Faking Perfect by Rebecca PhillipsFaking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips

Faking Perfect

byRebecca Phillips

Paperback | June 30, 2015

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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 friend (and 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 the 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?
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 novel, Out of Nowhere, was a finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award co...
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Title:Faking PerfectFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.65 inPublished:June 30, 2015Publisher:KensingtonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1617738808

ISBN - 13:9781617738807

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bad Boy Heaven Are you a sucker for a bad boy? If so, this is for you!
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfection In A Novel Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I thought this one was going to be different than what it was just by the description. But I am so pleased with whatit was that I'm not even mad. I liked that it wasn't fully focused on Lexi's romantic relationships, but expanded the scope to her family and friendships as well. It made Lexi into a fully fleshed, well-rounded character. She had a great personality and she struggled with learning to love herself and become her own person. I was constantly urging her to just be herself and not worry about what her "friends" thought about her because she deserved better. I would have liked to know more about how exactly her and Tyler came to their agreement, how they fleshed out the terms, why she told him about Ben, etc. but it served to the story that thy were already in this mess together and he was already falling for her. I understood the reasons behind her and Ben getting together but he was an asshat. I wasn't happy with how things turned out for them in the sense that I thought it was abrupt, but at the same time it was very realistic. I thought the other minor characters were all interesting and they all had their own story arcs, but I still would have liked more from them that was their own story -- not just contributing to Lexi's story. Overall: 4/5 stars. I thought this was going to be your typical contemporary, young adult romance novel, but it was so much more than that. I highly recommend this one.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Faking Perfect There's no such thing as perfect, this is something young people need to learn. This is a great book for teens who are trying to figure out where the belong. It's better to have a few real people for friends then a bunch of fake friends. Has a great story line *Always be your self*
Date published: 2015-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect is overrated Lexi Shaw has been seeing Tyler Flynn since the beginning of the school year. Not the dating kind of seeing. He comes in the window and they never sleep. He is the only one who knows her secrets. The only one she trusts with her crush on the perfect Ben. Ben is her best friends brother. He seems so genuinely perfect. Lexi feels with her family, her past and her habits, she will never be good enough for him. Tyler makes her feel good about herself. He seems to be able to take or leave her. Lately he has hinted he wants to take more of her. What is a girl to do? She has made a reputation for being a good girl this year. She is trying to fit in with Ben and his friends. High School is unpredictable, and things can change in an instant. Tyler is the one who defends her even when she is not there. Ben has issues that may rival her mothers. Is this even a choice? Such an amazing story from start to finish! I was completely sucked in and could NOT put it down! I found the story compelling and the characters very complex. I was so anxious to see what would happen and was pleased to get to the finish. It was a great book, each and every page. ***This ARC was free from Netgalley.com and its publisher for review purposes only.
Date published: 2015-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A perfect read for teenage girls Bad boy Tyler Flynn has been sneaking into Lexi's bedroom window for the last six months, but no one knows. Lexi actually likes the perfect Ben, so she hides her darker side behind the façade of being a good girl. She hangs around with the popular crowd, but her real best friend is her geeky neighbor Nolan - he's the only one she can really be herself with. She can't let her "friends" see the real her - the vulnerable girl abandoned by her father and with a self-involved mother who pays her no attention. Then, when Tyler starts acting weird, Lexi's absent father suddenly resurfaces, and Lexi receives unwanted advances from her mother's latest pervy boyfriend, Lexi knows she is in for one hell of a senior year. But, sometimes your true love can be right under your nose, and you just don't know it. Will Lexi get her much-needed happy ending? Faking Perfect is heartbreaking in its intensity and believability. Here is a girl who feels unloved and abandoned and looks for love in all the wrong places. She hides her secrets in her Corn Snakes book because she knows her mother will never go near it. This girl could be you, or your daughter, or your best friend. This girl is real. Being the mother of two teenage girls myself, this is scary stuff. Hopefully, books like this will prompt us to become more aware of what is going on in the lives of our loved ones. A perfect read for teenage girls and their families. I received this book in return for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-07-02

Editorial Reviews

"Edgy and honest, Faking Perfect is the real thing."

–Huntley Fitzpatrick



"Poignant, edgy, and real, Faking Perfect is an honest look at the courage and strength it can often take simply to be yourself."

--Julianna Scott, author of The Holders