Seventeen-year-old Kath McKenny has a date to the end-of-term party with her since-forever crush. He publicly messaged her to confirm, but there’s been a recent status update: he’s taking the new girl — giggly, pretty, well-developed Lana Elliot — instead.
After being thoroughly humiliated in front of half the school, best friend Chay talks Kath into revenge: a scheme to create the perfect — and very fake — online guy for Lana. Once she falls for him, they’ll show her what it’s like to get brutally dumped.
Everything is going to plan until Kath starts spending more-than-just-friends time with the other new kid in town — Lana’s dreamy older brother, Sebastian. Kath finds herself getting in deep — in love and drowning in guilt, she tries to put an end to her prank, but it’s taken on an unstoppable momentum of its own, with very real consequences.
Why I picked it up:
I picked this one up on one of my book buying sprees. I figured I’d give it a go. I like the idea of a story based around the internet, since it’s such a large part of everyone’s lives now days.
It always takes me a little while to adjust to books like this… because I read a lot of young adult fiction, but a lot of young adult authors write their protagonists to be very mature. They live in broken fantasy or science fiction worlds and act like they are thirty instead of seventeen, so reading a book like Fake always takes a little adjusting to because hey, it’s a seventeen-year-old acting like a seventeen-year-old!
I found the writing a little… wordy. I find it really unnecessary when authors have breaks in between dialogue to either explain the dialogue or what is happening in the scene. Like a two page conversation is somehow dragged out to ten pages. I prefer to fill in the blanks myself.
I wasn’t 100% keen on Kath, the main character. I don’t think she had enough spine for me. She was so happy to drift along letting her emotions be affected by everyone around her.
Overall this was a fun read with some relevant themes. I found the plot a little predictable and I never really fell in love with the characters, but it was okay. It had a feel-good ending and was pretty cute.
My Verdict – 2.5 stars