Fake It Till You Break It

Fake It Till You Break It

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...

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Title:Fake It Till You Break It
Author:Jenn P. Nguyen
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Edition Language:English

Fake It Till You Break It Reviews

  • Romie

    well, that cute™ i just love the enemies to friends to lovers trope, one of the very best, especially when it's written with a dual pov amen thank you. it was adorable, with a bit of drama but not too much, so so sweet and the vietnamese rep was 10/10 (it's never said mia's family is vietnamese, but their last name is, and the the author is as well). this really made me happy! (4.25)

  • Navessa

    This book reads like if

    and

    got together and had a baby.

    It contains some of my favorite rom-com tropes of all time, including hate to love, fake dating, and a reverse parent trap years in the making.

    But this in no way reads like some sort of amalgamation of the two I compared it to. This truly stands on its own.

    The MCs, Mia and Jake, are nice people. Except to each other. You can understand why when their BFF moms have forced them to endure eve

    This book reads like if

    and

    got together and had a baby.

    It contains some of my favorite rom-com tropes of all time, including hate to love, fake dating, and a reverse parent trap years in the making.

    But this in no way reads like some sort of amalgamation of the two I compared it to. This truly stands on its own.

    The MCs, Mia and Jake, are nice people. Except to each other. You can understand why when their BFF moms have forced them to endure every life stage together. I imagine it would be hard not to resent someone when you don't really like them and yet they've seen you at your very worst and know the kind of things about you that you would only ever divulge to your closest, most trusted friends.

    Now that Mia and Jake are teens, their mothers' thoughts have shifted to what a cute couple the two of them would make, and despite their children's protestations, some epic scheming ensues, ending with Mia and Jake spending just about every waking hour together.

    To get their moms off their backs, they decide to just give in to their matchmaking and fake date. This is a romance, so obviously they catch feelings for each other.

    What I loved about this book was how realistically it portrayed the evolution of said feelings. They truly think they can't stand each other at first, and only when they have to pretend to like each other do they realize...they actually might.

    Another big enjoyment factor for me is that this is told through dual first person PoVs. Mia and Jake's voices are each unique, and they read like actual teens.

    I especially appreciated the chapters from Mia's perspective, because while she's quirky and spazy, she doesn't come across like a manic pixie dream girl, but like an actual teenager. At 34, I sometimes forget what those crazy, uncontrolled years of my life were like, but Mia reminded me of a lot of the highs and lows. The toughness paired with crippling insecurity. The desire to want to be suave and put together but being borderline out of control 24/7.

    Jake is a wonderful character too. I cannot rave enough about how he lifts Mia up so much. That he has no ego when it comes to her. That he revels in the fact that she can stand up for herself and brags about how she could kick his ass both in video games and IRL.

    Jake also has a girl named Rose for a bestie, and friends, lemme tell you about how happy their relationship made me. I have been SEARCHING for one like theirs literally for years. Because guess what? Neither one of them is gay. Neither one at any point catches feelings for each other. Neither one tries to stand in the way of each other's happiness because of some weird abandonment issues.

    THIS IS JUST A GUY AND A GIRL BEING FRIENDS. FULL STOP.

    More of this please. I'm over all the other portrayals. Where men and women can't coexist together in a platonic way without one of them being queer or secretly in love with the other.

    So, because Mia and Jake have been forced together their whole lives, they know all of each other's dirt, which means that when the eventual misunderstandings unfold, they know how to cut each other deep. This made the conflict seem all the more believable. The good thing is that since they're basically good people, they recognize their own bad behavior and want to make amends for it.

    My only scruples with this are Jake's stubbornness toward the end paired with a little too much cheesiness for my tastes, but honestly, this is a fluffy teen rom-com, so I wouldn't expect anything less.

    I definitely recommend this one for anyone looking for a quick, super-cute, hilarious young adult romance that will leave you smiling for days afterward.

  • Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥

    Fake It Till You Break It was absolutely adorable!

    I got sucked in right away and I loved how it all unfolded. So if you're a fan of YA romance, Kasie West or cute movies like To All The Boys I've Loved Before, then you definitely have to pick this one up!

    Fake It Till You Break It was absolutely adorable!

    I got sucked in right away and I loved how it all unfolded. So if you're a fan of YA romance, Kasie West or cute movies like To All The Boys I've Loved Before, then you definitely have to pick this one up!

    Mia and Jake had known each other since they were babies. Their moms were bbfs and just knew that their children were destined to fall madly in love someday. So both of their mom's made numerous attempts to make their dreams come true. And it was

    over the top. It was impossible not to laugh or roll my eyes at their crazy antics. But all of their efforts were in vain since Mia and Jake became enemies over the year.

    That way they'd never get shoved together again.

    I liked both Mia and Jake from the start! Mia could be so sarcastic, but she felt like the sweet, girl next door. Well except when she liked to mess with Jake, which was hilarious. And even though Jake messed with Mia too, it was impossible not fall for him. He was such a good guy who was not only kind, but thoughtful. Jake also had this boy next door vibe, even though he was a neat freak. So

    When Mia and Jake pretended to date, they could be so awkward. Yet they knew each other inside out. There was a comfort level to them that made them smile. I loved that not only did they tolerate each other but they had fun together. But to make their relationship believable, there had to be touching and kissing. And when they threw that into the mix, lines between them became completely blurred.

    But if that was the case, then why were they excited to see each other next?

    This book was so much fun, that when I was in the middle of reading this story, I went and bought Jenn P Ngyen's other book! So

    It kept me smiling and laughing till the last page and I can't wait to read this author's other book!

    PS I would LOVE to read Finn's story!!

