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From the author of The Best Laid Plans comes another fresh voiced, hilarious rom-com perfect for fans of Tweet Cute and The Rest of the Story. Penny Harris just ruined her life. As one of the most popular girls in school, she's used to being invited to every party, is dating the Jordan Parker, and can't wait to rule senior year with her best friend, Olivia. But when Penny wa From the author of The Best Laid Plans comes another fresh voiced, hilarious rom-com perfect for fans of Tweet Cute and The Rest of the Story. Penny Harris just ruined her life. As one of the most popular girls in school, she's used to being invited to every party, is dating the Jordan Parker, and can't wait to rule senior year with her best friend, Olivia. But when Penny wakes up on Jordan's lawn the morning after his first-day-of-summer bash, she knows something went terribly wrong the night before. She kissed Kai Tanaka. Kai, her long-time nemesis. Kai, Olivia's boyfriend. Penny can't figure out what could have inspired her to do it--she loves Jordan and she would never hurt Olivia--but one thing's for sure: freshly dumped, and out a best friend, the idyllic summer she pictured is over. And despite the fact that Jordan seems to be seeking comfort (and a whole lot more) in Olivia, all Penny can think about is winning him back. Kai wants to save his relationship too, so they come up with a plan: convince their friends that they really do have feelings for each other. After all, no one can resist a good love story, and maybe seeing Penny and Kai together will make Jordan and Olivia change their minds. But as summer heats up, so does Penny and Kai's "relationship," and Penny starts to question whether she's truly faking it with Kai, if he's really as terrible as she always thought he was, and if the life she's fighting so hard to get back is the one she really wants.


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From the author of The Best Laid Plans comes another fresh voiced, hilarious rom-com perfect for fans of Tweet Cute and The Rest of the Story. Penny Harris just ruined her life. As one of the most popular girls in school, she's used to being invited to every party, is dating the Jordan Parker, and can't wait to rule senior year with her best friend, Olivia. But when Penny wa From the author of The Best Laid Plans comes another fresh voiced, hilarious rom-com perfect for fans of Tweet Cute and The Rest of the Story. Penny Harris just ruined her life. As one of the most popular girls in school, she's used to being invited to every party, is dating the Jordan Parker, and can't wait to rule senior year with her best friend, Olivia. But when Penny wakes up on Jordan's lawn the morning after his first-day-of-summer bash, she knows something went terribly wrong the night before. She kissed Kai Tanaka. Kai, her long-time nemesis. Kai, Olivia's boyfriend. Penny can't figure out what could have inspired her to do it--she loves Jordan and she would never hurt Olivia--but one thing's for sure: freshly dumped, and out a best friend, the idyllic summer she pictured is over. And despite the fact that Jordan seems to be seeking comfort (and a whole lot more) in Olivia, all Penny can think about is winning him back. Kai wants to save his relationship too, so they come up with a plan: convince their friends that they really do have feelings for each other. After all, no one can resist a good love story, and maybe seeing Penny and Kai together will make Jordan and Olivia change their minds. But as summer heats up, so does Penny and Kai's "relationship," and Penny starts to question whether she's truly faking it with Kai, if he's really as terrible as she always thought he was, and if the life she's fighting so hard to get back is the one she really wants.

30 review for Heartbreakers and Fakers

  1. 5 out of 5

    Storiesandcoffee

    "How is it so easy for everyone else? Sometimes I feel like everybody around me is living their life without really trying, like they all just naturally know the right things to do or say. I have to think about every move I make and analyze the consequences." Last year, The Best Laid Plans took me by surprise, becoming my favorite YA romance of 2020, so obviously, Heartbreakers and Fakers was one of my most anticipated reads of 2021. After getting off to a somewhat rocky start, I'm happy to r "How is it so easy for everyone else? Sometimes I feel like everybody around me is living their life without really trying, like they all just naturally know the right things to do or say. I have to think about every move I make and analyze the consequences." Last year, The Best Laid Plans took me by surprise, becoming my favorite YA romance of 2020, so obviously, Heartbreakers and Fakers was one of my most anticipated reads of 2021. After getting off to a somewhat rocky start, I'm happy to report I loved it...maybe not as much as its predecessor, but that's okay. Heartbreakers and Fakers is like the love child of Mean Girls and Gossip Girl. It screams "privilege" and "entitlement" for much of the first half, and the main character, Penny, drove me crazy. But seeing her being educated by two side characters (Sarah and Kai) and witnessing her transformation throughout the second half made me so happy to have this book in my hands. Penny's character growth is exactly why I love reading YA. It gives me hope that another generation will see that being popular in high school doesn't mean a damn thing; it's the kind of person you are on the inside that will define you as an adult. I'm not the target audience for Heartbreakers and Fakers, but it had a warm nostalgic feel that I really needed right now. It took me back to 9th grade, going to the movies with my friends to see Mean Girls and feeling seen for maybe the first time. I was desperate to be accepted; I wanted everyone to see past my imperfections and be ranked higher on the high school pecking order, simply so I could breath a little easier while walking those hallways past the ruthless elite. Maybe that's why I didn't give up on Penny right away---I saw something in her that spoke to 9th grade me. "I’m so used to people who talk in circles, who whisper behind your back, whose language is sugared kindness laced with poison. It’s all so much work." If you like high school drama and the fake dating trope, this may be just the book for you. But remember, it's very much targeted to teens, so if seventeen-year-olds fighting over boys doesn't sound like a good time for you, maybe skip this one. 🥴 Best paired with Long Story Short by Taylor Swift and perfect for fans of Gossip Girl and To All the Boys I've Loved Before.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melanie (mells_view)

