Fake It Till You Break It
Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They’ve endured summer vacations, Sunday brunches, even dentist visits together. Their mothers, who are best friends, are convinced that Mia and Jake would be the perfect couple, even though they can’t stand to be in the same room together.After Mia’s mom turns away yet another cute boy, Mia and Jake decide they’ve have had enough. Together, they hatch a plan to get their moms off their backs. Permanently. All they have to do is pretend to date and then stage the worst breakup of all time—and then they’ll be free.The only problem is, maybe Jake and Mia don’t hate each other as much as they once thought...

Fake It Till You Break It Details

TitleFake It Till You Break It
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 28th, 2019
PublisherSwoon Reads
ISBN-139781250308016
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Young Adult Contemporary

Fake It Till You Break It Review

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    A romcom about fake dating, no matter how many times I may have read it before, is the height of romantic perfection and I can and will read it again thanks
  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    This is the perfect YA romance to read during the summer, perhaps at the beach or next to the pool or even late at night while everyone is sleeping and you’re awake under the atmospheric moonlight. Just don’t read it during a snowstorm, that’s all I ask. Some might call it cliché and predictable, but I call it entertaining and wish-fulfilling. Mia and Jake have known each other forever—they were best friends but now they don’t know what they are, except their moms think they’d form the perfect c This is the perfect YA romance to read during the summer, perhaps at the beach or next to the pool or even late at night while everyone is sleeping and you’re awake under the atmospheric moonlight. Just don’t read it during a snowstorm, that’s all I ask. Some might call it cliché and predictable, but I call it entertaining and wish-fulfilling. Mia and Jake have known each other forever—they were best friends but now they don’t know what they are, except their moms think they’d form the perfect couple so they are pushed together relentlessly. I found those attempts to bring them closer particularly enjoyable. Reading this story for me was like watching a romantic comedy and because it has been a while since I’ve done that, what with university courses and reading sucking all my time, I was especially happy with the simultaneously awkward and romantic scenes between Mia and Jake who fake-date. Silly teenagers that they are, they don’t yet know that whether you fake something or not, it may trigger side-feelings inside you that you cannot control. Hehe! I just really love these fun Swoon Reads stories. This is an imprint that publishes stories that readers themselves basically choose. I’ve yet to read and give a rating to an unpublished/unselected written work on Swoonreads.com but now I’m thinking that if this year they’re all as wonderful as this one, I might need to do that this summer while I’m on vacation. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • alexandra ling
    January 1, 1970
    fake dating is the best trope i don't make the rules!!!!!!
  • Navessa
    January 1, 1970
    This book reads like if The Kissing Booth and To All the Boys I've Loved Before got together and had a baby.It contains some of my favorite rom-com tropes of all time, including hate to love, fake dating, and a reverse parent trap years in the making.But this in no way reads like some sort of amalgamation of the two I compared it to. This truly stands on its own.The MCs, Mia and Jake, are nice people. Except to each other. You can understand why when their BFF moms have forced them to endure eve This book reads like if The Kissing Booth and To All the Boys I've Loved Before got together and had a baby.It contains some of my favorite rom-com tropes of all time, including hate to love, fake dating, and a reverse parent trap years in the making.But this in no way reads like some sort of amalgamation of the two I compared it to. This truly stands on its own.The MCs, Mia and Jake, are nice people. Except to each other. You can understand why when their BFF moms have forced them to endure every life stage together. I imagine it would be hard not to resent someone when you don't really like them and yet they've seen you at your very worst and know the kind of things about you that you would only ever divulge to your closest, most trusted friends.Now that Mia and Jake are teens, their mothers' thoughts have shifted to what a cute couple the two of them would make, and despite their children's protestations, some epic scheming ensues, ending with Mia and Jake spending just about every waking hour together.To get their moms off their backs, they decide to just give in to their matchmaking and fake date. This is a romance, so obviously they catch feelings for each other.What I loved about this book was how realistically it portrayed the evolution of said feelings. They truly think they can't stand each other at first, and only when they have to pretend to like each other do they realize...they actually might.Another big enjoyment factor for me is that this is told through dual first person PoVs. Mia and Jake's voices are each unique, and they read like actual teens.I especially appreciated the chapters from Mia's perspective, because while she's quirky and spazy, she doesn't come across like a manic pixie dream girl, but