The Fake Up
By Justin Myers
The Fake Up is a highly entertaining rom-com with warmth and humour from the start. Thanks to Little Brown Books for gifting me a book for review and for inviting me to review. Discover more about the book in the blurb and my review below. Also find out what authors like Adam Kay (This is Going to Hurt) and
Laura Kay (The Split), have to say about the book, after my review.
TWO EXES. ONE BIG SECRET. LET THE GAMES BEGIN…
Dylan and Flo are in love. The only trouble is, they split up months ago and everyone was delighted for them.
At first, it’s exciting sneaking around, hiding from disapproving friends, climbing through bedroom windows to avoid family, and concocting hilarious disguises. It’s like Romeo and Juliet. With more sex and less poison.
But soon it becomes harder to separate truth from lies. Dylan and Flo are in way over their heads, and the games have only just begun . . .
The Fake-Up is fabulous right from the first page. It has one of those beginnings that instantly reels you in and instantly. It is rather humorous from page 1. This humour just masterfully builds. It is the first book I have read of Justin Meyers and I am super impressed! It may well not be my last (hopefully). It is a fantastic, rom-com that brings unexpected twists. Some rom-coms are okay, but just make you smile here and there, but leave you wondering where the rest of the comedy element is, but not with this one. This one really makes you laugh out loud!
Dylan and Flo are in love. It wasn’t, perhaps a usual start to a romance, but it sets the premise up for a rom-com well and making it a perfect book to cosy into.
Flo and Dylan’s love life just isn’t going well at all. There are many obstacles in the way and when they do break up, it is interesting to see how they channel their energy into song and acting to ease their pain…. It leads to a lovely and unexpected consequence in their careers, especially Flo’s.
Then the fun happens when they decide that they don’t really want it to be the end of their relationship at all and find all manner of ways of secretly seeing each other. It keeps an air of mystery to it as you can’t help wonder if they’ll be found out and if their rekindled romance will last. To break cover may not do their careers any good and there are the friends who are glad to see them apart. It keeps you guessing what will happen by the end. It is a book that makes you think it could end in either direction.
The comedic writing of Justin Meyers pitch-perfect for this genre and captures not just rom-com but also a touch of farce very well. It also has some plotlines that are harder-hitting, topical too, and yet are weaved in well, such as sexuality, the pressures of stardom, amongst others, without taking away from the comedy.
The book is perfect for after a hard day’s work or a day for cosying up with a book. With all the good feeling around it and the fun, it’ll make you feel good too as it is properly funny as well as smartly written. It has many ingredients all mixed well for a great, well-crafted rom-com.
Praise for The Fake-Up
‘A brilliantly funny reimagining of the romcom’ Warm, funny and whip smart’
Adam Kay, author of This Is Going to Hurt‘ Laura Kay, author of The Split