Book Review – Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan


Title: Ten Rules for Faking It

Author: Sophie Sullivan

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Publication date: December 29th, 2020

384 pages


Goodreads Synopsis

What happens when your love life becomes the talk of the town?

As birthdays go, this year’s for radio producer Everly Dean hit rock-bottom.

Worse than the “tonsillectomy birthday.” Worse than the birthday her parents decided to split (the first time). But catching your boyfriend cheating on you with his assistant?

Even clichés sting.

But this is Everly’s year! She won’t let her anxiety hold her back. She’ll pitch her podcast idea to her boss.

There’s just one problem.

Her boss, Chris, is very cute. (Of course). Also, he’s extremely distant (which means he hates her, right? Or is that the anxiety talking)?

And, Stacey the DJ didn’t mute the mic during Everly’s rant about Simon the Snake (syn: Cheating Ex).

That’s three problems.

Suddenly, people are lining up to date her, Bachelorette-style, fans are voting (Reminder: never leave house again), and her interest in Chris might be a two-way street. It’s a lot for a woman who could gold medal in people-avoidance. She’s going to have to fake it ‘till she makes it to get through all of this.

Perhaps she’ll make a list: The Ten Rules for Faking It.

Because sometimes making the rules can find you happiness when you least expect it.


Similar to The Ex Talk and The Bachelorette, Ten Rules for Faking It follows socially anxious Everly on her quest for love after accidentally relaying her sordid tale of finding her boyfriend in bed with another woman on live radio for thousands to hear.

Everly expected to be fired after what occurred but her boss Chris has his own reasons for keeping her on – outside of needing to boost ratings, he also has an unrequited crush on her and can’t stand to fire her after hearing her outburst. So instead, Everly embarks on a Bachelorette style dating show for all of the city to hear and watch. Easy, except – did you remember the part about her having social anxiety??

I really enjoyed the anxiety representation of this book, I felt it was accurate and the topic was given the respect it deserved. Overall, I found myself enjoying the book but finding it fairly forgettable. I love books where there are dual POV’s (which this one has) because I love hearing both sides of the romance, especially when it’s one-sided to start with and there’s pining. Oh how I love pining. But something in this book didn’t click with me, so it isn’t one I would go back to or reread.

I do recommend reading it, as this is a very personal feeling and I don’t expect everyone to feel this way. Especially when I can’t exactly say what I don’t like about a book – I wouldn’t say not to read it for any reason. If you’ve read it and loved it, tell me about it in the comments!

Happy reading, folks!

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