Fake
A YA novel about a girl who creates a fake social-media account in an attempt to connect with a boy at school. As the strategy works, her web of online lies increases, until the girl whose identity she's stolen becomes all too real.

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TitleFake
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 20th, 2019
PublisherScholastic
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Fiction

Fake Review

  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm so glad social media wasn't really a thing back when I was growing up. By the time I graduated high school, most people were just starting to realize there was more to the internet than Prodigy chat rooms and AOL. As if the teenage years weren't tough enough, it seems like adding social media to the mix is presenting a whole new set of challenges for kids today. Maisie Fernandez is sick of being picked on by the kids at school for her looks. It's no I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm so glad social media wasn't really a thing back when I was growing up. By the time I graduated high school, most people were just starting to realize there was more to the internet than Prodigy chat rooms and AOL. As if the teenage years weren't tough enough, it seems like adding social media to the mix is presenting a whole new set of challenges for kids today. Maisie Fernandez is sick of being picked on by the kids at school for her looks. It's not fun being made fun of for your weight all the time. She decides to get even and creates a fake social media profile. She sees a photo of some random beautiful, skinny girl online, names her Sienna, and starts posing as her online. It's all good because this girl lives in some other town and it's not like she would ever find out, right? While pretending to be Sienna, Maisie is able to chat online with the kids at school who taunt her. Basically she is catfishing. It seems like they all like this "Sienna" and Maisie starts developing some confidence of her own. But this charade can only last so long and big surprise, Maisie is soon going to meet the real life Sienna, the girl whose photos Maisie has been using. Uh oh, what's going to happen if everyone finds out what Maisie has been up to?If you were one of the lucky few who got out of high school with only positive memories, congrats! For most of us though, those teenage years were not all sunshine and rainbows. And that's what I liked about this book as it showed life isn't a picnic for most kids during their school years. It doesn't much matter whether you were popular or not, we were all just struggling to get thru it, weren't we? And that's why I think this story will resonate with most readers. There's something for everyone to take away from the story.Is the story predictable? Well yes, I'm sure most readers can see early on which direction the story is going in. However, don't let that stop you from reading it as there are truly some good messages within the story. It doesn't matter what age you are, it's always good to be reminded every now and again that it's important to be comfortable in your own skin. When you have self-confidence, the sky's the limit! I won a free advance reader's copy in a giveaway by IreadYA but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
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  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    January 1, 1970
    2 STARSMaisie, an overweight, bullied high school student, catfishes her bullies with a photo of a family friend. When Claire possibly transferring to the school, unaware her picture is used as Sienna online, Maisie scrambles for a solution.FAKE reads like an adult set down to write a story for teenagers about bullying and body positivity to send an Important Message to readers. The characters come straight out of central casting: pretty, popular people who range from unk 2 STARSMaisie, an overweight, bullied high school student, catfishes her bullies with a photo of a family friend. When Claire possibly transferring to the school, unaware her picture is used as Sienna online, Maisie scrambles for a solution.FAKE reads like an adult set down to write a story for teenagers about bullying and body positivity to send an Important Message to readers. The characters come straight out of central casting: pretty, popular people who range from unkind to bullies and super-cool, misunderstood underdogs/bullying victims. Maisie’s body positivity is a great example for everyone, except since she mentioned so often, telling rather than showing, I wondered how okay she was with herself.FAKE was predictable and unoriginal with characters that seemed like characters instead of people.
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  • Bookyworm:3
    January 1, 1970
    Poor Maisie, but making fake profiles on social media just to get revenge on someone is very low key.Maisie should have told her mother and get all the people who bullied her suspended.........but now that i think of it, all the kids bullied her so there would be no more school! Huh, no wonder teachers didn't do anything about it. Owen and Grace weren't mentioned enough, and i think it could have made the book better. Maisie's shape-shifter pairs were so true to their personality! Grace as Poor Maisie, but making fake profiles on social media just to get revenge on someone is very low key.Maisie should have told her mother and get all the people who bullied her suspended.........but now that i think of it, all the kids bullied her so there would be no more school! Huh, no wonder teachers didn't do anything about it. Owen and Grace weren't mentioned enough, and i think it could have made the book better. Maisie's shape-shifter pairs were so true to their personality! Grace as a Labrador retriever. Owen as a raven, and so on. I didn't like Claire AT ALL. She was peppy, but not as peppy as Grace. AND SHE WAS SO ANNOYING! I just didn't like her. Just the other version of "her". Sienna.....well, Maisie's other side. I know for one thing is that this book had a too predictable. I already knew what was coming. But Donna Cooner is an amazing author! I have been reading her books for quite some time. She did an amazing job with 'Fake'. A dazzling 3!!!!!!!
