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Fake It Till You Break It


Jake and Mia have the perfect plan to get their moms off their backs.

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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...


“Maybe we should just date for real. Then they’ll see how much of a wreck we’ll actually be.”

“Seriously. I mean, ew.” Mia’s eyes widened thoughtfully. “Why don’t we?”

“Why don’t we what?”

“You and me. Date.”

Now it was my turn to stare at her. How much did she have to drink? “You want us to date for real? Like for real, for real.”

“Sort of. You know, give them what they want so bad so they would have to finally get off our backs. Just for two weeks or something.”

For some reason, Mom’s promise to forget about Finn if Mia and I stopped dating popped into my head. I knew she was joking, but it didn’t hurt to give it a try. If it actually ended up working, then this was hitting two birds with one stone. My life would finally be Finn and Mia free. “That’s not a bad idea.”

“I know, right? And I don’t even need to be a nerd to have brilliant ideas.” She paused. “You know that when this is over my mom probably won’t like you anymore, right? No more being Mr. Perfect.”

I made a big show of stretching my arms over my head before dusting my hands off. “Well, you know that might be pretty hard. Being perfect just comes so naturally for me.”

She rolled her eyes so far back that I could see the whites of her eyes. “You just reminded me of a million and one reasons why us being together for real is such an awful idea.”

“So we agree.” Reaching out, I grabbed two champagne glasses from a passing waiter and handed one to Mia. I held it up between us. “We’re going to date so we won’t have to date. To no more Sunday brunches.”

Her eyes twinkled and she clinked her glass against mine. “And separate dentist appointments.”


"Light, frothy, and packed with plenty of genre tropes, this alternates between Mia and Jake, giving them both character arcs beyond their budding romance. For genre fans who can't resist a hate-to-love romance, this is just the ticket." —Booklist

"A cute, simple romance that will appeal to fans of Jenny Han and Sandhya Menon." —School Library Journal

"A quick, light, and diverse romance read that is perfect for the summer. ... Recommend this book to readers who enjoyed Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, Kasie West’s The Fill-In Boyfriend and Melissa De La Cruz’s 29 Dates." —VOYA

"I found this book to be super fluffy and captivating. Jake is such a book boyfriend. ... I just loved the bits and pieces of this book." —Remarkablylisa

"If you enjoy reading Jenny Han, then this is the one for you. One of the cutest YA reads for 2019!" —Books and Co.

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"The Way to Game the Walk of Shame is the cutest heart-swelling romance to hit the shelves in ages. Full of depth, fun, sincerity, and the typical quagmire of high school, this book will tease out a goofy grin and a burst of laughter from your lips. Not too heavy, not too shallow, this story strikes a fantastic winning balance and ultimately captures the glow of young love." —Pooled Ink

"A feel good romance with tons of laughs and flirty banter. The comedy got me from the very first page, but the chemistry kept me engaged." —Young Adult Book Madness

"I absolutely LOVE this book! I love that it's so funny, yet at the same time the characters have a lot of depth and emotional growth. Would love to have this on my book shelf one day with other YA contemporary favorites." —Ashley Maker, Swoon Reader