like an actual teenager. At 34, I sometimes forget what those crazy, uncontrolled years of my life were like, but Mia reminded me of a lot of the highs and lows. The toughness paired with crippling insecurity. The desire to want to be suave and put together but being borderline out of control 24/7.Jake is a wonderful character too. I cannot rave enough about how he lifts Mia up so much. That he has no ego when it comes to her. That he revels in the fact that she can stand up for herself and brags about how she could kick his ass both in video games and IRL.Jake also has a girl named Rose for a bestie, and friends, lemme tell you about how happy their relationship made me. I have been SEARCHING for one like theirs literally for years. Because guess what? Neither one of them is gay. Neither one at any point catches feelings for each other. Neither one tries to stand in the way of each other's happiness because of some weird abandonment issues.THIS IS JUST A GUY AND A GIRL BEING FRIENDS. FULL STOP.More of this please. I'm over all the other portrayals. Where men and women can't coexist together in a platonic way without one of them being queer or secretly in love with the other.So, because Mia and Jake have been forced together their whole lives, they know all of each other's dirt, which means that when the eventual misunderstandings unfold, they know how to cut each other deep. This made the conflict seem all the more believable. The good thing is that since they're basically good people, they recognize their own bad behavior and want to make amends for it.My only scruples with this are Jake's stubbornness toward the end paired with a little too much cheesiness for my tastes, but honestly, this is a fluffy teen rom-com, so I wouldn't expect anything less.I definitely recommend this one for anyone looking for a quick, super-cute, hilarious young adult romance that will leave you smiling for days afterward.Blog | FB | Twitter | IG | Pinterest | Tumblr | YouTube
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  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsMia was a bit too...cliché Wattpad? Manic Pixie Dream Girl? for me. I thought the concept was cute but some of it felt a little forced quirkiness, tbh. I'd say fans of To All the Boys I've Loved Before who want a protagonist who's a little sillier and young will enjoy this!
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  • Divine Anas
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a sucker for the enemies to lovers trope so count me in1
  • Kayla Brunson
    January 1, 1970
    This was so freaking cute! Honestly, this would be such a good book for summer reading. I loved our characters and thought they were perfect for each other. Even though they didn’t want to admit at first. Reading about Mia and Jake fake dating was such a treat! Every time they bickered, had cute moments, and just basically being together added 10 years to my life. Mia was hilarious and quirky while Jake was super cute and ending up being a very swoony guy.While I did enjoy this, I can admit tha This was so freaking cute! Honestly, this would be such a good book for summer reading. I loved our characters and thought they were perfect for each other. Even though they didn’t want to admit at first. Reading about Mia and Jake fake dating was such a treat! Every time they bickered, had cute moments, and just basically being together added 10 years to my life. Mia was hilarious and quirky while Jake was super cute and ending up being a very swoony guy.While I did enjoy this, I can admit that it did have its issues. It was very predictable and I did get a bit frustrated with these two not realizing how they felt about the other. But whatever. It was worth it!All in all, pick this book up when it releases later this month. Take it to the beach or just cozy up at home. Just read this cute story. I’m off to go pick her debut!✨I received an ARC via NetGalley for an honest review.✨Blog | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Haley Hope Gillilan
    January 1, 1970
    My lips nearly fell off from smiling so wide, this entire book. Ohhhh my goodness. Is there any trope better than fake dating? It's actually quite difficult to pull off, but Nguyen nails it. It's such a delight to watch Jake and Mia go from hating each other (pfft) to admitting their feelings to figuring out their relationship. I love the little ways that Jake takes care of Mia, and I love that Mia was the one to do the big romantic gesture. Jake is so thoughtful and sweet, and Mia is so hilario My lips nearly fell off from smiling so wide, this entire book. Ohhhh my goodness. Is there any trope better than fake dating? It's actually quite difficult to pull off, but Nguyen nails it. It's such a delight to watch Jake and Mia go from hating each other (pfft) to admitting their feelings to figuring out their relationship. I love the little ways that Jake takes care of Mia, and I love that Mia was the one to do the big romantic gesture. Jake is so thoughtful and sweet, and Mia is so hilarious and bold. There were so many memorable scenes and laugh-out loud lines. I actually read this in just one day- I started reading it a little at the reference desk, and then I couldn't resist plunging back in during the evening. I just could not put it down. This is a must read for anyone who love adorable young adult romances. Jake and Mia is extremely easy to root for, and also loved their friend group. Definitely one of my favorites of the year so far, and I hope this gets a lot of buzz when it's published in June!!!