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  • || Soph ||
    January 1, 1970
    a little inaccurate when it comes to teenagers being portrayed realistically, but i liked it okay.pros:-MC is half filipino + fat.-i know there was an attempt with this book.-body positivity.-i liked the tense and serious moments ngl.-there’s no romance yAAAAAAAYcons:-teenagers aren’t this harsh (most of the time). it really bothered me.-cliquey stereotypes.-lost interest a little inaccurate when it comes to teenagers being portrayed realistically, but i liked it okay.pros:-MC is half filipino + fat.-i know there was an attempt with this book.-body positivity.-i liked the tense and serious moments ngl.-there’s no romance yAAAAAAAYcons:-teenagers aren’t this harsh (most of the time). it really bothered me.-cliquey stereotypes.-lost interest.-why do these people text in all caps. i don’t like being screamed at.-this book felt like an adult trying to relate to the teens (no lie, it mostly was.) it made me uncomfortable **i liked this for a change. you should give it a read if you’re into this kind of thing. and also if you don’t want to see a romance at the end of the book that’s always forced grr! that is all. ⭐️
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the body positivity in this book I just wish there was more because it wasn't always so positive. There were alot of good lessons learned in the story. The book was good but it fell flat for me the characters didn't really change only Maisie and at the very end.
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  • Kerri
    January 1, 1970
    YA story about a high school sophomore who creates a fake online profile to get back at her bullies. Maisie is a very sympathetic character. I’ve definitely felt just like her when I was younger (and sometimes now) It’s a good read for a younger audience (middle/high school) but doesn’t translate that well for older adults.
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  • Allison Renner
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.Fake by Donna Cooner is a unique take on the high school popularity game. Maisie is tired of being ashamed of her overweight body and tired of hearing the popular kids make cutting remarks about how she looks. When she’s forced to be lab partners with Jesse, the king of these insults, she’s determined to make him suffer. She creates a fake online profile for a pretty girl she names Sienna Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.Fake by Donna Cooner is a unique take on the high school popularity game. Maisie is tired of being ashamed of her overweight body and tired of hearing the popular kids make cutting remarks about how she looks. When she’s forced to be lab partners with Jesse, the king of these insults, she’s determined to make him suffer. She creates a fake online profile for a pretty girl she names Sienna, and gets to work making all of the popular kids believe Sienna is real. Maisie, who already escaped real life by drawing comics, now puts work into developing Sienna’s internet presence. Before too long, even Maisie has trouble remembering what is real and what happened online. She’s scared at being found out, but she‘s hooked on feeling popular and accepted.Personally I was drawn into this book because Maisie is overweight and uncomfortable with it. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE all these YA books with overweight main characters who love their bodies and have confidence oozing out of every pore, but that wasn’t my experience. I was a chubby kid and struggled with weight and body image all through high school, and I wasn’t comfortable with it or confident about it. I always wanted to see that reflected in fiction, because otherwise I felt even worse about myself. Why wasn’t I confident about my size like other characters? Why was I so nervous about standing in front of the class and letting them see my whole body instead of being like other characters? I love that Maisie lets body conscious teens feel seen and understood, then empowers them in a realistic way. I highly recommend you check this book out for yourself when it releases on October 1, 2019!
