, getting to know who your real friends are, your family… all these kind of themes were dealt with in Faking Perfect, maybe this is why it’s labeled “the real thing”.
However, I have to say that, despite that, I was disappointed in the characters. They all lacked some depth. The best example of this is Tyler’s character: he’s one of the main characters in this story, but I felt like I barely knew him after closing the book (metaphorically, since I read it as an eBook, but you get my point). In all of his scenes with Lexi, he just talked, there were just dialogues and nothing much to get to know him. I’m sure he had tons of potential, and I feel like we’re all missing out. What disappointed me the most is Lexi’s character. And, when you can’t get along with the main character of the story, well, with me, you’re kind of in trouble. Everything about her bothered me, from her decisions to her lack of thinking before acting, her messed-up personality in what seemed to be a strong character, but just ended up, for me, being annoying. Once again, that’s a shame, because the whole story could have been really good if I didn’t have such a hard time with the main character.
Overall, Faking Perfect was an okay read, not so fast-paced for me, because I had a hard time being intrigued by the story, at all. The original idea was good, but it all went by too fast, and lacked a little bit of construction: I felt like every change of heart of Lexi was the trigger of the events. Maybe this was supposed to be a character-driven story, I understand. But since I had a hard time relating, and linking the main character, it was hard for me to enjoy the whole plot. All of it was very predictable. Usually, this doesn’t bother me that much in contemporary romance. But usually, I’m okay with knowing everything that happens next, because I care for the characters. It was just a little hard to care about the characters for me.
Faking Perfect deals with family trouble, romance, and finding out whom you are and who people really are, too. Despite interesting themes, I didn’t fell in love with this story. If you’re interested in those themes, though, maybe you should check it out, and, who knows, maybe you will fall in love with it!
Did you read Faking Perfect? What did you think about it? If not, are you planning to read it? Feel free to share your thoughts in comments!
Rebecca Phillips, Faking Perfect, Published by Kensington, June 30th 2015.
When Lexi Shaw seduced Oakfield High’s resident bad boy Tyler Flynn at the beginning of senior year, he seemed perfectly okay with her rules:
1. Avoid her at school.
2. Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.
3. Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.
Because with his integrity and values and golden boy looks, Ben can never find out about what she’s been doing behind closed doors with Tyler. Or that her mom’s too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills. Or that Lexi’s dad hasn’t been a part of her life for the last thirteen years. But with Tyler suddenly breaking the rules, Ben asking her out, and her dad back in the picture, how long will she be able to go on faking perfect?