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Mackenzie "Max" Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they're expecting to meet a nice wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he's kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they're forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.

©2013 Cora Carmack (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Witty New Adult Romance

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) boyfriend 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.

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Entertaining!

I am a little too old for the YA books but this was still good. I was totally involved and loved the characters. Although not shown, there is a male narrator for the male character. Both narrators are great which always makes the story just that much better. The story was fun with some drama and I couldn't stop listening. Typical in some ways with the new YA craze but still worth it if you have liked them in the past.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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It was nice

Would you try another book from Cora Carmack and/or Emma Galvin and Dan Bittner ?

I really enjoyed the first and last book in this series be Cora Carmack. I think this one doesn't rise to the level of enjoyment I had with those. I thought Emma Gaivin and Dan Bittner did a terrific job.

If you’ve listened to books by Cora Carmack before, how does this one compare?

I liked her other works better. This was my least favorite of the trio.

Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin and Dan Bittner – was your favorite?

I liked Cade the most. He’s smart, hard working, good-natured, call’s his grandmother, and volunteers with disadvantaged youth. It was easy to root for him getting the girl after the first book where he doesn’t get the girl. I ended this book hoping his intelligence and good humor would rub off on Max.

Do you think Faking It needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No not really, it's a stand alone.

Any additional comments?

I liked the mismatched romance and the fast build of affection between Max and Cade. The bodice ripping scenes were great fun. <br/>Then it goes south. Both protagonists suddenly loose any and all self confidence and forget how to have a hard conversation like the ones seen at the front of the book. The overall romance conflict was stretched and the pacing of it made no sense at all to me. I can handle a good conflict of misunderstanding, but their conflict was ridiculous. It was all unfounded self-doubt nonsense, and did not fit into the action's taking place.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Much more than I was expecting!!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me laugh and cry, lust and ache in my heart. Worth the credit! Fun and sexiness like you'd hope but much deeper and more touching than the genre would imply :) loved it!

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  • 06-06-13

New Twist on a Old Story -- It works!

You get to know Max, short from Mackenzie , and Cade pretty quick in this story line. The story line has been done before both in Hollywood and in print. One thing that makes this fresh is that alternating chapters are done from Max’s and the Cade’s perspective. This gives your essentially two main characters instead of one. Emma Galvin does a great job at the narration. If you are looking for a light, romantic novel, give this one a go – no surprises here.

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Could we get anymore basic?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The performances of the two readers was good but the story line was just so...cliche and trope filled. This is my first time reading Cora Carmack's books due to a recommendation but I wonder if she really worked on this story or if it was a book made just to pop one out.

What was most disappointing about Cora Carmack’s story?

It seemed like no one but the main characters were in the right of everything. Every other character (besides the ethnic playboy best friends because of course) was your typical VS plot and one dimensional. I would have loved to see why people interacted the way they did with the main characters but it was all left for nothing and the story dropped of leaving a lot unresolved.

What does Emma Galvin and Dan Bittner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Interest. I think if it wasn't for the readers I would have left this book chapters back.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It was nice to see a female character following her dreams with tattoo's and piercings. To bad most of her strength came from her partner and we never really got to see her stand on her own feet.

Any additional comments?

In my opinion it wasn't a good book but I love the fake couple trope so meh. Give it a go but if you're thinking of reading a physical copy maybe just rent it from the library.

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Loved it!

I loved this book! The characters really came to life with the narration, and the story was great. I could feel all of the angst and fear the characters felt. And I loved the two main characters! Should be called The Story of Angry Girl and Golden Boy!

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Depressing, poor excuse for a love story

The narrators were terrible, the female sounds EXACTLY like Audri from National Lampoons European Vacation, so it was just gross listening to her talk about anything sexual. She was redundantly damaged and unnecessary. The story was boring. I THOUGHT this was a fun, light hearted love story, it was nothing like that. Worst book ALL year.

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Fantastic.

Love this story and this couple. Emma Galvin is one of my favorite narrators and Dan Bittner was excellent also. Perfect series.

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Loved it

I really enjoyed this audiobook. I listened to it in one day and couldn't stop listing. Great story can't wait to listen to others by Cora Carmack