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Book review of Fake It by Lily Seabrooke


I devoured it all in one day.

I have followed Lily for a while on Twitter, and she recently shared that Fake It was reviewed in The New York Times and so I immediately bought myself a copy on Kindle.

Life etc meant that I didn't get to read it right away, but yesterday afternoon after spending too long staring at screens and being on day 1 of my bleed, I wanted to snuggle up with a cosy read.

This did not disappoint.

I laughed out loud, I cried. It had humour, and sex, and a villain, and brilliant little tag lines. I was desperate to see where Holly and Avery would go with their relationship, which was obviously filled with chemistry from the get go, and what would happen with the restaurant and Mike.

I just absolutely loved it and I now just want to read more by Lily. It was that kind of easy going book that just warmed my heart and is so fun, it flows, it drew me in and I couldn't put it down until I had been on the whole adventure with Avery and Holly.

I loved that one of the MCs was a trans woman and that this isn't a big deal, it just is. Her trans-ness is just a small part of the story, normalising her as a beautiful, human multi-dimensional character, not fetishising or diminishing her based on her gender expression.

I love that a side character is NB and again, not a big deal, it just is. I want more of this in literature! People of all gender expressions exist in the world, and seeing them represented shouldn't feel unusual, it should be as normal as a cis man or woman being a character in a book. It was refreshing.

Wonderful book by Lily. 5*. Can't wait to read more by her!

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