Title: Faking Perfect
Author: Rebecca Phillips
Release Date: June 30th, 2015
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.
Description from Goodreads
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 best friend (an 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 that 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?
On the outside Lexi is the image of the perfect and popular American high school girl, she's part of the 'in-crowd', wears what's fashionable and her hair and makeup are always on fleek. Buts she's hiding behind this facade, and, as the title suggests, she's Faking Perfect
From the get go I didn't like Lexi's so called friends, the cool kids that care way too much about what everyone else thinks, in particular Ben. What is that guys deal? Lexi tries to write his behaviour off as being the result of bad girlfriends, but can all of those girls really be wrong? I know the girl's got a HUGE crush on Ben, and that can sometimes make you blind to people's flaws, but the guy had far more than a couple flaws. Seriously though, when Lexi had a guy like Tyler, sure he's not the most popular and he doesn't have the best reputation, but he likes her! It's obvious that he starts developing feelings for Lexi and it was just so sweet!
I really liked Lexi and Tyler together, they were such a cute couple but sometimes I just wanted to shake her. I wanted to tell her to get over the Ben thing and see what was right in front of her, who was right in front of her. Praise the Lord for Lexi seeing the light.
So aside from the weird Ben obsession, Lexi was a really great character. Her relationship with her mother left a lot to be desired, they treat each other more like sisters rather than mother-daughter. No wonder Lexi feels so screwed up, she's had to put up with a flake of a mother and her various nasty-ass boyfriends. I don't really understand how a mother could be like Lexis, but I can say that I did like the way Lexi handled herself.
I've already said I can't understand how a mother could treat her daughter like she treated Lexi, but what I really just can't fathom is how she'd just not tell her daughter the truth about her father. My jaw dropped a little when all of that was revealed. I don't want to give anything away, but I will say that I really liked the was Rebecca Phillips went about everything, I feel that Lexi acted the way any other normal teenage girl in her situation would, so bravo Rebecca Phillips.
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'Faking Perfect' by Rebecca Phillips
Labels: 2015, 2015 Contemporary Challenge, 4 Stars, Book, Faking Perfect, Published 2015, Rebecca Phillips, Review, YA, Young Adult