About the book
Faking It is one of the Trilogy books that Cora Carmack has written, the two previous books LOSING IT and FINDING IT reviews are linked blow.
Cora’s added extras my reviews
This is the second book in the trilogy (oops I read them out-of-order, but it doesn’t ruin the story if you do that PHEW) this is Cade’s story.
In the last year of university Cade was in love with Bliss, the girl he couldn’t have, now in the real world and living in the same city of Philadelphia he realises its time to move on. then a feisty girl with body artwork, piercing and a unique dress sense walks in to the café he’s at, she has a question for him “would he play her fake boyfriend and meet her parents”? because her real boyfriend isn’t family meeting material.
For two people who have many differences, they have more in common than they think, can they bridge their differences and move on from their pasts?
A funny little story to beginning my review, I was sitting in my local park where I know a lot of the dog walkers, they know me as the girl who sits on the bench under the tree even in the rain, I will be there reading. A friend of mine Molly who is in her 70’s saw the cover of the book was shocked thinking it was all about sex, as the saying goes “you should never judge a book by its cover”. yes it is sexy, has an abundance of chemistry but is also witty, smart, emotional and so much more.
Every time I open one of a Cora’s books I’m immediately engrossed in the story, they are captivating and imaginative. I adore how Cora writes her stories, the way they flow, before you know it the book has ended and you are left wanting more. she has an amazing ability of getting you to understand the characters.
Non more so than with this story, it evokes feelings through the topics of loss, guilt, forgiving yourself and the struggle to be your real true self that’s where the title “faking It” comes from, faking who you are to please other people. she always makes her stories always have the right mix of the characters having sexual attraction and heat between them, there being a lot of heart and emotional provoking topics as to why the characters are the way they are, but bring fun and humour to the story where your laughing and crying along with the characters.
I loved the two previous books, and this didn’t disappoint. The book is an emotional read, I connected to the character of Max straight away, feeling her emotions and feelings like I was walking in her shoes understanding how her mind works and her reaction to events. she is a complex character, who slowly reveals her past, as her walls come crumbling down thanks to Cade. she was instantly able to be herself with him which completely shocked her.
Cade was the perfect leading man, you can’t help but fall for him along side Max, he the nice guy every girl wants but with an edge keeping you on your feet, making him intriguing and surprising. I enjoyed that these too had very difficult pasts yet dealt with it in different ways, but found a common bond and understanding that they were able to help each other to become the best versions of themselves.
the topics of this story grab you and don’t let you go, I felt the lyrics max was singing in her band, her emotions of her telling her past, and the way Cade felt about his own past and it being the reason why he is the way he is.
I liked the element of Max’s family, they made me angry at points and sad for them for missing out on how amazing their daughter is, but by the end seeing they were just scared parents not wanting the past to be repeated.
By the end of the book I’m not going to lie I did shed a tear or two, though saddened that the trio is over, that I don’t get to read any more of these 3 friends, but I will come back to them time and time again that speaks volumes. I hope you enjoy them as much I as I do, you never regret reading an amazing story.
Peanut (Laura) xx