March 30, 2015

Book Review ~ Fake by Beck Nicholas

Title: Fake
Author: Beck Nicholas
Release Date: October, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Source: Won a copy

Seventeen-year-old Kath McKenny has a date to the end-of-term party with her since-forever crush. He publicly messaged her to confirm, but there’s been a recent status update: he’s taking the new girl — giggly, pretty, well-developed Lana Elliot — instead.

After being thoroughly humiliated in front of half the school, best friend Chay talks Kath into revenge: a scheme to create the perfect — and very fake — online guy for Lana. Once she falls for him, they’ll show her what it’s like to get brutally dumped.

Everything is going to plan until Kath starts spending more-than-just-friends time with the other new kid in town — Lana’s dreamy older brother, Sebastian. Kath finds herself getting in deep — in love and drowning in guilt, she tries to put an end to her prank, but it’s taken on an unstoppable momentum of its own, with very real consequences.

As her plotting begins to unravel, so do the people Kath thought she knew:
Her mother has a secret online life.
Her father has a whole new family.
Her best friend is barely recognisable.
Her boyfriend has a disturbing hidden past.
And her enemy is more familiar than she knew.

I have to say I was extremely surprised by Fake.
I was expecting another typically immaturely voiced, overly dramatic teenage angst filled read; and while that can be true if only in subject matter, Fake is so much more than that.

It has been written in a way that made me feel for the characters. I connected with them and their story resonated with me. My teenage years may be far behind me but I have teen aged kids in my house a lot and so the drama in Fake definitely felt real and relatable to things I’ve seen and heard happening.

A refreshingly realistic representation of teenagers and the social media monster that is so seemingly innocent and fun – turns bad.
4 ½ stars

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