The Truth About Faking Paperback – September 1, 2012
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"A great YA novel with a strong story line, a little bit of humor, just enough drama and a whole lot of cute." --Lisa De Jong, bestselling author of When it Rains
"The Truth About Faking by Leigh Talbert Moore is funny and thought provoking; Moore manages to bring up very important issues." --Cindy Hudson, Mother-Daughter Book Club.com
"A great tale, focused on romance, but with more real-life issues at the heart." --Alyse Carlson, bestselling author of The Azalea Assault
"Even if YA isn't your preferred genre, you will find yourself falling in love with this book." --Clarissa Draper, author of The Sholes Key
"Perfection. The characters were flawless. The story flowed amazingly. Perfect YA contemporary romance and an amazing debut." --Goodreads review
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Paperback : 328 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1479251208
- ISBN-13 : 978-1479251209
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.82 x 8 inches
- Reading level : 13 - 17 years
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 1, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,031,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What endeared me to this story is that it was able to capture all the emotions of a typical teenager Harley who is trying to deal with the issues in life being thrown at her. She is also the pastor's daughter and maintaining a good image is very important. She has this dream of becoming the future wife of the gorgeous and most famous boy in their school - Trent and she's very determined to make her dream come true not until she met the new boy in town - Jason. They met when Jason accidentally bumped her car one day and Jason is the complete opposite of her Mr. Right - he swears, drives this Gremlin car and he doesn't have this "lavender blue eyes" she's been dreaming about. With the appearance of Jason in her life, could he ruin everything? Then Harley convinced Jason to play as her "fake boyfriend" and go on a "fake date" to make Trent jealous and decide of pursuing her.
This story conveys a lot of positive messages like not judging people based from their outside appearances, strong family ties, good spiritual values and doing everything for the things and people you love, etc. The setting of the story is very admirable as well, Shadow Falls is a small community where everyone knows each other. However it has its own disadvantages as well - news and gossips spreads faster and nothing and no one escapes from it. Then there's this rumor about her Mom and her massage therapy student where Harley found herself caught in between telling her Dad about it and just letting it go. I love how Jason was able to help Harley deal with it, comforted her and just being with her at those times she needed somebody to lean on.
Jason and Harley really looked good together though at first their relationship was a fake but as the story unfolded, Harley realized what she was really been missing out. The revelations in this story were flawlessly done. The witty banters of Harley & Jason made me laughed. I completely adored Jason here, he's more than a "hot" guy, he's also attentive, caring, lovable and empathically listens to Harley. How could I not love him! He's so swoon-worthy!
The creek scenes, the luau party, the whole walking with interlaced fingers and the kissing scenes are unforgettable and just amazing. This is one of those stories that you wish there's a second book because you just can't get enough of and don't want to say goodbye yet.
I loved the story - every single part of it. Very refreshing, entertaining, romantic and sweet. Something that would touch your heart and make you fall in love all over again. All the revelations in this story would make you glued on your seat and flip through each page until you finish the entire book.
It's the first book I read from the author but definitely won't be my last....
A must read...:)
WARNING CONTAINS VERY MILD SPOILERS:
Harley is a teenage girl who has a dream of a future with local hot boy, Trent. Her plans take a nose dive when Jason, the new boy in town, crashes into the back of her car and into her life. She's so close to getting what she wants when Jason interrupts her encounter with Trent. Annoyed at Jason for ruining her chances, she hatches a new plan to "fake" date Jason to get Trent interested in her. Jason is everything a girl could want and it's obvious that Harley is starting to have feelings for him, but she denies them because being with Jason is not part of "the plan." Honestly, I hated how she used him and I really could not stand her for the first half of the book. It was not until she realized what a catch Jason is and that Trent is just not what she had hoped for, that I really started to like her character.
Jason and Harley definitely have their ups and downs and the question becomes now that she finally realizes just how special, wonderful and incredibly sweet Jason is and that her feelings for him are real, will it be too late?
Well, things are definitely not always as they seem. This story is full of misunderstandings. Secrets will be revealed and lives will be changed. One secret was not much of a surprise and I had it figured out fairly early on in the book.
One thing I found strange was Harley's relationship with her best friend, Shelly. This girl walks all over her and Harley lets it happen. Shelly knew Harley had feelings for Trent but goes out with him anyway. As soon as Jason and Harley end their "fake" relationship, she's ready to mount the guy. They may have only been "faking" their relationship at that point, but Shelly did not know that. What kind of friend does this? Where is the code of ethics for your fellow woman? Your friend's ex should be off limits, IMO.
Although it may have been slightly too young for me, I thought this was a really cute story and I would recommend it for any lover of young adult contemporary romance.
It can be hard when you're a teenager with a crush. Not only do you have to compete with all those raging hormones, but it's easy to idolize someone that doesn't idolize you back. I remember those years, and man were they painful. I was so shy I had a hard time ordering a burger at McDonalds. How on earth could I talk to boys?
In Leigh T. Moore's book, The Truth About Faking, Harley has a similar problem. She's obsessed with a boy named Trent, but is too scared to ask him out. Trent with the blue eyes and gorgeous blond hair. Trent who rescued her when she got hit in the head with a basketball. She's wanted to go out with him for an entire year, and now that he's broken up with Stephanie, this is her chance!
Then Jason shows up and ruins everything, from her mother's car (that Jason smashes into at a red light in the first chapter) to her chance to go to the big dance with Trent. And Harley, who's a pastor's daughter, needs to find a way to forgive him. No, wait. Not just forgive him. Use him to help her get Trent!
What happens when a beautiful, intelligent cheerleader pretends to like someone else to make another person jealous? It's a great premise, but it's only the tip of the iceberg. Because there's so much more going on in this small town than anyone would guess. There are secrets, hidden motives, and deeper issues the author delves into that made me think about how hard it is to fake who we really are. Yet, how often we do it anyway. To protect our parents. Our friends. Our community. This is a beautiful book.
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While I have to say that this book is pretty predictable. I wasn't really going into it thinking it would surprise me, and that's ok. I went into this book, expecting it to be a quick, light, cute and enjoyable read, and that's exactly what I got.
I wouldn't really read it again, but as far as recommending it goes, I'd say that if you're in the mood for the book equivalent of a rom com, then this is the book for you.
I would have no problem recommending this book to a friend and look forward to reading more from the author.