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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  1,253 ratings  ·  238 reviews
When Lexi Shaw seduced Oakfield High's resident bad boy Tyler Flynn at the beginning of senior year, he seemed perfectly okay with her rules:

1. Avoid her at school.
2. Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.
3. Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.

Because with his integrity and values and golden boy looks, Ben can never find out about what she
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2015)
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley.)

"I didn't love Tyler Flynn. I didn't even like him."

This was an enjoyable YA contemporary romance, and I really liked Tyler.

I felt quite sorry for Lexi in this, it seemed unfair that her mother cared about her so little, and to not even know if her father was dead or alive wasn’t nice either. Lexi’s mother literally acted like a child, and it was up to Lexi to make su
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***4 Imperfect stars from me***

That book was a pleasant surprise for me.
In the begining, i thought that it will be one common book, but it was more than that...

It was very emotional and it was having a great message to deliver...
That you have to embrace your imperfection and to not seeking for perfection because most of the times perfect is fake and overated...

But it will be better if i'll explain you some things about the plot...
Lexi was a seventeen year old girl who her life wasn't pretty
Aly (In Wonderland)
May 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Welcome to another episode of Inside Aly's Brain! Where I ramble and hope to God someone can make sense of it.

I really, really wanted to like Faking Perfect. I wanted to sympathise with Lexi and fall head over heels of Tyler and maybe even feel something for Ben. Unfortunately, once I finished, I was left feeling very... disappointed? Empty? Bored?

The main problems stem from the characters. I knew this would involved a love triangle before I started, and I knew it was going to deal with family i
Sophia Sardothien
May 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-review
Thank you Netgalley and Kensington Teen for sending me this book in exchange of an honest review

Despite my low rating, this book was not an insufferable read.

Faking Perfect is about a girl name Lexi Shaw, she hangs out with cliques whom are "perfect" to cover up her flaws behind the act. She sleeps with Tyler Flynn the ultimate bad boy of the school, she smokes, her mother is too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills and her father hasn't been in most of her life.

Now the syn
Marla Mei
What an insufferable read! I had to drag myself into finishing this book. I kept hoping that I'd find something redeeming about this novel but if it did came, well I didn't notice it and I couldn't care less because I was too busy fuming. Never have I been so angry at a main character before. Lexi is a shallow and ungrateful bitch and I couldn't feel even an ounce of sorry for her. The love interest, on the other hand, didn't evoke any interest from me either. How could I, when I never even got ...more
Jun 23, 2016 marked it as to-read
NOT review
Okay, this is so weird. I accidentally saw this book and the cover just then, but I suddenly recognized the cover because it's actually the one for the Chinese version of Me Before You.


Is it just me or do they really look exactly the same?!
Based on the blurb for this book, I was anticipating a lot more typical high school drama and definitely more boy drama. Neither of those things were really present. This book was weird for me because it totally wasn't what I expected.

The "romance" part of this story was really more background noise than anything. While she does "date" two boys during this book I didn't really feel like either relationship was fully developed. Lexi ends up falling for one of these boys but we didn't get a ton o

Kerryn (RatherBeReading)
4.25 stars

I really really enjoyed this book. I went into this expecting just a typical light fluffy contemporary read but I think this book is so much more than that.

I liked that the characters in this book are not all perfect little cookie cutter characters, the majority of them are deeply flawed and I really appreciated that.(view spoiler)
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This and other reviews can be found on my blog: Book Blog Bird

4.5 stars
Faking Perfect is the story of Lexi, a girl with a pretty crap home life who thinks that the answer to all her problems is to try and fit in with the popular crowd. Unfortunately for her shiny image, she also has a weakness for bad boys and when she seduces resident tattoo-sporting, weed-dealing miscreant, Tyler Flynn, at the beginning of her senior year and carries on a secret relationship with him, she makes him avoid her
Rhea Dsouza
May 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Reasons to read Faking Perfect

1)Tyler Flynn is fantastic. Forgive me for starting this “review” with Tyler Flynn, but bear with me for a moment here. This guy, Tyler Flynn, was seduced by Lexi Shaw for one and only one reason—to warm her bed. And I had absolutely no qualms about that, considering the sex was consensual and they were being safe. But here’s the deal: Tyler wasn’t supposed to fall in love with Lexi and vice versa. They were supposed to keep their relationship confined to
christine danielle (Bibliophilic Madness)
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If you're not into coming-of-age books dashed with a little bit of romance, then this book may not be the one for you.

