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Fake It: The Keswick Chronicles Book 1 Kindle Edition
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QOTD: If you could choice one song to be your theme song what would it be?
Fake It by Victoria Kinnaird 5 out of 5 stars.
Add a soundtrack: You are loved by Set It Off
Fake it playlist:
Sugar we’re going down by Fall Out Boy the taste of ink the used
Weighted by Frnkiero and the cellabration
I woke up in a car something corporate
A million little pieces by placebo
￼muther by letlive
Yes I was drunk by twin Atlantic
The kids aren’t alright by fall out boy
Flicker, fade by taking back Sunday
Have faith in me. By a day to remember
Bruised by jack mannequin
Fake your death by MCR
save rock and roll by fall out boy
When Jack, Dylan, Ash, and Jessica start a band the only thing is missing is a lead singer.
There is where JJ steps in. With a beautiful voice, he conquered Jack all over again.
Both quite lonely boys, no mother, fathers on the road they are drawn to each other.
Opposite they are, JJ is rich and confident, Jack not. There is more than just exterior.
“Rich enough to make sure they can completely lose touch with reality,”
The band is doing well, Jack gets mesmerized and obsessed by JJ more and more.
Everything going well, they love each other... until everything goes down.
Things have to go down before getting them up.
A story about young adults, growing up, making music, fall in love, fail and retry.
It isn’t a through and through romance, yet, while at times it’s quite romantic. It’s about friendship, losing friends, lovers, family. Be abandoned by others, finding the best people to be around. And a spark of... compassion and deeper feelings.
The story is told from a few different perspectives. For me, this didn’t work all the time and I found it even a bit confusing. But hack, overall it was an awesomely enjoyable story.
Jack, the main character, bleeds music and you can tell the author does too. I love all of the characters but Jack is my favorite and it is his point of view that the reader experiences the most, in first person. This story is about the formation of a teenage rock band, and about young love, friendship, and family. It’s about chasing your dreams and being true to who you really are. I am voluntarily leaving an honest review in exchange for a copy. I eagerly await book 3 of this series.
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Fake It (The Keswick Chronicles, Book 1) by Victoria Kinnaird
POV: 3rd and 1st person POV
Content Warning: depression, teen drinking, loss of parents to cancer, loss of best friend in car crash
The Pitch Perfect emo kids never knew they needed.
“Everyone remembers the moment they fell in love with JJ Keswick.”
Me? Page one.
When did I fall in love with Jude?
“You know I'm in love with you, right?”
Fake It is a love letter to emo and indie rock. Each page bleeds 90s nostalgia, teen romance, and a love of all things rock that sits in your soul for years and decades to come.
I don't remember the last time a book told the story in both 1st and 3rd person, but it worked. The 1st person POV is for Jack, who is our central character, giving us about 90% of the storyline. Then we get snippets of JJ, Ash, Jess, and Daniel's POV's in 3rd person. While it seemed a strange decision, I'll admit it took me about a page of reading the new 3rd person to even notice. That's how seamlessly it worked. And it clearly defined the POV changes.
I'm a sucker for a bad boy with swagger and JJ didn't disappoint. From page one – the Prologue – we get to see multiple sides of JJ from 3rd person POV's. We see a litany of moments when various minor characters fell in love with him – the rich kid to be adored; the wounded boy grieving a best friend; the sports star; and the cocky teenager with a love of music and a wealth of secrets locked behind blue eyes. This is the moment when we see the multifaceted faces behind the label that is JJ Keswick. Because, as the story progresses, we discover that “JJ Keswick” isn't a person. It's a label. A stamp. An attitude. And a mask.
“I never fell in love with JJ Keswick. I fell in love with the boy behind the reputation.”
As the main character, I couldn't have loved Jack more. He reminded me of my best friend from high school – also a guitarist and lead singer of his own band – and everything about him made me nostalgic for those days. Laid back, humble, striving for that perfect sound, battling against dreams and expectations. Jack was the perfect frontman for this book.
Add in a host of secondary characters – Ash, the supermodel looks with a heart of steel, who reminded me of Taylor Momsen; Jess, the snarky bookworm with an academic brain and a biting tongue; and Damian, the I-don't-speak all-round musician who had just as much personality through saying nothing as anyone else did with a page of dialogue – and you have a winning cast. Aunt Rose was a peach, and hilarious at times. Dad, Daniel, was absent but present at the right times, tough but fair, and knew when to be a parent and when to be the best friend and manager, just in the nick of time.
