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Lily was a classical piano child prodigy who wasn't living up to her potential. What started out as fun had lost its luster and was now agony. As a truce with her mother and piano instructor, Lily was given a month off to perform with a local bad that had a very hot drummer named Rafe. Unfortunately, Lily was replacing Rafe's girlfriend Paige at the keyboard and causing all kinds of problems for him as he couldn't help but admire her musical abilities and fun personality. Lily, stressed that she no longer fit in with her girlfriends, lied and said she was dating Rafe then lied to Rafe and said she was dating a high school football player named Les. Lily and Rafe's chemistry made it hard for them to remain faithful to their "partners" and then Lily's lies come out one night when everyone is present and her lies mortify her. Just when she thinks she has lost everyone in her life that matters, she finds that she is not the loser she believed she was.
This is a fun, fast paced romance that has all the awkwardness of first love and tender moments of discovering who you are apart from your parent's ideals for you. It was predictable, yet lighthearted and made for a fun afternoon read.
Would I/Did I buy it? Yes (2.99)
Would I read it again? Possibly
Would I recommend it to friends? Yes
The book immediately establishes Lily as an intelligent young woman who is musically gifted. Obviously there are drawbacks to such a gift; it tends to impact on your social life which is somewhat of a drag when you're a teenager!
Lily however is by no means the 'geek' that she constantly fears becoming; rather she is great fun and her story is so enjoyable to read. Her wit and humour was wonderfully developed by Stephanie Rowe, so much so that I scared my dog a few times by laughing out loud.
What was refreshing with the way that Lily's character was crafted was the sense of realism that followed her thought process and behaviour. Her fears, her dreams and her goals were honest and very relevant to today's teens which is one of the many reasons why I think YA is so very important. I felt myself cringing at times as the storyline developed and the plot truly 'thickened', simply because I remember making so many mistakes as a teenager and reacted to situations in sometimes the most random and bizarre of ways. I was able to identify with her; it really did bring me back to being a teenager.
And of course there's the cool and cute Rafe. I hope every young woman gets to meet a Rafe in their lives. He's exactly what I hoped a potential love interest would be for a YA and more specifically for Lily. And once again, what was so refreshing, was that Stephanie Rowe didn't crumble and fall for cliche. She handled and shaped their relationship with creativity and with what I think is a clear positive message to young women.
Stephanie asked me to Beta Read for her, and while I was waiting to receive her next edition in the Order of the Blade series, would I mind reading this book.
What a pleasant surprise. I actually found myself impatiently waiting to receive the next chapters of the book each time I finished what had been sent.
This is a great teen novel, and unlike a lot of others out there, it's not trying to emulate someone else's idea, just simply telling it like it REALLY is!!!
Great work Stephanie, and even though I've already had the pleasure of reading this story, I bought a copy for my bookshelf.
I have a few granddaughters come up to their teens after all!!!
I related to Lily when it came to feeling like the dork in her group of friends, at times, and having to resort to the fibs to make sure you stay cool. Thankfully, I never took it as far as she does when I was her age but I feel it's something all teenage girls do so this novel is definitely relatable in that way.
I recommend this book to anyone who would like a quick read of a YA romance!
Review By: From Me to You ... Book Review
(read more of this review and two teasers on my blog)
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great YA book. I loved it and I wish there was a sequel of some sort. I definitely want more of these two! I loved how she just kept lying about her life it was very funny. Read morePublished on May 2, 2014 by Amazon Customer
The Fake boyfriend experiment written by stephanie rowe. This is one of those mind-numbingly fluffy, girly, chick flicks. Read morePublished on March 30, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed reading The Fake Boyfriend Experiment. I loved the whole premise of Lily rediscovering her passion for the piano and Rafe helping her do it. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Mackenzie
This story was very realistic, funny, sweet, and it was easy for me to relate too!!! I highly recommend this book if u want to read a really good short book that leaves u... Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by Cynthia Collett
Totally awesome book. I especially liked the conflict between Lily 's past bad experience with the piano and her newly rediscovered passion for it. Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by Abigail Cassatt Willenborg
I never thought I would enjoy a YA novel as much as I liked this one, The Fake Boyfriend Experiment. Read morePublished on November 22, 2012 by Janet Juengling-Snell
I love boys with tattoos! This book was great. It was funny and cute. It def goes to show one lie leads to another until you've told so many you can't keep up an in the end they... Read morePublished on October 21, 2012 by MsPayne04
I am a very picking reader. When I like a book, I dive in with all my heart and when I don't like a book, it could be the smallest thing that turns me away. Well... Read morePublished on July 29, 2012 by ceecee
I loved this book! After I first started reading it, it was hard to put down. I wish the end was longer, but it was a great book.Published on July 9, 2012 by Kylee