6 Jun 2015

Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips

Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips

Goodreads Synopsis
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?

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I thought this one was going to be different than what it was just by the description. But I am so pleased with whatit was that I'm not even mad.

I liked that it wasn't fully focused on Lexi's romantic relationships, but expanded the scope to her family and friendships as well. It made Lexi into a fully fleshed, well-rounded character. She had a great personality and she struggled with learning to love herself and become her own person. I was constantly urging her to just be herself and not worry about what her "friends" thought about her because she deserved better.

I would have liked to know more about how exactly her and Tyler came to their agreement, how they fleshed out the terms, why she told him about Ben, etc. but it served to the story that thy were already in this mess together and he was already falling for her. I understood the reasons behind her and Ben getting together but he was an asshat. I wasn't happy with how things turned out for them in the sense that I thought it was abrupt, but at the same time it was very realistic. 

I thought the other minor characters were all interesting and they all had their own story arcs, but I still would have liked more from them that was their own story -- not just contributing to Lexi's story.

Overall: 4/5 stars. I thought this was going to be your typical contemporary, young adult romance novel, but it was so much more than that. I highly recommend this one.

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