Review: Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan

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Y’all, this book was exactly what I needed today. It was like a breath of fresh air.


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To be honest, when I started Ten Rules for Faking It, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I knew it was a romance but I was not prepared for all that this book offered. It was exactly what I needed today.

What I liked:

  • The anxiety representation!! Everly has anxiety and nearly everything that happened I was like “oh I’ve felt that way “ or “oh yup this is relatable.” I thought it was great.. so good.

  • How Chris treated her and reacted to her anxiety. Y’all. Chris was making me swoon ?? Everly would have a panic attack or have one of her anxious quirks and he was always checking in, making she was okay, and never EVER making her feel bad about having anxiety. I loved how this part of the story was portrayed, what it should look like when you care about someone who has a mental illness. They aren’t broken or damaged, but they won’t always respond to things in life like someone without a mental illness would. Chris might just be my new favorite male lead in a romance that I’ve read in a long time.

  • All the tension and angst. LIKE JUST KISS ALREADY (I like kissing okay? Don’t judge me) BUT SERIOUSLY!!!! Gah, I just loved the romance and the build-up to the kissing and romance in this story.

What I didn’t like as much:

  • Uhhhhhhh honestly I can’t think of anything. I read 70% of this book in one sitting, so I can’t really say I didn’t like much about it if I couldn’t put it down. Ya know?

Ten Rules for Faking It comes out on December 29th and you need to add it to your list. This book wasn’t perfect, but it melted my heart and I loved it so dang much. 5/5 stars!

Steam level: some kisses, talk about wanting other things

I received a copy of this book from St. Martins Press via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. (and I’m ordering a copy right now!!)

About Ten Rules for Faking It

What happens when your love life becomes the talk of the town?

As birthdays go, this year’s for radio producer Everly Dean hit rock-bottom.

Worse than the “tonsillectomy birthday.” Worse than the birthday her parents decided to split (the first time). But catching your boyfriend cheating on you with his assistant?

Even clichés sting.

But this is Everly’s year! She won’t let her anxiety hold her back. She’ll pitch her podcast idea to her boss.

There’s just one problem.

Her boss, Chris, is very cute. (Of course). Also, he’s extremely distant (which means he hates her, right? Or is that the anxiety talking)?

And, Stacey the DJ didn’t mute the mic during Everly’s rant about Simon the Snake (syn: Cheating Ex).

That’s three problems.

Suddenly, people are lining up to date her, Bachelorette-style, fans are voting (Reminder: never leave house again), and her interest in Chris might be a two-way street. It’s a lot for a woman who could gold medal in people-avoidance. She’s going to have to fake it ‘till she makes it to get through all of this.

Perhaps she’ll make a list: The Ten Rules for Faking It.

Because sometimes making the rules can find you happiness when you least expect it.

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