After Mariely Hinojosa and Cabot Wheeler both break up with their significant others at the same party, Mariely sees a way to get even with both of their exes. Everyone knows that the best way to get over a breakup is a hookup—a fake hookup, that is. Three weeks, all fun, no strings, and definitely no heartbreak at the end.
But somewhere between the sweet hand-holding and melt-your-mind kisses, their fake relationship starts to feel less like an act and more like the real thing…but Mariely’s a free-spirited girl from the other side of the tracks, and Cabot’s the hot trust-fund guy from the Hills.
They’d never work for real…
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a kickass heroine, a boy so hot he’ll make you shiver, and a falling-in-love story fit for the big screen. You’ll want to settle in and have the popcorn ready.
This Mariely and Cabot story is a standalone book that is part of the larger, multi-authored Creative HeArts Series, which can be read out of order. If you loved Mariely and Cabot's story, you'll love the complete series set at Austin NextGen Academy, including:
#1 - Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru
#2 - How Willa Got Her Groove Back
#3 - Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance
#4 - The Secret Life of a Drean Girl
#5 - Falling for the Girl Next Door
#6 - Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas
About the Author
There are three things (besides her family) that Shellee loves more than Netflix: Dr. Pepper, OTPs, and book boyfriends (I’m looking at you, Gilbert Blythe).
Shellee has been told that her life goal as a writer should be to win prestigious awards that will grant her literary immortality, but as an OG shipper (Tad and Dixie--my first hardcore ship) all she really wants is to create two characters that people love so much they give them a cool mashup name.
Shellee spends her days living the dream with her family in Austin, Texas--and by living the dream she means waking up at the crack of dawn to go to work, chauffeur, walk dogs, do dishes, and fold laundry. At night she gets down to real business, basking in the warm, blue glow of her computer screen and bringing the stories in her head to life on the page...or watching shipper fan videos on YouTube till 2am. Tomorrow she’s definitely going to kick that procrastination problem to the curb.
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Crazy Stupid Fauxmance
By Shellee Roberts, Stacy Abrams
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2016 Shellee Roberts
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I can't stand drama.
I don't mean the drama that requires a script, a stage, and a spotlight, the kind that's going to take me all the way to Los Angeles after graduation next spring. No, I mean high school drama, the kind that churns the wheels of teen social circles, not to mention my stomach. The kind playing out in front of me on the rooftop deck of Cabot Wheeler's private Lake Austin boat dock. *Draaah-maaah* (* = jazz hands).
Drunk girlfriend drama. The worst.
Cabot's girlfriend, to be precise. The absolute worst.
"You didn't do anything, Cabot. Of course you didn't," Audrey Jakes screeches. I wince and try to edge back a step, but the deck is jam-packed with people. Beside me, my best friend, Willa, seems rooted to the spot. Me, I'm looking for an exit.
Cabot looks like he feels the same.
Audrey doesn't wait for a response from him before she continues to blast him. "That's the problem — you never do anything anymore. You don't care about anything anymore. You probably don't even care that I hooked up with another guy." She punctuates this bombshell with a fling of her red Solo cup, dousing me and about forty of our Austin NextGen Academy classmates with what smells like Jim Beam and ... Coke Zero? Yuck. The surrounding crowd groans and squeals, and everyone backs up, but not too far. When your school's power couple goes supernova in front of you it's hard to look away.
Unless you're Cabot.
I see his eyes dart over the deck railing, and I'm pretty sure he's calculating whether jumping two stories into the always cold, way-too-shallow water isn't preferable to having Audrey humiliate him in front of everyone he knows. When possible paralysis seems like a valid alternative, I think one's choice of girlfriend should really be reexamined.
The whole scene is unpleasant and awkward, and it starts making me feel icky to watch any longer, so I grab Willa by the sleeve. "Let's get out of here."
"Definitely," she agrees. We zigzag our way through the crowd, and she dabs sticky droplets from her face using her jacket sleeve. "Ugh, dancers," she says, talking about Audrey, the prima performer of our creative arts school's contemporary dance track. "People who don't eat shouldn't be allowed to drink alcohol."
