5 Reasons I loved The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

Posted March 23, 2016 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 2 Comments

5 Reasons I loved The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel HarrisThe Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris
Series: The Fine Art of Pretending
Published by Spencer Hill Press on September 30th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Friendship
Pages: 256
Format: eBook
Source: Own
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Also in this series: The Natural History of us
Also by this author: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, A Tale of Two Centuries

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.

5 Reasons why I loved The Fine Art of Pretending

Friend to Love Interest

I absolutely love these tropes because you get that extra layer to the relationship.  There’s always a chance that things will go badly and the friendship is ruined, but there’s also the chance that things will be amazing. And I just have a soft spot for these types of books.  The Hubs and I were friends in high school, reconnected a few years later, and we’ve been together for 9 years.

Reminds me of my favorite movies

The Fine Art of Pretending reminds me of all those John Hughes movies, and 90’s teen movies I watched growing up.  I think it would make a great movie, and connect with everyone. (I still love curling up on the couch and watching those movies.)

The Swoon Factor

Brandon and Aly are just so sweet together. I don’t even think they mean to be.  It just kind of happens.  That level of comfort provides some of the sweetest moments.  Their “pretend” date to the arcade was adorable.  But Justin has his sweet moments too.  He’s not at all what I was expecting.


Aly has some of the best friends.  Gabi and Kara never leave her hanging when she needs them.  I love that they can take one look at her and know exactly what she needs.  Everyone needs friends that know them that well.

The Characters

I love Aly and Brandon.  Aly struggles with being seen.  She doesn’t want to be the one who is friends with all the guys. She wants them to see her as someone they can date, not just someone they can be friends with.  The struggle is real my friends.  I felt this exact way during high school.  I didn’t do the whole makeover thing though.  And Brandon… My heart hurt for him because he doesn’t do relationships.  His reasons are completely valid and I think many others feel the same fear toward a commitment at times.

I absolutely adored this book.  It’s sweet, swoony, and had all the fun times that should be had as a teenager.  The crazy emotions, the friendships, and the crushes.  I definitely recommend this book for those that miss movies like She’s All That and Sixteen Candles.


About Rachel Harris

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!


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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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