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  • J Mccarragher
    January 1, 1970
    @kidlitexchange #partner “Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for thereview copy of this book - all opinions are my own.” While Fake by Donna Cooner is predictable, many takeaways can be garnered from the story. Maisie Hernanzez learns the hard way that actions have consequences, social media can be powerful but dangerous, and lies have a way of unraveling even if told with the best intentions. Second, true friends know you from the inside out. Every teen needs an Owen in his or her life @kidlitexchange #partner “Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for thereview copy of this book - all opinions are my own.” While Fake by Donna Cooner is predictable, many takeaways can be garnered from the story. Maisie Hernanzez learns the hard way that actions have consequences, social media can be powerful but dangerous, and lies have a way of unraveling even if told with the best intentions. Second, true friends know you from the inside out. Every teen needs an Owen in his or her life! Third, society needs to do more to foster positive self-image in teens regardless of size or shape. Lastly and probably most importantly, everyone has a story and deals with circumstances unknown to you even if it appears that life is perfect. Cooner did an admirable job of giving credence to teenagers having lives outside of school who deal with pretty significant issues. No one is exempt! The stereotypes are clear but Maisie eventually discovers that “Grace isn’t a flake. Jesse’s not the bully I thought he was, and Dezirea’s not a vain diva. We’re all so much more than other’s narrow perceptions” (273). Overall, a fast read appropriate for middle school and high school classrooms.
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  • Jessica Fitzpatrick
    January 1, 1970
    @kidlitexchange #partner•Thank you to #kidlitexchange and @scholastic for the ARC of this book. These opinions are of my own. •@dcooner wrote this amazing book that all high school (even middle school) librarians should have in their library to show students how cat-fishing can occur and how you can be one way in real life but another way online. •Maisie is a high school sophomore who creates a fake social media account by using someone else’s pictures to get back at the @kidlitexchange #partner•Thank you to #kidlitexchange and @scholastic for the ARC of this book. These opinions are of my own. •@dcooner wrote this amazing book that all high school (even middle school) librarians should have in their library to show students how cat-fishing can occur and how you can be one way in real life but another way online. •Maisie is a high school sophomore who creates a fake social media account by using someone else’s pictures to get back at the people who bully her. Maisie grows a giant web of deception throughout the cat-fishing and soon struggles to keep her identity hidden•Overall, I felt that Fake had an important message for students (especially with social media) and even though Fake is a YA novel, it can easily loved by middle grade as well. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 #youngadultfiction #yalit #igreads #bookreview
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  • Jennifer Hottinger
    January 1, 1970
    Fake will be added to my classroom library. Maisie is a teenager struggling with teasing and bullying from classmates about her weight. She s a talented creator of comics, but no one notices anything beyond her physical appearance. In retaliation for her hurt feelings, she creates a fake online profile on ChitChat. The star football player begins chat sessions with “Sienna”, Maisie begins to connect not only with Jesse, but also with the most popular girl in her class. She learns more about each Fake will be added to my classroom library. Maisie is a teenager struggling with teasing and bullying from classmates about her weight. She s a talented creator of comics, but no one notices anything beyond her physical appearance. In retaliation for her hurt feelings, she creates a fake online profile on ChitChat. The star football player begins chat sessions with “Sienna”, Maisie begins to connect not only with Jesse, but also with the most popular girl in her class. She learns more about each and begins to feel bad about her fake profile. Will Maisie ever find a way to love herself and celebrate the gifts she has? I am excited to share this book with my classes, as middle school can be a tough time for recognizing your uniqueness is what makes each of you special!
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    - This book stressed me out a bit. The idea of instant social media (as opposed to checking Facebook on my computer after the fact) in high school scares me! These kids have way too much access to negativity. Oof. Okay, rant over.- I haven't been in high school for 10 years, but I still feel like it wasn't very believable. The main character is overweight, and the way her classmates treated her (telling people a wide load was coming, calling her names) seemed a little excessive. I know hig - This book stressed me out a bit. The idea of instant social media (as opposed to checking Facebook on my computer after the fact) in high school scares me! These kids have way too much access to negativity. Oof. Okay, rant over.- I haven't been in high school for 10 years, but I still feel like it wasn't very believable. The main character is overweight, and the way her classmates treated her (telling people a wide load was coming, calling her names) seemed a little excessive. I know high school can be brutal but the kids in this story didn't sit right with me.- Pretty predictable story and ending.- I liked the overall message of "Be yourself". - Definitely not amazing literature by any means, but a nice little story.
