Thursday, July 9, 2015

Blog Tour & Review: Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips

I'm ecstatic to be taking part in the blog tour for Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips!  This tour was coordinated by YA Bound Book Tours.  Check out the exciting details about this great book below:

Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: Kensington
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

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?

I've noticed before that the people who seem the most put-together out in public are the ones with the most to hide, or the most to lose, or the most to conceal.  Lexi is no different.  Her life is anything but perfect.  She has a strained relationship with a mother than is anything but the caring kind.  They seem more like roommates than mother and daughter.  Then there's a father she hasn't heard from since she was a small child.  The only semblance of normalcy she has is her next door neighbor's family.  She's best friends with their son, and his mother treats her more like a mother than her own does.

Like a lot of people though, she doesn't want her friends, that elite group of people at school, to know that she has anything less than the perfect life.  Who wants to be judged, after all?  And she stands to lose so much...friends, her social standing, and the cute golden boy guy that she has a crush on.  But deep down, Lexi is trying to fit herself into a box that she doesn't fit into.  The only time she is herself is when she's with Tyler.

Tyler as an element in her life where she gets to be herself, let her hair down, and just be.  Their relationship is based on nothing more than mutual sexual need, and that's the way she wants to keep it. Except, suddenly, Tyler is no longer happy with the relationship.  Little by little, he starts to come back for more, wanting more, and Lexi doesn't know how to handle it.

I loved Lexi and Tyler both.  I wasn't sure if I would because she is, admittedly, trying to fake being something she's not in order to make others happy and to hide her life from everyone.  But I did love her because she struggled with it. She did it, but she didn't want it at the same time.  I loved that she was independent and strong, even though I hated that she tried to shove herself so tightly into that box.  I loved Tyler because he wanted to pull her out of that.

This was a story of self-discovery on both sides, and I loved watching that character journey occur in both of these characters.  And there's a reconciliation with someone that I was expecting that gave me a surprise factor that I liked. The writing was beautiful, the story had me engaged from the first page, and I loved the challenges and changes that each had to grow through.  An excellent read that's turned me into a fan!

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About the Author

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 third novel, OUT OF NOWHERE, was a finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. She's also the author of the best-selling JUST YOU series. Her next YA novel, FAKING

PERFECT (Kensington), is set to be released on June 30, 2015.

Rebecca lives just outside the beautiful city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband, two children, and one spoiled rotten cat. She absolutely loves living so close to the ocean. When she’s not tapping away on her laptop, she can be found vacuuming up cat hair, spending time with her family, watching reality TV, reading all different genres of books, or strolling around the bookstore with a vanilla latte in her hand.

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