Hi friend! here with another book review named “FAKE IT TILL YOU BREAK IT” BY JENN P. NGUYEN
Genre: Romance Young Adult
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release date: May 28, 2019
Synopsis Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They’ve endured summer vacations, Sunday brunches, even dentist visits together. Their mothers, who are best friends, are convinced that Mia and Jake would be the perfect couple, even though they can’t stand to be in the same room together. After Mia’s mom turns away yet another cute boy, Mia and Jake decide they’ve had enough. Together, they hatch a plan to get their moms off their backs. Permanently. All they have to do is pretend to date and then stage the worst breakup of all time―and then they’ll be free. It’s the perfect plan – except that it turns out maybe Mia and Jake don’t hate each other as much as they once thought…
You all know that am a sucker for anything Kpop they just draw me to then, so the uncommon title and Kdrama reference had me hooked and tied — and the actual story certainly didn’t disappoint. It’s pretty much exactly what it says and I mean that in a good way.
Mia was a pretty and fun character! who loves K-dramas and loves gushing about her future husband, though she dreams about being on the stage yet she lacks the confidence which she later overcomes her fear. Jake on the other hand was a freaking neat nerd (imagine the combination) cute, sweet, adorably caring and adores his mother who adopted him and his brother (he never talk to his brother since he left) after their parents had died. After his older brother abandoned him and his mother, he was the only one to look after her. Both of the main characters were enjoyable and the side characters are a nice addition most especially ALY I love her, it is good to see a strong friendship bond without all the drama.
I liked Mia and Jake’s mothers! They’re hilarious!!! It was fun watching them trying to set them up together on every occasion. Also loved Jake’s friends Rose and Greg who’re also siblings. I enjoyed the friendship between them. And finally, I liked Finn’s character. He was cute and charming. He genuinely likes Mia and I definitely don’t really felt bad for him.
There was a lot of rich description surrounding the story. From the character themselves in terms of emotion and environment, the Sunday brunch (force n them by their moms) to Jake’s specific knowledge of Mia’s allergies and what she doesn’t like or the little thing where he buys snacks for 2 cause MIA will unknowing munch his whenever they are in the car together (just how the hell did she miss the point where something is going through her mouth).
“For future reference, that’s what a kiss on the cheek is supposed to be.” Not sure why, but the kiss took me by surprise. I stared at Mia for a moment before finally pushing her away.”
The plot was cliched and predictable, but at the same time, it was fun. It’s one of those books that’ll lift your mood and make you smile. I found the story and the characters pretty cute, they felt very realistic. Together they’re adorable but sometimes, it was annoying how they try to deny each other’s feelings though a part of me does understand them cause nothing is annoying than your parent trying to set you up with someone they think is a perfect fit. The pacing was good. The writing was great, loved the dual first-person Point Of View and the way the author carries the reader along though not so much that it feels like too much information were dump on the reader.
MY BULLET FROM THE BOOK
“You are lucky that I like you too much to hold a grudge”
- The banter between Mia and Jake were hilarious making me laugh out (must have receive some stare while reading the book), their easy understanding despite their alleged mutual dislike even before the scheme between both of them begins.
- I love their mothers I guess it always expect when any Asian mom decide one of their children with be perfect with another.
- The Kdrama reference and what us girls do when watching Kdrama, gushing about a particular character all the while using up all those tissue (Am a crier for drama when am alone) was something I find comforting while reading the book.
- There’s a great mix of sweet and bitter moments in the book, and seriously, I was smiling when the gorgeous LEE JONG SUK was mention and during their banter, I could said I was seeing the spark between them.
Overall, it was a fun, predictable read filled with drama, romance, friendship and forgiveness with a cute ending and there was no explicit sexual content unless you count the spark and making out. This will be great for a quick read without all the angst found in Young Adult books probably during an event or when you are relaxing.
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