ARC Review – Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen

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Published: May 28, 2019

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Genre(s): Young Adult. Contemporary, Romance

Format: Hardcover 304 Pages

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synopsis

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…

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A delighfully cute and perfect summer romance read!

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I loved The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen, so when I saw this book on Netgalley, even though I still had a bunch of other ARCs to read (too many books too little time), I couldn’t resist and requested. So, thank you to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group / Swoon Reads for approving because Fake It Till You Break It is such an amazingly fun and charming story that made my heart melt.

The fake dating and enemies to friends to lovers tropes can be predictable and cheesy, but I absolutely LOVE them. I think these type of stories are so much fun to read and never fail to make me laugh, swoon and feel those amazing warm fuzzies. After reading so many of these stories, you’d think I would get tired of them, but it’s quite the opposite. Even though I don’t always love every single book I read, this adorable story managed to make me feel incredibly excited, totally giddy, super smiley and just bursting with so much happy. Fake It Till You Break It definitely had me hooked on the feels and I just thought the storyline was so darn cute.

Romance wise, I could not stop swooning! I loved the chemistry between Mia and Jake and thought they’re just so perfect for each other. From annoying each other, playfully bantering and flirting, slowly realizing their feelings, and sharing so many sweet moments, I loved it all and could not get enough of Mia and Jake’s irresistible cuteness. I was literally smiling so big and just gushing every single time Mia and Jake would do something nice for each other.

Jake and Mia are both really awesome characters too and I truly enjoyed getting to know them. Mia is sassy, hilarious and adorably quirky. Jake is caring, thoughtful and has such a good heart. I completely adored them and loved their personalities and sense of humor. I also really liked both their POV’s and had a fantastic time reading about how they really felt about each other. Seriously, there are so many funny parts, spine-tingling scenes, and heartwarming moments that this is without a doubt one of my favorite reads this year.

I love both the moms too and thought they were so sweet, smart, and just really awesome parents. I admired them for being understanding and supportive of their children. I also really liked Jake and Mia’s friends. They’re a fun bunch and I liked how they’re always there for Jake and Mia.

I cherish every moment in this book and I cannot get over how Nguyen perfectly captures the awkwardness, the heartbreaks, and all the joys of falling in love in your teens. Fake It Till You Break It is such a sweet and adorable YA contemporary romance and I think everyone’s going to find something irresistibly charming about this book. You’ll smile, laugh, swoon, and if you’re an emotional softy like me, you’ll probably cry. I enjoyed the writing style, I loved the storyline, and I swooned so much over Jake and Mia. The ending left me smiling so wide and big and I definitely agree that kisses in the rain are the best thing ever!

This is the perfect summer romance and a delightfully cute read. It’s lighthearted, funny, sweet, romantic and wonderfully touching. It’s definitely worth the read and I cannot recommned it enough!

I received an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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JENNNGUYEN

Jenn Nguyen fell in love with books in third grade and spent the rest of her school years reading through lunchtime and giving up recess to organize the school library. She has a degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans and still lives in the city with her husband. Jenn spends her days reading, dreaming up YA romances, and binge watching Korean dramas all in the name of ‘research’.

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Thanks for stopping by lovelies! I hope you get to meet Mia and Jake.

As always, have a wonderful day!!!

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ARC Review – This is Not a Love by Scene S.C. Megale

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Expected Publication: May 7th 2019

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: Hardcover 320 pages

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Lights, camera—all Maeve needs is action. But at eighteen, a rare form of muscular dystrophy usually stands in the way of romance. She’s got her friends, her humor, and a passion for filmmaking to keep her focus off consistent rejection…and the hot older guy starring in her senior film project.

Tall, bearded, and always swaying, Cole Stone is everything Maeve can’t be. And she likes it. Between takes, their chemistry is shockingly electric.

Suddenly Maeve gets a taste of typical teenage dating life, but girls in wheelchairs don’t get the hot guy—right? Cole’s attention challenges everything she once believed about her self-image and hopes for love. But figuring this out, both emotionally and physically, won’t be easy for either of them. Maeve must choose between what she needs and what she wants, while Cole has a tendency to avoid decisions altogether. And her failing lungs might not wait for either.

