Book: Faking It (companion to Losing It) by Cora Carmack, Harper Audio, June 4, 2013
Book Info: New Adult Contemporary Romance, purchased Audiobook. Running time: 7 hrs, 33 mins. Read by: Emma Galvin and Dan Bittner. Also available in paperback, 319 pages from William Morrow.
Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars
I read Losing It earlier this year and thought it was so fresh and fun! Cora Carmack has a great sense of humor and she writes New Adult like a lot of us wish the category could be. There’s romance, and we also get to see character’s finding their way in the world and figuring out life.
I loved the main couple from Losing It, Bliss and Garrick, so I was wondering if I’d feel the same way about the new couple featured in Faking It. But, I was won over by Cade and Max’s story and I may have even liked this book better than the original. You know things are going well when you want the original characters to go away so the focus can return back to Cade and Max.
You don’t need to read Losing It to figure out the plot of Faking It- it’s a whole new story. But, some of the characters from Losing It appear in Faking It, so it will be a little more meaningful to start from the beginning. Cade is Bliss’ pal from Losing It. He wanted more than friendship but was stuck in the friend zone, and of course Bliss fell for Garrick, leaving Cade heartbroken.
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.
The next book in the series is called Finding It, about another new couple. And to tide us over there’s a novella called Keeping Her that reunites Garrick and Bliss- that’s due out in August. The kindle edition of Faking It is on sale now for $2.99.
Congrats to Amanda who won a copy of Faking It and a signed bookmark!