by Leigh Talbert Moore
Published on September 1, 2012
Source: bought e-book
My summary: Hayley is crazy about Trent. She just knows she could land a date with him, if if weren't for that new kid, Jason. Ever since she bumped into Jason, he's been stuck to her like glue. So Hayley convinces Jason to be her "fake boyfriend" until she can hook Trent. Unfortunately, things get way more complicated...
My take: I love the idea of supporting indie authors, so I was very excited when Leigh emailed me and asked if I'd read her new book. I also love contemporary YA, so I was happy to say yes. And I'm so glad I did!
The Truth About Faking is a classic YA contemporary that features a girl who thinks she can get what she wants by pretending to be someone she's not. Hayley also has an interesting family situation -- she's the child of an odd couple -- a minister father and a New Age mother. When a few busybodies at Hayley's father's church start spreading nasty rumors about Hayley's mom, Hayley begins to doubt everything she thinks she knows about her family. When she learns that both Jason and Trent have been hiding things from her, she has to figure out what -- and who -- she really wants.
The Truth About Faking is a fun, absorbing read that kept me completely occupied on a plane ride, which is no easy feat, as I'm a very nervous flyer. The version I bought was beautifully formatted for Kindle. Hayley's story does have some minor religious themes, but nothing about the book felt preachy to me. In fact, I've been fascinated with the plight of preacher's daughters since I saw Footloose when I was a kid. Recommended to readers who enjoyed books like Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr.
Leigh has a Mature YA/NewAdult book called Rouge coming out on November 11th, so I asked her to tell me a little bit about that! Here's the blurb:
Trapped in the underground theater world of 1890s New Orleans, Hale Ferrer has only one goal: escape. But not without Teeny, the orphan-girl she rescued from the streets and promised to protect. Freddie Lovel, Hale's wealthy Parisian suitor, seems to be the easy solution. If only his touch could arouse her interest like Beau's, the penniless stagehand who captures her heart.Denying her fears, Hale is poised to choose love until an evil lurking in their cabaret-home launches a chain of events that could cost her everything.
Find out more about Leigh here!
Amazon Author page (will have purchase link to Rouge on 11/11):