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  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    January 1, 1970
    MY RATING: 4.5 / 5 STARS I received an ARC from Raincoast books in exchange for a honest review. Okay, I judge books based on publishers sometimes. Yup, it's a fact for me that if I read several arcs from the same publisher and each book failed to make any good rankings for me, I kind of write them off. Swoon Reads was kind of an iffy publisher for me. They had the cutest covers for YA contemporaries that centered over the theme of romance. But they lacked substance, often boring, and childish. MY RATING: 4.5 / 5 STARS I received an ARC from Raincoast books in exchange for a honest review. Okay, I judge books based on publishers sometimes. Yup, it's a fact for me that if I read several arcs from the same publisher and each book failed to make any good rankings for me, I kind of write them off. Swoon Reads was kind of an iffy publisher for me. They had the cutest covers for YA contemporaries that centered over the theme of romance. But they lacked substance, often boring, and childish. HOWEVER, Fake It Till You Break It was a gem in their published goodies. In fact, I'm intrigued now more than ever to read more books printed by them. Fake It Till You Break It follows the story of two neighbors who are constantly forced to be put together in situations by their respective parents because according to their mothers, they are destined to be with each other. Mia and Jake has had enough of the constant not-so-subtle nudging from their parents to date. From Sunday afternoon dim sum, dinners at each other's places, and car rides to school, they want their lives back and want to have freedom to choose who they want to date. Mia just wants to date her theatre crush and pursue her dreams of being a theatre actress and not a production crew member. Jack wants to avoid the family cruise vacation because he doesn't want to see his older brother who abandoned his family and him when he was so young. Both can achieve their motives if they fake date and go through an epic break-up so they both can just live their lives...separately. It's only until they spend more time together, steal a couple of kisses, and really notice each other do they realize breaking up might be the hardest thing they go through. I found this book to be super fluffy and captivating. Jake is such a book boyfriend. He's tall, handsome, has a type A personality, and is super respectful and nice to everyone around him. Mia is quirky, cute, and sweet so it makes sense that they date. I loved watching them sneaking glances at each other or when the kisses lingered a little too long to be fake or when they teased each other. I just loved the bits and pieces of this book. The only reason why it's not really perfect is that the writing at times did come off childish. Dialogue in the book didn't seem realistic as teenagers don't speak like this in this current day in age. But I mean, if you just kind of let it go and enjoy the story, you'll like it as much as I did. MY RECOMMENDATION I'm definitely going to go back and buy the author's debut novel because I want more of her writing!
