Series: The Fine Art of Pretending #1
Published by Spencer Hill Contemporary on September 30th 2014
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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.
My occasional foray into NA/YA fiction led me – entirely by coincidence – to Rachel Harris’s The Fine Art of Pretending. Best friends to lovers stories are found in the millions and those that happen in high school? Probably even more. But I did find myself rather drawn into both Aly’s and Brandon’s story of teenage love despite the shaky beginnings where getting used to the first person narration does a number on my head. Ms Harris did portray – and quite excellently might I add – how emotions are probably heightened and drawn out the way they’re meant to be in the hormonal teen years.