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“Hmm. I remember I didn't like this much, but it was okay.”see full review » see other reviews »
“This book was just okay for me. It flowed nicely and kept me interested enough to finish but I don't know if I will read it again. There were alot of points in the book when I was just so mad or annoyed with Harley for being so oblivious to everything around her. At some points she was that dumb blonde that you just want to yell to open her eyes and smell the roses. Then there is Jason, sweet, sweet Jason what do I do with you. Oh yes, I cheered when you finally grew a pair and stopped taking sh*t from a certain female. Overall it was a nice, easy read so if that's what your looking for, then have at it!”Lauren wrote this review Saturday, April 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Hmm. I remember I didn't like this much, but it was okay.”Nicolet Gouma wrote this review Monday, January 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When I was first approached by Leigh T. Moore to review The Truth about Faking, I have to admit that I fell in love with the premise. What could be more fun than reading about a group of high school kids who just want to figure out love? It sounded sweet, and funny! So I jumped in head first. It took me a little while to fall into step with Harley and her friends, but once I did I was enjoyed myself.
Let's start with what I loved. Jason definitely makes this list! Here is a character that is just impossible not to fall in love with. Adorable, witty, and just all together nice. It was a breath of fresh air to see a guy character who wasn't trying to constantly be a bad-boy type. I also really loved Harley's mom and dad. Her mom especially! A hippie at heart, and an herbalist by profession, she was one of those moms that shines off the page. She cared about Harley, and it showed. I so enjoy families who actually care about one another!
Harley herself took me a bit longer appreciate. I'm not going to deny that I wanted to shake some sense into her more than a few times. She's a sweet girl. Misguided sure, but definitely not evil-minded. All Harley really wants is Trent, and she's willing to do a lot to get what she wants. I did appreciate how Moore gave Harley a conscience though. We've all acted on instinct, and Harley is no exception. However the difference is that Harley actually learns from her mistakes. Refreshing!
Overall my biggest issue with this book was how long it took for me to become invested. I loved Jason, and because of that I wanted to shake Harley for the way she was treating him. I didn't really care for Trent. Or Shelly, who is supposed to be Harley's best friend and yet treats her pretty badly. The pacing in the beginning also felt a little rushed, and it wasn't until midway that I finally began to understand the characters. Trust me though, it's worth reading on! I loved the ending, and no I won't spoil it.
Ultimately The Truth About Faking ended up being a book that I enjoyed, and that I definitely recommend. If you are a reader who loves a good contemporary romance, then this is one for you.”
When I accepted this book for review, I was hoping it would be a fun, cute contemporary read. And that's exactly what it ended up being. Even though it took me a ridiculously long time to finish The Truth About Faking, it wasn't really the book's fault at all; I just had SO many real life things to take care of that reading became secondary. Even when I was annoyed with the main character for her choices and decisions, each time I set it down it was generally with a smile on my face. I enjoyed watching the main character's growth as she realized that she'd been wrong, and I also enjoyed the fact that the book wasn't really all about her, but also included some issues with her parents, her church, and some other issues that are definitely affecting teens today. All in all it was a really well-written book that I enjoyed quite a lot.
I had a bit of trouble adjusting to the main character's name - Harley - at first, because I had a student by that name a few years ago and my Harley was very definitely a boy. So every time I read her name at the start, it threw me a bit. But aside from that, the book was instantly engrossing and fun. I loved watching how Jason - who wound up being my favorite character in the book - slowly turned Harley's carefully planned life completely upside down. I loved how she couldn't help herself from having fun with him on their "fake dates", even when she didn't want to. I liked watching her evolution, from someone who has an ideal "Mr. Right" to someone who realizes that sometimes what you have planned out for yourself is impossible, and actually not at all what you want.
What annoyed me with this book, though, was watching Harley jerk Jason around; she likes him almost from the get-go, but refuses to acknowledge it. She treats him terribly at times, and I actually sort of cheered when he finally stood up to her behavior. No guy should allow a girl to go back and forth like she was doing, and even though it's obvious how much he cares for her, she really needed to get herself figured out. I also could see some of the revelations coming from a mile away; that sort of bothers me, particularly when the main character is always so shocked at the developments. But again, Harley's inability to figure out what she wants made for a more detailed, better developed "growing up" process, and allowed the reader to really see her character growth.
If you're looking for a light, fun, contemporary book to read, give this one a try. I definitely enjoyed it from beginning to end, and any book that leaves me with a smile on my face and warm fuzzies in my heart is definitely a good thing.
A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.”
“I love this kind of story -- where the romance starts as a love/hate situation with witty back and forth dialogue.”TracySchoenberg wrote this review Wednesday, October 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No