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  • Sanai
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a great book. I rate this book a 9 out of ten. It lost 1 point because the author could have done a better job describing the characters. It was about a girl named Maisie who was...well lets just say she was not exactly skinny and people are always making fun of her. All of the popular kids are on a social media app called chit chat. Maisie decides to make a fake chit chat account with fake pictures she found of the internet of this one pretty girl and soon she is talking to all of This was such a great book. I rate this book a 9 out of ten. It lost 1 point because the author could have done a better job describing the characters. It was about a girl named Maisie who was...well lets just say she was not exactly skinny and people are always making fun of her. All of the popular kids are on a social media app called chit chat. Maisie decides to make a fake chit chat account with fake pictures she found of the internet of this one pretty girl and soon she is talking to all of the popular kids through chit chat. The girl Maisie has been using on the fake chitchat account turns out to be her moms friends daughter and she is thinking about attending Maisie's school.So what will happen when the fake account girl shows up at the spring dance. Read to find out.
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  • Kirsti Call
    January 1, 1970
    "They're actually doing it! I nod compulsively at each attempt. They listened to me! The feeling of power is like a jolt of caffeine."FAKE, by Donna Cooner is well written, engaging and pretty realistic. Maisie doesn't feel good about herself and creates a fake account in order to hurt people who bully her. The teen voices are authentic and I felt for Maisie while simultaneously hated what she was doing. Donna does an amazing job of showing the inner life of an insecure teen who find "They're actually doing it! I nod compulsively at each attempt. They listened to me! The feeling of power is like a jolt of caffeine."FAKE, by Donna Cooner is well written, engaging and pretty realistic. Maisie doesn't feel good about herself and creates a fake account in order to hurt people who bully her. The teen voices are authentic and I felt for Maisie while simultaneously hated what she was doing. Donna does an amazing job of showing the inner life of an insecure teen who finds herself through her art. Super quick and fun read touching on themes of self esteem, honesty, friendship, loyalty, divorce, and what it means to be true to yourself.
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  • Carli
    January 1, 1970
    #kidlitexchange #partnerThanks to @scholasticinc and the @kidlitexchange network for the advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.•⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 for this recent release. Maisie tries her best to blend in; as she has grown over the years, she has been subject to brutal words and pranks. Now she is stuck with uber popular Jesse as her chemistry partner - the same guy who filled her locker with Fruit Loops freshman year. She decides to create a fake social media profile to humi #kidlitexchange #partnerThanks to @scholasticinc and the @kidlitexchange network for the advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.•⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for this recent release. Maisie tries her best to blend in; as she has grown over the years, she has been subject to brutal words and pranks. Now she is stuck with uber popular Jesse as her chemistry partner - the same guy who filled her locker with Fruit Loops freshman year. She decides to create a fake social media profile to humiliate him, but when it goes too far she may not be able to fix things. The story has themes of self-acceptance and celebrating your strengths; it is bound to circulate well in middle school libraries.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Fake was a really good look into life as a teenager navigating life with the added benefit/curse of technology. It's easy to understand why Maisie created the online profile of Sienna, but it was painful to watch as it spiraled out of control, ultimately leaving Maisie to try to pick up the pieces. It somehow managed to simultaneously make me more judgmental of people who are willing to use technology to do something as cruel as catfishing, while also making me more empathetic to kids trying to Fake was a really good look into life as a teenager navigating life with the added benefit/curse of technology. It's easy to understand why Maisie created the online profile of Sienna, but it was painful to watch as it spiraled out of control, ultimately leaving Maisie to try to pick up the pieces. It somehow managed to simultaneously make me more judgmental of people who are willing to use technology to do something as cruel as catfishing, while also making me more empathetic to kids trying to navigate high school with the added stress of the internet.
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  • Call Me Dabz
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5 starsFake was a great book about developing and finding yourself. I feel like Donna Cooner did an incredible job of explaining Maisie's feelings, and why she did what she did. It was a complex topic, however, the author made it easy to understand.I felt like the part about how the girl from the pictures came to town was a little unrealistic to me.This book is great for kids around the generation because of the social media theme, since people depend on s 3.5/5 starsFake was a great book about developing and finding yourself. I feel like Donna Cooner did an incredible job of explaining Maisie's feelings, and why she did what she did. It was a complex topic, however, the author made it easy to understand.I felt like the part about how the girl from the pictures came to town was a little unrealistic to me.This book is great for kids around the generation because of the social media theme, since people depend on social media so much. Overall this book was a nice book, and u enjoyed going through Maisie's journey!
