Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Dating Sarah Cooper” as Want to Read:
Dating Sarah Cooper
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Dating Sarah Cooper

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,567 Ratings  ·  153 Reviews
Katie Hammontree and Sarah Cooper have been best friends since the 2nd grade. Katie's welcoming, tight-knit family is a convenient substitute for Sarah when her distant parents aren't around, and Sarah's abrasive, goal-oriented personality gels well with Katie's more laid-back approach to life.
But when a misunderstanding leads to the two of them being mistaken for a couple
Kindle Edition, New Cover Edition, 242 pages
Published September 20th 2014 by Author via Amazon (first published July 30th 2014)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Dating Sarah Cooper, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Siera Maley The story was written fully several years before Faking It premiered, so no, it isn't. It just coincidentally shares a fun premise :) and has a much…moreThe story was written fully several years before Faking It premiered, so no, it isn't. It just coincidentally shares a fun premise :) and has a much happier (and gayer) ending.(less)

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is Faking-It done right
P. Industry
Katie and Sarah have been best friends since they were both in primary school; they might as well be joined at the hip, each complimenting the other in ways they now take for granted. This closeness lands them in hot water when they are mistaken for a lesbian couple and dragged along unwittingly to the LGBT club.

Although initially puzzled by these turns of events, Sarah decides to take advantage of the situation to get a hot bloke to notice her. Katie, protesting, is pulled along with her. As t
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was afreakingdorable. It really is Faking It in a YA, and was so happy-making my toes literally curled while I was reading. I wish I'd gotten a little more from the plot that went beyond what I've already seen on MTV, but those little shoutouts to all the unhappy lesbian book endings, especially after reading the dedication, were totally my favorite my part <3
Kelly Quindlen
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
Loved it, especially the happy ending
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
I heard this is MTV's Faking It done right. This book is so cute and sapphic. It made me cry a lot. Let's blame it on the election.

Trope: Best friends to lovers. Life doesn't get better than that.
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Teenage romance (coming out). Sweet moments but the angst parts affect (in my opinion) the real meaning of love. I'm referring specifically to one of the lead characters.(view spoiler) ...more
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

If you are after a cute, fluffy f/f story, then this is for you! There were a few aspects of this I didn't like (mostly the lying about being gay for attention) but these were all addressed in the story and weren't shown as okay, which I loved. I've heard of this as being called 'faking it done right' and despite never having watched faking it, I totally agree! If you did watch it and feel cheated, read this. If you want a (mostly) feel-good coming out story, read this.
Sabrina Grafenberger
This is Faking It done right.

I know that this book was written several years before the Faking It premiered and that all similarities are coincidental which probably makes it unfair to always compare these two.

But there's no getting around it when Dating Sarah Cooper is everything I always wanted from the tv show! Siera Maley shows us how interesting the fake relationship trope can be if it is handled properly. What a great book!
Oh my, this was SO AMAZING. F/F #ownvoices romance where the characters pretend to be a couple... and then fall in love with each other/realize those feelings have been there for awhile. BEST fake-relationship book of ever, I swear.
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god I'm so giddy it's ridiculous. HOW is it that I discovered this book only a few days ago?

I'm usually not a big fan of coming out stories because I'm way past that point in my life and usually find it boring to read about teenagers.

But this book was such a great surprise! A real feel-good story with sweet mature characters and a lovely romance and a happy ending and it makes me want to run around my house naked singing love songs!!

Dating Sarah Cooper deserves its average rating. The st
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: bi-character, ff, ya
Katie and Sarah are best friends, and for some dumb reason they pretend to be a lesbian couple. That sounds way better than it is, actually.

I just have to say that I loved Katie from the get go. She's so sweet and precious and I wanted to protect her from her crazy best friend 90% of the time. (view spoiler)

I also really enjoyed the characters from the LAMBDA club, they are so nice and supporting. The
Emily Mead
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia
Omg, more people should be talking about this book. Though I was a little uneasy about the premise (two straight girls pretending to be a couple), they end up FALLING IN LOVE which is my ultimate favourite thing to happen in books. Very cute, happy ending, lots of The L Word references. Definitely recommend.
Lexxi Kitty
I was thinking, somewhere near the end, that this seemed like more of a 4 something star book than a 5. By the time the book ended, I couldn’t remember why and thought it more of a 5 star book. If I had recalled and rejected whatever my initial thought was, I could happily mark this a five. As it is, I’ll just put it as 4.5 for now.