    After The Best Laid Plans Cameron Lund very easily became an “author to watch” for me. Now after reading her sophomore release, Heartbreakers and Fakers she has secured herself a slot as my favorite “how did she use so many tropes in one book so effortlessly” YA contemporary romance author. This story provides two of my favorite tropes in spades. Fake dating and haters to daters. Maybe it should actually be haters to fake daters to soulmaters? I don’t know, but I enjoyed this story. Basically thi After The Best Laid Plans Cameron Lund very easily became an “author to watch” for me. Now after reading her sophomore release, Heartbreakers and Fakers she has secured herself a slot as my favorite “how did she use so many tropes in one book so effortlessly” YA contemporary romance author. This story provides two of my favorite tropes in spades. Fake dating and haters to daters. Maybe it should actually be haters to fake daters to soulmaters? I don’t know, but I enjoyed this story. Basically this story follows Penny as she fake dates her enemy to try to win back her ex, fix her life, and get her summer back on track. See what happened is Penny gets drunk at her popular friend group’s start of summer party, and instead of hooking up with her boyfriend, Jordan, she ends up drunkenly kissing his best friend, Kai. Oh and Kai also just so happens to be her best friend Olivia’s boyfriend. Oh and add on to that he’s also Penny’s longtime archenemy. So Penny teams up with Kai to fake date, so they can win their heartbroken exes back. Now I don’t think a lie is the best way to fix a betrayal, but who am I to keep teens from creating their own angst? Yeah, it’s a lot of drama and quite honestly I was here for every second of it. Most of this friend group is extremely flawed and well, HUMAN. I enjoyed reading about Penny trying to figure out how to save face and win back Jordan, while also sort of realizing that her rivalry with Kai may of had different reasons behind it. She also had a mirror turned in her direction quite a bit by some unexpected people in her life, and it really helped her grow and realize some things about how she’s been living her high school days, and how she wants to live her life in the future. Jazz hands for self reflection and personal growth. The best part of this story is that even though it’s a lot of teenage angst that will have you feeling a range of emotions, it’s also just a story about a teenage girl making mistakes and figuring life out. I think that even though Penny could make some selfish and frustrating decisions, it was also easy to relate to her reasons for why she did the things she did. I’d tell you why specifically, but you’re just going to have to read the book and find out yourself. All in all this is a great YA read. It’s angsty, with flawed characters, and a very push and pull YA romance. If you’re looking for that, then make sure you check Heartbreakers and Fakers out on June 8th! AVAILABLE NOW! *ARC

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    This book was so much fun and so adorable. Childhood "enemies" fake dating you can't go wrong. I really like Penny character development and Kai is such cutie, really liked as couple. If you like YA read this. This book was so much fun and so adorable. Childhood "enemies" fake dating you can't go wrong. I really like Penny character development and Kai is such cutie, really liked as couple. If you like YA read this.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    DNF @15% Wasn’t feeling the mean girl clique and absentee parents thing. I wasn’t connecting with any of the characters and didn’t see myself enjoying the direction of the plot

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heather~ Nature.books.and.coffee

    This was a great audiobook read by Rachel L. Jacobs and Cameron Lund. They were fantastic narrators. A YA romcom with all the angst and drama. Perfect for summer. Penny Harris is one of the most popular girls in school and is dating Jordan, the popular hot guy. They're looking forward to their senior year, and ruling the school. When she wakes up on Jordans front lawn the morning after the "first day of summer bash", she knows something must've gone wrong. She finds out she kissed her bff Olivia This was a great audiobook read by Rachel L. Jacobs and Cameron Lund. They were fantastic narrators. A YA romcom with all the angst and drama. Perfect for summer. Penny Harris is one of the most popular girls in school and is dating Jordan, the popular hot guy. They're looking forward to their senior year, and ruling the school. When she wakes up on Jordans front lawn the morning after the "first day of summer bash", she knows something must've gone wrong. She finds out she kissed her bff Olivia's boyfriend Kai, and she doesn't even remember. What makes it even more weird is that her and Kai can't stand eachother. Jordan is now finding comfort in Olivia, and Kai and Penny want to break it up. So Her and Kai decide to pretend they ended up falling in love with each other, in hopes to try and win back Jordan and Olivia. But as the summer progresses, Penny isn't so sure she's "faking" her feelings anymore! 😱 If you love the fake dating trope, with all the drama...this one is it. Totally fun! Thank you to @prhaudio for the gifted audiobook, all opinions are my own!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany (Read By Tiffany)

    We have a name!! Also, we're going to explore Disneyland in this book?? IM READY. Blog (Read By Tiffany) | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Bloglovin We have a name!! Also, we're going to explore Disneyland in this book?? IM READY. Blog (Read By Tiffany) | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Bloglovin

  7. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Thank you to Penguin Teen and NetGalley for a gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. I'm happy to say I've found another YA author I love! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough for this book. It's definitely got a mean girls vibe to it which may not be everyone's cup of tea but that's high school right? I think reading this as an adult in her mid-thirties, I found Penny super annoying and superficial at times but at the same time, I totally understood her. Who doesn't want to belong Thank you to Penguin Teen and NetGalley for a gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. I'm happy to say I've found another YA author I love! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough for this book. It's definitely got a mean girls vibe to it which may not be everyone's cup of tea but that's high school right? I think reading this as an adult in her mid-thirties, I found Penny super annoying and superficial at times but at the same time, I totally understood her. Who doesn't want to belong in high school? I think Lund captured the struggles of teenagers/YA and high school drama really well. I also enjoyed the diverse casts in this book! Overall, highly recommend this if you are a fan of YA authors like Jenn Bennett and Julie Buxbaum.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (read_with_steph)

