Rebecca Phillips’ FAKING PERFECT is an edgy and honest coming of age novel that will make you laugh, cry, and never want to fake being perfect again.
Book Summary from Amazon:
When Lexi Shaw seduced Oakfield High’s resident bad boy Tyler Flynn at the beginning of senior year, he seemed perfectly okay with her rules:
1. Avoid her at school.
2. Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.
3. Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.
Because with his integrity and values and golden boy looks, Ben can never find out about what she’s been doing behind closed doors with Tyler. Or that her mom’s too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills. Or that Lexi’s dad hasn’t been a part of her life for the last thirteen years. But with Tyler suddenly breaking the rules, Ben asking her out, and her dad back in the picture, how long will she be able to go on faking perfect?
I love books that somehow manage to feel relatable even when I can’t relate to a whole lot of it. I’m not in high school anymore, my parents are both great and in my life, and I don’t feel the need to fake being perfect for boys. Yet I still connected with Lexi and felt for her, whether she was happy or sad, embarrassed or on top of the world, or anything else.
While some parts of the book felt a little exaggerated when combined with other parts, I still really enjoyed reading it. It’s not over-the-top in a way that makes you want to stop reading, but in a way that feels like watching a really dramatic TV show.
What happens with Lexi by the end of the book is slightly predictable, but I didn’t mind that either. I was thrilled with the ending, and once I got about a quarter of the way through, I couldn’t stop reading.
The best part of this book is the message behind it. It’s a story about how important it is to avoid faking perfect, and about how we are the way we are for a reason. The best versions of ourselves are the versions of us that are genuine, real, and imperfect.
If you’re looking for an uplifting read that’s still brimming with plenty of drama, twists, and turns, you’ll love FAKING PERFECT.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
DISCLAIMER: I received a digital ARC of FAKING PERFECT from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.