Title- The Truth About Faking
Author- Leigh T. Moore
Publisher- Leigh T. Moore
Published- September 1st, 2012
Harley has been dreamy eyed over Trent since he came to her small town. She has finally been able to get all the puzzle pieces in place for her plan to win him over. It's all looking good until the new boy, Jason, literally crashes into her life. Now she has to come up with a new plan. Fake date the new guy and get dumped so her dream guy can sweep her off her feet. Not only does she have to deal with her plan being side tracked but her mother's massage therapist assistant is causing some major gossip stress while her reverend father is seemingly oblivious.
Harley (exceptionally cool name for a girl) is a typical teenager who has fallen for the popular boy, Trent. Trent is actually a very nice guy so I am proud of Harley for choosing someone like him to crush on. I don't know about you but I usually get over my crushes after a couple of months or a school year. Some show that they are not really great people or I don't think I would be able to talk with them. That might be why she was so persistent to get the guy. He was a decent guy. But then she meets Jason who hello! Obviously likes her. He was incredibly nice to her and all the time was so happy that he was "fake" dating her because he really liked her. She could easily talk with him, he had a great personality, and he was good looking too... This is where you wonder what the main character's problem is. Why can't you see what's right in front of you? If the dream guy was actually the dream guy he would have asked you out a long time ago especially since you did well and made an effort to get noticed by him. If he liked you he would say wow! She's beautiful and seems like a really nice person I can talk to. Let me ask her out. But no. That doesn't happen and you have another guy willing which you decide isn't good enough... Sigh.
Her friend! Oh how I did not like her so very much. Her parents got divorced and apparently that's a good reason to go from guy to guy. Not only that but to prey on the main guys that her best friend clearly has feelings for? She is not your friend. I couldn't be friends with someone like her. She didn't even redeem herself in my eyes. She just kept on being that perky popular girl that everyone gossips about behind her back. And she wants that! She wants the attention! Stop. Giving. It. To. Her. She frustrated me to no end. I'm glad she wasn't a major character in the story and I didn't have to deal with her that much.
There was a second aspect of this story that creates some mystery for me. I kind of had a feeling to what was happening later on with them and another character which sounds bad but I was very happy that it was put into this story. It was perfect. Anyways her mom is a massage therapist which has gotten her some enemies in the church. Her father is the main reverend and he beat out one of the woman's husband so she now makes it her mission to make rude comments to her mother any time she sees her. So the potential gossip Harley feels might come out of the weird relationship that her mother and her mother's assistant, Ricky, have makes her super anxious. She bothered me with how she was feeling with this and the things she was doing to Jason. Jason deserved better treatment. It's not like I totally don't like her. I actually really liked the story even if she was the type that took a while to realize how silly she's been acting. The story kept me engaged with romance and gossip. I really wanted someone to bring down that woman a peg who kept on being nothing but rude to her mother. I couldn't wait till Harley admitted how wrong she was. It was like the author promised - a sweet romance that I couldn't help devouring right away.
About The Author
"Leigh Talbert Moore is a wife and mom by day, a writer by day, a reader by day, an editor when time permits, a chocoholic, a lover of contemporary romance, a lover of YA literature, a lover of great books, a beach bum, and occasionally she sleeps." -From The Truth About Faking