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  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    Yes hello it is I, with that “soon” review I wrote like three goddamn years ago or something. Look at me, keeping my promises!!Anyway YOU GUYS. listen. You’re all traitors, okay? TRAITORS. To know this book EXISTED, with the holy trinity of tropes, and then not tell me about it? The absolute NERVE. So if you don’t know what this book is about: have I got some news for you. Fake It Till You Break It has:• fake dating• hate to love between• childhood friendsSo. Like I said, holy trinity of tropes. Yes hello it is I, with that “soon” review I wrote like three goddamn years ago or something. Look at me, keeping my promises!!Anyway YOU GUYS. listen. You’re all traitors, okay? TRAITORS. To know this book EXISTED, with the holy trinity of tropes, and then not tell me about it? The absolute NERVE. So if you don’t know what this book is about: have I got some news for you. Fake It Till You Break It has:• fake dating• hate to love between• childhood friendsSo. Like I said, holy trinity of tropes. And it does all of that really well! I mean, when a book sounds this good, it’s almost too good to be true. I’m happy to say that FITYBI actually delivers (mostly. I’ll get to that later)! It’s super cute, with great characters that have great personalities, it’s genuinely funny, and a super quick read! It also features a Vietnamese girl lead (front and centre on the cover like she should be!!) and great food. So really. I really loved Mia and Jake! Their banter was great and both their respective points of view were well done. I’ve read lots of books where it was split like this, and sometimes it’s hard to differentiate the personalities and the voices. Not in this case—Nguyen wrote both her characters to leap off the page and I adored them. Their history, their feelings, their attempts at fake dating—all of it. In my pre-review, I had mentioned something that I absolutely DID not like, which still stands. It’ll be marked as a spoiler below but still. This is the Official Warning. (view spoiler)[So the reasons why both of them agree to fake date is, well. Reasonable lmao. Mia wants to do it because it’ll mean her mom will get off her back if she’s interested in someone else, and Jake doesn’t have to go on double vacations with Mia and her mom. Anyway, what bothered me was the fact that Mia likes another guy who seems to like her back and then making out with Jake. I reaaaallly wish it hadn’t been done, because while she and Ben (the dude) weren’t dating—weren’t even exclusive—it just. I don’t even know, I just absolutely hated that. It’s always just awful to me when one character is going out with someone but then making out with another, exclusive or not. It feels inconsiderate to the other persons feelings. It’s so complicated! (hide spoiler)]Overall, I did like this book. Cute, swoony, and full of banter. It also ended in the cutest way, so bonus for that! 3.5 stars.
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  • Scrill
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Nguyen's other book so much. I need this asap, it has my favorite tropes. They never get old.
  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5This was such a cute YA contemporary book! I loved how the fake dating trope played out. Mia and Jake had so many adorable moments that made me root for them. I loved that we got to read from both of their POVs so that we got to see how they slowly began to realize they had feelings for each other. The relationship development was so wholesome.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    If you're looking for your next summer binge read, Fake It Till You Break it is absolutely perfect. Definitely for fans of To All The Boys I Loved Before and any K-Drama that uses fake dating as its trope, this was an adorable, punchy read that made me smile a lot.
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  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    I have read a few books lately that feature meddling mothers who set try to play matchmaker for their kids. It is one concept that I will never get tired of. The friends to lovers trope is always so much fun and I can’t wait to find out how this story ends.
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  • Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
    January 1, 1970
    I just love the fake dating trope?!?!?!Darn it, I'm a hopeless case.EDIT: Y'ALL THIS IS CUTE. GOODBYE MY HEART.
  • Catherine Tinker
    January 1, 1970
    Enemies-to-lovers, via fake dating.Yes, please.
  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    actual rating 3.5a cute and adorable book! and it has both enemies-to-lovers and fake-dating tropes (though i wish there's more enemies-to-lovers). but the ending felt a little bit abrupt for me? the 'problem' they had are basically resolved in one chapter, and i feel like it would be better if it's longer. other than that, if you're looking for light contemporary, definitely try this one!full review to come!
