by Holly Bourne
Adult Fiction, Romance
He said he was looking for a ‘partner in crime’ which everyone knows is shorthand for ‘a woman who isn’t real’.
April is kind, pretty, and relatively normal – yet she can’t seem to get past date five. Every time she thinks she’s found someone to trust, they reveal themselves to be awful, leaving her heartbroken. And angry.
If only April could be more like Gretel.
Gretel is exactly what men want – she’s a Regular Everyday Manic Pixie Dream Girl Next Door With No Problems.
The problem is, Gretel isn’t real. And April is now claiming to be her.
As soon as April starts ‘being’ Gretel, dating becomes much more fun – especially once she reels in the unsuspecting Joshua.
Finally, April is the one in control, but can she control her own feelings? And as she and Joshua grow closer, how long will she be able to keep pretending?
I have just finished reading this book. And I immediately scramble to my laptop to write this review. I mean, whaaaat? That never happens. And I think maybe that is a little inkling and serves as a testament to how much I loved this book. I want to spill all my thoughts onto this page before I can forget a single one.
By now if you follow my blog I’m sure you realise that alongside Alice Oseman, Holly Bourne is one of my favourite writers and has been for quite a number of years. I would buy anything she writes, even if it’s a shopping list. Especially if it’s a shopping list. And Pretending was no different. This is her second adult novel, and I’ve not read another author that can so easily change between YA and Adult and act as if it was completely effortless. From the beginning of the novel, April’s voice so authentic and real that I felt I was living inside the pages. I knew her entire character and story just from the first few chapters and I was instantly intrigued to find out how this story would play out. There was just such an honest and raw tone to this novel.
Again, Bourne just seems to understand humans like nobody else. She is not afraid to take on complex, tough issues and it really pays off in her writing. After an incident of sexual assault, April doesn’t know if she can ever trust a man again when all they do is cause her hurt. So she starts a social experiment as Gretel – “the perfect woman”. She reels in the unknowing Joshua who starts to make her doubt her feelings towards all men. Is he actually different from the rest of the dicks she’s been with – or is this just her making the same mistake like she always does?
This book was so engrossing. It only took me two days to read this because I couldn’t get the voice of April out of my head. She was honestly hypnotic. I’m not sure at this point if I’ll ever be left anything less than amazed by a Holly Bourne novel. Everything this woman writes is absolute gold. You do not want to miss out on PRETENDING, the newest Adult book from Holly Bourne!