This was a really fun contemporary romance with some great characters and some really nice writing. The publisher has stuck a label on this book recommending it for fans of Sarah Dessen, and while I can see the similarities, actually I thought this was a whole lot better than the Sarah Dessen book I read recently. It was a lot fresher and feistier than a lot of contemporary romances I’ve read and I raced through it.
Lexi was a really great MC; fun and mixed-up and sarky in equal measures and I really enjoyed her narrative. She was totally flawed but really likeable too and I liked the way she developed over the course of the book. She was so relatable in the way she felt so much pressure to conform to being the image her friends wanted of her and how she thought
The author has got a good ear for dialogue and the scenes with Lexi and Tyler were great fun. I really enjoyed Tyler too. The surrounding characters were okay but there were quite a few of them so none of them got developed as much as Lexi and Tyler did.
The plot has a whole lot packed into it so it rockets along, and although I could kind of see where it was going most of the time and managed to predicted most of the plot points, I didn’t mind at all because there was plenty going on. The author highlighted a lot of high school struggles and issues: teen pregnancy, popularity, drugs, drinking, sex and this kept things pretty interesting.
All in all this was a fun, fresh story and I’d thoroughly recommend it for a beach read this summer.
I received a copy of Faking Perfect in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Kensington and Netgalley.