To be completely honest, I tend to shy away from YA books since there are only a select few that I can really tolerate. Since personally I find YA books where the only problem the heroine has is who
Sonja ✧・゚。★・゚☾
Sometimes you get an image of someone stuck in your head and then you can't let go of it, even after they show you they've changed. All you can see is that one side of them. {...} There were two sides to everything and everyone, and somewhere in the middle was the truth.
Faking Perfect is a contemporary with strengths and faults. Most of the side characters were severely annoying, however, there were some good characters (Nolan, Tyler, Teresa, Shelby) to make up for it. I didn't love the MC,
Ren nerdychampagne
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review



Faking Perfect is a beautiful story about accepting who you are and stop trying to fit in. When I phrase it like that, the book is just like a lot. But no, this is the realest thing I have ever read. The characters were so real. So alive. So flawed. So beautiful. The writing is great. So fitting. So alive. Just because a person
Cee (The Mistress Case)
What I like best about Faking Perfect is the characterization. The story focuses on Lexi’s personal growth and the brave steps she take to “shed her skin.” Rebecca Phillips sheds a very realistic light on the relationships Lexi has with her friends, her mother, and her estranged father. I think that when you read this story, it shouldn’t matter if Lexi is a likable character or not because her characterization is so honest. Which is odd because she’s fake. She acts a certain way around her frien ...more
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars
Same Review Posted Here:Dreamy Addictions

This book totally wasn’t what I expected.I expected it to be a normal contemporary romance with some high-school drama, but what I got from it is a lot more than that.Faking Perfect depicts about finding your true-self and being happy with who you are.After reading the blurb everyone would’ve expected it to be sweet romance but there’s lots of emotional drama hidden in it.

The character Lexi shaw looks like normal high school girl w
I read this book way back in 2018, and it was another impulse read that I saw on my library's e-book selection. In Faking Perfect, Lexi is trying to hide the fact that she hooked up with the school's resident bad boy, Tyler, over the summer, and now that they're back for their senior year, they're not going to talk about it. Lexi is too busy crushing on her friend, Ben, which Tyler can't tease her about, and if Ben found out about what Lexi and Tyler keep getting up to, everything will be ruined ...more
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Note: I received a copy via NetGalley to review. This review is my honest opinion.

Lexi feels like she should hold up the image of a 'perfect' girl, to put up a front and hide the fact that her mother is an irresponsible alcoholic and that her drug addict father abandoned them when she was just a little girl. She has the school bad boy sneaking in through her bedroom window at night, has friends who judge and shun her childhood friend Nolan (the only one who knows everything about her) and she h
May 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

Lexi was an okay character, but I didn't love her. There was a few times where she annoyed me slightly, but it was more down to just not being able to warm to her enough.

This started out feeling like a really quick read, but unfortunately, it ended up feeling the opposite after about 30%. It started to drag really badly, and I was glad when the book was over because of it.

Overall, Not a bad read, but I'm glad it's over.
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Faking Perfect took me by complete surprise. I was expecting it to be a more romance-driven story, but it turned out to be an emotional, character-driven book instead, especially when it came to the main character's growth throughout.

Lexi, our protagonist, seemed to have the perfect life from the outside. Armed with her popularity and her group of friends, she pretended to lead this school life completely different from her home life. Lexi wasn't the easiest character to enjoy. I struggled
ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

Faking Perfect is about being yourself and the image you shows the world. The main character, Lexi, is a naive 17 years old girl who has low self-esteem and always feels in secure for most of her life. It was quite hard for me to like her. And she doesn't make it easy for me either with her fake personalities. That being said I think the title couldn't be more perfect for the story.

Up until first half of the boo
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-english, ebook
When I saw this on up for review on NetGalley and read the synopsis, which reminded of The Duff by Kody Keplinger, one of my favorites, I had to request it. I started reading it as soon as I was approved and, though I really liked it, it wasn't all I was excepting it would be.