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this book even more than I expected to. At first, Maisie seems whiny & I was a little annoyed by her, but as her deception grows, you get more & more pulled into the story. It’s a more or less happy ending—perhaps unrealistically happy—but I still think it sends a good message. AND!! Note for teachers & parents: NO profanity! NO sex! A perfectly wholesome but still relevant & engaging YA novel. Thank you, Donna Cooner! 💕
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  • Samantha Isaacs
    January 1, 1970
    I'm giving it 3 stars because it's less than original.After reading Backlash, this was just a less intense retelling.A girl gets mad, creates an online life, things go badly.It's a lesson worth learning, to love yourself, but only real life will teach that to you. A hard lesson, a personal experience, something. A story about how wrong it went for someone fictional won't do it.I feel as though the story was flat, it ended quickly and with no climactic ev I'm giving it 3 stars because it's less than original.After reading Backlash, this was just a less intense retelling.A girl gets mad, creates an online life, things go badly.It's a lesson worth learning, to love yourself, but only real life will teach that to you. A hard lesson, a personal experience, something. A story about how wrong it went for someone fictional won't do it.I feel as though the story was flat, it ended quickly and with no climactic event.
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  • L M
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great story with an important message. The author has a fantastic writing style that engages the reader and makes the story addictive. I would recommend this book any middle or high schooler, and to all teachers!
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Great concept but it dragged on. Story line would get interesting and then slow down and repeat. I think this book could be 100 pages shorter. I almost gave and didn't finish it. There are definitely concepts students can learn from the story line but too long and drawn out.
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  • Shannon Kernan
    January 1, 1970
    3.5Review to come.
  • Olivia Finamore
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the book.
  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusThis author's Skinny (https://msyinglingreads.blogspot.com/...) still circulates really well in my library, but this seemed more of a YA book.
  • Kathy Mathey
    January 1, 1970
    Universal theme = fitting in and finding your niche; loved the kindness shown by minor characters in this offbeat, timely story.
  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I found the main character completely self-centered and obnoxious. I was glad that not everyone rushed to forgive her at the end.
  • Leah Waters
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so good! The stakes kept getting higher and higher...I couldn't put it down.
  • Heather Aubie
    January 1, 1970
    One day read. It felt so real. Definitely sharing with my YAs
  • Taylor Otto
    January 1, 1970
    Fake ARC Donna Cooner Publish date: 10/1/19Young adult fiction 3⭐ out of 5⭐Fake was about a female high school student, Maisie, who does not fit in at her school. She is overweight and has self esteem issues. Maisie was upset about how her fellow students bullied her and came up with a plan about how to get back at them. The book focused on Maisie’s decision to create a fake online profile to squeeze into her fellow student’s lives in order sabotage them. The synopsis of the book intrigued Fake ARC Donna Cooner Publish date: 10/1/19Young adult fiction 3⭐️ out of 5⭐️Fake was about a female high school student, Maisie, who does not fit in at her school. She is overweight and has self esteem issues. Maisie was upset about how her fellow students bullied her and came up with a plan about how to get back at them. The book focused on Maisie’s decision to create a fake online profile to squeeze into her fellow student’s lives in order sabotage them. The synopsis of the book intrigued me but there was not enough action or mystery in the plot to keep me interested. There were multiple parts in the book where I could guess what was going to come next which also made it not as exciting to read. Overall it was an okay book, it just did not grab and keep my attention enough to love it.
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  • Brianna
    January 1, 1970
    This is a good book of revenge,fairness and fitting in.This book is about a girl named Maisie and she has always been judged,bullied or taunted about her looks and size. Now shes sick and tired about the the way people treat her so one night she decided to make a fake profile named Sienna she is "Perfect" she is skinny beautiful and confident soon Maisie is messaging the most popular people in the school in her school, But oh how things took a turn once The real Sienna come's to her This is a good book of revenge,fairness and fitting in.This book is about a girl named Maisie and she has always been judged,bullied or taunted about her looks and size. Now shes sick and tired about the the way people treat her so one night she decided to make a fake profile named Sienna she is "Perfect" she is skinny beautiful and confident soon Maisie is messaging the most popular people in the school in her school, But oh how things took a turn once The real Sienna come's to her house. Now she is at risk of being exposed.
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