    For fans of 80s teen movies, I think this one will be a winner. With extremely similar vibes to one of my favorite reads of 2021, Better Than the Movies, this book is equally excellent. I am living for the last summer before senior year, fake-dating on fake-dating, find out who your real friends are super fun plot. The writing is sharp, and the characters layered. It's all-around a great read, and I definitely want to go back and read Best Laid Plans now. When Penny wakes up and discovers she dr For fans of 80s teen movies, I think this one will be a winner. With extremely similar vibes to one of my favorite reads of 2021, Better Than the Movies, this book is equally excellent. I am living for the last summer before senior year, fake-dating on fake-dating, find out who your real friends are super fun plot. The writing is sharp, and the characters layered. It's all-around a great read, and I definitely want to go back and read Best Laid Plans now. When Penny wakes up and discovers she drunkenly kissed her boyfriend's best friend and her best friend's boyfriend, her whole world implodes. She doesn't even like him! Hates him, in fact. But everyone roots for a love story, so when Penny and her arch-nemesis start fake dating in the hopes everyone forgives them for a horrendous mistake, things start to become real, and Penny starts to reconsider who she is... This was unbelievably bingeable, and I sped through it in one evening and would definitely read it again. I can't see it on the big screen in the same way I could with Better Than the Movies (too many flashbacks), but with fake-dating your childhood enemy and having a magical day in Disneyland, it's hard to avoid a comparison. But honestly, I loved this one, and I would read, recommend, and buy both. There's definitely space for both of these excellent books, and if you like one, you're probably going to like the other. Thanks to Penguin Teen for my eARC! All thoughts and opinions are my own. 5 stars - 9/10

  9. 5 out of 5

    izzy

    cameron lund is a delight- will officially be reading all her stuff from now on!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    You guys! My favorite YA author’s new book Heartbreakers and Fakers by @camloond comes out TOMORROW 😍 ⁣ ⁣ If you like : ⁣ 💗 Mature YA books ⁣ 💗 Fake Dating ⁣ 💗 Drama ⁣ 💗 Character Growth ⁣ ⁣ My Review : I really love Cameron Lund’s writing. Like I said before this book is filled to the brim with drama, angst, and also gave me major Mean Girl Vibes. Penny wasn’t my fav character but I still enjoyed that she has a lot of growth through the story. The character that I really loved was Kai. He is just this You guys! My favorite YA author’s new book Heartbreakers and Fakers by @camloond comes out TOMORROW 😍 ⁣ ⁣ If you like : ⁣ 💗 Mature YA books ⁣ 💗 Fake Dating ⁣ 💗 Drama ⁣ 💗 Character Growth ⁣ ⁣ My Review : I really love Cameron Lund’s writing. Like I said before this book is filled to the brim with drama, angst, and also gave me major Mean Girl Vibes. Penny wasn’t my fav character but I still enjoyed that she has a lot of growth through the story. The character that I really loved was Kai. He is just this really sweet guy who doesn’t want to get caught up in drama but somehow gets stuck in this whirlwind of drama. I love that he is there for Penny through this fiasco of a situation and we get to see a lot of sides of him that are super swoon worthy. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Thank you @penguinteen for an arc in exchange for an honest review

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    *** 3.5 STARS *** This was another very quick and enjoyable read by Cameron Lund and her books are definitely the perfect choice if you're looking for something that'll get you out of a reading slump. Some of the characters in Heartbreakers and Fakers were a bit too annoying for my liking but apart from that, I really liked the story and had a lot of fun reading it. instagram || my blog || twitter *** 3.5 STARS *** This was another very quick and enjoyable read by Cameron Lund and her books are definitely the perfect choice if you're looking for something that'll get you out of a reading slump. Some of the characters in Heartbreakers and Fakers were a bit too annoying for my liking but apart from that, I really liked the story and had a lot of fun reading it. instagram || my blog || twitter

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    4.5 ⭐️ One drunken night, Penny struggles to recall the evening’s events where she apparently cheated on her boyfriend Jordan by kissing his best friend Kai. Kai, who she has hated for years because of a stupid nickname when they were younger and who is dating her best friend Olivia. In order to win their respective partners back, Penny and Kai fake date to make them jealous. Does it work? Holy moly TEEN DRAMA! But, I loved it. Such a guilty pleasure read, despite predictability and the whole uno 4.5 ⭐️ One drunken night, Penny struggles to recall the evening’s events where she apparently cheated on her boyfriend Jordan by kissing his best friend Kai. Kai, who she has hated for years because of a stupid nickname when they were younger and who is dating her best friend Olivia. In order to win their respective partners back, Penny and Kai fake date to make them jealous. Does it work? Holy moly TEEN DRAMA! But, I loved it. Such a guilty pleasure read, despite predictability and the whole unoriginal popular-girl-who-lost-herself persona. I dug the dual timelines, snippets from the past, and I knew I’d love Kai. The banter, the chemistry, they were definitely there. HEARTBREAKERS AND FAKERS had all the fun tropes, and is perfect for fans of Jenn P. Nguyen’s FAKE IT TILL YOU BREAK IT and the movie MEAN GIRLS.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Martina

    Thank you prh audio for the ALC. I decided to give this book a chance even after I didn’t care for this authors debut. I liked her writing so I figured it’s possible i could enjoy this one. I’m just not a fan of whiny teen characters. I love YA so much but some of these books are too much. I literally rolled my eyes so many times at the main character Penelope and all of her choices. I understand teens aren’t the best but somehow Lund makes them seem so terrible. I do think she’s a good writer a Thank you prh audio for the ALC. I decided to give this book a chance even after I didn’t care for this authors debut. I liked her writing so I figured it’s possible i could enjoy this one. I’m just not a fan of whiny teen characters. I love YA so much but some of these books are too much. I literally rolled my eyes so many times at the main character Penelope and all of her choices. I understand teens aren’t the best but somehow Lund makes them seem so terrible. I do think she’s a good writer and I hope to one day enjoy one of her books but for now I’ll just skip her books.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    I love a fauxmance, but this was so much more. The flashbacks were where the meat was for me. It was there that I got to see things through a different lens, and it was those memories that had Penny rethinking a lot of things. It was a tough time for Penny, but she grew so much, and the experience forced her to reexamine many of her relationship. I was rooting for this fauxmace to become a romance the whole time. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS I love a fauxmance, but this was so much more. The flashbacks were where the meat was for me. It was there that I got to see things through a different lens, and it was those memories that had Penny rethinking a lot of things. It was a tough time for Penny, but she grew so much, and the experience forced her to reexamine many of her relationship. I was rooting for this fauxmace to become a romance the whole time. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  15. 4 out of 5

