Welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal and my stop for Rebecca Phillip’s book Faking Perfect. Instead of a typical review, I have a Reasons to Read type…thing today, and I hope you like it 🙂 Enter the giveaway (it’s awesome, btw) and don’t forget to follow the rest of the tour here 😀
2. Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.
3. Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.
Reasons to read Faking Perfect
- Tyler Flynn is fantastic. Forgive me for starting this “review” with Tyler Flynn, but bear with me for a moment here. This guy, Tyler Flynn, was seduced by Lexi Shaw for one and only one reason—to warm her bed. And I had absolutely no qualms about that, considering the sex was consensual and they were being safe. But here’s the deal: Tyler wasn’t supposed to fall in love with Lexi and vice versa. They were supposed to keep their relationship confined to the bedroom and even though Tyler knew of Lexi’s life-long infatuation with her friend Ben, he wasn’t supposed to mention that ever. You may think that Tyler is just another filler character (which was my assumption too) but you slowly discover something completely different. We don’t see Tyler as much as we want to, but he’s a major character alright. He was a constant source of confusion for Lexi, considering he had started to break her rules, and she was thinking of him a lot more. And in the scenes were he really was present, I loved everything about him. He may have been a bad boy but he was definitely the bad boy you want to see in YA.
- Lexi Shaw is no typical YA heroine.There is a certain way that Lexi had about her, that made you want to sympathise as well as throttle the girl all the time. She was real and she was flawed, and that entailed to her making a lot of mistakes. But Lexi was the character who, to me, was the perfect personification of a girl whose actions would make me reconsider mine. High school is not easy, no matter where in the world you might be, and its been almost 4 years since I’ve graduated mine. But reading Lexi, her actions and the reasons behind them, and reading how everyone is helpless against certain circumstances, made me want to go back and correct many of my own actions. I was no bully, far from it, but I was passive high school. And Lexi, the way she was with her friends, made me regret turning a blind eye to a lot of things that I’d seen back then.
- Parent-Child Relationships are often complicated. And we need to understand that. Lexi’s relationship with her mother was something I hadn’t expected. Sure, it was mentioned in the blurb that her mother was an alcoholic who “chased losers to pay the bill” but I wasn’t quite sure what that would mean for Lexi. But what I read in the book was equal parts horrifying and eye-opening. This isn’t the worst parent-child relationship I’ve read in a book, not even close, but it was kind of like watching a car wreck. You want to turn away and avoid the pain of the scene, but your eyes remain glued to the wreckage. Something like that. Every time Lexi and her mother had a conversation, it was pretty horrible to read, and I did consider skipping those pages, but in the end, I couldn’t turn away. The whole thing served as an eye-opener, like these things happen in families and there’s nothing you can do kind of a revelation.
- Your friends are your biggest asset. And Faking Perfect proves that.Lexi’s friends were all over the place. Some were shallow and the others were judgemental and some were plain mental. But then she had other friends, true friends and I could only imagine how much Lexi needed her friends. Lexi’s father makes contact with her after almost 13 years, and she has to choose whether or not she wants to have him back in her life. And this is precisely where her friends came in. Without them, Lexi wouldn’t have been able to take the right decisions for her, and her friends stood by her through whatever choice that she would make. One of her friends in particular was accused of having ulterior motives by Lexi’s boyfriend and Lexi believed him, and that pissed me off. But what mattered most to me was what I learnt from this book? Friends are important. They support you and tease you and challenge you and take you higher than you ever could be, simply by being your friends.
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Up for Grabs!
- Print copy of Faking Perfect, nail polish, signed some Lyrical bookmarks, some buttons featuring a few YA titles, Lyrical mints, and two other YA/NA books: Love Lattes & Mutants by Sandra Cox, and The List by Kate L. Mary.
Rebecca Phillips has been a fan of contemporary young adult fiction ever since she first discovered Judy Blume at the age of twelve. After a brief stint writing bad poetry as a teenager, she finally found her niche with realistic, coming‑of‑age YA. Her third novel, OUT OF NOWHERE, was a finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. She’s also the author of the best-selling JUST YOU series. Her next YA novel, FAKING
PERFECT (Kensington), is set to be released on June 30, 2015.
Rebecca lives just outside the beautiful city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband, two children, and one spoiled rotten cat. She absolutely loves living so close to the ocean. When she’s not tapping away on her laptop, she can be found vacuuming up cat hair, spending time with her family, watching reality TV, reading all different genres of books, or strolling around the bookstore with a vanilla latte in her hand.
Rebecca is represented by Carly Watters of P.S. Literary Agency.