First let’s talk about this “New Adult” thing – basically it’s marketed toward an in between Young Adult and Adult age group. College age and sometime..Show More »s post-college age. So, the reader are suppose to get main characters that are a little bit more mature in their decisions and life choices. Except, from reading this book I didn’t get the impression that Bliss Edwards was anything other than a 16 year old encased in a 21 year old’s body. It’s not her naivety so much as her immaturity and total sheltered life that have me asking how anyone thought this was a realistic 21 year old? I mean, seriously.
I had a lot of issues with this book – mainly that the reader was suppose to be okay with this whole professor/student thing. If he were a grad student acting as a Teaching Assistant to her class, well that I can go with. In my mind Garrick was probably 27-28? Like, what a perv. Plus he’s her teacher – favoritism, anyone? Totally un-ethical.
I guess I picked up this book with something totally different in mind and that’s why I just wasn’t happy with it. That being said, I listened to this one rather quickly and only now looking back on it do I realize that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I though I was while I was listening to it. (Do you ever have books like that? – you think “Wow! I really like this!” while reading it and then you finish and think it over and it’s like BAM – I did *not* like this book as much as I thought I did.)
Anyway, another audiobook, another good voice actor, but unfortunately this book just wasn’t my cup of tea. The most likable character gets a book of their own in the next installment of the series but I just don’t like the world enough to pick it up.
It’s great to see that nice guys don’t finish last in Faking It. Through a humorous chance meeting; Cade has to pose as Mackenzie’s (call her Max) boy..Show More »friend to meet the parents. Max tends to go for rocker types and her parents don’t approve. Cade, however, is every parents dream. He’s polite, clean cut, in grad school, and volunteers with under-privileged youth. Cade is the golden boy, and Max is the angry girl, but opposites attract and soon sparks are flying.
Max dreams for her band to make it big, and has a series of odd jobs to support her habit. With her tattoos, dyed hair, and piercings, she’s not Cade’s usual type. But he feels more himself when he’s with her than he ever has. Max has some family demons in the closet, and puts on a mask in front of her parents, playing the perfect daughter role. But Cade is helping her to embrace her true self. The story is in dual narrative format so we get to see how Cade and Max are feeling about each other.
I read the book first, but wanted to give a listen to the audiobook when I saw one of my favorite narrators Emma Galvin performs it. The performance is actually split between two narrators, with narrator Dan Bittner reading Cade’s portion of the story. It’s cute because both Bittner and Galvin perform Travis and Abby in Beautiful/Walking Disaster and now they’re a couple again in Faking It. Galvin’s voice is perfect for edgy characters so she’s a good fit for Max. And Bittner has the Golden Guy voice that’s very appropriate for Cade. The reading pace is good, and I was entertained for the 7.5-hour audiobook. Both the book and audiobook are equally enjoyable, so you can’t go wrong.
Cora Carmack has a great knack for dialogue and writing romantic comedy. There is a good mix of relatable life and career issues, family drama, and romance. The romantic situations are totally in keeping with the story and don't totally take over like some NA books.