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Review: Pretending


Title: Pretending

Author: Holly Bourne

Release Date: April 2nd, 2020

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Find it here: Goodreads


Synopsis from Goodreads: WHY BE YOURSELF WHEN YOU CAN BE PERFECT?

'Perceptive. Hilarious. Reassuring. Brilliant.' Laura Jane Williams

The highly-anticipated new novel from Holly Bourne, bestselling author of HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW?


He said he was looking for a 'partner in crime' which everyone knows is shorthand for 'a woman who isn't real'.


April is kind, pretty, and relatively normal - yet she can't seem to get past date five. Every time she thinks she's found someone to trust, they reveal themselves to be awful, leaving her heartbroken. And angry.


If only April could be more like Gretel.


Gretel is exactly what men want - she's a Regular Everyday Manic Pixie Dream Girl Next Door With No Problems.


The problem is, Gretel isn't real. And April is now claiming to be her.


As soon as April starts 'being' Gretel, dating becomes much more fun - especially once she reels in the unsuspecting Joshua.


Finally, April is the one in control, but can she control her own feelings? And as she and Joshua grow closer, how long will she be able to keep pretending?


My Review: While I really enjoyed this book, it was a lot heavier of a read than I was expecting and I think that you need to be in the right frame of mind to read it. This was my first book from Holly Bourne and from what I've heard she doesn't shy away from the tough subjects and writes in such a way that you really experience all the emotions along side the main character. I really liked the imagery that Bourne uses and I find that April was very relatable. This was my first book by Holly Bourne and I will certainly be reading her others!


*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*


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