She’s Faking It – Published 2020
“Bree Bozeman isn’t exactly pursuing the life of her dreams. Then again, she isn’t too sure what those dreams are. After dropping out of college, she’s living a pretty chill life in the surf community of Pacific Beach, San Diego…if “chill” means delivering food as a GrubGetter, and if it means “uneventful”.
But when Bree starts a new Instagram account — @breebythesea — one of her posts gets a signal boost from none other than wildly popular self-help guru Demi DiPalma, owner of a lifestyle brand empire. Suddenly, Bree just might be a rising star in the world of Instagram influencing. Is this the direction her life has been lacking? It’s not a career choice she’d ever seriously considered, but maybe it’s a sign from the universe. After all, Demi’s the real deal… right?
Everything is lining up for Bree: life goals, career, and even a blossoming romance with the chiseled guy next door, surf star Trey Cantu. But things are about to go sideways fast, and even the perfect filter’s not gonna fix it. Instagram might be free, but when your life looks flawless on camera, what’s the cost?” – Goodreads
I previously read How to Hack a Heartbreak by this author and loved it. This one fell a little flat to me, but was still worth the read. The writing is pretty strong, and the character development is great. I just never really was absorbed into the story.
I will say that the message of this one was really important. Instagram should not be how we measure our own worth. It really focused on the desire to get likes, gain followers, and receive free items from companies. I can absolutely relate; it’s so easy to dwell on follower counts and likes. That’s really not a positive way to see one’s own importance or connections.
I didn’t love the romance in this one. It started strong, but I found myself a little annoyed that Bree was willing to remain interested in someone who wasn’t giving her the benefit of the doubt more than once.
Overall, this was pretty good but not great.