"Actually, none of us are allowed to drink alcohol," I remind her. Willa cuts me a side-eye.
"You know what I mean, Mariely Hinojosa. Anyway, Cabot should take this opportunity to run fast and far from Audrey's manicured clutches. Poor guy."
I know Cabot and Audrey only because we go to the same school. But other than the fact that both of them are unbelievably beautiful — Audrey in that classic, statuesque, Grace Kelly way that tends to bedazzle the unwary into forgetting how horrible she can be, and Cabot in that tall, dark, delicious way that makes girls with boyfriends (like me) sometimes wish they didn't — I did not know either of them well enough to care about their impending breakup. Though as we walk down the palatial deck's stairs, past the hulking forms of two boats and a pair of matching Jet Skis, I decide "poor" could never describe Cabot.
"I think you mean poor little rich guy. Seriously? How many boats does one family need? This boathouse is bigger than all the houses on my street put together."
"Having money doesn't mean you can't have shitty taste in women — there's a whole industry of divorce lawyers who count on it. Cabot seems like a decent guy, though. He certainly doesn't deserve public humiliation from his girlfriend."
I shrug. "Lita says all the time that when you lie down with dogs you're bound to get their fleas."
"Well, your grandmother would be right about Audrey, because she's the biggest bitch at NextGen." We giggle as we make our way up the stone path from the lake to the house.
"I can't believe I spent an hour pin-curling my hair for this." Tonight I've gone pretty classic rockabilly with my look, polka-dot halter top and cigarette pants, but instead of my usual bandanna to hold back my updo, I went with a big festive flower. I pat my head, making sure all the waves are still in place. "Is my flower crooked? Also, where is Damien? Isn't he the whole reason we're at this train wreck?"
Willa's face falls. "He's not coming. He texted me about ten minutes ago to say he didn't want to risk having 'hangover face' for his audition tomorrow."
"Hangover face? Can't he come to a party to be with you and just not drink? Besides, it's an audition for a public service announcement about the dangers of teens driving while texting, not Citizen Kane." Damien Northwood, Willa's new boyfriend, and I are both in theater track at NextGen. He's one of those "actors" who's more concerned with making sure he gets good lighting than he is with turning in a great performance, which is one of many reasons I'm having a hard time getting onboard the Willa and Damien train.
"Who's Citizen Kane?" Willa asks.
I give her a look that I'm able to get away with only because we're best friends. "Only one of the greatest movies from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Seriously, Wills? Your dad's a cinematographer. How can you not know these things?"
"Probably because he makes films in this century. And if you'd stop living in the last one" — she tosses a judgey look at my retro curls and ensemble, even my prized fuchsia peep-toe pumps, the ones she helped me score on final final clearance at Ross — "you'd see that I really like Damien and you'd stop bad-mouthing him all the time."
I exhale, a little huffy — she knows I love these shoes. "You know that I want you to be with someone special, but I can't help it if I don't think Damien is that person. He's too ... overproduced. And that is not you, Willa."
"You don't understand, because you have Jacen, who's sweet and adorable and you finish each other's sentences and it's so damn perfect I want to stick a pin in my eye. But when y'all move to L.A. together next summer, I don't want to be left behind in Austin by myself. Probably forever."
"Wow ... Audrey's not the only one bringing the melodrama tonight."
Now Willa gives me the look only best friends can get away with. "My point is ... why is having a hot high school romance with a guy who's totally into me too much to ask for my senior year?"
Poor Willa. I should cut her some slack on the whole Damien thing, but I just can't — he rubs me the wrong way. Instead, I wrap my arm around her shoulder and give her a squeeze. "Funny you should be asking about having a hot romance just when Finn McCain drops onto your doorstep like a gorgeous angel from heaven."
