Review: Fake it Till You Break it by Jenn P. Nguyen

Fake It Till You Break It
by Jenn P. Nguyen
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication date: May 28, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Romance

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 is the classic fake relationship story. Mia and Jake’s mom’s have been best friends since they were in diapers. They’ve done everything together since they were little, and once they grew up, their mom’s decided they would make the perfect couple. However, all this pushing has caused the two of them to go from friends to enemies. They are sick of their mother’s always making them hang out and they just want to be left alone. So, they come up with the plan to fake date for a couple of weeks and then have a nasty breakup. I mean, if they gave it a chance and it crashed and burned, then their mom’s will leave them alone, right?

Like I said, this is your classic fake relationship trope. They each have a goal they want to reach and both need their mother’s off their backs. Mia wants to date other boys, and Jake doesn’t want to go on a cruise with his mom, Mia, and Mia’s mom to see his estranged brother. What better way for everyone to win than to just “date” and then break up. However, like all good fake relationship tropes, lines get blurred and true feelings come to the surface. This was made even better since these weren’t two strangers, these were two people who knew the other one better than they knew themselves.

I really liked that because these two have known each other their entire lives, they were in sync and didn’t even realize it. From ordering extra food knowing the other would eat it, to picking tomatoes off their plate because you know they don’t like them. These two just did things without thinking and they were the cutest things ever. It was that classic new beginning to a relationship where your world revolves around the other, but these two just didn’t see it. They knew that they did these things, but they did them because they have just always done it, not because they were trying to be nice to the other… or were they?

This was a cute first relationship story. Were there times when I wanted to twack one of them in the ear for being stupid? Yes! However, I found their fumbling, uncertainty, and obliviousness to be endearing. Okay, maybe the obliviousness was a bit annoying, but what good love story wouldn’t be complete without a little bit of back and forth? Am I right? Anyway, if you’re in the mood for a cute young adult romance, then I recommend picking this up. It was an adorable read that had me rushing to finish it before bed.


4 Thoughts on “Review: Fake it Till You Break it by Jenn P. Nguyen

  1. This sounds adorable. Off to check if my library has it.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

  2. This sounds like a adorable read and I love seeing a pairing where the couple is so in sync with each other. Glad you loved it so much, if it wasn’t YA, you know I would definitely pick it up. But will put it on my YA list to read if I am ever in the mood for one.

  3. I’ve seen this one around a lot and not until now have I thought “Yes! I’m gonna read it! Give me the book!” So, thanks? Another one for the wishlist… lol

  4. I read this and also thought it was a cute story. I thought it was hilarious that they acted like an old married couple but didn’t realize it.

    Great review.

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