Can’t Wait Wednesday| The Fraud Squad – Kyla Zhao

We wanted to do another bookish meme on Wednesday and after doing Can’t Wait Wednesday a few times we decided that would be a fun one to bring around more often! About twice a month you’ll see this meme on our blog.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

A working-class woman who infiltrates Singapore’s high society to fulfill her dreams risks losing everything in the process—including herself—in this propulsive millennial women’s fiction novel by debut author Kyla Zhao.

For as long as she can remember, Samantha Song has dreamed of writing for a high-society magazine—and she’d do anything to get there. But the constant struggle to help her mom make ends meet and her low social status make her dream feel like a distant fantasy.

Now, Sam finds herself working at a drab PR firm. The closest she’ll get to that life is living vicariously through her socialite coworker and friend, Anya Chen. Then she meets Timothy Kingston: the disillusioned son of one of Singapore’s elite families—and Sam’s one chance at infiltrating the high society world to which she desperately wants to belong.

To Sam’s surprise, Tim and Anya both agree to help her make a name for herself on Singapore’s socialite scene. The borrowed designer clothes and plus-ones to every glamorous event can only get her so far; the rest is on Sam, and she’s determined to make an impression on the editor-in-chief of Singapore’s poshest magazine. But the deeper Sam wades into this fraud, the more she fears being exposed—especially with a mysterious gossip columnist on the prowl for dirt—forcing her to reconcile her pretense with who she really is before she loses it all.


The Fraud Squad has been on my radar for a little while, but with the cover reveal at the end of last week I decided to post about it. Look at this amazing cover. I really love how many illustrated covers there are these days. The synopsis of this story definitely makes me think of the saying “fake it til you make it”. We all know how much you can want something, but it feels so far away. Our main character takes means into her own fans when she meets a couple of people who could get her into Singapore’s socialite scene.

I have a feeling this is going to be messy, but that Sam is going to learn a lot along the way. It also wouldn’t surprise me if we meet many interesting characters. I’ll be anxiously awaiting The Fraud Squad releasing in January 2023.

What do you think? Is The Fraud Squad a book you think will be for you? Or would you ever fake it til you make it to get to accomplish one of your dreams? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.

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