It’s clear to me that it’s just about summer. I’ve been on a contemporary kick lately and can’t get enough. Today is my spot on the blog tour for Fake It Till You Break It. I can definitely say this should be on your summer TBR! A big thanks to the publisher and Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with an ARC to read and review!
Fake It Till You Break It
Jenn P. Nguyen
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: May 28th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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 have 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.
The only problem is, maybe Jake and Mia don’t hate each other as much as they once thought…
The whole fake dating trope has been done many times before, but Fake It Till You Break It still makes it so much fun. While reading this book, it felt like I was watching a romcom. Yes, this story is predictable, but the characters made this story unique in its own way.
Mia and Jake have grown up together and spent a lot of time seeing each other with their families. If it were up to their parents, they would already be married. That may be hard though, because Mia and Jake hate each other. They would be happy if they never saw each other again. Their parents are funny though, because they try making them spend time together in the cutest ways.
To finally get their mothers to stop, they decide it’s time to pretend to date. If they break up, their mothers will leave them alone. Of course, this brings plenty of funny moments (a kiss that ends up being one on the tip of a nose, etc.). If you’ve watched or read any romcoms, we know that their feelings end up catching up to them. I loved that in this story it felt really natural. What helped the most is that we had two POVs during this book: Jake & Mia. It was fun watching them realize that they really didn’t hate each other and even started caring.
Even though this story is mostly focused on their fake romance, there were other elements that I really loved as well. Mia has a dream to act in a play/musical, but never feels confident enough to try. Jake in many ways gives her this confidence and she finally gives herself a chance. Jake stopped pursuing music when his brother left, even though it’s still something he loves. Mia helps him find that journey again. So besides romance, family has a big part in this story as well.
Fake It Till You Break It is a book you can’t put down (I finished in one sitting) and a perfect read for on the beach or near the swimming pool. This book will make you smile and swoon and what else do you need during a nice summer day?
Jenn Nguyen fell in love with books in third grade and spent the rest of her school years reading through lunchtime and giving up recess to organize the school library. She has a degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans and still lives in the city with her husband. Jenn spends her days reading, dreaming up YA romances, and binge watching Korean dramas all in the name of ‘research’.
Of course I’m not the only one participating in this blog tour. If you want to visit the other amazing blogs participating, click here for the full schedule. The links are updated daily with the tour posts!
There is a tour-wide giveaway for this tour. For the US/CAN readers there is a chance to win a print copy of Fake It Till You Break It! This giveaway ends on June 6th!
Fake It Till You Break It was the first book I read by this author, but it definitely won’t be my last. I really want to read more contemporary stories like this during the summer! What is your favorite contemporary? Let me know in the comments!