Faking Reality by Sara Fujimura is a feel-good story following the daughter of HGTV stars. With an extravagant Sweet 16 party and a main character who is secretly in love with her best friend, this one contains plenty of drama. I especially enjoyed the portrayal of friendship, an aspect I’m sure will appeal to fans of the friends to lovers trope.Title: Faking Reality
Author: Sara Fujimura
Also by this author: Every Reason We Shouldn't
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: July 13, 2021
My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Some Kind of Wonderful meets Kara McDowell's Just for Clicks with diverse characters, perfect for readers looking for feel-good YA romance and those who like "clean teen" reads
Dakota McDonald swore after "The Great Homecoming Disaster" that she'd never allow her romantic life to be a plot line in her parents' HGTV show again. But when the restaurant run by the family of her best friend (and secret crush), Leo, is on the line, Dakota might end up eating her own words.
Leo Matsuda dreams of escaping his small town Arizona life and the suffocating demands of working in his family's restaurant, but the closer he gets to his goal--thanks to the help of his best friend (and secret crush) Dakota--the more reasons there are for him to stay.
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Review: Faking Reality by Sara Fujimura
When Dakota, the daughter of HGTV stars, has a homecoming disaster go viral, she swears off letting her love life become a plot in her parents’ show. When the show reaches its final season, however, the network plans an extravagant Sweet 16 party for Dakota, complete with a list of potential dates. What no one knows is that Dakota is secretly in love with her best friend, who also happens to be camera shy.
❀ Likeable Main Character
The main character is likeable, although I had some trouble connecting with her. As the daughter of reality TV stars, Dakota grew up in the spotlight, and I really felt for her as her private life leaks into the public eye. I love reading about reality shows, and the behind the scenes access we get through Dakota is interesting, but it’s a little hard to believe that Dakota is as famous as the book claims. However, I enjoyed reading about her skills with tools and construction, and this brought some originality to her character.
❀ Book about Friendship
What I especially enjoyed about the book is the way the author explores friendship. It’s easy to feel Dakota and Leo’s connection, and I loved the unwavering support they have for each other. The two make each other stronger, and I liked the way Dakota is able to use her HGTV experience to help Leo with his family’s restaurant. Friendship is one of my favourite things to read about, so I was glad to see it well portrayed here.
❀ An Upbeat Story
Faking Reality by Sara Fujimura is an upbeat story about friendship, and being stuck in the friend zone. I loved the HGTV show elements, and the main character is enjoyable, if a little hard to connect with. The book’s depiction of friendship is one of my favourite parts, and I am sure that fans of the friends to lovers trope will enjoy this one.