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Faking 19

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  2,516 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews
On the surface, seventeen-year-old Alex has it made. She's beautiful and smart, plus she's best friends with M, the absolute most popular girl in school. Feeling bored with their fancy Orange County suburban town, Alex and M decide to check out L.A.'s glitzy nightlife scene.

Pretending to be nineteen, Alex and M meet Trevor and Connor, two rich older guys. At first Alex can
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Published February 15th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published March 1st 2005)
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Before Reading: Oh, look! Alyson Noel's very first book!
I can't wait to read it! The Immortals was so goddamn awful that it made me so ANGRY!! I hope her first book is so much better than her immortal fantasy crap!

After Reading:

What the damning fuck did I just read!!!??

WARNING: This review has A LOT of spoilers. But, then again, SINCE WHEN DO I GIVE A FUCK?!

Almost, but not quite.

This is the stupidest girly book I'd ever read!!
Alex is a fucking idiot, the plot is ridiculous, and the writing was
Dec 16, 2012 Theblondebookie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I first would like to say that I am very tired at the moment and apologize for any grammatical or spelling errors you might see throughout this review.

We might not even call this a review. More of a rant. If you are a fan of Alyson Noel's book "Faking 19," I think that is grand. We are all entitled to our own opinions and that's what makes literature and life, in general, great.

However, I have a very different view and perspective of this book. The author must have been drunk while writing thi
Jennifer Wardrip
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Alyson Noël took me for a joyride in FAKING 19 into the oh-so-fabulous, wild party life of two beautiful high school seniors in SoCal. At first glance, Alex may seem like she has it all. She's pretty, smart, and her best friend is the most popular girl at school, M. But the truth is, Alex has some pretty hefty family problems and she's undergoing a major identity crisis. Oh, and on top of all that, she's failing all of her classes and might not gradua
Maddie Mashek
Feb 12, 2013 Maddie Mashek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plot summary:
Faking is about two main characters, Alex and Alex's best friend, who she calls "M," Her full name is never revealed in the book. The story takes place in California, near L.A.
Alex comes from a low income family since her parents got divorced ten years ago. M and Alex are 17, so she still lives with her mother, who got the bad end of the divorce settlements. She is a very good writer and is very intelligent, but after her sophomore year, she hasn't put much effort into her grades
Jessica Lawlor
Oct 09, 2010 Jessica Lawlor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
Faking 19 by Alyson Noel tells the story of Alex, a high school senior who has lost sight of everything that used to be important to her. A former popular girl, Alex has let her grades slip and spends all her time traveling to LA with her best friend M.

Alex and M meet two guys at a party in LA and quickly fall for them. Alex lies and tells her new friend Connor that she is 19 years old and a student in college. M is a wild girl and Alex often leaves her out partying because she isn’t ready to go
Aug 23, 2013 Zoë rated it did not like it
Ugh this book, I was going to give it 2 stars but I changed my mind. I didn't like any of the characters in this book at all, have the same feelings for this book as I did for Art Geeks and Prom Queens which another book of Alyson Noel's but I actually started out liking that book, this one I wanted to end from the first chapter.

Alex I wanted to strangle she complains how she can't go to college and get a scholarship when she won't even hand her assignments in or start her homework to begin with
This book evidently disappointed me to the core.
After reading it,I just couldn't believe I had done that.

I really didn't get the whole story.
I mean,yes I understand the author was trying to give us a breakdown of the dangers of peer pressure and leaving a ragged life but then I was expecting something more insightful and convincing.
May 16, 2017 Brooke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 22, 2013 Demi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike most people, I actually found this book in my library as part of a two-novels-in-one book called 'Keeping Secrets.' The blurb was as follows:

'We usually tell our best friends everything. Our crushes, our embarrassing stories, our secrets-but sometimes there are truths so deep and dark that we can't tell anyone. Not our parents, not our sisters...not even our best friends. Some secrets are so unspeakable that we keep them safely locked away so no one will ever discover them.

