I was confused when I was starting to read the book just to found out that it is a sequel but with different main characters from the first book. This is a story of Bliss’ best friend, Cade, who loved her. If you have read Losing It – probably by this time, you already know that Bliss didn’t choose Cade. Yeah, it sucks. I know. It was devastating. I mean, I could relate with Cade since he is a good boy! He is always logical and acts accordingly, he knows his stuff and tries to understand every perspective that he could imagine.
What made me hooked on this story was because of Mackenzie or Max, she’s not a typical female protagonist who would go out there and change you. She’s that character who would dwell and think that she doesn’t deserve you. It started in a cafe and Max is in a relationship and Cade was just watching in the cafe. Didn’t he know that Max would beg him to act as if he could be her boyfriend. The reason was that Max’s current boyfriend is someone who had tattoos on his body and Max’s parents are conservative. There’s a battle of hiding yourself and trying to make them understand that you want to be you or to hide under the covers and pretend that you are a good girl to your parents.
At this point, I know that I could relate to Max. I mean, you are not supposed to hide anything from your parents but when you grow up in a different environment that you just want to do your own stuff even if they are against it? Like me, I factor the consequences that I’m going to suffer. Personally, Faking It by Cora Carmack is one of the books that crushes that stereotypical culture of the society. I applaud her for writing a brilliant book that the readers would enjoy, relate with, feel that they are understood, and comedy with a touch of drama and romance in between.
Among the three books that I have read so far from Cora Carmack, I am proud to say that Faking It is at the top of my hierarchy with Roar. Cora Carmack explores the beauty of music, art, theatre, relationship, family, and friendship. She shows us the ugly side of a character that develops into a beautiful person just like the ugly duckling turned into a swan. How a person molds by the past with a mixture of fear and courage that made them into amazing characters in the present. Thank you so much, Cora! For writing this series. I couldn’t get enough!
MY RATINGS: 4.5 STARS.
QUOTES FROM THE SERIES
- “We spend so much time defending our choice to do this that it becomes hard to show any vulnerability at all. There’s only so many times you can handle someone asking about your fall back for when things don’t work before you start thinking that maybe the fall back should just be your plan.”
- I just… I get what it’s like to want something, but to try and force yourself to really believe that you don’t. It doesn’t even have to be about love. It’s about wanting something you can’t have or something you don’t think you deserve. Hell, we want the parts that our friends get, even though they’re our friends and we should be happy for them. We sit in the audience and think about how we would have done a role. We want what we can’t have. It’s human nature.
- Sometimes, it’s the scary things in life that are the most worthwhile.
- My mother had told me once when I was little and had a friendship fall apart that some relationships just end. Like a star, they burn bright and brilliant, and then nothing in particular goes wrong, they just reach their end. They burn out.
- Just like with theatre – life sometimes has perfect moments when the stars all align, and you’re exactly where you want to be with great people, doing exactly what you want to do.
- “Pain changes us. Mine made me want to be perfect, so that no one could ever want to leave me again.”
- Living is hard. And every day our feet get heavier and we pick up more baggage. So, we stop and take a breath, close our eyes, reset our minds. It’s natural. As long as you open your eyes and keep going.
- Life was easier when you stopped caring, when you stopped expecting things to get better.
- “Some things in the world are outside even your control.”
- “The best parts of life are the things we can’t plan. And it’s a lot harder to find happiness if you’re only searching in one place. Sometimes, you just have to throw away the map. Admit that you don’t know where you’re going and stop pressuring yourself to figure it out. Besides… a map is a life someone else already lived. It’s more fun to make your own.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Losing It series.