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Fake it was an interesting surprise for me. The author manages to take some character types that are almost cliché – the gay kid that gets bullied, the rich and popular jock that’s secretly sensitive and talented, the silent, huge kid in the background, and the female best friends – and turn them into something fresh and engaging. The main characters and those around them have clear arcs and you can see them all grow, adapt, change as the story goes. They stumble, fall, start again. Jack and JJ’s love story develops slowly and keeps building up until they reach a point of no return. What I loved most about this was that the story managed to avoid the “my life is over, nothing interest me” trope when, inevitably, they hit a road block. Nor does this new found love completely changes either of them. It helps them grow and discover themselves, but they are not completely different people overnight. Beyond that, Fake it is an inspiring story about small town kids working their asses off to make it bg. It explores their relationships with themselves, their friends, their more or less absent parental figures, and the environment around them. It’s not overly optimistic, and it’s not dark either. It’s a feel good story with enough substance to make it worthwhile.

Fake It (The Keswick Chronicles #1) by Victoria Kinnaird
Gay Young Adult
Series: The Keswick Chronicles
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 29, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1523652225
ISBN-13: 978-1523652228
Amazon: Fake It (The Keswick Chronicles #1)
Amazon Kindle: Fake It (The Keswick Chronicles #1)

Jack Daveyson grew up with a guitar in his hands and his head full of melodies. Ten years after writing his first riff, he knows exactly what he wants to do with his life - graduate high school, escape Wayville and hit the road with his band, Forever Fading Echoes. But it's a bit hard to launch a band without a singer. Enter JJ Keswick. JJ is everything Jack isn't: rich, confident and popular. He also happens to be one of the best singers Jack has ever heard. Jack reluctantly lets JJ into his band and into his life. The spark between them in the practice studio grows into something neither of them were expecting - a love that threatens to tear their lives apart. International bestselling author Victoria Kinnaird is proud to introduce you to The Keswick Chronicles, a YA rock'n'roll romance. Pack your guitar, pull on your band tee shirt and turn up the volume - it's time to meet your new favourite band.

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