    Zahira⚡️ Azriel’s mate

    i need some tea in my boring life :) this book is going to deliver

  16. 5 out of 5

    Erin (erinevelynreads)

    After loving Lund’s debut, The Best Laid Plans, I couldn't wait to get my hands on her sophomore novel, Heartbreakers and Fakers. However, it fell a bit flat for me overall. I think a big issue is that I’m over the teenage girl realizes popularity doesn't matter trope. It's tired and overdone and really annoys me. In the same vein, I hated the main character, Penny, and her constant obsession with getting the cool kids to like her. The one bright spot in the book was her fake love interest, Kai. After loving Lund’s debut, The Best Laid Plans, I couldn't wait to get my hands on her sophomore novel, Heartbreakers and Fakers. However, it fell a bit flat for me overall. I think a big issue is that I’m over the teenage girl realizes popularity doesn't matter trope. It's tired and overdone and really annoys me. In the same vein, I hated the main character, Penny, and her constant obsession with getting the cool kids to like her. The one bright spot in the book was her fake love interest, Kai. He and his mom were the sweetest characters and I loved their perspectives. If you enjoy the fake dating trope in YA or Mean Girls, maybe this is the book for you.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katie Prouty

    "And then I saw you reading, and you smiled at me, and it was that little smile that got me through it all. I was like, this girl gets it." Oh, you want to know the tea? I gotchu, sis. So Penny and Olivia and BF4E. Penny has been in love with Jordan for years. Like life long debilitating crush. He finally asked Penny to be his girlfriend. Jordan and Kai = bromance. Kai is one of the most annoying people on the planet. Kai is ALSO Olivia's boyfriend. Yikes. First night of summer. First party and "And then I saw you reading, and you smiled at me, and it was that little smile that got me through it all. I was like, this girl gets it." Oh, you want to know the tea? I gotchu, sis. So Penny and Olivia and BF4E. Penny has been in love with Jordan for years. Like life long debilitating crush. He finally asked Penny to be his girlfriend. Jordan and Kai = bromance. Kai is one of the most annoying people on the planet. Kai is ALSO Olivia's boyfriend. Yikes. First night of summer. First party and Penny wakes up buzzing with fear that something is wrong. And she is right. She kissed KAI TANAKA. Kai, her long time nemesis. Kai, her besties boyfriend. There's a theory among the friends, that Kai and Penny are secretly into each other or something. Like Han and Lei vibes. Penny's not feeling it. But people believe it. And everyone forgives a good love story, right? So...How are Kai and Penny going to get Olivia and Jordan back? By pretending to date to make them jealous. Classic freaking idiot kid behavior. I LOVED Heartbreakers and Fakers! YA rom-com with max com. Penny and Olivia's pet names for each other are comical. "You're the dollop of whipped cream in my PSL." SO LOL! And Kai's nicknames for Penny "hey, lemon poppy seed muffin". Okay. Snort! Kai is funny. He's got jokes. There are two scenes that are steal-your-breath-precious! And wait. It's not all rainbows and butterflies. There is massive betrayal, manipulation, and toxic friendships. Secrets and lies! Oh, my! Cameron Lund! This was such a FUN read! If you want a few hours of escapism...Heartbreakers and Fakers is what you need, dear reader. Perfect for fans of Emma Lord and Rachel Lynn Solomon. READ IF YOU LIKE: -fake dating -enemies to lovers (it's an eternal flame) -self discovery -puns & jokes -lots of good music (Khalid, Lana Del Rey, AC/DC) -#IsThisAKissingBook: uh...blinks a couple times...duh. -Disneyland! (I know that weirdly long line for Peter Pan) "I think that's whats so great about love: it's something worth putting in the extra effort for." All the thanks to Penguin Young Readers for an advanced copy! Song: As I Am by Justin Beiber ft. Khalid

  18. 5 out of 5

    McKenzie

    I was expecting to go into this story and read about another cliche love story, and that's basically what happened, but what I didn't expect was to connect so much with the main character, Penny. Some people might find the constant reparation of Penny's childhood issues annoying and unnecessary, but as someone who experienced many of those exact same feelings, it was actually very much needed. The repetition of the events allowed the reader to realize just how much of an impact childhood bullyin I was expecting to go into this story and read about another cliche love story, and that's basically what happened, but what I didn't expect was to connect so much with the main character, Penny. Some people might find the constant reparation of Penny's childhood issues annoying and unnecessary, but as someone who experienced many of those exact same feelings, it was actually very much needed. The repetition of the events allowed the reader to realize just how much of an impact childhood bullying and taunting can have on people. I appreciated the fact that Penny was always strong in reminding people that just because they didn't mean to hurt her, doesn't mean that they didn't, and that their apologies don't erase their actions. I don't think Lund set out to write a story about overcoming childhood bullying in this romance novel, but, I think she did a pretty amazing job at it. This story is a great one to enforce the idea that actions have consequences, some of which can last for years after the event occurs. I absolutely loved this story and Penny, and the guys were pretty cute too. I read this book in one sitting and I think everyone should pick this up to get a glimpse into how harmful childhood taunts can really be.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Skye ~ Court of Binge Reading

