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

  • Kayla Brunson

    Honestly, this would be such a good book for summer reading. I loved our characters and thought they were perfect for each other.

    Reading about Mia and Jake fake dating was such a treat! Every time they bickered, had cute moments, and just basically being together added 10 years to my life. Mia was hilarious and quirky while Jake was super cute and ending up being a very swoony guy.

    While I did enjoy this, I can admit tha

    Honestly, this would be such a good book for summer reading. I loved our characters and thought they were perfect for each other.

    Reading about Mia and Jake fake dating was such a treat! Every time they bickered, had cute moments, and just basically being together added 10 years to my life. Mia was hilarious and quirky while Jake was super cute and ending up being a very swoony guy.

    While I did enjoy this, I can admit that it did have its issues. It was very predictable and I did get a bit frustrated with these two not realizing how they felt about the other. But whatever.

    It was worth it!

    All in all, pick this book up when it releases later this month. Take it to the beach or just cozy up at home. Just read this cute story. I’m off to go pick her debut!

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  • thi

    4/5

    - the first ya contemporary that I’ve read with a Vietnamese lead I’m-

    - like I knew I was starved for a female Vietnamese mc but I didn’t know just how starved I was until chao ga was mentioned

    - I’m Vietnamese and throughout the story there’s so many little moments from Mia and her family that I could actually relate to (for once) from habits, mannerisms, looks

    - not to be dramatic but I almost had a meltdown

    - Overall I don’t mind the fake dating trope but it’s far from my favourite; that s

    4/5

    - the first ya contemporary that I’ve read with a Vietnamese lead I’m-

    - like I knew I was starved for a female Vietnamese mc but I didn’t know just how starved I was until chao ga was mentioned

    - I’m Vietnamese and throughout the story there’s so many little moments from Mia and her family that I could actually relate to (for once) from habits, mannerisms, looks

    - not to be dramatic but I almost had a meltdown

    - Overall I don’t mind the fake dating trope but it’s far from my favourite; that said I really enjoyed this!!

    - mia and jake are both likable but still grounded as to not be idealistic

    - I love how this is dual POV; I feel like that usually isn’t the case with ya contemporary romances

    - the pacing of their relationship is so nice; too often I read romances with initial dislike or disinterest that sort just switch gears immediately

    - Idk if i was just hyper focused but In my experience this really nailed slowly getting a crush; suddenly imaging yourselves together and completely catching even yourself off guard

    - It’s just so damn cute

    - I’ll definitely be looking out for more from this author 💕

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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 Anas

    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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