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  • Makenna Fournier
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley and swoonreads for providing this eArc in exchange for an honest review!The moment I saw this book I knew I had to read it. Not only did I like Jenn's other book, The Way to Game the Walk of Shame, but I am a sucker for the fake dating trope. This book did not disappoint.Almost immediately I loved both main characters. I found both Mia and Jake entertaining and funny to read, and I was always smiling whenever they interacted. The development of their actual relationship duri Thank you Netgalley and swoonreads for providing this eArc in exchange for an honest review!The moment I saw this book I knew I had to read it. Not only did I like Jenn's other book, The Way to Game the Walk of Shame, but I am a sucker for the fake dating trope. This book did not disappoint.Almost immediately I loved both main characters. I found both Mia and Jake entertaining and funny to read, and I was always smiling whenever they interacted. The development of their actual relationship during their fake relationship was adorable and it didn't feel rushed at all.Then there was probably my favorite part, which was their moms. While I will acknowledge that yes, they were probably over stepping their bounds a little with how much they were pushing Mia and Jake together, I quite liked it for my personal enjoyment. I liked learning the reason why Jake's mom did push so much, it was a really sweet scene. Also, I related to them very very much, every time they would do something like set up plans just to make sure Mia and Jake were spending time with each other because they are CLEARLY meant to be together because it is my exact thinking process every time I start to read a new OTP. It's basically the embodiment of the "there's only one bed so now they have to sleep next to each other" trope which I am a sucker for.TLDR: I loved this book, it was adorable, and it made me want to reread The Way to Game the Walk of Shame while also just needing for books from Jenn in general.
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  • Grace✨
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an EArc in exchange for an honest review.I think this book just wasn't what I expected, and not really in a good way. I was hoping for a story I'd love as much as To All The Boys I've Loved Before and did the fake dating trope well. It honestly felt rushed and that took away from the story. It's a shame it didn't live up to my expectations entirely but overall it was pretty cute. I think individually the characters were super interesting and I liked t Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an EArc in exchange for an honest review.I think this book just wasn't what I expected, and not really in a good way. I was hoping for a story I'd love as much as To All The Boys I've Loved Before and did the fake dating trope well. It honestly felt rushed and that took away from the story. It's a shame it didn't live up to my expectations entirely but overall it was pretty cute. I think individually the characters were super interesting and I liked to read from their perspective, however, they didn't make this book entirely enjoyable for me. They had pretty cute banter and scenes together but that was about it. I also couldn't help but feel, and I realize this is kind of the point, that the parents were just too involved in their love lives and getting them together. It felt like it crossed the line of harmless comments or hoping they'd get together and more of an obsession with making them date and constantly forcing them together. It honestly made me uncomfortable and took me away from the story. I understand that they had to act that way to warrant the fake dating but I think it could've been done in a way that didn't make the moms look like villains or weird. The romance was like a slow burn until like 70% of the way through when BAM they're in love and it felt very rushed. The end was pretty cute but not entirely a satisfying wrap up of the story. I just think that this book's premise was so promising and I'm disappointed it's not a new favorite.
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  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    January 1, 1970
    This book is super cute. There's nothing super new about this love story except I love how the protagonist is totally a teen me (that wished she had a super hot neighbor and was half as confident), so that's why it made even a bigger impact. But even though you knew what was going to happen, the characters are so adorable, you just want them to get together. I'd love to see a followup to this one, as I would think this would change the dynamics between the two quite a bit. Would love to see more This book is super cute. There's nothing super new about this love story except I love how the protagonist is totally a teen me (that wished she had a super hot neighbor and was half as confident), so that's why it made even a bigger impact. But even though you knew what was going to happen, the characters are so adorable, you just want them to get together. I'd love to see a followup to this one, as I would think this would change the dynamics between the two quite a bit. Would love to see more from this author!
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ACR from Edelweiss PlusThis was a fun read, but just felt more YA. Getting YA books for middle school is tough-- sometimes the details of high school are ones they want, some times they aren't. I've had a lot of students with this last name, so I was hoping this would be a good fit. Definitely would purchase for high school, though.
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  • Marta Boksenbaum
    January 1, 1970
    Netgalley let me read this book in exchange for an honest review. This is such a fun, lighthearted romance! It’s a hate-to-love, fake dating story that feels fresh and modern.
