Saturday, October 4, 2014


The Fine Art of Pretending (The Fine Art of Pretending #1) by Rachel Harris
Published: September 30th, 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill 

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 loved this book from the cover and the first page to the last sentence in it. I mean, just look at that pretty, adorable cover! You know you want to know what's inside and it doesn't disappoint. 

Aly's character is great. She's fun, she's real in many ways and she's going through something that most peope go through in different ways in their lifes. 

Aly has always being the cute friend. The girl all the boys in the school could hang out but never become more than friends. When senior year comes around, Aly maes a promise with herself, she will no longer be that girl, she wants to be the kind of girl boys go after and to accomplish that, she makes a total makeover, new sexy clothes, new attitude and a new pretend boyfriend. 
Enter Brandon, popular, player and super hot, Brandon. And aly's best friend. When he finds out about Aly's crazy plan and her ultimate goal, get Justin, he decides there's no way that's happening and so he sets his mind in going along with Aly's idea and try to get her to see there's nothing wrong with the person she was before. 

Rachel Harris has done a magnific job at telling this story in a way that kept i eal, emotional, funny and most of all relatable. I felt myself in Aly's shoes mre than once, because growing up mean finding yourself and sometimes we need to make our own mistakes in order to learn who we are. 
In the book, is not only Aly who goes through this journey of self discovery, she sees her friends go through some of tehir own. And this is what makes the whole thing even better.
With Aly's new look, some of her closest friends find some new perspectives of their own, and turns out that not everybody is how they look and more than one character surprises us. 

The feelings in both, Brandon and Aly, go slowly, maybe because of denial, maybe because they were always there but with a different label. And watching them dealing with them and understanding them was a great experience. 

More than anything, even when The Fine Art of Pretending is a lovely love story of best friends turn lovers (anybody else has a thing for this?), is more of journey of growing up, learning to be confortable with wh you are and how hard it can be to get to that point, but is always so worth it.
Aly learns things about herself that maybe she would have learn eventually, but later in life and after many years of still not been ok with her own persona. While her plan was supperficial at the begining. she soons finds out that new clothes and make up is not enough to be the person she thinks she wants to be, and with that, she discovers that she can have a bit of an adventourus side, a wild one or maybe even a back bone to stand up for herself.

This, this is what I loved the most about this book, Aly tells us that is ok to experiment a little, to make your own mistakes to get your happy ending or simple get a little closer to the person you can be.   
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Award-winning and Bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls next door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books...and kissing. Lots of kissing. 

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romance, and LOVES talking with readers. 

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