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Didn’t totally capture my heart, but it was honest, realistic and emotional 

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The premise for this book sounded really wonderful to me. A teenager with muscular dystrophy falling in love for the first time while dealing with her disability seemed like a moving and riveting story. I was looking forward to a heartfelt cute romance with tons of emotions and even some tears. It just seemed like it would be that kind of book and I was really excited. Well, this book just didn’t really charm me like I thought it would. It wasn’t horrible at all and it had its moments. Personally, it just wasn’t the most satisfying or perfectly adorable teen romance. However, I felt that the story as a whole was quite enjoyable and I appreciated the message S.C. Megale was trying to convey.

Snarky and blunt, eighteen year old Maeve loves filmmaking, hanging out with her friends, and crushing on boys. She’s also very passionate, driven, and even kind of funny. Sadly, not everyone can see past her wheelchair and disability…most especially boys her age. But, maybe her luck is changing. While working on her senior film project, Maeve meets a hot older guy, Cole, who seems to be romantically interested in her. He gives her the swoons and suddenly Maeve find herself flirting and entertaining the idea of dating. Will Maeve get her happily ever after with Cole?

Okay, so Maeve isn’t really an easy character to like and I personally couldn’t relate with her not because she has a disability. Her personality just comes off too strong for me. There were also moments when I was quite surprised with what she says and how she acts. I personally don’t think I can ever be around someone like Maeve… at least not for a long time. But, that’s just how I feel based on who I am. I’m in no way saying Maeve is a horrible person. In truth, I was never frustrated or annoyed with her. I actually felt heartbroken for what she’s going through. I felt that she just really wants to do normal teenager stuff and be happy in whatever way she can. She’s misunderstood and judged like any other teenager and she’s reacting the way she knows how. Maybe that makes people like her less. I can’t say that I love Maeve as a character, but I was definitely rooting for her.

Cole is not dreamy or charming and I wasn’t impressed at all. I honestly did not like this guy and could not understand why Maeve is so attracted to him. He’s a forgettable love interest and there isn’t really much to say about him.

I love cute, fun, and well-written teen romances. The feel good kind that gives you butterflies and swoons. This was definitely not like that and I didn’t enjoy it at all. There was no excitement and that was utterly disappointing. The story does have flirting scenes, sexual tension, and moments that would have been adorable, but with a dull love interest and awkward dialogues, I just wasn’t into it.

There’s quite a few more hiccups that affected my feelings and reading experience and I’m quite sad that this didn’t completely work out the way I had expected. I wasn’t in love with most of the story, the characters were flat, and there were some strange relationships that made me feel uncomfortable. That being said, I still found some parts enjoyable. I liked seeing how Maeve deals with her disability and just being part of her journey. It wasn’t always perfect, but I thought the author tried to be as realistic as possible and I appreciated that. I liked that there was a little humor and there were moments that I found quite endearing. It wasn’t the best, but it also wasn’t the worst.

This is Not a Love Scene didn’t totally capture my heart. The concept of the story seeemed absolutely promosing and I wanted it to be, but the execution just didn’t work for me. However, I did enjoy some parts of the book and admired the message the author was trying to convey through Maeve’s character and story. It was honest, realistic, humorous, and emotional. For a debut novel, I think S.C. Megale wrote a belieavable story. True, it may not be completely my cup of tea, but not every story I read will be so I’m not giving up on Megale just yet and really hoping her next book will appeal to me more.

I recevied an advance reader copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Note: I also surprisingly received a physical ARC of this book from the publisher through a giveaway (which I can’t remember). So thank you Wednesday Books!

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SC Megale

S. C. MEGALE is an author and filmmaker. She’s been profiled in USA Today, The Washington Post, and New York Newsday, and has appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” and the CBS Evening News for her philanthropic and literary work. As a humanitarian, she’s spoken on the USS Intrepid, at the NASDAQ opening bell, and to universities and doctors nationwide. She enjoys making connections all over the world.

Megale was raised in the long grass of the Civil War, hunting for relics and catching fireflies along the banks of Bull Run. A shark tooth, flutes, and a flask are some of the items that hang from her wheelchair, and she had a fear of elevators until realizing this was extremely inconvenient. She lives with her family which includes her parents, sister and brother, service dog, and definitely-not-service dog.

This is Not a Love Scene is her first published novel.

 

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