But what happen
Mar 10, 2016 JenacideByBibliophile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-ya
Faking 19 is about a girl named Alex who lives in Orange County with her mother, and is dealing with the few weeks leading up to her possible graduation from high school. With her best friend M, who also happens to be one of the most beautiful and popular girls in her school, they decide to make their current situation more exciting by going to Los Angeles and experiencing the glamourous lifestyle. After soon meeting Connor and Trevor, two older and wealthy guys from England, the lies about thei ...more

Kto by si to bol pomyslel?

1) Bolo to dobré. Keby ma od toho v polovici nevyrušia, prečítam to na jeden záťah. Dá sa to pri nedobrej knihe?

2) Neviem, kto je táto Alyson Noelová ale z celého srdca ju ľutujem, že si potom niekto požičal jej meno a napísal pod ním Nesmrteľných. Ak sa bojíte nejakej meh romance, ufňukanej hrdinky, patetického príbehu alebo vlastne čokoľvek, čo ste zažili v Nesmrteľných, nemusíte sa.

3) Máloktorá súčasná contemporary sa zaoberá viac, ako jednou líniou
Sarya Mrowa
Dec 04, 2012 Sarya Mrowa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books so far and I enjoyed reading it. I liked this book because I felt i could relate to the characters in it. It is a fun and simple book to read which I think any girl would love. It's about a teenage girl called Alex who is a senior and gets bored of school,fails her classes and ditches school some times and instead goes out to the city and parties with her best friend M.They both meet guys which they find cute and say they're 19 years old.But this lie gets them to ...more
Sep 14, 2011 Holly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I grabbed this book because of the author. I've read her Immortal series and thought I'd try something else. Ugh. This book was awful. I wouldn't want my teen girl reading this. Drugs, sex, sneaking out. Plus a lot if the pop references didnt fit a teen in the 2000s. What teen today would know about old t.v shows such as Melrose Place? At the end this book did have a moral. So maybe I should give it 2 stars? Nah.
Rosemary Reilly
This really wasn't a great book, but yet two years later, I still remember quite a lot of it. Why is that? I don't think it significantly impacted my life that much.
Anyway, from memory, it was a fairly typical trashy teen novel. Entertaining to read in a night when you don't want to think too much about complex concepts (ooh, that kinda rhymes).
Jolene Perry
Oct 28, 2011 Jolene Perry rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This reminds me of McCafferty with her use of language.
I really like McCafferty - Jessica Darling's books are like Seinfeld, but teenage girl. To me.

When I was about halfway through this, I read the other reviews. Anyone who gave this a bad review, doesn't appreciate voice.

I found it realistic, while still remaining fun. Definitely a worthwhile read.
It was an okay read. The first half of the book was boring then it got a little bit better. The story was okay, the characters were okay, but there were no surprises for me. The ending was quite predictable.
Sep 21, 2015 Iben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rigtig fin og super letlæselig. Alex er super sympatisk
Amy Noelle
This book kept me reading to the end, I'll give it that. And I'm not exactly sure why, because the plot wasn't anything particularly special. It was your typical partying high schoolers meeting boys and doing drugs. I think I kept at it because it was a fairly quick, smooth read.

It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great, either. So I'm giving it a so-so rating. Here are some of the issues I had with this book.

The first thing I want to point out is that I dislike how the book is named "Faking 19" w
Evie Kluck
May 15, 2017 Evie Kluck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book and I thought it was relatable because the main character is also in high school!
Erika Thomas
May 20, 2017 Erika Thomas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was just boring.
May 18, 2012 The-vault rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By Alyson Noel. Grade: A
This seems to be a year for firsts. After reading numerous amazing authors for the first time, the next writer to be added to the list was Ms. Noel. And she turned out to be as amazing as the others.
WARNING: This is the first good book that I am reading after weeks, so I might be just a bit biased.
On the surface, 17-year-old Alex has it made; she is beautiful and smart. Plus, she’s best friends with M., the absolute most popular girl in school. Feeling bored with their fa
Chloe Pope
I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this book as I've struggled with Alyson's immortals series in the past and for the first 100 pages i was right, the plot wasn't that great, the characters weren't very developed (like why did Alex just give up on school? Its never explained in the book, which it should have been seeing as its such a big plot point ) and the writing isn't that great but thankfully the plot picked up for the last half of the book which made it a bit more enjoyable to read and bum ...more
Lisa (Badass Bookie)
Jul 12, 2011 Lisa (Badass Bookie) rated it really liked it
The Short Story? - I'm going to have to eat my own words again. You know how I don't like coming-to-age novels OR dark contemporaries? Well, Faking 19 was a little of both and I loved it. Absolutely loved it, I was expecting something along the lines of Gossip Girl and I get something better! Beautifully written, fantastic characters and a great message behind it all, Faking 19 a novel every teen should read!

