Faking It by Cora Carmack

Faking ItFaking It by Cora Carmack
Series: Losing It #2
Published by: William Morrow on June 4, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 355
Source: Purchased
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Rating: ★★★★

Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.

The thing I liked most about Faking It was how it focused on the idea that ‘opposites attract’. Max and Cade are total opposites. Cade is the perfect “Golden Boy” who impresses parents and is very put together. He’s calm, sweet, never gets mad, and never does anything outrageous. Max is tattooed, dances at a bar, has tons of issues, and can be pretty emotional and dramatic. They’re not the couple you’d put together and think, “They’re perfect for each other!!” But in a way, the fact that they are so different is what made them perfect for each other.. O_O

Just like Losing It, Faking It was hilarious!! I freaking loved the awkward moments. Just the idea of asking someone to be your fake boyfriend is hilarious. Then when Max’s parents invited said fake boyfriend over for Christmas… lol. It was just so funny to see that one lie spiral so far out of control!

Faking It by Cora Carmack - Golden Boy & Angry Girl

“My name is Cade Winston—MFA student, volunteer, mom-hugger, and your boyfriend for the next twenty-four hours. It’s nice to meet you.”

And another thing I thought was great was how Cora Carmack really made Cade stand out in Faking It. In Losing It I honestly thought Cade was a little… lame. It just made me sad how he was obsessed with Bliss and kept clinging onto her.. but I loved watching him come out of his shell in Faking It. He became a much more interesting character than he was in Losing It.

The one thing that annoyed me in Faking It was Max. I liked her a lot of the time, but sometimes she really pissed me off. I hate it when the “damaged” girl in books has this attitude that’s like: “I’m not good for him! I’m poison. I’ll just break his heart. So before I break his heart I’m just going to leave him… he’ll get over me anyway.” Grow up and put an end to the pity party!!! Seriously! It drives me freaking nuts. I hate those stupid speeches and Max had a couple of them. >_<

Although I really enjoyed Faking It and it had me laughing at several points, I didn’t love it quite as much as Losing It. I’m almost not entirely certain why. I think maybe Losing It just packed a bigger punch. Or maybe it was because I read Losing It first and then I read Faking It immediately after so the “these awkward moments are hilarious” feeling wore off a little… I don’t really know! But either way, Faking It was still an awesome book!

The Verdict


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  1. Yeah, I totally agree, I read Faking It about half a year after Losing It, and I also thought that it didn’t pack as much of a punch as the first one did, I don’t know why, maybe Max was an issue, yeah 🙂 She did have a lot of those speeches going on, but I really liked that there was a dual POV, too, and it kind of gave you a breather from each character if you didn’t really like them. I agree with the fact that Faking It’s mostly focusing on “Opposites attract” too, it was so sweet like I can’t even ahh the happy awkward feels!

    Fantastic review, Ashley <33

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  2. I swear I’m not stalking you, I’m finally just catching up on my blog commenting lol. Glad you enjoyed this one too. I read it on a day when I really needed to forget what was going on around me so was so grateful to lose myself in it. Cade had been so meh for me in LI so I was delighted what a fab character he turned out to be!

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