ARC Book Review – The Fine Art of Pretending

Posted September 29, 2014 by Kathy in 5 stars, Book Review / 0 Comments

ARC Book Review – The Fine Art of PretendingThe Fine Art of Pretending Series: The Fine Art of Pretending #1
by Rachel Harris
on September 30, 2014
Genres: Young Adult Romance
Pages: 241
Source: Netgalley
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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.

My Review 4

The Fine Art of Pretending is another amazing story from one of my favorite authors.  I loved everything about this book!


The Fine Art of Pretending is the story of Aly Reed, a senior at high school who has always been a tomboy.  Aly decides that for her final year of high school she wants to re-invent herself so she can be a part of the popular crowd.  To do this she transforms herself from the tomboy to a sexy vixen. But looking the part isn’t enough so she enlists her best friend Brandon to pretend as her boyfriend.  Aly’s goal is to catch the eye of the school’s main hottie Justin but her plan takes an unexpected turn.  The time she spends with Brandon, holding his hand and kissing, stirs up feelings they both are confused about.  And is the “pretend breakup” worth jeopardizing their friendship?  You have to read the book to find out!!


The Fine Art of Pretending was a trip down memory lane for me.  I was Aly in high school! I wasn’t in the popular crowd. I was shy and uncomfortable with being the center of attention.  I was able to identify with Aly which is why I loved this story. I didn’t do anything drastic as Aly did but I understand her longing to be noticed and for once to be thought of us a pretty girl and not the tomboy.   I relived my high school days through Aly since I wouldn’t have been brave to make the changes she did.  The Fine Art of Pretending is more than a high school romance story.  Aly and Brandon are going through the growing pains of being a teenager – discovering who they are and being happy with it. There is also the lesson “the grass is always greener on the other side”, which we get to see with the supporting characters Justin and Lauren. The story is predictable but it still had me laughing and crying.  This is written in Aly and Brandon point-of-views which was a nice change. Reading the thoughts of both characters allowed me to connect with both of them.



Rachel Harris does an amazing job of creating a story readers of all ages can enjoy.  The difference with her writing is in the mature tone she expresses.  This is a story with young characters but if you take their ages and high school setting away you are left with two people whose fears have been holding them back.  The Fine Art of Pretending is about taking chances.  Mix in some humor, heart-warming moments and young romance and you have a feel good story that I highly recommend.  I can’t wait to read more from Rachel Harris!!

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars


About Rachel Harris

Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, watching soap operas with her grandmother and staying up
late sneak reading her mom's favorite romance novels. Now a Cajun cowgirl living in Houston,
she still stays up too late reading her favorite romances, only now, she can do so openly. She firmly
believes life's problems can be solved with a hot, powdered-sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of
king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain
She homeschools her two beautiful girls and loves watching reality television with her amazing
husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult Fun, Flirty Escapes, and LOVES talking with


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