The Long Story? - I really don't know where to start with this novel. I have to say it w
Gina Duong
Faking 19, by Alyson Noel is a romance suited for young adults and teens. The main character Alex, is a seventeen year old former honor roll student,homecoming princess, and student council Vice President. With senior year coming along, Alex's grades are slipping so far down and her motivation to do anything is so lost that she loses her eligibility for the scholarships she applied for and might not even graduate. It doesn't help that everyone around her seems to be moving forward and knowing ex ...more
Jul 21, 2012 Brittany rated it liked it
Alex and M are best friends. M is the most popular girl in the school, so Alex gets a pretty high ranking too. They decided that L.A. is the place to be, since there are nightclubs and older boys. Even though Alex should be studying to improve her grades, she follows M into the city. There they meet so guys and pretend to be nineteen, legal. Alex is struggling with a lot of things though, and faking nineteen just adds to the complications. She gets a much older boyfriend and spends almost all of ...more
Annabel ♥
Apr 05, 2013 Annabel ♥ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lol, two-stars, ok
You can find this review and others on my blog: http://inlovewithbookishthings.blogsp...

Chic-lit, for me, is a guilty pleasure. I don't read a whole lot of it, and the only chic-lit author I really like is Sarah Dessen. I was expecting this book to be cheesy, girly, and mindless. And it was, but you could tell that Alyson Noel tried to add a layer of depth to it that just didn't really end up working out that well. Alex, 17, is beautiful, popular, and smart. But she's failing all of her classes,
Apr 20, 2012 Juhina rated it liked it
Faking 19 was a fluffy enjoyable contemporary for the most part. You've got two seventeen year old girls who hit the clubbing scene and pretend they are nineteen. The two girls, who are best friends, are total opposites. We've got the protagonist, Alex. Rewinding a couple of years back, she was the perfect student. Extracurricular activities, an A student, and just responsible. However, now? she's the opposite. She doesn't care about school, attending classes, bothering to submit her assignments ...more
Mar 27, 2008 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone knows what senior year means: it’s party time!

At least, that’s what it’s like for best friends Alex and M. During the week, they do their schoolwork, but on the weekends, they let loose and get wild. After their traditional weekend snack, they go shopping or to whatever party sounds interesting. And everything seems to be going great, until the seams in Alex’s life start fraying.

Despite giving off the appearance that her life is perfect, Alex’s life is far from it. Her parents split whe
May 15, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cover Opinion: 4/5
I think it's a very pretty cover! But when I see sand, I automatically think beach, ocean and summer, which doesn't happen in this book. So that threw me off a little.
But besides that the car and the font used to write "Faking 19" is cute(:


Alex! Hands down, no questions asked. You see her grow A LOT through out the book. At the beginning Alex shows how much she doesn't care about school, even when she finds out that she has lost all of her scholarships and h
Beth Rodgers
Jan 13, 2015 Beth Rodgers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Faking 19' by Alyson Noel was a good read. It was not completely lighthearted, as there were issues with drugs and sexual encounters that are not for the younger range of young adult novel readers, quite so much. However, even though I couldn't personally identify with the characters and their struggles, I enjoyed reading to find out how Alex was going to get through the issues that were enveloping her life and causing her to feel she was struggling more than ever with how to push past them.

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