Review: Faking 19

Jun •  20 •  2011

Title: Faking 19
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult- Contemporary
Author: Alyson Noel
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: March 1, 2005
Book: Bought

“On the surface, 17-year-old Alex has it made; she is beautiful and smart. Plus, she’s best friends with M., the absolute most popular girl in school. Feeling bored with their fancy Orange County suburban town, Alex and M. decide to check out L.A.’s glitzy nightlife scene.

Pretending to be 19, Alex and M. meet Trevor and Connor, two rich older guys. At first, Alex can’t believe her luck–she gets to hang out at hip Hollywood house parties and downtown L.A. clubs. These weekend trips into the city become the perfect distraction for Alex, who is secretly struggling with her failing senior year grades, her absentee father, and her clueless mom.

But, after the initial fun wears off for Alex, she is forced to reevaluate her friendship with M., who is hiding some secrets beneath her perfect Burberry-clad exterior…”
I really wanted to like this book. I love Alyson Noel books. They have always seem to capture me with a great adventure and lead me on and on. But this book I can’t help but dislike. I was really put off by the characters and their actions.
I am all for a character rebelling. I know that a characters needs to fall in order to grow. But this character Alex was just too much. She did nothing but think of herself, sex, and drinking. I understood that her back round was a troubled one. She didn’t have a father who cared about her, her mother worked hard to support them both, so I can see were Alex may have gotten out of hand. 
I do like however, how Ms. Noel created a characters based on something real. Cause now and days, and this is so true, teens act this way. When families fall apart, teens do go out and rebel really badly. I am glad that Alex learn things, but she learn them the hard way. She managed to finish school and even got accepted to a writing program. I am proud that at the end Alex realized what she must do.
There was a lot of drinking, sex and cursing. So I recommend this book for 18 yrs and up.
I give it 3 BITES!
Happy Reading!


  1. Missie
    Jun 20, 2011

    I can’t believe I haven’t read any Alyson Noël, yet, though I met her and she was lovely.

    You’ve got a good point Savy. Sometimes without the proper guidance or even sometimes with it, teens will rebel thinking they are just trying to find there own way.

  2. I can believe this is good for younger provided there is guidance available. Might help them realize their choices. Great review. Sounds like a good family book.

  3. Cary Cheyenne.
    Jun 20, 2011

    This book looks like a cute and fun read. Alyson Noel is such a fantastic author that I’m sure it has some insight to it. This is such a great review!

  4. Kate Evangelista
    Jun 21, 2011

    I guess it doesn’t hold up to her more supernatural efforts.

  5. Alison
    Jun 21, 2011

    I haven’t read anything of Alyson’s aside from the Immortals books. It’s always frustrating when books are so full of drinking, sex, etc. It can be done well when you feel like it’s there to support the story and not the other way around, but it’s a hard balance.

  6. Small Review
    Jun 22, 2011

    Too bad. I felt similarly about her other book Art Geeks and Prom Queens. The main character was just a little too much for me to like. At least in this book it sounds like Alex learned her lesson.