Title: Faking It
Author: Cora Carmack
Narrator: Emma Galvin, Dan Bittner
Running Time: 7 hours, 33 minutes, 42 seconds
Source: OverDrive/Public Library
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Well I can now say that I thoroughly enjoyed two of Cormack’s books! Color me surprised! Looking at the cheesy titles and covers, I never would have thought this would be my kinda thing, but taking a chance on these books proved to be great!
I enjoyed the characters of Faking It as much as I enjoyed those of Losing It. Faking It is mostly Cade’s story, but it also follows his love interest, Max. It’s written in dual perspective, one from Cade and one from Max, which makes it an even more interesting read.
I fell in love with Cade easily and despite the fact that there are buttons on Cormack’s website proclaiming Team Garrick or Team Cade, I found that I loved them both, but in different ways. We learn that Cade is kinda perfect. He’s the “golden boy,” as Max quickly dubs him. Yet he can’t seem to ever find and get what he truly wants. Until he meets Max, that is.
Max kinda reminded me of a semi grown up version of Lola Nolan (for those of you who’ve read Stephanie Perkins’s Anna and the French Kiss trilogy). She has great funky style and wild hair and a spunky personality to boot. My kinda gal. Yet despite her tough girl exterior, we learn that she still has vulnerabilities. Ones that her relationship with Cade could unearth.
Faking It, despite the fun fake boyfriend premise, was actually a tad bit darker than Losing It. While Losing It has a lighter tone and message and doesn’t really deal with anything serious, Faking It delves a little further into the main characters’ pasts, unearthing hidden tragedies and exploring how they continue to haunt and affect the characters. Cormack handles these topics really well, avoiding making those moments cheesy or offensive, and instead making them poignant and real.
All in all, I enjoyed Faking It. Not quite as much as Losing It, but it came in a close second. I would definitely recommend the book to those who loved Faking It or who like new adult in general!
I’m happy to say I found the audiobook format of Faking It very enjoyable! There are two narrators to match the dual perspective–Emma Galvin for Max and Dan Bittner for Cade–and I enjoyed them both very much. Emma Galvin is one of my favorite narrators and I felt like she got Max’s voice spot on and really conveyed that tough, yet vulnerable personality. Bittner really shines as Cade, his voice full of expression and emotion, to the point where I almost felt like he was sitting next to me having an animated conversation with me instead of reading to me.
The material translated very well to audiobook and it was very easy to listen to. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend the format to readers and listeners alike!