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Fake Plastic Love

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  555 ratings  ·  104 reviews
“Prepare yourself for a daring, unsparing takedown of millennial Manhattan, trick by glossy trick.” —Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers

When M. meets Belle at Dartmouth, they become the unlikeliest best friends. Belle is an unapologetic Romantic famous on campus for her bright red accessories and hundred-watt smile, while M. is a
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Flatiron Books
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Always Pouting
M. is getting married but neither Jeremy or Belle, the two people she was closest with can be there. The two first met because Jeremy, M., and Chase (Belle's on and off again college boyfriend) all worked at the same firm. Immediately after meeting Jeremy falls in love with Belle and eventually gets caught up in a love triangle between her and Chase that leads to M. becoming estranged from Belle and Jeremy losing his job. The book is supposed to be some kind of modern Great Gatsby, which I ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who name their bicycles, those who speak primarily in metaphors
Oh, this book. It reeled me in with the adorable cover and the title-reference to a song that was popular in the year the target audience was probably born. If you are the kind of person who names their bicycle (and actually refers to it by that name exclusively), or you see a man with a button-hole sprig of holly and DON'T assume he's on his way to a wedding, but instead is the sort of fellow who faux casually refers to Cole Porter constantly and enjoys whatever herb-muddled cocktail the kids ...more
Grier Kantor
2.5 stars. I really truly disliked the over-stylized way this author writes. It was not at all surprising when I found out she wrote her thesis on the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald because Belle was basically a modern day Daisy Buchanan. Here's the perfect example of how a 26 year old having a conversation with another 26 year old speaks in this book, "I'm sorry, M., but I feel so fragile that I might faint if I don't consume a rare steak. Could we continue this next door?" Nope. Skip this one.
Kari Beasley
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-won
This book took me a while to finish, not because it wasn't interesting, but because life kept getting in the way, which in some ways is ironic seeing the characters in this book kept making life choices that got in the way of things they really wanted.

All of the characters, Belle, Jeremy, M., Chase, and Scott, are well developed and believable. This is most certainly a coming of age story. I remember feeling like M. upon my graduation from college, all the promise and hope for my future, yet
Sam (AMNReader)
Jul 23, 2017 marked it as life-is-too-short  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
DNF 25%
Well, my feelings on this book have reached a point of clarity. I have a lot of fiction to read-and not enough time. I spent a lot of time deciding this book would land solidly in the DNF category. Perhaps you are intrigued by it, perhaps I can save you the time. Kimberley Tait shows promise, but I never felt immersed in the story or characters.

So, The Great Gatsby remains one of my favorite books for Fitzgerald's writing, his sense of characterization, and capturing a time and place
Cheryl Schlesinger
Sooooo disappointing! This book got rave reviews ...I would guess not from anyone over 40! Just a come of age book that is tedious and predictable. Don't bother if wondering if you should read! Unless you want to read a 20 year old's version of Sex and the City without any good characters.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have hesitated writing this review because I know my words will not be able to do it justice. This is a modern day story set in millennial New York featuring M., Belle, Jeremy, Chase and Scott. M. and Belle were college best friends and moved to New York following graduation. What transpires next is an exploration of self, life, and the search for the answer to the ever important question "You will be a grand total of what you spend your time doing, so what do you want to add up to?"

While this
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I did receive this book free from goodreads.