    Cameron Lund has quickly become a new favorite author of mine. I’ve loved both of her YA Contemporary books. She’s able to capture the essence and nuances of being a teenager in high school perfectly: the insecurities, the social hierarchy, and the sense of belonging everyone searches for during that time. For me, Penny was easy to relate to and understand. Was she perfect? No. That’s part of why I liked her. She made mistakes--a lot. She succumbed to peer pressure because she desperately wante Cameron Lund has quickly become a new favorite author of mine. I’ve loved both of her YA Contemporary books. She’s able to capture the essence and nuances of being a teenager in high school perfectly: the insecurities, the social hierarchy, and the sense of belonging everyone searches for during that time. For me, Penny was easy to relate to and understand. Was she perfect? No. That’s part of why I liked her. She made mistakes--a lot. She succumbed to peer pressure because she desperately wanted to fit in and be popular. I’ve seen some people complain about these things, but these are the things that made Penny real. These are feelings we have all had. At one point or another, we’ve all wondered what it would be like to be in the “popular” crowd. We’ve all been nervous about not fitting in. It’s normal. On the surface, this book may seem like it’s about Penny making a mistake and trying to rectify it--in the most unorthodox way--but that’s not the point of this story. This story is about Penny growing and finding her way all on her own. Penny wakes up and sees how she and her friends have treated people. Penny realizes some friendships aren’t healthy and that they need to end. She also decides she wants to overcome her fears of being disliked or doing something uncool in favor of being her true self. Now, for the part most of you want to hear about, the romance. Penny and Kai are freaking adorable. I loved every scene with them together. When the book starts, Penny hates Kai with a passion. In fact, in her mind, he is her nemesis. But, as time passes, Penny realizes Kai is different from what she thought. Kai understands her, and they have a blast together. I can’t wait to see what Lund has in store for us in her next book!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)

    Dude I loved this. This was exactly what I wanted - a mindless high school romance peppered with fake dating, mean girls, and bad decisions. There was even the there's-only-one-bed trope and a signed fake dating contract. I know what kind of contemporary YA romance I like. This is it. I think Cameron Lund writes in a way that my brain finds so easy to consume. I don't know how to describe it other than the Goldilocks effect - it's not too fast, not too slow, not too much detail, not lacking in de Dude I loved this. This was exactly what I wanted - a mindless high school romance peppered with fake dating, mean girls, and bad decisions. There was even the there's-only-one-bed trope and a signed fake dating contract. I know what kind of contemporary YA romance I like. This is it. I think Cameron Lund writes in a way that my brain finds so easy to consume. I don't know how to describe it other than the Goldilocks effect - it's not too fast, not too slow, not too much detail, not lacking in detail. She also seems to be mindful of the fact that she's writing teenagers in high school and makes them flawed but likable. In this book, Penny screws up. So does Kai. There's no getting around it - cheating is crappy and it doesn't matter whether or not you were drunk when you decided to cheat. I like that this fact didn't change. There were no excuses or extenuating circumstances set for Penny. She did a crappy thing and had to deal with the fallout. Of course, there were many layers to that screw up that eventually come to light, buuuuut you know, spoilers. I found myself really rooting for Penny & Kai and I thought the dialogue between them was written well. I had that same kind of smitten feeling I had when reading To All the Boys I've Loved Before. There are a few things that make this more of a 4 star than a 5 star read for me, but those things are spoilers so that's all I'll say. Just wanted to clarify since I'm giving what seems like a glowing review. I feel like this is an author whose books I will look forward to picking up. I was pleasantly surprised by her debut and this was a solid second release. Hopefully there will be more to come!

  21. 4 out of 5

    michelle (magical reads)

