Hi everyone, and welcome to my stop for the Fake It Till You Break It Blog Tour!
As a huge supporter of the enemies-to-lovers and fake dating tropes, I fell in love with Fake It Till You Break iIt as soon as I heard about it. I needed to get my hands on it ASAP and luckily for me I was chosen as a host for the Xpresso Reads Blog Tour and received an advance copy to read and review.
So please check out my (spoiler-free) review below and if I managed to convince you, then please enter the international give-away to win a print copy of the book for yourself!
Note: Check out the other stops on this blog tour here.
Title: Fake It Till You Break It
Author: Jenn P. Nguyen
Release Date: May 28th, 2019
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary – Romance
WHAT IT’S ABOUT:
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…
ARc Review (spoiler-free):
Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review, this in no way impacted my opinion.
Let me start this review with a quick disclaimer on my reading tastes. There are a few tropes I will never, ever, ever get enough off. Those are enemies-to-lovers (in which “enemies” can mean anything on the spectrum from “You annoy me greatly and I can’t stand you” until “we are doomed to be on opposite ends of this deadly war and I may have to kill you”, but I digress) and fake dating. I will read variations of these tropes until I’m old and grey and telling anyone who will hear me that I ship it. So naturally, when I read the premise of Fake It Till You Break It, I was hooked because it combines my two favorite tropes. I mean, it was meant to be!
Mia and Jake go way back. Their mothers are best friends and have been shipping the two of them together for as long as they can remember. And they are both beyond fed up with it because they don’t even like eachother (ha, so they think). So they come up with the perfect plan: fake date for a while, convince their mothers they are together, and then break up in the most horrible way so they will never be forced together again. Bulletproof plan, right? Totally, and you know I’m a sucker for these kinds of crazy plans!
Weirdly though, what I loved most about this story is that it didn’t feel like an enemies-to-lovers story. I mean, it’s enemies-to-lovers for Mia and Jake, because they are convinced they hate eachother, but honestly reading this book I felt more like the moms. Even when these two are fighting and bantering with eachother (and the banter is so, so good), it’s obvious that they do care about eachother. So really, it’s just waiting for the two of them to catch on. And they do so in cute and adorable ways, meaning this book is just a fun, adorable ride from start to finish.
What else did I like about this story? The moms, for a start. Sure, if I was their kid I would be hella annoyed with their antics as well, but they come from good intentions as they just want to unite their families to become the family they already know they are (no pressure, right?). Though not perfect, they are hilarious and heartwarming to watch. I also love the big focus on family overall, since there is also a big storyline between Jake and his mom and his brother. And I must confess, I also loooved all the kdrama references. Mia’s a huge kdrama fan and hearing her gush about My Love From The Star made me want to rewatch that ASAP, because I agree with Mia and already miss that alien hotness (and here I go, digressing again).
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There were a few downsides, such as the rather forgettable friends (their names, I have no idea anymore…) and a love triangle that mayyybe could have been left out, but all in all I highly enjoyed this book and recommend it to all fans of the enemies-to-lovers trope, fake dating trope and kdrama antics.
My rating: 3,5 stars
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’.
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