First of, and the thing that got me interested in this book in the first place, I'm going to start off talking about the relationship between Lexi and Tyler. I was expecting that the main focus of the book would be the rela
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book--and Lexi, Tyler, Shelby, Nolan, and, yes, even Lexi's mom--the first time I read it and I love it even more now. Characters so heartbreakingly flawed and real you want to hug them--right after you shake them. No one in this novel is perfect, no matter how hard they fake it. Everyone makes mistakes, but sometimes it's the mistakes that ultimately lead us in the right direction. ...more
Susan's Reviews

Lexi craved illusion: the right image, the right clothes, the right boyfriend. Instead, she was sleeping with bad-boy Tyler on the sly, while hanging with the cool crowd out in the open. When she suddenly catches the attention of her secret "popular boy" crush, she thinks her life will now be perfect. But reality is the bitter pill which makes Lexi realize that all that glitters is not gold, that her popular boy crush is much less than a perfect catch, a
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
**I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

In our society, we have placed a great stress on being perfect. We place masks over the face of our "real" selves. Everyone these days is trying to be someone else, everyone is trying to put up with the society , they are hiding their true selves to fit in, in the process of being Perfect. It is doubtful that there is anyone who does not. Everyone is Faking Perfect.

"If I expose my nakedness as a person to you- Do not make me feel
May 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, sent-by-author
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Rating: 3.7 of 5 stars

Lexi Shaw as a heroine is hard to like at first. She kept on insisting with the whole "pretend to be perfect so your supposed friends will not find out who you really are and maybe dump you if they don't like it" facade. The first few chapters I really thought of her character as someone shallow and way too vain who cares too much of other people's opinions but cares very little about how she feels about herself. The whole faking perfe
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Rebel Mommy Book Blog Review
Faking Perfect is about Lexi, high school student, who is pretty much living two different lives. One for her friends at school where is all done up, acts a certain way and lies about her home life. Then she has  her other life when she has to deal with her awful mother, hideout at her neighbor's and best friends house and sneak around with her after hours hookup. We see her balance both worlds (or not), learn more about her past
Nita Kohli
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
*I got an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in return of an honest review

Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips is scheduled to be released on June 30th 2015. Its a contemporary romance book. After reading three beautiful, amazing and heavy books I picked this up to read something light and because I needed to review it.

Book Cover

The cover is pretty! In fact it is the cover and later of course the summary that attracted me towards this book.


The story is about Lexi Shaw who has a straine
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Faking Perfect - Rebecca Phillips - Review

Faking Perfect is the first arc I've received personally, thanks to for approving my request to read it :) I read the book a few weeks ago, but I've finally got around to writing the long, overdue review.

Faking Perfect is about Lexi Shaw, who has a casual relationship with Oakfield High's infamous bad boy, Tyler Flynn. With her crush on her signature good boy best friend, Ben, she wants him to never find out what she's done with Tyler
Jordan (The Heart of a Book Blogger)
This review and more can be found at The Heart of a Book Blogger

This book was like a Kody Keplinger/Katie McGarry/Sarah Dessen mash-up. It was a super quick read for me as it’s 272 pages, and I read it in a few hours.

Lexi had a no strings attached relationship with Tyler, which he was fine with at first. Now, towards the end of senior year, Tyler realizes he’s in love with her and wants more from the relationship. Lexi does not feel the same way as she’s still pinning after her friend, Ben, who
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Faking Perfect/Rebecca Phillips Though this book initially looked very chickflicklit, I was impressed by the depth Phillips portrayed and the way her characters were so carefully constructed.
Lexi, our main character, was exciting and real the whole way through, and I loved watching her grow through the events of the book. Her reaction to the events of the book were always fun to see and I anticipated her very real actions and her bold moves. I loved seeing her interact with her friends as well
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Rebecca Phillips has been writing YA since she was a YA herself. She's the author of:

OUT OF NOWHERE (2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award finalist)
FAKING PERFECT (Kensington, 2015)
ANY OTHER GIRL (Kensington, 2016)
THESE THINGS I'VE DONE (HarperTeen, 2017)

Rebecca lives in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband, two children, and one spoiled rotten

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