Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.
Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.
(Summary from Goodreads)
Faking It was a really addictive book, despite the fact that it wasn’t as lighthearted as Losing It. Max and Cade were both interesting narrators, not to mention their chemistry. Those two things, combined with the fact that it was a super quick read, kept me turning pages.
Unlike Losing It, Faking It shows us both sides of the story, which I loved since there are a lot of things going on on both sides that I was glad I got to see since it helped understand both characters’ motivations. On the one hand, we have Cade, still broken up over being rejected by Bliss and wondering if his life is going to go anywhere. On the other hand, we have Max, rebelling against her parents yet afraid of being disowned for her rebellious ways, as well as dealing with a lot of demons. I feel like both characters were well-developed and complex, and I felt for both of them. Also, watching them interact was a lot of fun – they had a lot of chemistry and I had to keep turning pages to see if they would end up together because I was rooting for them.
One aspect that was interesting was how much darker Faking It was than Losing It. There are a lot of heavy things Max is dealing with, and they color a lot of the story, especially later on in the book. I was taken aback by it initially, but once I got over the initial shock I didn’t mind it at all. I also feel like it explained a lot about Max and made me feel for her that much more.
If you’re looking for a quick read with interesting characters you wouldn’t think would belong together, and don’t mind a little bit heavier subject matter, definitely pick up Faking It.
Rating: 4/5 Stars