on September 30th, 2014
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
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.
This month for my #cleanoffyourkindle review, I read The Fine Art of Pretending, which was exactly what I expected it to be- it was cute, sweet and a great friends-to-lovers romance. Honestly it reminded me of all the teen movies I love so much, (but might be too old to watch) that have just the right about of fluffy goodness to keep me interested and have me watching every time they show up on my TV.
“It reminded me of all those dumb Hollywood movies- you know, where the makeover actually works? But in those movies, it normally takes that one popular guy asking the girl out for the rest of the school to realize how awesome she truly is”
Entering her senior year and wanting a change from being the “cute, funny” just-a-friend type that all the guys at school see her as, Aly decides she needs a complete makeover. And so begins ‘Operation Sex Appeal.’ She learns from her best friend Brandon, that the boys at school see girls two ways, causal or commitment and that she has been lumped into the commitment category. So, after getting new clothes, hair, and make-up, she decides she also needs to do something to change the way the boys at school see her. She sets her sites on getting the hottest guy in school, Justin, to not only find her sexy but also to ask her to the homecoming dance. Brandon agrees to help her out by being her pretend boyfriend, since he is part of the cool-crowd and she thinks this might be the perfect first step. Of course they both start to realize there are unrequited feelings that go way beyond friendship, but are they willing to risk everything to explore those feelings?
“Even in the midst of monumental discomfort and overwhelming confusion, Brandon helped me feel comfortable with who I was on the inside. He believed in me, and that faith gave me the confidence to step out and try some crazy things.”
So, this book was marked as New Adult, but I would definitely say it is more of a Young Adult read. But, don’t let that stop you from picking it up. This light-hearted book, will quickly take you back to high school and all those times when everything in life felt so important and critical. This book is also about self discovery and learning to love yourself. It is told in dual POV (points of view) between Brandon and Aly.
This was my first book by Rachel Harris, but I look forward to reading more. Justin is getting his own book, The Natural History of Us, which releases in a few short weeks and it is next up on my list!
“Brandon kisses like the boys I read about in books. The boys who can make time stop and worlds change.”