Review: Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips

Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips
Synopsis: “Edgy and honest, Faking Perfect is the real thing.” –Huntley Fitzpatrick

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?

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I really liked Faking Perfect as it brought up some great issues. Like in What Happened to Goodbye, it featured a main character who wanted to be someone different to try and erase her past. To me, this was fascinating as I have never wanted to be someone different and it was interesting to see Lexi’s reasons for choosing to be a different person at home and at school.

The book also dealt with issues of addiction and alcoholism and their effects on families and children. I thought that Phillips did a good job in conveying the negative effects having an alcoholic mother and a father who abandoned her had on Lexi. At the same time, I liked the sharp contrast between Lexi’s dysfunctional family and a fully supportive family who would be their for her.

I also really liked how Phillips dealt with the issue of perfection and how it’s just an illusion. Most often times, I feel that as a teenager, whenever I see people who have perfect grades, are in a bunch of different clubs, and seemed to be well-liked by everyone have a perfect life. It was reassuring not only to see my own feelings confirmed, but to also see that it’s not usually true.

However, I only gave this book a 3.5 because it seemed rushed at times. Yes, it was a short book, but I feel it should have been longer so that it could convey more of events’ affects on Lexi. I personally would have wanted the beginning a little more fast-paced so that the middle and end could have been better explained. Lastly, I would have wanted to see more character development in everyone. Yes, I did like seeing how they developed, but I felt their was room to expand on it.

Overall, Faking Perfect was a good story with some very interesting lessons and concepts. I felt that it was rushed at times and some characters needed development, but I will read some of the author’s other works.
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