Faking It

Faking It
Age Range
12+
Release Date
December 31, 1969
ISBN
978-0732297060
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Things are finally looking up for 18-year-old Josie Browning. Her hot new boyfriend James can't keep his hands off her, she's moved into a share house in the city and - fresh from her roller-coaster ride at the now defunct Sash magazine - she's scored a coveted job as indi website's junior writer. Life wasn't meant to go that smoothly, so when indi's features editor Sia announces she's pregnant and needs time off, the pressure is on for Josie to prove to her editor Liani that she's got what it takes to be a real journalist. Loved-up Josie is also on a mission to lose her virginity to James (if they can get past second base without laughing, arguing, being interrupted or freaking out!). And if that's not enough, Josie's battling with bong-smoking room-mates, mag-girl frenemies and confusing feelings for jaded travel writer, Alex. High on the fabulous perks from her new job at indi, Josie's life seems pretty close to perfect - even though she still hasn't mastered her hair straightener. But when Josie is suspected of stealing from one of magazines' rising queen bees at a luxurious media junket, she is thrown into a mystery of lies, theft and deceit that threatens to ruin her reputation, love life and career forever. Does Josie have what it takes to be a real journalist Will she be able to prove her innocence without losing her job at indi (and her mind) Or will the bitchy magazine girls win once and for all And what will Josie do when Alex comes to her rescue when no-one else does, not even James... Yep. 18 just got a whole lot more complicated. Ages: 12+ things are finally looking up for 18-year-old Josie Browning. Her hot new boyfriend James can't keep his hands off her, she's moved into a share house in the city and - fresh from her roller-coaster ride at the now defunct Sash magazine - she's scored a coveted job as indi website's junior writer. Life wasn't meant to go that smoothly, so when indi's features editor Sia announces she's pregnant and needs time off, the pressure is on for Josie to prove to her editor Liani that she's got what it takes to be a real journalist. Loved-up Josie is also on a mission to lose her virginity to James (if they can get past second base without laughing, arguing, being interrupted or freaking out!). And if that's not enough, Josie's battling with bong-smoking room-mates, mag-girl frenemies and confusing feelings for jaded travel writer, Alex. High on the fabulous perks from her new job at indi, Josie's life seems pretty close to perfect - even though she still hasn't mastered her hair straightener. But when Josie is suspected of stealing from one of magazines' rising queen bees at a luxurious media junket, she is thrown into a mystery of lies, theft and deceit that threatens to ruin her reputation, love life and career forever. Does Josie have what it takes to be a real journalist? Will she be able to prove her innocence without losing her job at indi (and her mind)? Or will the bitchy magazine girls win once and for all? And what will Josie do when Alex comes to her rescue when no-one else does, not even James...? Yep. 18 just got a whole lot more complicated. Ages: 12+

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A fun read about growing up
Overall rating
 
3.0
Plot
 
3.0
Characters
 
3.0
Writing Style
 
3.0
What I Loved:

FAKING IT by Gabrielle Tozer is a fun and light read about the stresses of college. Josie Browning, new to the city, is a part-time student and part-time writer for a newly established online magazine, Indi. She’s got a boyfriend she’s crazy about and life is going pretty well. But her life turns hectic when she’s asked to take on extra work responsibilities that are a far beyond her reach and experience.

She doesn’t yet understand the world of fashion blogging and often finds herself putting her foot in her mouth. She’s unable to impress and charm the right people in order to grow the magazine’s support. She’s thrown into press junkets where she’s to book a pop star for their launch party. While all this is going on, she’s distracted by school, issues with her roommates, fighting with her boyfriend, accidentally oversharing about her personal life, and a new hot travel writer named Alex.
Tozer does a good job of balancing fun and strong emotions in a way that pulls the reader into the heart of the story. Josie feels realistic and her narrative feels relatable, we’ve all been there, feeling like our life is falling apart when really we’ve just got too many plates spinning.

The characters are well developed, even though some of them lack any real depth. They still leave a strong impression and connect to one another in important and meaningful ways. Josie, from page one, is a believable character that immediately makes you want to root for her, even when she’s making terrible decisions.

What Left Me Wanting More:

The books is a little longer than it really needs to be with nonessential details thrown in, only to be resolved a few sentences later. It’s not a major turn off but it can distract from the overall story of Josie.

Final Verdict:

This compelling and fun book is a great fit for anyone looking for a light and entertaining read.
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