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The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris
Publication Date: September 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
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.
Why I Can’t Wait: I’ve always enjoyed books and movies with a premise of a fake relationship that perhaps develops into something real. Can’t Buy Me Love is one of my favorite movies (Patrick Dempsey!) that explores that concept. So I am beyond excited to read this story and fall in love right along with the characters, even through the threat of disaster! Oh and Paula Stokes blurbed it and I totally trust her judgement.