Willa pushes away my arm. "Do not start with that again." Finn showed up in town and at our school about a month ago when his mom, Mia McCain (yes, the Mia McCain. As in Academy Award nominee Mia McCain) practically eloped with Willa's dad. Well, almost. The wedding is on hold for the moment. But even though that makes Finn Willa's almost-stepbrother, stepbrothers don't usually look like Finn. But Willa, being Willa, refuses to acknowledge his blond, gray-eyed yumminess because from day one, Finn has been like fingernails on her chalkboard. I tried to tell her that's how all the best romances start, but I think she's still too shell-shocked by her widower father's sudden relationship with America's sweetheart to see it.
"Well, if you don't want Finn and Damien doesn't work out, you'll always have Himesh," I say with as straight a face as I can muster.
"Great, just me and my gay best friend. I wonder how many cats you can adopt before they investigate for animal hoarding?"
"Okay, okay. I officially declare this party a bust, so let's collect my adoring boyfriend and go hang out at your new place."
"Yes! Y'all can help me with the disaster that is the script for our group senior project. I was clearly out of my mind when I pitched this Lizzie Borden idea. What do I know about writing and producing a Web series?"
"Don't forget it's also a musical," I add.
"Gah, my very own Frankenstein's monster."
"Stop it. The Lizzie Borden Diaries is going to be ah-mazing. Everyone loves the idea, including Damien, so stop worrying."
"I wish I had your faith," she says.
"Of course it's going to be great. I'm the lead." I playfully bump her with my hip, making her smile, and at last she seems to snap out of her woe-is-Willa funk. We climb the handful of concrete steps leading to the back door of Cabot's house — and by house, I mean ginormous mansion.
"I cannot believe you live in this same neighborhood now, Wills." When Mia showed up, Willa and her dad moved into a similarly ginormous house down the street from here. The transition from comfortably middle class to movie-star millions has been surreal, and not only for Willa. Her new house, new car, and new paparazzi lifestyle sometimes make me feel less like her best friend these days and more like her shabby sidekick, even wearing my fuchsia peep-toe pumps.
"Me neither. You'd think in a house that big, Finn's room wouldn't have to be right across the hall from mine." Her brow crinkles. "I hope he isn't home. I do not want to deal with him tonight," she grumbles.
"Agreed. I've had all the drama I can handle for one night." I press down the latch on the French door and push it open. Music is playing and all the lights are off, making it too dark to see anything. I feel for the switch along the wall and flick it on, then immediately wish I hadn't. Couples in various states of undress on the den's huge sectional sofa come apart and scatter, like so many hormonal cockroaches. Blech.
Next to me, Willa gasps. I follow her shocked gaze to the other side of the room. Smack in the middle of all of this, the overhead light aimed at him like a theater spotlight, is Jacen, my sweet, adoring boyfriend, untangling himself from another body.
The body of Himesh Shah, to be precise.
* * *
Cabot pulled up in front of Audrey's house. He left the car running and rested his hand on the gearshift, waiting for her to get out. On the radio, "Pictures of You" by The Cure played just over the purr of the Porsche's engine. When his parents separated, he'd found his mom many nights sitting in the middle of the living room floor, drinking wine and listening to this song over and over and over. How appropriate that it would be playing now. The lyrics made him wonder whether, maybe like his mom had, if he had only said the right words, could he have held onto Audrey?
Did he still want to?
"Cabot, did you hear me?" Audrey's drunken rasp drowned out the song's final instrumentals and reverberated against the convertible top. He should have put it down for this ride. Two seats were way too small for her and him and all the space that had come between them, not to mention the guy she was hooking up with on the side. Or maybe the space had been there all along and it had just been easier for him to ignore it than deal with it.
"I want to work this out. I don't want us to be over," she said before she bent over and clutched her stomach. "Oh God. I think I'm going to puke." Funny, he was having the same thought, and he hadn't had anything to drink tonight.
He turned off the ignition and got out to help her before she got sick all over his grandfather's car. She'd managed to open her door by the time he got there but couldn't get out on her own. He took her hand and helped her. She leaned against the car and tried to steady herself.