Great read, entertaining, modern and nostalgic. The greatness of youth and becoming in life. Relatable characters take you on adventures in city scapes, learning, decisions, love, life. Enjoyable read with many emotional elements. This will be on the summer reads this year I'm sure .
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this exquisitely crafted read as a Goodreads giveaway. The nostalgic tone of this novel provides an artistic flair to the story of two college best friends and the impact that their personalities, values, and life choices have on their relationship as they experience love, loss, betrayal, disappointment, and discover their true selves.
Jason Danley
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fake Plastic Love is not only an interesting novel that's hard to put down it's also a cautionary tale about the world of finance banking that shares a fascinating look deep inside the hearts of its characters.
J.J. Nordman
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway
Fake Plastic Love is packed with those telling details, those neat twists, those perfect turns of phrase that keep you gasping right through to the end. So bright, so authentic. I loved it. It's uniquely written and was so fun to be immersed in.
Ampersand Inc.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: judy-s-reads
As the Great Gatsby is one of my touchstone books I was skeptical about it being the inspiration for this millennial setting but I found it charming and a terrific read. M is a solid narrator while the other characters take inspiration from Daisy, Gatsby and Tom but are not simply copies.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You will be a grand total of what you spend your time doing in your life- so what do you want to add up to?"(page 355)
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I loved the author's style of writing and found the characters very believable. I can't wait to see how everyone else likes it. Looking forward to more books from Kimberly Tait.
Lisa Young
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Read descriptions and summaries from others who are more eloquent than I am- I will say that the story was well constructed and was written so that the characters and the narrative unfolded beautifully. She makes good use of metaphor and description that draws the reader not only into the events, but into the emotions of the moment.
I would recommend this book highly and I will.
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a charming and utterly delightful read! Kimberley Tait captivated me from the start with her artfully polished and elegant writing style that harkens to a bygone era and catapults it forward into a modern-day setting. Her words sparkled into a vibrant, celebratory toast to individual ideals and truths too often muddled or masked by the blares and blasts of a 24/7 digital world. I found the writing to be heartfelt and earnest, almost as if the spirited beauty, strength and wit of Katharine ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved it ! It was almost like a period piece but at the same time it wasn't cheesy, it was very crisp and clean but also so romantic and real. Just I guess its every dream you could possibly think of and then, it wasn't tied up in a bow, it wasn't in a box ,it was just presented to you.
Catherine at The Gilmore Guide to Books
After almost five years of writing about books I kind of thought I’d seen it all. Not literally or in every way, but I firmly believed that plot and prose were inextricably intertwined. The best prose couldn’t save a bad plot and vice versa. Today I have to back off that belief because I just read a book that I really liked, but with writing that often bothered me. It’s Fake Plastic Love, the debut novel from Kimberley Tait. Ostensibly, it’s about four new adult, millennial friends taking ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The beginning was a bit slow, but once I got into it I really enjoyed it. I was a bit worried when it mentioned "millennials" on the back that it might be a bit try hard with that, but the characters felt pretty real and relevant despite the vastly different circumstances. M and Jeremy were my favorites, I low key (okay probably high key) imagined them getting together basically the whole time haha. Glad that I won a copy and got to read this!
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
This was a Goodreads ARC giveaway. This is a book I wish I read back in college. Once I got past the wordiness, I really enjoyed the story and underlining message.
Suzanne Sotzing
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a good read...and certainly quite modern in terms of representing today's youth and lifestyle. The characters were very well developed and showed the realities facing young college graduates entering the working world. The two main characters couldn't be any more different, each conquering their own unique take on "making a living". Throughout the story there definitely feels as though the characters are unhappy about their life choices and only some of them have the guts to make a ...more
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Every life has an essential inflection point--a sharp angle that jolts each of us off in some direction, altering our course and marking the Before and After."

And thus it is for our narrator, and really, probably, for us all at some point. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I normally don't like reading about people working in or involved with the financial industry in some way, but the main character, M., wasn't too frustrating to read about. There is also some beautiful writing
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just wanted to yell at Belle and tell her to put her "big girl panties" on. What a horse's butt. She destroys everyone in her path with her "Pollyanna" view of life. M is left as the only adult in the room, who mistakenly abandons her private life for the demanding corporate life which only proves to "eat her up and spit her out". Jeremy and Chase are polar opposites the rich and cruel against the poor and loving and they set out to win a gossamer dream that doesn't exist. So, it is a fake, ...more
Barbara Leuthe
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book shows you life does not always go as planned and people change or the perception you have of them changes over time.I received this book free as part of goodreads giveaways.
Joan Mitchell
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-have-won
Two girls who met in college with dreams of a life post college find that the real world is a lot less than what they expected. Through love and jobs, dreams and reality they face what their lives have been and find a realistic view of what will be. I recommend this book to people who like coming of age stories. I received this book from Goodreads for free.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will admit it - I was more than a wee bit skeptical of a "modern" novel, Fake Plastic Love whose book jacket boasts a review which mentions it as reminiscent of The Great Gatsby. Count me among the pleasantly surprised.

At its core, the story in Fake Plastic Love unravels as a cautionary tale of two college friends who follow their respective paths. M. and Belle become acquainted at Dartmouth and an unlikely friendship begins. M. is a level headed and focused student whose path takes her to
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pros: Very intelligently written with good characterizations of the four main characters (M, Bella, Chase and Jeremy). Great job in creating a "false" or "plastic" sense of romance regarding lifestyles that contrast with more reality/common sense approach to life. Good descriptions of office work environment vs. the breeziness (or even facade?) of Bella's life style blog. The implications of starry eyed love with the reality of finances, promises, and use of New York City as a playground were ...more
Christina McLain
This, I thought, was a starter novel. It wasted its potential as a comedy of manners and a critique of 21st. century consumerism and unbridled capitalism ( specifically with reference to the crash of 2007/8) but I personally found it less captivating or illuminating than, for example, The Darlings, which I read and reviewed earlier this year and which covered the same subject in a moving way. I think the major problem with this work was that the main characters were just too crudely drawn to be ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book from the Goodreads Firstreads giveaway program. Thank you author/publisher for the opportunity to read and review your debut novel!

Fake Plastic Love follows three twenty-something Dartmouth graduates. The group leaves college to start their lives in New York City. The narrator, M, is best friends with Belle. They both cant be anymore different than one another. Or are they really that different? One does what is expected in life and the other travels a different path. The
Cecilia Cress
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
"...whether it was written backward, forward, inside out, penciled on the back of a Victorian calling card, traced in the sand of a Montauk beach, cranked out in the fuzz of a gramophone's melody, or flashed across the sky with fireworks, life, Jeremy Kirby would insist, was nothing but a Love Story through and through."

I was fortunate enough to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I do agree with some of the reviews, that the financial crisis of the time and the consequences of social

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