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Ten Rules for Faking It de Sophie Sullivan
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Ten Rules for Faking It (edició 2020)

de Sophie Sullivan (Autor)

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Membre:Springhead
Títol:Ten Rules for Faking It
Autors:Sophie Sullivan (Autor)
Informació:Griffin (2020), 384 pages
Col·leccions:Llegit, però no el tinc
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Ten Rules for Faking It de Sophie Sullivan

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My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Content Rating: 16+
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, Chick Lit
Published: December 29, 2020, by St. Martin's Griffin

Ten Rules for Faking It is Sophie Sullivan's rom-com debut novel. However, she is an experienced writer of cozy mysteries, contemporary romance, and sports romances and writes under the name Jody Holford. Ten Rules for Faking It is the first book I have read of Sophie Sullivan, and to be honest, I expected this book to be better than it was. My initial rating was 2.5 stars, but I rounded up because The Rules for Faking It was her first attempt at a rom-com.

The one thing that I did like about this book was the attempt to bring light to issues surrounding social anxiety, malignant relationships, and parents that overstep their boundaries. And I feel the author could have done so much more with this storyline. I also felt that there were conflicting aspects throughout this book that just didn't fit.

I do not know how to categorize this book. Is it a slow burn or an insta-love romance? I usually like both types of romances if they are believable. Unfortunately, this book was not likely. The pacing of this book was so slow that it teetered on being boring. I found myself skimming parts with the hope of getting to the meat of the story.

Let's start with the characters; Everly, our main character, has severe social anxiety. She produces a radio show with her best friend and deejay Stacey. Everly preferers to stay out of the limelight. On her thirtieth birthday, Everly finds her scumbag of a boyfriend in bed with another woman. Then she goes to work to tell her best friend Stacey what happened, and Stacey accidentally lets Everly tell the whole story over live radio. From this incident comes the inception of a bachelorette style dating competition, with Everly being the centerpiece. I have trouble believing that anyone with social anxiety would agree to this. Throughout this book, there seems to be a theme where Stacey knows best what Everly needs and pushes her. Sorry, but a good friend would never participate in those types of behaviors.

Chris Jensen is Everly's boss at the radio station. He has known Everly for a year and has had feelings for her since the moment he met her; ahh, that's insta-love in my book. But he did nothing about his feelings for a whole year; that's the slow burn aspect. And then boom, they both start to have feelings for each other.
Chris was sent by his rich father to rework the radio station and make it successful. And by doing this, Chris proves his worth to his father. He claims to love Everly but is okay with putting her in uncomfortable situations throughout the book, but swoops in to pick up the pieces when she falls apart.

Unfortunately, I didn't love any of the characters. I felt they were underdeveloped and at times spoiled and whiney, mostly Chris and Stacey. I will give the author credit for her attempt at showing us what people with social anxiety deal with daily. As far as the writing went, it was just okay, but the plot line just didn't work for me to the point that I struggled to finish.

*I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley, publisher, and author. I was not contacted, asked, or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this review is my honest opinion. * ( )
  PageTurnerReviews | Mar 13, 2021 |
super sweet and well done. i liked all the characters we were supposed to, and i liked the fact that the main character's social anxiety was a part of who she was, not something that needed to be fixed. i don't know how accurate a depiction it is, but i was glad that it seemed to be portrayed with honesty and realness, and that falling in love didn't make it just go away. i also loved the friendship between everly and stacey.

the end was a bit overly saccharine, but it's forgivable. i liked this. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Feb 17, 2021 |
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley. All opinions are my own. Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan is a light-hearted contemporary romance novel with just the right amount of angst. Everley Dean works as a radio show producer and on her thirtieth birthday decides to surprise her boyfriend with coffee and bagels for breakfast, only to catch him and his assistant in bed together. If that didn’t make the day enough of a disaster when she gets to work, her best friend and co-worker DJ Stacey Ryan attempts to sing Happy Birthday to her and Everley tells her to stop singing and proceeds to tell her in great detail why she will never date again… unbeknownst to her on air. Their station manager Chris Jansen, on whom Everley has a crush, decides to take advantage of the social media storm created by Everley’s rant and comes up with the idea of a bachelorette like dating series with Everley as the bachelorette to increase ratings for the station. As someone who lives with social anxiety to this feels like a nightmare to Everley, but she decides that she needs to find new ways to cope if she wants to find happiness and creates a list of how to go about that. I felt the author did a good job of showing what living with social anxiety looks like and that learning to cope with it sometimes means two steps forward and one step back. The well-written relationships between Everley and Stacey, between Chris and Everley and between Everley and her parents, made this book an enjoyable read and I do recommend it. Steam Level: Closed Door Publishing Date: December 29, 2020. #NetGalley #TenRulesForFakingIt #SophieSullivan #StMartinsPress #ContemporaryRomance #bookstagram #bookstagrammer ( )
  nmgski | Dec 29, 2020 |
4.25/5 stars!

When the heroine rants about her cheating ex on radio broadcast, she ends up doing a condensed version of a dating reality show that is accompanied with her social anxiety, unacknowledged attraction to her boss, supportive friends, and changes in her life that is told in this entertaining romantic story.

I truly enjoyed reading this book. I felt for the heroine and cheered for her throughout this book. I also liked that this story has some chapters focusing on the hero and his own struggles, though it would have been nice to have more chapters about him. This book gave me the same reading vibes that I have from another book that I read and enjoyed. I would definitely read this book again in the future.

**Thanks to the publisher and Goodreads for the giveaway ARC.** ( )
  DilowRosas | Dec 7, 2020 |
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