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Faking Perfect by [Phillips, Rebecca]
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Gr 9 Up—Lexi Shaw just wants to be a regular high school senior, with a regular boyfriend and a regular family. She fakes having a perfect family life even though her father chose drugs over her when she was four and her mother is an alcoholic who seems to only attract sleazeball boyfriends. Then she gets tangled up with Oakfield High's notorious bad boy, Tyler. She must keep their tryst a secret if she will ever catch the eye of the wholesome, perfect All-American Ben. She swears Tyler to secrecy, telling him to avoid her at school, keep feelings out of it, and to keep his mouth shut about her unrequited crush on Ben. Suddenly Lexi's fake world is crashing down around her. Her father works his way back into life, Ben makes a move on her, and Tyler develops feelings for her. The protagonist's perfect facade is cracked and she must find a new identity. Fans of Sarah Dessen's novels will enjoy this book. Phillips will soon be a must-read YA writer for those who love romance and drama. VERDICT A title that will be enjoyed by fans of love triangles where the underdog comes out on top and of strong female protagonists who become comfortable in their own skin.—Morgan O'Reilly, Riverdale Country School, NY


"Edgy and honest, Faking Perfect is the real thing."

–Huntley Fitzpatrick

"Poignant, edgy, and real, Faking Perfect is an honest look at the courage and strength it can often take simply to be yourself."

--Julianna Scott, author of The Holders

Product Details

  • File Size: 837 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (June 30, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 30, 2015
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ONTS5Z6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,730 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
'Faking Perfect' was a quick and enjoyable young adult contemporary novel. It revolves around our main character, Lexi, and the fact that she leads double lives. On one hand, there's the real Lexi - the one who's mom is always dating losers, getting drunk, not paying the bills, and acting like a teenager. The real Lexi's father was out of the picture when she was four because he was a drug addict, according to her mother. Without the love and support of her mom and a missing dad, Lexi turns to her best friend and neighbor - Nolan - to help her feel normal and safe. She is far from perfect and has bad habits and dark secrets that she keeps under lock and key. The other Lexi is the complete opposite of the real one. This girl is at the top of the social ladder at her high school, in the most popular clique, and does whatever it takes to stay there. She dresses the part, acts like her "perfect" friends do, and does whatever is expected of her to stay a part of the group. They have no idea about the real Lexi underneath - the one with the broken home, who smokes cigarettes and occasionally weed, and frequently sneaks the notorious bad boy of her school into her bedroom at night for obvious reasons. She can never let them learn about, let alone see, this other side of her. Lexi is confident that she has everything under control until it all starts to unravel at the same time. Ben - the perfect, golden boy of the school and Lexi's longtime secret crush - asks her out. Tyler - the guy she's been sneaking into her room at night is no longer sticking to her three rules, and now her dad's back in the picture after all these years. Lexi's world is spinning out of control and her two separate lives are starting to mix together - which was never supposed to happen.Read more ›
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I didn't like this. Lexi is initially painted as a good girl, who is trying to struggle through a really hard life, and tries to hide her hardships by acting fake. Too much of this book felt fake. I didn't really like Lexi or feel sorry for her (although I did despise her mom). She put people on a pedestal or considered them trash for very superficial reasons. She was a poor judge of character. She used people (some of whom had lives that were just as hard, if not harder, than hers). Her motivations, etc. did not make sense to me. Also, I don't expect books about high schoolers to be exceedingly realistic, but her attitudes toward casual sex, drugs, etc. reminded me more of a 25-year-old guy's.
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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.
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This book was like a Kody Keplinger/Katie McGarry/Sarah Dessen mash-up. It was a super quick read for me as it’s 272 pages, and I read it in a few hours.

Lexi had a no strings attached relationship with Tyler, which he was fine with at first. Now, towards the end of senior year, Tyler realizes he’s in love with her and wants more from the relationship. Lexi does not feel the same way as she’s still pinning after her friend, Ben, who may not be as perfect as Lexi seems to believe.

Lexi has a mom with a long list of dirtbag boyfriends and an absent father. Over the course of the novel, Lexi has to deal with reconnecting with her father and his new family as well as facing her mother’s terrible, new boyfriend. One thing I didn’t like was how Lexi’s mom handled her past and current boyfriends. I found it strange how she could leave Lexi’s father, but still had boyfriends that abused her or sexual harassed Lexi.

However, I did really enjoy Lexi’s relationship with her best friend, Nolan, and his family. Even though Lexi has not had the easiest home life, I was glad that she has always had a safe and comfortable place she could run to. I especially liked that Nolan and Lexi’s relationship was strictly a friendship.

Now, the love triangle that didn’t really feel like a love triangle. I felt this way because Lexi didn’t choose between the boys in traditional way. Yes, there are two boys who both want to be with her, but the relationships begin/end in separate ways.

Overall, this was exactly the kind of read I was in the mood for at the time. If you’re looking for an easy and enjoyable contemporary read, you should give this a try.

*This ARC was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.*
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