With that out of the way I can turn to how I’m not sure how to say anything about this book without being all spoiler-y. I mean, it’s true that the book opens with th
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, lesbian, ya, lesbian-ya
Tbh best lesbian rom-com-y book I've read in a long time! AND A HAPPY ENDING, thank god! You don't know how many teen lesbian books I've read that start out all cute and then end in disaster for no reason. But not this one! The main characters were adorable together (and awesomely snarky)and the side characters are just as lovable.
Only prob I had was a few typos, but there weren't enough to detract from the story.
Yes, the premise is basically Faking It, but it's executed so differently and SO m
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: would-re-read
wow, it's been a long time since a book got me hooked in this way. I think I kind of lowered my expectations for books, but this one definitely brought them up. It's a really cute and funny story, and it is easy to read, which for me is like winning the lottery because English is my second language.
I will absolutely re-read this, and I totally recommend for you to read it if you like happy endings.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, fiction
"I didn't know I could be hated by as many people as I've felt hated by since. And I didn't do anything! I just loved another girl." She looked to me, and I stared back. I couldn't look away. There was something in her eyes I'd never seen before. "I just love another girl," she corrected quietly. "I'm so sick of being punished for it."

Fake Dating Trope + WLW = Everything I didn't know I needed

I really enjoyed the writing in this book, the characters are so realistic t
Megan  (YABookers)
Dating Sarah Cooper is a cute f/f romance. It features both the fake dating trope and the best friends to lovers trope. It's funny, it's cute, and it's romantic. Highly rec.
M. Hollis
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"I've seen enough movies to know what happens when you fall for your straight best friend. I can like girls; that's fine, but I don't want to get my heart broken. I'd like to like someone who will like me back, you know?"

I just love Siera's style and how she writes wonderful F/F pairings. So it was no surprise that I enjoyed this one as much as all the others.

Dating Sarah Cooper is a story about two best friends who are confused as girlfriends by other people. They decide to go with it after bei
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So as an LGBT person I am always very skeptical about LGBT fiction, especially "lesbian love stories". My experience so far hasn't been great, I find the stories lacking a lot the time, they are usually okay concepts but just not well executed. This was not the case with Siera Maley's Dating Sarah Cooper. This book was a breath of fresh air, the characters were likeable and relatable. The story was engaging and exciting, the balance was just right, it didn't feel like I was reading a "lesbian lo ...more
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For big fans of Faking It, I suggest reading this, though it will leave you feeling much more satisfied than the series (which let's be honest, can be a little shallow). Whether you're gay, bi, questioning, straight or just trying to find your identity as a person in the world, it's the perfect blend of humor, romance, suspense and fun.
C. Mack
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A really well written novel that reads from the first person perspective, this really helps to put yourself into the main characters shoes and allows the empathy to flow, making the story all the more real.
Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
A super cute, fluffy YA lesbian contemporary. A happy ending and a super-duper shippable romance. I will be reading more of Siera Maley's books for sure.
Kaitlin Wallace
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: pleasure-reading
Super cute book! I wish there was more about after the winter formal.
This was cute, cute, cute. I love me a well-written cliché, and Maley certainly provided every trope affording one.

I wish this type of wlw romance was easier to find when I was in JH/HS, but I'll settle for reading it as an adult; adorable either way.

(and PSA: I do not condone faking a relationship to get someone else jealous, but, I suppose— like the novel said— at least they turned out to be gay assholes.)
Funny and romantic! Siera Maley’s books are wonderful.
Going into this book I had an idea that it was going to be Faking It in book form. The show aired in April of 2014 and the book was published in June of the same year, although I saw someone say it had been written years before? So, either way, it was Faking It in book form in my mind. (But no character in this book compares to Amy Raudenfeld, one of my favorite characters ever.)

