I have been a fan of Cora Carmack ever since Losing It, and ever since I found out that the one of the side characters was getting his own story I couldn’t wait! Faking It didn’t disappoint.
Cade, fresh from having just got his heart-broken by his best friend he had wanted be more is used to acting. Acting like every time he sees Bliss and her new love (that’s not him) that it doesn’t tear him up inside. So when he is approached in a coffee shop by a frantic Max “Mackenzie” asking him to pretend to be her straight-laced boyfriend for a few minutes, he agrees so he can get his mind off all things Bliss, what’s the worse that can happen?
Max is living two different lives, one of a cool tattooed tough chick that sings in a band and works as a dancer in a club with a slew of bad for her boyfriends to last a life time.Then there is Mackenzie, the straight-laced ‘good girl’ non-tattooed respectful girl who has been dating the perfect guy that her parents think she is. Normally she can juggle the two since her parents live in a separate state from her, until they show up for a surprised unannounced visit wanting to meet her perfect boyfriend. Enter Cade. Everything is perfect until Cade does his job a title to good and gets an invitation to the family thanksgiving. Now they have to keep up this façade for a little while longer. I loved Max, she had the perfect amount of snark that kept me Laughing out loud.
“My pretend boyfriend turned to my father and shook his hand, “You’ve raised an amazing daughter.”
My father shook his hand and said , “Really?”
REALLY. He said really.
No, “Thank you” or “I know.”
I loved seeing Max’s outer shell crack little by little as the story progressed and finally stop living the lie, although her journey there was not an easy one. As much as this story was about Cade it was more about Max, I felt she had more to overcome than he did, as she finds a way to be more comfortable with herself and stop living a double life, she also has to come to terms with a grief that has been plaguing her and her family for nine years. I also liked the little cameo Bliss and Garrick make in the book a few times.
I love Cora’s use of adjectives to paint such a visual picture, it was what drew me to Losing It, and what kept me coming back.
“My personal bubble was popped like a frat boys collar.”
How funny is that?! Cora has such a way with words, the analogies she used were awesome! I loved the book and can’t wait for more from her.
4 out of 5 stars