  • Clephiro (The Book Coven)
    January 1, 1970
    Mia and Jake grew up together, and their parents have always pushed them together. They, of course, don't see each other that way, so they fake a relationship so their parents get off their backs. I personally found the writing style didn't work for me, it's written in a pretty young tone. The tone of the book is very light, and I found the characters quite immature. I hated Mia and Jake and just couldn't get into their story. Pair that with the over the top cheesiness, and it just didn't work f Mia and Jake grew up together, and their parents have always pushed them together. They, of course, don't see each other that way, so they fake a relationship so their parents get off their backs. I personally found the writing style didn't work for me, it's written in a pretty young tone. The tone of the book is very light, and I found the characters quite immature. I hated Mia and Jake and just couldn't get into their story. Pair that with the over the top cheesiness, and it just didn't work for me.
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  • Fanna
    January 1, 1970
    Enemies-to-lovers trope is my favourite so OF COURSE, I want to read this!
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 // muy adorbs
  • mghrebia
    January 1, 1970
    actually, i read this MS in 2018 when i was a swoon-tern but it wasn't on goodreads so IDGAF im putting it as 2019. im on a mission to claim all the manuscripts i've read.
  • Sanya
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so cute I could die
  • Taasia (libraepaintspages)
    January 1, 1970
    uhhhhhh an asian fake-dating rom-com?? the publishers really know how to appeal to the people ngl
  • Kalie
    January 1, 1970
    (3.5/5) FAKE IT TILL YOU BREAK IT is a charming romcom in the vein of TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE complete with - wait for it, WAIT FOR IT - the beloved fake dating trope (while simultaneously stemming off of enemies-to-lovers and once childhood friends, if those are also up your alley!). No matter how many times I see this trope in some form of fiction, I will eat it up every single time. I’m predictable like that. The romance set up was the main draw for me and that alone is worth a high (3.5/5) FAKE IT TILL YOU BREAK IT is a charming romcom in the vein of TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE complete with - wait for it, WAIT FOR IT - the beloved fake dating trope (while simultaneously stemming off of enemies-to-lovers and once childhood friends, if those are also up your alley!). No matter how many times I see this trope in some form of fiction, I will eat it up every single time. I’m predictable like that. The romance set up was the main draw for me and that alone is worth a high four star rating. However, I could have used a little more fleshing out and development of the non-romantic relationships and there were a few things here and there that irked me to the point of dropping a star. Still. I found myself charmed more often than not. I wanted a cute, light romance featuring some of my favorite tropes and that’s essentially what I got, so I’m plenty satisfied with that! And it’s a quick read too! I devoured this in a single sitting. If you enjoy reading Jenny Han or Maurene Goo, this book is 100% your jam.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really cute book, but for me it didn't seem go beyond that. The romance was cute and I liked both of the main characters but the plot seemed to be completely driven by the romance dynamic. There was a minor subplot involving Jake and his estranged brother, but that's about it. In fact, most of the more minor plot points and conflicts had to do with Jake and his feelings toward his brother and music. All that being said this is basically the perfect fluffy romance. It's mostly predictab This is a really cute book, but for me it didn't seem go beyond that. The romance was cute and I liked both of the main characters but the plot seemed to be completely driven by the romance dynamic. There was a minor subplot involving Jake and his estranged brother, but that's about it. In fact, most of the more minor plot points and conflicts had to do with Jake and his feelings toward his brother and music. All that being said this is basically the perfect fluffy romance. It's mostly predictable, has a lot of cute and funny banter, and is a quick read. There were multiple times I found myself smiling and laughing during the book because of the characters' quirkiness and their interactions with one another. I would have liked to explore more of the friendships in the book but it mostly focused on Mia and Jake, which I'm not too mad about all things considered. I think a lot could have been removed and added to the story to make it more "deep" and comprehensive but the story is still sweet and fun to read the way it is.Full review to come on. Big thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion!
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