A while back, I was a part of the blog tour for Fake It Till You Break It (my tour post, which includes an excerpt from the book, can be found here), and unfortunately, I was not a huge fan of the book. Now that the tour’s been over for a while, I’ll be sharing some thoughts on why it didn’t work for me.
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…
I have mixed feelings about Fake It Till You Break It. At some parts, it’s fun and cute, but most of the time while reading it I just felt annoyed.
- There are definitely some cute parts (like the ending!), and there was some funny, entertaining banter between the main characters.
- There’s a nice friendship dynamic between Jake and Rose
- There are lots of Harry Potter references (this may or may not be a pro for all readers, but I enjoyed them.)
- There’s a tiny house! (I love tiny houses.)
- It was just so strange and annoying how over-involved the moms in the book were in their kids’ love lives. Their motivations are kind of explored later in the book, but it just made me really mad how invested they were and it was kind of painful to read. There are some points where Mia’s mom is just being flat-out mean just because Mia is interested in someone other than Jake.
- Both of the main characters are pretty annoying as well,
- So much of the book just made me cringe so hard. (For example, there is an instance where the word “hottie” is used.)
- Is it just me, or is it kinda weird that Mia and Jake know each other SO well even though they’ve hated each other since childhood? I mean, I know their moms make them hang out, but don’t you think they wouldn’t talk to each other if they hated each other’s guts?
- I’m so over that trope of the two characters who are SO obvious about crushing on each other but are both utterly oblivious to how much the other person likes them.
- Sometimes the characters say things that just don’t make sense—either because the characters them selves are being stupid or just because the writing is unclear.
- In general, the diction and writing seemed a little sloppy—for example, there were a lot of times where the same word was used over and over and it made the writing seem awkward. (Maybe this was just because I had an advance copy, and this could be fixed in the final?)
- I didn’t feel like the dual POV was done very well—I sometimes forgot which character was speaking.
- I wanted to see more interactions between Mia and her friend Aly. The reader is told that they’re friends, but that’s never really shown and they barely spend any time together. I didn’t feel like I had a sense of their relationship.
- There’s kind of some romantic cheating? It’s not really clear, but whether or not it actually qualified as cheating, Mia was still totally a jerk to Ben regardless.
Overall, I felt like the bad outweighed the good in the case of Fake It Till You Break It, but I’m sure some readers will find it to be cute and enjoyable—just not me.
Diversity Rep: Asian main character and other major character
Warnings: underage drinking
Thanks for reading! Let me know in the comments—have you read Fake It Till You Break It? What did you think? What are some of your favorite executions of the famous fake dating trope?
Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club for including me on the blog tour and for providing me with a review copy of this book! This in no way affected my review.