“You're dripping sarcasm everywhere,” I replied as I fiddled with the padlock on my locker door. “They really should put up a caution sign, someone's going to slip.”
The concept of song titles slipped anonymously into Jack's locker completely stole my heart. I'm a sucker for anonymous notes. And that moment Jack discovered who had sent them...perfect!
For me, the best part about the book has to be the growth. There are so many ways that the characters, and the plot, grow throughout the book and the events that take place. Jack gaining confidence to be himself, to be honest with his dad, to push his boundaries and go for his dreams. JJ learning that a mask can't protect him forever, and that all the alcohol in the world won't solve his problems. Together, their relationship blossoms from tentative strangers at school to band mates, to friends and then to something much more profound. All while Jack tries to help JJ deal with his personal demons and fight for a future he craves with every fibre of his soul.
This is a definite slow burn. The relationship doesn't begin in earnest until after 60%, but everything that comes before that is beautiful and meaningful, and it has purpose. Unlike some books that rush towards the relationship, this one takes its time, lets you get to know Jack and JJ individually, then as friends and finally as an item. And it's not all smooth sailing, but unlike a lot of MM romance books, when there is a miscommunication, they don't just pack up and walk away because of a simple misunderstanding. Despite being teenagers, Jack and JJ are mature enough to stop, listen, talk it out, and say “Look, I know you made a mistake. I know you didn't mean it to end like this, but we have some problems and we need to figure out where we're going from here.” No, they don't act perfectly. No, it's not all blown over in a split second. But these are teenagers with big dreams and even bigger hearts, and baggage from years of abandonment and loneliness. It was never going to be easy. But they don't throw a tantrum about it and swear never to see each other again, either. Because they're smarter than that, and what binds them together is more than just teen angst.
Fake It is a journey through 90s alternative music, where Jack shows us how the facade of JJ Keswick slowly fades and morphs from the public image of a rich, drunken frat boy to the reality of a scared, lonely kid who just wants to be loved. All the pills, all the booze, and all the one-night-stands in the world can't solve JJ's problems...but maybe one doe-eyed guitarist with determination can.
I can't wait to listen to the soundtrack, buy the paperback, and read the rest of the series. This is one series that will stay with you.
Oh, and as if that wasn't enough, we were treated to a short Prequel story “The One and Only” where we got to see just a smidge more of JJ, Jack and Jess, that gave a bit more insight into their complex relationship, before the events of the novel.
“I was warm all over, the roar of the small crowd still echoing in my ears, drowning out his knowing laugh.
He kissed me as if no one was watching, calloused fingers gripping my arms hard enough to make my head spin. I was breathless, speechless, couldn't care less, for just a split second. He tasted like the whiskey we'd downed in the back alley, the skin on his ribs slick with sweat when I reached for him. The small laugh he pressed to my mouth was wrecked. I had thought he'd sung his heart out on the stage, but I could feel it, hammering against my own.”
Forever Fading Echoes is a high schooler band in small town America. Their gay guitarist and principal character Jack has long admired bratty rich boy JJ Keswick from afar, and is shocked when JJ auditions for the slot as singer and frontman. Can JJ dial down the wild child behaviour long enough and low enough to make a go of it? And is JJ quite as straight as he seems?
This book could not have been written without an encyclopaedic knowledge on 21st Century indie music. Not even using some kind of music bible. Only an accomplished author who knows the music and has listened to the tracks could have written such a perfectly researched novel with a wealth of references that could even have the reader seeking them out to play along with the story. Today's download and streaming culture would certainly assist with that. Victoria as ever develops her characters beautifully, and the glossy yet fractured underneath character of JJ is another of her standouts.
The Red Sun Rises trilogy pointed towards great things to come from Victoria Kinnaird and this first book of the Keswick Chronicles shows that was entirely the case. Five stars for an excellent read that bridges the YA and Adult genres.
I just loved JJ and Jack. Through the author’s words, you were pulled into their story watching as they realised they loved each other. The story line wasn’t full of much angst. Personally, I would have liked to have seen a bit more, but that’s just me. That didn’t take away from the story tho. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series because I have become invested in the characters, and I want to know what happens next.