It even got described as "Faking It done right" and honestly, just because the two girls who were faking end up togeth
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oct 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
This bored me in places, and I can't say I loved the characters, but it wasn't a bad read.
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
The fake relationship turned real is my absolute favorite Romance trope, and Dating Sarah Cooper does it wonderfully! Katie and Sarah have been best friends forever, but one day, after helping Jake who was being bullied for being gay, he mistakes the friends for being something more. He's happy to have made new friends and invites them to his after school club. Katie and Sarah agree only to show up and have it be their school's GSA. Jake already told everyone that they're a couple, and Sarah dec ...more
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fa, lgbt, read-in-english
"When she held my hand and gave it an innocent squeeze, I felt remorse for the tingles in my hand and the butterflies in my stomach."
After reading the blurb and many reviews comparing this to MTV's Faking It, I was a bit worried it would feel like a "copy", even if the book was finished first. And yes, now I can say the premise is definitely very similar: two girls find themselves pretending to be gay/a couple, one of them to get a boy's attention (really), and there's also the gay friend who
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Blind Side of Love
  • Her Name in the Sky
  • Just Three Words (Soho Loft, #2)
  • Seven Minutes In Heaven
  • Under a Falling Star
  • Suddenly
  • Interference
  • Second Chances
  • Because of Her
  • Driving Lessons
  • An Unstill Life
  • The Lure of White Oak Lake (White Oak Lake, #1)
  • Who I Am
  • Too Late... I Love You
  • Parties in Congress
  • All That Lies Within
  • The Princess Affair
  • Dirty London
Siera Maley was born and raised in the southern Bible Belt. After coming out as a lesbian as a teen, she relocated to a more suburban area and now lives with her girlfriend and very adorable dogs while she works on writing young adult lesbian fiction.
More about Siera Maley

Young Adult Deals

  • Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • The Gold-Son
    $3.99 $1.99
  • How to Say I Love You Out Loud
    $7.09 $2.99
  • The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Scat
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Chomp
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1)
    $10.99 $1.99
  • I See London, I See France
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Fifth of March: A Story of the Boston Massacre (Great Episodes)
    $8.99 $2.99
  • Starfish
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Olive's Ocean
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Rebel Wing (Rebel Wing #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Little Monsters
    $10.99 $1.99
  • The Thickety: A Path Begins
    $6.24 $1.99
  • Lost Voices
    $5.99 $2.99
  • This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • 13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • Isle of Blood and Stone
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Train I Ride
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Haven (War of the Princes, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society
    $7.99 $2.99
  • The Immortal Circus (Cirque des Immortels, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Greyhound
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Annie on My Mind
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Secret of the Sirens (The Companions Quartet, #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles, #2)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga #2)
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Into the Dim
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Dread Nation
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Curse (Blur Trilogy #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Fury (Blur Trilogy #2)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Crash (Crash, #1)
    $4.24 $1.99
  • Blur  (Blur Trilogy #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Taken (Taken, #1)
    $2.99 $0.99
  • The Fighting Ground
    $6.49 $1.99
  • Vengeance Road
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Ungifted
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Julie of the Wolves
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Storm (Elemental, #1)
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1)
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Things We Know by Heart
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Imitation (Clone Chronicles #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Space Between Heartbeats (Betwixt #1)
    $3.99 $0.99
  • The Secret of a Heart Note
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Internet Famous
    $7.80 $2.99
  • Kissing in America
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Every Ugly Word
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy (Bloody Jack, #1)
    $8.99 $2.99
  • Genesis
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Old Yeller
    $6.99 $1.99
  • After the Game (The Field Party, #3)
    $10.99 $1.99
  • And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1)
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Ticker
    $3.99 $0.99
  • How To Keep Rolling After a Fall
    $7.09 $2.99
  • No Love Allowed
    $7.09 $2.99
  • The Concealed (Lakewood, #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
“I feel like I showed up to school naked or something. I say I'm dating a girl and suddenly all everyone cares about is my sex life.” 4 likes
“And I didn't realize it then, as Sarah and I left the parking lot and sped down the road in her little four-door, but I think that by the end of that very first school day I'd already fallen a bit in love with her.” 2 likes
More quotes…