"Why won't you say something? After all the time we've been together, don't you have anything to say?" Her words came out as a moan, and she had to put her hands on her head to hold it up. Cabot leaned next to her on the car and waited to hold her hair back.
"How long?" he asked.
"A year. We've been together a whole year."
"No, how long have you been hooking up with this other guy?" Not that it mattered — once was enough. For some reason, though, he wanted to know how long he had been the ignorant dumbass in this triangle.
"Only once, and it didn't mean anything. That weekend you flew to Vermont for the photography workshop, I got bored and lonely and —"
"This is my fault? You cheated on me because I wasn't here to entertain you?" He pushed away from the car. "If you were so bored and lonely, why didn't you just break up with me?"
"Because I still love you, Cabot. I didn't mean for it to happen. It just did."
He snorted. All of this felt so familiar. Hadn't those been the same words he'd heard his dad say to his mom?
"You never want to go out anymore. You'd rather paint or go take pictures all day, every day. I'm seventeen, not seventy. I want to have fun, I want to party, I want —"
"No, Cabot. I thought I did, but being with him only made me realize I want to do those things with you. Like we used to." She hiccuped and swayed a little. "I know we can get past this. I know we can make it work. We belong together."
Audrey had been his first serious relationship, his first everything, maybe even his first love, but she was right — he wasn't the same guy anymore. When he'd first come to Austin NextGen, right after his parents' divorce had been finalized, he'd needed all those things, too: fun, parties, going out, forgetting, getting lost, getting lost in Audrey. But lately it hadn't been enough. He'd been restless. With her, with his art, with himself. At least now he knew what to do about this part with her.
The harsh cone of light from the streetlamp carved out the angles of her face, her bones rising in relief while the hollows beneath her eyes receded into shadow. Black rivulets of mascara marred her cheeks and her blond hair fell stringy and limp against her head.
Staring at her, after what she'd done tonight, he thought he should feel anger or revulsion, but all he felt was relief. If he had his camera right now to capture her like this, he'd title the picture The End.
"No, Audrey, we don't. I'm sorry, but we can't work this out. It's over."
Her face crumpled and mascara dripped off her chin. "Oh, Cabot." She reached for him and then heaved Jim Beam and Coke Zero all over shoes.
Yes, Cabot thought, this is definitely the end.CHAPTER 2
The biggest problem with having to share a room with your little brother and sister is not the lack of privacy, it's the ABSOLUTE. FREAKING. LACK. OF. PRIVACY!
I feel when a girl discovers two nights before that her boyfriend of nearly three years is not only cheating, but cheating on her with a guy, she is entitled to some extra alone time in her pajamas under the covers. And by extra time, I mean all of Sunday and Monday.
The thought of going to school today, knowing everybody is talking about me, judging me, feeling sorry for me, laughing at me ... I can't deal. So, today I don't plan to get out of bed at all.
When the alarm goes off at six thirty, I turn it off and bury myself back under the comforter. The twins, Gia and Alé, however, pop out of their bunk beds like little jack-in-the-boxes. I hear Alé crawling over the rail of the upper bunk. "Wake up, wake up, wake up, Mariely! Time to go to school." He's six; school is still exciting for him.
"Cállate, Alé, it's too early to be so loud," I mumble from beneath my protective fort of pillows and blankets.
"But it's time to get up," he argues.
"I'm not going to school today. Leave me alone." I roll over and fold my pillow over my head.
"Are you still sad because Jacen doesn't want to be your boyfriend anymore?" Gia asks. She's only three and a half minutes younger than Alé, but obviously light-years ahead when it comes to female psychology.
A moment later, I hear the light switch flick on. "Everyone up," Lita chirps.
"Mariely says she's not going to school today," Alé tattles.
Gia adds, "Because she doesn't have a boyfriend anymore."
