Save the Date: Fake It Till You Break It

Save the Date is…not an original feature on A Word and a Whisper, but is one I am now adopting that I’ve seen around but cannot recall the original source. Anyway. I think I might start doing Save the Date posts so I can talk and gush about books that are coming out in super far away times without doing a full review, since those usually go up around a month before release dates. This way, I can gush about books that I mood read WAY before their release dates.

The inspiration for doing this post is this feature’s first victim, Jenn P. Nguyen’s 2019 release, FAKE IT TILL YOU BREAK IT. First, here’s a little about the book:


Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They’ve endured summer vacations, Sunday brunches, even dentist visits together. Their mothers, who are best friends, are convinced that Mia and Jake would be the perfect couple, even though they can’t stand to be in the same room together.

After Mia’s mom turns away yet another cute boy, Mia and Jake decide they’ve have had enough. Together, they hatch a plan to get their moms off their backs. Permanently. All they have to do is pretend to date and then stage the worst breakup of all time—and then they’ll be free.

The only problem is, maybe Jake and Mia don’t hate each other as much as they once thought…

Why you should add it to your TBR:

  • It has ALL THE BEST tropes. With such gems including childhood sweethearts, enemies to lovers, and fake dating, there is A LOT of tropey goodness to go around in this book, and even though it might seem like a lot of tropes, they all work.
  • It is SO FLUFFY. Seriously, this book is basically a cupcake disguised as a book. It’s sweet and adorable and soft and YOU NEED IT IN YOUR LIFE.
  • It has cute family relationships. I loved the friendship between Jake and Mia’s moms, which is the whole reason they decide to fake date in the first place. Actually, all the relationships Jake and Mia have outside of each other are great, and it’s nice to see a romance where the romance isn’t the only relationship the characters have or focus on in the book.
  • They’re both artsy. I would’ve LOVED this book as a teen, too, because Mia and Jake both have artistic interests. Mia is into musical theater and Jake sings and plays guitar. There’s even a music festival in the book!
  • It’s hilarious. I’m a really hard sell on funny books, but the sense of humor in this book totally won me over. The humor is really endearing and awkward and perfectly teen-y and genuine and just great.


When should you mark your calendars?

Look out for FAKE IT TILL YOU BREAK IT on JUNE 18, 2019


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  1. Oh what a great feature, I love it! And ahhhhh. I was so excited to read this book before, after reading your post I am even more hyped for it. I can’t wait 😀

  2. I just added it to my Goodreads want-to-read shelf. By the time it releases, I’ll be in need of fluffy-cupcake books. 🙂

    BTW, I found you through the January link-up for Year of the Asian reading challenge.

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