    read on my blog rep: Japanese-American love interest, lesbian side character, bisexual side character cw: vomiting **I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley (thank you, Penguin Teen!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** Maybe you should just let people believe it. Everyone forgives a good love story. Last year, I unexpectedly really enjoyed The Best Laid Plans, so I was so excited for this author’s next release. Also, it had fake da read on my blog rep: Japanese-American love interest, lesbian side character, bisexual side character cw: vomiting **I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley (thank you, Penguin Teen!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** Maybe you should just let people believe it. Everyone forgives a good love story. Last year, I unexpectedly really enjoyed The Best Laid Plans, so I was so excited for this author’s next release. Also, it had fake dating and dislike-to-love, so of course I needed to read it. With a fun plot and a lot of character development, Heartbreakers and Fakers was a cute story about finding what really makes you happy. Penny wakes up on her boyfriend’s lawn with no memory of the party the night before. When she goes inside, her best friend, Olivia, is hostile towards her and her boyfriend, Jordan, breaks up with her. It turns out that Penny had kissed Olivia’s boyfriend Kai, whom she hates. Realizing now that the perfect summer she had planned is ruined, she confronts Kai, who proposes that they fake a relationship to get back into their friends’ good graces and to win Jordan and Olivia back, respectively. Soon, though, Penny realizes that she likes Kai more than she previously thought and that maybe Jordan and Olivia weren’t quite the people she thought they were. The reason for Penny and Kai fake-dating was a little hard for me to wrap around my head first, but I think the book does a good job of justifying it in the moment. It’s a very messy situation, Penny pretending to date someone who is her (now ex-) boyfriend’s best friend and her best friend’s (now) ex. Olivia and Jordan soon get together too, so whenever they all hang out, it was so weird to me. However, that being said, this book acknowledges the messiness and grows from it. This whole situation puts into perspective how Penny has always viewed her life. I really liked the character dynamics in this book because they felt realistic to me. It’s set in a small town, so Penny has gone to school with the same people her entire life. In middle school, she was teased and had only one friend, another girl whom everyone else also found weird. You can tell how this affected her even now, years later, when she is popular. Olivia is the most popular girl in school, and in a lot of ways, Penny has just gone along with whatever she’s done because she’d rather be the one on top, even if that means she’s the one doing mean things. Their relationship, which is complex to say the least, has a strange dynamic because, in the end, Penny was just glad she finally wasn’t the one being teased. She’d rather be popular and superficial and not at all her own person if that meant that she had “good” friends. Throughout this book, however, Penny comes to realize how being Olivia’s best friend doesn’t have to be her entire personality: she can be her own person and still be happy. Sometimes I feel like everyone around me is living their life without really trying, like they all just naturally know the right things to do or way. I have to think about every move I make and analyze the consequences. Penny’s need for validation also affected her opinions of Kai because she’s always thought he was rude and too carefree. They bickered constantly, in a way that everyone thought they liked each other and were trying to hide it. This dynamic felt very natural to me; if we’re being honestly, hate-to-love in young adult contemporary can feel so forced and unrealistic at times. Here, though, I understood Penny’s dislike of Kai because she just can’t understand someone who doesn’t care about other people’s opinions when other people’s opinions are all that she thinks about. This also was more dislike-to-love than anything because while they argued a lot, there was no real vitriol. Penny and Kai’s dislike of each other added to the fun of their fake dating. Fake dating already usually has funny scenes, when the couple has to convince everyone else, but I really liked their dialogue. Some of their scenes together were so cute too! Also, I just had a lot of fun reading this book! There were some really funny scenes, and I couldn’t stop smiling at some points. The writing was really good, so I’m excited to read more from this author. I honestly have more to say about how all of this (Penny’s need for validation, the fake dating, the dislike-to-love) ties together, but it involves spoiling the ending so I’ll hold off. I’ll just say that I really liked Penny’s character development. She’s spent years holding Olivia’s approval, so when she suddenly doesn’t have it again, she chases after it. However, throughout the book, she realizes how fake their relationship was and how that led her to not have good relationships with other people, like Kai and their other friends or with Sarah, the “weird” girl who was her only real friend for years when they were younger. This book made this character growth feel very natural, which I really liked. Overall, Heartbreakers and Fakers was a fun fake-dating story that also had really good character development. I really liked the complexity of the character dynamics, and how they grew from the messy situations. If you liked Emily Wibbroka and Austin Siegemund’s books or Emma Lord’s novels, I definitely think you should check out Heartbreakers and Fakers! original review: this was very cute actually I really enjoyed it...a bit messy but in a way that acknowledged it and grew from it? idk but I'll expand on my review later

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shay | Books Are Magic Too

    A huge thank you to Penguin Teen for the finished copy & eARC of this title, I took the book to the pool with me on Memorial Day and it was THE absolute best to kick off the start of summer with! After reading Lund’s debut, Best Laid Plans, I had high hopes for this book and it did not disappoint! Fake dating, testing your friendships & finding out who you are - all a part of the recipe that makes this book a delectable read with plenty of nostalgic vibes for your teen years. This treasure trove A huge thank you to Penguin Teen for the finished copy & eARC of this title, I took the book to the pool with me on Memorial Day and it was THE absolute best to kick off the start of summer with! After reading Lund’s debut, Best Laid Plans, I had high hopes for this book and it did not disappoint! Fake dating, testing your friendships & finding out who you are - all a part of the recipe that makes this book a delectable read with plenty of nostalgic vibes for your teen years. This treasure trove of layered tropes was so fun to read, giving off all the 90’s from com vibes like She’s All That / Drive Me Crazy and I was all about it! Penny wakes up after what should’ve been the best start to summer ever, but instead she finds out things have gone incredibly wrong. & the only person still talking to her is her frenemy, Kai. As we get to know the characters with present day timeline and flashbacks, you discover flawed characters full of the best kind of relatable teenage drama, constant mistakes and growing past them. The writing style makes this book a delightful easy read, it left me ready and excited for even more from this author! Also, ANY book where the characters go to Disney just has a special place in my heart ❤️

  23. 5 out of 5

    Erika Kandel

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ "The truth is that high school is such a small blip on my timeline. Life is too short to waste the whole thing worrying." This book follows your typical teenagers through high school. Cliques (mean ones), people trying to fit in, girls afraid to be alone and wanting to be seen on the arms of popular boys. Jokes played, fake dating and real love. Twists and turns all over. I am not the intended age group for this book but I love YA, especially as we enter summer. They are typically light ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ "The truth is that high school is such a small blip on my timeline. Life is too short to waste the whole thing worrying." This book follows your typical teenagers through high school. Cliques (mean ones), people trying to fit in, girls afraid to be alone and wanting to be seen on the arms of popular boys. Jokes played, fake dating and real love. Twists and turns all over. I am not the intended age group for this book but I love YA, especially as we enter summer. They are typically light reads that I enjoy. And while this book moved fast for me and was still "light" in my eyes, there were many hard subjects in here that were covered and many lessons learned. I really shipped (see my inner 17 year old coming out) a particular love interest in this book and hoped they would come together in the end. I teared up in this book. I was sad at times, disappointed at times, overjoyed at times, confused and relieved. SO MANY EMOTIONS. What I loved the most about this book (besides the characters- minus Olivia... because nah) was the true growth in teenagers (and even a mother). The realization that we should all be "us" and not part of a crowd, especially a mean crowd. That we need to find our people. That we need to treat others with respect. I feel like Pen grew up in this book and it was so fun to watch that journey. Kai and Pen forever, please <3 (Thank you to Penguin Teen for an advanced copy of this book - all opinions are my own. This book is being released on June 8 '21 and you should all read this) ⭐