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Very cute story. I haven't read YA in awhile, but this one really grabbed me from the beginning. Mariely is funny, and quirky, and you can't help but love her. She's got a style and flair that is her own, and I loved that she marched to the beat of her own drum (regardless of her reasons). Then, you have Cabot, who is also funny, and such a genuinely nice guy. He is that guy that people want to dislike because things seem to come so easily for him, but he is just too darn likable. And one you get to know him, you realize that he has a lot of turmoil just under the surface. Immediately, you see that these two are obviously well-matched and you can't wait until they let themselves accept that. There is an interesting reveal about Mariely's boyfriend, Jacen, that really surprised me, but I appreciated how it was done. And appreciated how it was all handled throughout. Jacen isn't a bad guy, much like so many exes, and it's nice to see a relationship between exes that isn't hateful. The contrast between Jacen and Audrey was very obvious, but they were both flip-sides to the break-up coin. I enjoyed the setting, both Austin and the arts school. I've been to Austin and even got to enjoy the Drafthouse and the uniqueness that is ATX in areas like South Congress. It was a great setting for a story like this one, with the artsy vibe. The school also worked to make the characters less childish, with the "tracks" and scheduling, and the characters being more free. The things that kept this from 5 stars for me were: There were some things that seemed just too stereotypical "rich" vs "poor"... I wasn't a big fan of Mariely not really acknowledging her prejudice and how dumb it was that she dated Jacen because he was "like her." Or the way that she trivialized Cabot's issues just because he was rich.
Mariely did not like drama. But at a party all was seeing their schools power couple Cabot and Audrey ending before their very eyes. They all went to school at New Gen a creative arts high school. Mariely boyfriend of 3 years was Jacen and her best friend was Willa. Then Mariely finds her boyfriend cheating on her with another guy. Jacen had seemed so sweet and adorable yet he cheated on Mariely and in front of everyone. Mariely and cabot bumped into each other at the coffee house. Apparently neither of them wanted to be at school with all the stares after the drama from the party. Mariely and Cabot decided to make it look like they were now together. Mariely had even compiled a script for them to follow so people would believe them . But things seemed to go ok and they didn’t need the script so they seemed to have forgotten about it. I loved this story it was a great one as far as I am concerned. Now too long not too short just right as far as I am concerned. Almost sounds like something that could happen. I laughed at parts of the story and choked up at parts of the story. You felt like you were there. I loved the characters of Mariely and Cabot and all they went through. I highly recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
A fake relationship! And with soooo much adorableness, I can't even :) Poor Mariely and Cabot--both of them had their (less-than anyway, so it was really for the best) relationship ended in a very public way and with tons of drama (**jazz hands!). This is of course not fun at any time, but it's particularly unfortunate when you're in high school. A small, close-knit high school makes things even worse... But don't worry, there's a fake relationship on deck to make it all better! I liked that both Mariely and Cabot kept feeling drawn to try and "rescue" the other one throughout the book--it was just so sweet. Even when they barely knew each other, they wanted to make things better for the other one--obviously, the writing was already on the wall for these two! Watching as their interest turned to "like" turned to maybe something else made me not want to put the book down until I'd reached the last page. Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance would work well as a standalone if you haven't had a chance to read the other two in the series yet ( Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru and How Willa Got Her Groove Back ) since each book deals with a different couple. If you have read the others, since Mariely's Willa's best friend, you'll get an extra bit of Willa and Finn time in this one (yay!) and there's a brief Tru and Sloane sighting as well. I can't wait for the next book in the series--it's just so much fun! Rating: 4 stars / A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed this fun YA story. From the blurb and concept of the book I felt that we all know the ending and in general terms I did, but how the author got the two main characters to the ending was quite entertaining and relate-able. The writing style flows easily and creates opportunities for us to understand the different characters. I think one of my favorite parts of this story was how not one of the characters was exactly what their stereotype said they should be. I also liked how through their dialogue they covered quite a few issues that teenagers and young adults/adults deal with in their own lives and relationships. This was a fun and enjoyable read with a well developed and realistic story line. I look forward to reading more from SR as they become available..and I really hope to learn more about Mariely's best friend and her new sort of step-brother!! I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Mariely and Cabot go to school together. They also have been humiliated by their significant others on the same night, at the same party. Would it hurt to try to get over that together? Cabot is stunned and kind of angry that he put up with his girlfriend for so long. It is actually a relief to be done with her. Then he runs into Mariely at the coffee shop. Mariely figures she has nothing to lose by pretending to hook up with Cabot. He is good looking, well liked and going through basically the same thing. Can they help each other move on? Really sweet story that is just the beginning for these two as a couple. I love this series and this book fits right in. The characters have more in common than they thought. I cannot wait for the next Mariely and Cabot book! ***This ARC was given by Netgalley and its publisher for an honest review.
