Title: She’s Faking It
Author: Kristin Rockaway
Publication: June 30, 2020
Publisher: Graydon House
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
You can’t put a filter on reality.
Bree Bozeman isn’t exactly pursuing the life of her dreams. Then again, she isn’t too sure what those dreams are. After dropping out of college, she’s living a pretty chill life in the surf community of Pacific Beach, San Diego…if “chill” means delivering food as a GrubGetter, and if it means “uneventful”.
But when Bree starts a new Instagram account — @breebythesea — one of her posts gets a signal boost from none other than wildly popular self-help guru Demi DiPalma, owner of a lifestyle brand empire. Suddenly, Bree just might be a rising star in the world of Instagram influencing. Is this the direction her life has been lacking? It’s not a career choice she’d ever seriously considered, but maybe it’s a sign from the universe. After all, Demi’s the real deal… right?
Everything is lining up for Bree: life goals, career, and even a blossoming romance with the chiseled guy next door, surf star Trey Cantu. But things are about to go sideways fast, and even the perfect filter’s not gonna fix it. Instagram might be free, but when your life looks flawless on camera, what’s the cost?
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
Honestly, I for the life of me cannot remember why I picked this book. The description seems like something I would totally read. It came to me in the spring releases of books from Harlequin. I picked this one and one other. I am always looking for new authors to add to my lists of ones that I read. I however knew that it was going to be a good book and I couldn’t wait to read it.
Bree is kind of at a dead end with her life. Yes, she made be succeeding in her job. But as a GrubGetter delivery driver with 5 stars on yelp that is as good as she is going to get. She lives in a probably illegal apartment above someones’ garage. In talking to her sister she decides to read a self-help book and start her virtual vision board on Instagram. Her life takes a left turn when that happens. This book was adorable. It had some romance but the author kept it to implied sleeping together and didn’t go into detail at all. They did kiss but that was clean as well. Yes, there were some adult situations like dealing with their life and things like that but I personally think this would be appropriate for older high school students or something like that if they wanted an older romance novel, not a YA one.
I gave this book 4 stars because I just felt so bad for Bree. Like everything that would happen. Her car breaks down, her mom died years prior, she dropped out of school after a professor told her she was mediocre. It just seemed like a lot for one person. I know that people do have bad luck and I am sure there are people where everything bad seems to happen to them. I did feel the same with her on her thinking that her sister is put together and has everything going for her. I feel like that with my brother. He is the golden child. His life is perfect. He has a degree from the University of Notre Dame. He has a well-paying job etc etc etc. So on that level, I could see eye to eye with her. I think in the end I will certainly be keeping an eye out for more books by this author. I really did like this book.
STAR RATING: 4/5
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