  24. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn

    *4.5* This was so good!! It was dramatic, messy and so much fun. I really appreciated how the whole story unfolded! What I liked: - The ending, I was really happy with how Penny grew throughout the story and where she ended up. The messaging in there was really important and I wish I read something like this in HS. - Topics of toxic friendships - I think this is really important to read in books especially for teens. - Fake dating / enemies to lovers - this worked so perfectly for me in this book. *4.5* This was so good!! It was dramatic, messy and so much fun. I really appreciated how the whole story unfolded! What I liked: - The ending, I was really happy with how Penny grew throughout the story and where she ended up. The messaging in there was really important and I wish I read something like this in HS. - Topics of toxic friendships - I think this is really important to read in books especially for teens. - Fake dating / enemies to lovers - this worked so perfectly for me in this book. And the romance was just really cute ☺️ - ONLY ONE BED!!!! I really enjoyed this book and loved how messy it was. It was just a fun summertime read!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pallavi

    RATING: 4.5/5 STARS This was a really fun book! It was an excellent execution of two of my favorite rom-com tropes - hate-to-love and fake-dating. The character development in this novel was very well done. Penny and Kai weren't perfect but they learned from their mistakes. In my opinion, flawed characters who are able to communicate with each other and resolve their issues create some of the best YA writing. The chemistry between Penny and Kai was entertaining and kept me reading. Their dynamic RATING: 4.5/5 STARS This was a really fun book! It was an excellent execution of two of my favorite rom-com tropes - hate-to-love and fake-dating. The character development in this novel was very well done. Penny and Kai weren't perfect but they learned from their mistakes. In my opinion, flawed characters who are able to communicate with each other and resolve their issues create some of the best YA writing. The chemistry between Penny and Kai was entertaining and kept me reading. Their dynamic was unique with some real heartfelt moments. Cameron Lund's writing is just so relatable and engaging. Her first book was fantastic and this one also lived up to my expectations. I finished it in one day. It's a light and enjoyable read that also has deeper layers about difficult family relationships, bullying, and teenage uncertainty about the future. Additionally, it has Asian character representation, which is a major plus. A sincere thanks to Penguin Teen for providing an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Social: @_shelf.awareness on Instagram

  26. 4 out of 5

    Natalie - FerryGoodBooks

    As an adult of an undisclosed age, I can say there are hits and there are misses. For me to enjoy a book, the writing has to be amazing, with characters that have bigger problems than what to wear on Friday night. Cameron Lund is an author who can take a fun trope as fake-dating and give it a new meaning with characters that have complexities and relatable growing pains. She goes beyond superficial problems and dives into the heart of emotions that everyone tends to feel either as an adult or as As an adult of an undisclosed age, I can say there are hits and there are misses. For me to enjoy a book, the writing has to be amazing, with characters that have bigger problems than what to wear on Friday night. Cameron Lund is an author who can take a fun trope as fake-dating and give it a new meaning with characters that have complexities and relatable growing pains. She goes beyond superficial problems and dives into the heart of emotions that everyone tends to feel either as an adult or as a teen. To me, her writing is effortless, captivating, and natural. She has a flow that makes it so an adult like myself who loves angsty teen drama can enjoy this without feeling too old to be reading it. There’s a kindness to Penny that feels authentic in nature. She feels genuine with her actions and is just trying to navigate the game that is high school to come out unscathed. Reading her struggle and doubts left a relatable feeling about my own self, and seeing her growth throughout the book made me cheer for her success. It was interesting to see how the author went between past and present to showcase Penny’s key between being in love with the idea of love versus actually being in love with another person. This book is the perfect mix between Mean Girls and season three of Dawson’s Creek, Joey and Pacey vibes. The friends of the group sparred and bantered back and forth only to end up blurring the lines between love and hate. I loved the angst between these two characters. There is a passion that is felt every time Penny and Kai interact. Through their “hate” they were able to find common ground and be vulnerable by letting each other into their messy worlds. Though it can be stereotypical in some aspects, the author provides an unexpected twist that is different from other books like it. There’s a universal feeling of wanting to belong or wanting love that’s translated to any age. Though this book filled my heart with agony and drama, I devoured this book. There were twists and turns that kept it interesting and hard to put down, characters that you just fell in love with, and moments that were so sweet. Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Teen for this ARC

  27. 4 out of 5

    Natalie - FerryGoodBooks

    As an adult of an undisclosed age, I can say there are hits and there are misses. For me to enjoy a book, the writing has to be amazing, with characters that have bigger problems than what to wear on Friday night. Cameron Lund is an author who can take a fun trope as fake-dating and give it a new meaning with characters that have complexities and relatable growing pains. She goes beyond superficial problems and dives into the heart of emotions that everyone tends to feel either as an adult or as As an adult of an undisclosed age, I can say there are hits and there are misses. For me to enjoy a book, the writing has to be amazing, with characters that have bigger problems than what to wear on Friday night. Cameron Lund is an author who can take a fun trope as fake-dating and give it a new meaning with characters that have complexities and relatable growing pains. She goes beyond superficial problems and dives into the heart of emotions that everyone tends to feel either as an adult or as a teen. To me, her writing is effortless, captivating, and natural. She has a flow that makes it so an adult like myself who loves angsty teen drama can enjoy this without feeling too old to be reading it. There’s a kindness to Penny that feels authentic in nature. She feels genuine with her actions and is just trying to navigate the game that is high school to come out unscathed. Reading her struggle and doubts left a relatable feeling about my own self, and seeing her growth throughout the book made me cheer for her success. It was interesting to see how the author went between past and present to showcase Penny’s key between being in love with the idea of love versus actually being in love with another person. This book is the perfect mix between Mean Girls and season three of Dawson’s Creek, Joey and Pacey vibes. The friends of the group sparred and bantered back and forth only to end up blurring the lines between love and hate. I loved the angst between these two characters. There is a passion that is felt every time Penny and Kai interact. Through their “hate” they were able to find common ground and be vulnerable by letting each other into their messy worlds. Though it can be stereotypical in some aspects, the author provides an unexpected twist that is different from other books like it. There’s a universal feeling of wanting to belong or wanting love that’s translated to any age. Though this book filled my heart with agony and drama, I devoured this book. There were twists and turns that kept it interesting and hard to put down, characters that you just fell in love with, and moments that were so sweet. Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin for this ARC