3.5 stars -- I received a copy of this book through NetGalley!! I loved Mariely's style -- even if it was born out of necessity (shopping in thrift stores), I still loved the whole vintage vibe she had going on, and how she was even interested in classic movies and stuff too. And you could really see her vulnerability and how insecure she was about her financial status and the reality of her home life. She came across as very authentic, and my heart hurt for her and all she was dealing with, partly thanks to Jacen (who I really wanted to smack for being so insensitive). I wish we'd gotten to be inside Cabot's head a little bit more. I enjoyed the peeks we got from him, but I feel like there's more we could have learned. I kind of hated how Mariely just trivialized the problems Cabot was dealing with (his parents divorce) just because she thought his life was easy being rich. He had a few dickish moments (like the Thursday supper, that surprised me as much as it did Mariely), but in general he was actually really sweet and considerate. And these two definitely had some great chemistry going!! I felt those kisses right down to my tummy. I haven't read the previous two books in this series, and I found that I was occasionally distracted by Willa, wondering what was going on with her since it seems like her story might have been concurrent with this one...but that's a me problem, not a book problem. While I found this book to have a whole lot of goodness, I ended it feeling like I was missing something. But I honestly have no idea what, so I'm really not that helpful. It just felt like it went kind of fast. But maybe it's that I know this is only book 1 for Mariely and Cabot, and so the author was trying to give us a temporary HEA while hoping we will want more in the next book. I'm definitely interested, so I guess mission accomplished? Side note: no matter how many times I corrected myself, I still defaulted to saying "Mary-Ellie" instead of "MAR-ee-ely". But I seriously loved having a hispanic heroine, yay for diversity!
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.) “You know what they say, Audrey, the best way to get over a breakup is a hookup.” This was a YA contemporary romance featuring a fake relationship. I liked characters in this, and both of them had just had bad break-ups. I could see what Mariely thought everybody was talking about her though when her boyfriend turned out to be gay. It was also good to catch up with Willa from the previous book in the series. The storyline in this was about Mariely and Cabot starting a fake relationship to try and get over their old relationships, but unexpectedly falling for each other, which was kind of sweet. The ending to this was pretty good, and it will be interesting to see what happens in the next book in the series. 6.25 out of 10
Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance by Shellee Roberts....This was a fun enjoyable read, it had me laughing. The character are very well written and likeable, so you are pulling for them. I highly recommend this book for a quick fun YA read, it is worth your time. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I got this book for an honest review, Thank you Netgally, Entagled and Shellee Roberts for this chance. First off I laughed my butt off the entire time. I felt a little bad for Cabot because his ex just wouldn't take no for an answer! I really really felt bad for Mariely for how she found out about her bf but than again the signs were kinda there....I also kept thinking she was being a little bit of a snob which to most would be a surprising thing but its true! She was so worried about how she lived that she didn't want to even give Cabot a chance at first. It was a cute book an I can't wait to see where things go with everyone in the series!
