YA review: Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips

Title: Faking Perfect
Author: Rebecca Phillips
Series: N/A
Acquired: Review
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Kensington Books
Release date: 30th June 2015 

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?

Faking Perfect is one of those books that I think will translate to a lot of teenagers for many reasons. 

Lexi Shaw has worked hard to be a part of the ‘popular’ group at high school and she intends to keep it that way. Her friends are, well, shallow as hell and they expect Lexi to dress and act in certain ways and she feels a bit bogged down by it all. She’s pretending to be someone she’s not every single day at school. This is the reason why I think this book will call out to many teenagers who feel peer pressure to fit in and be someone they’re not. It’s unfortunate that so many feel the need to ‘fit in’ and be what other people want them to be. 

Faking Perfect not only tackles the issue of peer pressure but other things that really do happen in high school such as teenage pregnancy, sex and drinking. These things are often missed out of young adult novels in case they come across wrong or give the wrong impression but Rebecca Phillips doesn’t cast these things in a positive light. She doesn’t cast them in a negative light either but instead they’re things that just are which is exactly how I think it should be done. 

As a character Lexi has a lot going on and as the protagonist I have to say I didn’t love her. I guess that was kind of the point though. I mean, how can you really like someone when you know they’re lying their way through life and pretending the whole time? Anyway, I did really like how Lexi dealt with everything that was thrown at her. She tried to be mature and take on everything possible but it didn’t really work out all that well for a while. 

The relationships in this book are what are really important. Lexi has had a crush on Ben for as long as she can remember but she’s been seeing Tyler behind everyone’s backs. Tyler is not part of the popular crowd so he’s Lexi’s dirty little secret and she wants it to stay that way. It was really interesting to see how Lexi was around both Ben and Tyler because she was like two completely different people and she only really let one person see her true self. 

Faking Perfect is a really good read that tackles so much but also manages to be humorous and intriguing at the same time. I really enjoyed this one. 

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