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Cameron Lund just writes the BEST rom-com YA stories that are completely adorable, incredibly funny, and grab your attention instantly, absolutely making you want to cancel all your plans and read her books in one sitting.😍🤗 Heartbreakers and Fakers is a story full of some of my favorite tropes.😎 It’s hate-to-love meets fake dating meets a high school coming of age story, and I LOVED it.👏🏻🥳 Penny wakes up one morning after drinking too much the night before and finds out that she kissed her nemes Cameron Lund just writes the BEST rom-com YA stories that are completely adorable, incredibly funny, and grab your attention instantly, absolutely making you want to cancel all your plans and read her books in one sitting.😍🤗 Heartbreakers and Fakers is a story full of some of my favorite tropes.😎 It’s hate-to-love meets fake dating meets a high school coming of age story, and I LOVED it.👏🏻🥳 Penny wakes up one morning after drinking too much the night before and finds out that she kissed her nemesis, who happens to be her best friend's boyfriend and is best friends with her boyfriend.😱😱 In the aftermath of the drunken night, Penny teams up with her rival, Kai, to make everyone fall for their love story by pretending to be in a relationship, but what happens when those feelings start becoming real?✨ This romance was just what I needed. Penny and Kai stole my heart.🥺❤️ They were SO PRECIOUS! Their banter was everything!🙌🏻 I loved that they had this chemistry that was very real. They could be friends and vent about real personal struggles together while still being very honest with each other. This book was the perfect summer read that made me laugh and gush, and I can’t wait for more books by Lund.🥰 ☆☆☆☆.5 *Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of the book.* [TW: Underage drinking/partying, swearing]

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alison Morquecho

    Do you know what’s better than enemies to lovers? Enemies to lovers and fake dating! Who knew I needed these tropes together in my life? I loved this book so much!😍 I immediately connected with the characters and was fully invested in the book after the first chapter. I couldn’t put it down. Penny has the perfect life. After being dubbed Pukey Penelope by her arch-nemesis, Kai, in elementary, Penny has worked her butt off to be where she is now. Her best friend, Olivia, is the most popular girl Do you know what’s better than enemies to lovers? Enemies to lovers and fake dating! Who knew I needed these tropes together in my life? I loved this book so much!😍 I immediately connected with the characters and was fully invested in the book after the first chapter. I couldn’t put it down. Penny has the perfect life. After being dubbed Pukey Penelope by her arch-nemesis, Kai, in elementary, Penny has worked her butt off to be where she is now. Her best friend, Olivia, is the most popular girl in school and her boyfriend, Jordan Parker, is beyond perfect. She couldn’t be happier. Until one night, she throws it all away, and it’s Kai’s fault, as usual. She has to fix it, and her only option is to fake date Kai. Once they get Jordan and Olivia back, they can both go back to hating each other. But of course, things never go as planned. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I had a blast reading about Penny and Kai. I honestly couldn’t get enough of them. Their banter cracked me up. 🤣 This story definitely gave me Mean Girls vibes, and I loved it. Olivia would have given Regina George a run for her money. 😳 If you love both enemies to lovers and fake dating, this is the book for you! ❤️ I gave this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kera (featherboundbooks)

    Penny Harris has been living her best life! She is dating the boy of her dreams. Her best friend is dating his best friend and the summer before their senior year of high school has just begun. But when Penny wakes up after hungover after the huge end of school year party, she learns she drunkenly made out with her bestie's boyfriend, Kai, ruining not only her friendship and her perfect relationship, but her entire summer they had filled with all the best plans. To make matters worse, Her now ex- Penny Harris has been living her best life! She is dating the boy of her dreams. Her best friend is dating his best friend and the summer before their senior year of high school has just begun. But when Penny wakes up after hungover after the huge end of school year party, she learns she drunkenly made out with her bestie's boyfriend, Kai, ruining not only her friendship and her perfect relationship, but her entire summer they had filled with all the best plans. To make matters worse, Her now ex-best friend Olivia and her ex-boyfriend Jordan are suddenly a couple. Penny cannot believe herself. Why would she make out with Kai? He wasn't just the boyfriend of her best friend or the best friend of her boyfriend, he has been the guy who made her the butt of every joke since the fifth grade. How could she have kissed her nemesis and ruined everything so phenomenally? The solution comes to her in the form of damage control. She and Kai should pretend to date each other to make Jordan and Olivia jealous. Solid plan, right? Because why not fix this trust issue with more lies? But, things start to backfire even more when Penny gets to know the real Kai and learns that she may not hate him as much as she thought she did. While there is so much superficiality in this group of high school students, Cameron Lund doesn't even try to ignore that fact or cover it up and that is the whole point. On the surface this is about faking things to get back into the good graces of people you hurt by hurting them more by trying to make them jealous. But if you peel back the layers, you get to see these characters realize what they are doing and take efforts in being better people. You get to watch how people react to the understanding that things are not always what they seem and certain relationships that are made between people are fake even if you can't see it every day. I absolutely LOVED this adorable YA read. I loved how flawed the characters were. I found how easy it was to actually NOT hate them for the mistakes they made when they took strides to better themselves. This was such a fun read.

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