5 Reasons to read Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance It’s Fun! I love the whole attitude of this book. It’s fun and even when there are shocking times, they find some of the humor in the situation. And there are a few times I literally laughed out loud when they were dealing with some tension. The Fauxmance Books that start out with fake romances always get me hooked. I know that emotions are going to come into play, and I love seeing the characters come to that conclusion. It’s always a fun journey, and definitely one of self-discovery. Seeing characters from previous books Mariely is Willa’s best friend, and I adored seeing so much of her in this book. They have such a tight bond, and call offer the advice that’s needed. They show what true friendship is about. The Characters Mariely and Cabot are both great characters. They each have their own issues they deal with. And they have to learn to trust each other. Mariely is such a fun character. She channels her inner starlet wherever she goes. I love her sense of style, and her swear words. They are amazing. Cabot is not at all what Mariely thinks of him. He’s a nice surprise, and grows a lot during this book. The Plot Not only is there the whole fauxmance going on because of certain situations, but each is going through their own things too. Mariely is scared to show Cabot where she lives, and is subconscious of her scholarship status at the school. Cabot has issues within his own family. He holds grudges against the person who he feels hurt him. This series is a lot of fun. I can’t wait to see what all of these characters bring in the future.
I have not had the chance to read the first two books in this series, but I was not lost when I started this one either. You can read this one without having read the two previous books. I love when there is a series, but the books can be read as a stand alone story. Mariely is a young lady that just wants to fit in, but knows that she really doesn't because of her family life and the way that they live. Mariely does a great job of hiding where she comes from and doesn't let too many people come to her house for fear of them judging her. When Mariely catches Jacen, her boyfriend, with her best friend, things take a crazy nose dive in her life, but she is not going to let it get her down. Maiely bounces back with a vengeance. When Mariely happens to meet up with Cabot, a rich young man that attends the same school as her, she soon learns that they were both dumped at the same party and are going through the same emotions of getting over a break up. When Mariely has a bright idea of the two of them fake dating to get back at their exes, Cabot agrees to go along. Mariley decides that they need a game plan and makes out a list of things that will make them seem more like a couple if they do around their peers. Cabot agrees with Mariely about all her ideas and as they set them in motion, things between the two of them begin to shift and feelings start develop. Will Mariely be able to accept Cabot even though he is a rich kid? What will happen when Cabot finds out where Mariley lives? Will he dump her and run? You need to read this sweet, short YA story. It is just a feel good story that will leave you satisfied when it is over. The story line flows really smoothly and you will be at the end of the book before you even know it. A great read!
This was a really fun YA read. I have loved this author's prior two books and she didn't disappoint in this one. Her writing style really makes the characters come to life and you feel you're right there with them. In this story we have Mariely, a scholarship girl from the other side of the tracks, and Cabot, trust fund kid from the hills. The one thing they have in common is one bad party and break-ups with the people they've been dating. When Cabot gets trapped by his ex trying to convince him to give her another chance, Mariely comes to his rescue coming up with a story about her and Cabot's budding new relationship. OK it might be a lie but Audrey doesn't know that!! To keep the charade going they end up spending a lot of time together and yes really falling for each other. Can these two make it work coming from two different worlds? I highly recommend this one.
Genre: Teens/YA, Romance Age: 17+ ( If mature, 15+) Recommendation: Yes, this was super cute and would definitely appeal to those in their last few years of high school and older. Type: Series, this is book number three in the Creative HeArts series and number one for Mariely & Cabot. Summary: Perfect for those on the brink of adulthood and those looking for a youthful feel to their romance read + cute love story + emotional + drama (high school drama) Full Review: Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance is a delightful romantic story about two teenagers who create an alliance in attempt to divert attention off their equally humiliating and very public break ups. Cabot, the reigning high school hot guy, and Mariely, the scholarship kid from across the tracks, both find solace in each other and some unexpected and unlikely feels start to emerge. This story follows them and their attempts to salvage what is left of their hearts and their reputations while unknowingly starting something, neither of them knew they needed. The love story was cute, the drama was heavy and the haters, just cruel. Both characters are likable and they are pretty well built for a shortish novel aimed at high school and college age new adults. This was a quick, entertaining read and Cabot was surprisingly deep for the popular rich kid. Mariely, although stereotyped, is smart and stands up for herself. Her character's response to the things life throw her way is pretty rad. All in all, this book is a win. It isn't super heavy and isn't a super stressful read. It's just the story of two people and how their lives start to intertwine. I look forward to reading more about them. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. Thank you Shellee Roberts and Entangled Publishing LLC.