  • Lola

    This is the perfect YA romance to read during the summer, perhaps at the beach or next to the pool or even late at night while everyone is sleeping and you’re awake under the atmospheric moonlight. Just don’t read it during a snowstorm, that’s all I ask.

    Some might call it cliché and predictable, but I call it entertaining and wish-fulfilling. Mia and Jake have known each other forever—they were best friends but now they don’t know what they are, except their moms think they’d form the perfect c

    This is the perfect YA romance to read during the summer, perhaps at the beach or next to the pool or even late at night while everyone is sleeping and you’re awake under the atmospheric moonlight. Just don’t read it during a snowstorm, that’s all I ask.

    Some might call it cliché and predictable, but I call it entertaining and wish-fulfilling. Mia and Jake have known each other forever—they were best friends but now they don’t know what they are, except their moms think they’d form the perfect couple so they are pushed together relentlessly. I found those attempts to bring them closer particularly enjoyable.

    Reading this story for me was like watching a romantic comedy and because it has been a while since I’ve done that, what with university courses and reading sucking all my time, I was especially happy with the simultaneously awkward and romantic scenes between Mia and Jake who fake-date. Silly teenagers that they are, they don’t yet know that whether you fake something or not, it may trigger side-feelings inside you that you cannot control. Hehe!

    I just really love these fun Swoon Reads stories. This is an imprint that publishes stories that readers themselves basically choose. I’ve yet to read and give a rating to an unpublished/unselected written work on Swoonreads.com but now I’m thinking that if this year they’re all as wonderful as this one, I might need to do that this summer while I’m on vacation.

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  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    Mia and Jake hate hate hate each other. Which would be totally fine, except their moms are best friends and force them to go everywhere—dentist appointments, school, vacations, etc—in the vain hope that one day they'll fall in love. Mia just wants to date whoever she wants, and Jake wants to get out of another cruise. So they decide to pretend to be in love...which is totally just fine, right?

    Okay okay okay. So I rated this three stars. It's not

    , it just felt kinda bland and like something I

    Mia and Jake hate hate hate each other. Which would be totally fine, except their moms are best friends and force them to go everywhere—dentist appointments, school, vacations, etc—in the vain hope that one day they'll fall in love. Mia just wants to date whoever she wants, and Jake wants to get out of another cruise. So they decide to pretend to be in love...which is totally just fine, right?

    Okay okay okay. So I rated this three stars. It's not

    , it just felt kinda bland and like something I've read a jillion times before...and it felt very similar to

    but with two childhood frenemies instead of two people who didn't know each other.

    And I read this in another review, but this really does pull out all the tropes.

    But don't just take my word for it! Take Stefon's!

    Stefon, if you were a fifteen year old would you be interested in this book?

    Stefon, everybody!

    So, it has the tropiest of tropes, and it

    pull them off. If I wasn't the most jaded and bitter crust of dried belly-button lint that ever existed, I think that I would have enjoyed this book a lot more.

    I did like that Jake was musically talented, as he writes and sings and had a YouTube channel with his brother that had 3k subs (is that a good number? I dunno), which meant that he was famous or something. Mia really wanted to be in a musical, but lacked talent—although apparently she was judging herself too hard? This was a plot point that kinda fell by the wayside a little and was only picked up when convenient.

    I also wanted more drama and resolution with Finn, Jake's brother who fled two years ago to sing on a cruise ship, because

    is a backstory that needs more delving into.

    I also liked that this is a story about unconventional families. Mia's mom is single after her dad passed away (or left, I wasn't really paying attention??), and Jake's mom is really his aunt, who took him and his brother in after their parents died in a car crash when Jake was two. And the moms are best friends and did everything together. And Asian rep!

    So I wanted to like it a whole lot more than I did. Well, I liked it but didn't

    it.

    To sum up:

    It's cute. It's sweet. Mia and Jake really do have an adorable relationship, and act like that cute couple that have been together a gajillion years and subconsciously know all of each other's quirks.

    But cute and sweet only go so far.

    I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

  • Vicky Who Reads

    Mia was a bit too...cliché Wattpad? Manic Pixie Dream Girl? for me. I thought the concept was cute but some of it felt a little forced quirkiness, tbh. I'd say fans of

    who want a protagonist who's a little sillier and young will enjoy this!

  • Emma

    3.5 Stars

    is a sweet contemporary romance between Mia and Jake, two enemies that have been stuck together for life because of their mothers’ close friendship. I love me a good dose of hate-to-love relationships and this was done pretty well. I especially liked how they really tried to fight their attraction at first, but in the end they had to admit defeat and declare their love for each other. The fact that they knew so much about the other was the sweetest thing ever

    3.5 Stars

    is a sweet contemporary romance between Mia and Jake, two enemies that have been stuck together for life because of their mothers’ close friendship. I love me a good dose of hate-to-love relationships and this was done pretty well. I especially liked how they really tried to fight their attraction at first, but in the end they had to admit defeat and declare their love for each other. The fact that they knew so much about the other was the sweetest thing ever, I loved reading about their past and their quirky habits. Even in the part where they still claimed to hate each other I could definitely see the deep care they felt for one another.

    There wasn’t a lot of drama, something which I’m quite thankful for. I still think Mia overstepped a little bit by sending those e-mails but I’m happy that Jake got the chance to reunite with his brother Finn.

    Overall it was a quick and nice read, perfect if you’re looking for a cute romance for the Summer!

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    A romcom about fake dating, no matter how many times I may have read it before, is the height of romantic perfection and I can and will read it again thanks

  • Divine

    I'm a sucker for the enemies to lovers trope so count me in1

  • alexandra ling

    fake dating is the best trope i don't make the rules!!!!!!

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