REVIEW: Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips

Title: Faking Perfect 
Author: Rebecca Phillips 
Publisher: Kensington Pubishing
Publication Date: June 30th 2015
Part of A Series?: No - Standalone
I Got A Copy Through: NetGalley

Blurb Description: “Edgy and honest, Faking Perfect is the real thing.” –Huntley Fitzpatrick

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?


Screw Up Girl, hooking up with resident bad boy, who specialises in all things no strings attached while is not so secretly in love the good boy who she knows won't tolerate the bad boy one bit.

But now that she's finally got the good, golden, perfect guy, the bad boy has already fallen hard! Add in a mom who cares about sleazy boyfriends more than her daughter and an absentee drug addict father, Faking Perfect has the workings of a pretty good contemporary!

And yet, I could use only one word to describe what I felt through the whole book: nothing. The writing was so detached, I should say- with no exaggeration or emotion, even though all the elements for a good book were there, there was nothing I felt. 

I did finish the book, but I feel like I must elaborate. Her mother doesn't care about a thing she does? And rather than feeling anything, or even holding some sort of grudge, she simply accepted it. No feelings involved. Her new 'perfect' friends. That was a concept I didn't get AT ALL! She knows, she knows that they're not really her friends, that she's someone completely different around them, that they think she's some screw up and they're always judging her, but she doesn't care. She even calls what she's doing a facade, but she keeps at it. But even that is talked about as if it's nothing. 

And then she starts dating the golden boy. And then she KNOWS that he's controlling, that he's pitting her against her best friend, and that its all an act with him and the kisses done make her feel anything, but keeps at it. I mean, if you know, then why are you still there?

Overall, a book I wouldn't really recommend. 3 stars.

1 comment:

  1. that sounds like a tragedy more like a romance