Friday, February 15, 2013

Fake It: More Than 100 Shortcuts Every Woman Needs to Know - Jennifer Byrne

Summary:  No one is perfect -- but everyone can fake it.

Let's get real.  At one point or another, every woman has had to fake it -- how else would we get everything done in a mere twenty-four hours?  Fake It makes all those time-sucking tasks -- such as doing the laundry, baking a homemade dessert for a school fundraiser, and maintaining a socially acceptable level of personal hygiene -- seem effortless.  With more than 100 shortcuts and wonderfully constructed white lies, you'll be able to fake it all, including:

  • An immaculate bathroom when unexpected guests arrive
  • Flawless skin for that big night out
  • Liking a crappy dinner at a friend's house
  • A tidy car on carpool day
  • Knowing the answer to your client's question
  • And yes, of course, faking an orgasm
So, whether you're asked for your opinion about a stomach-turning outfit, really not feeling it in bed, or just too tired to clean the house, Fake It will give you the fool proof advice you need to get through all of life's situations.  (Summary from book - Image from - Review copy given free for an honest review)

My Review:   My husband would like me to go on the record and say that I do not need this book -- that there is absolutely nothing whatsoever in Fake It that I could ever find even remotely useful.   Especially page 118.  There.  I think I've placated enough fragile male ego for today.  We can move on.

Before I started to read this book for review, I sat down with a few friends and flipped through it to see what was what.  It wasn't long before we had tears streaming down our faces from laughing so hard and I was gasping for breath as I tried to read sections aloud -- like how to fake not ever using the bathroom (with your new crush) or how to fake sleep when you're just not feeling frisky.  I thought I was going to die it was so funny and couldn't wait to start reading it in earnest.

Fast forward to today:  I have to take a break.  That's right, I haven't finished it yet.  At first, it was just as hilarious as I expected, but not long into the first section, I began to be weary of the author's unrelenting snark, sarcasm, wisecrack-ery and wit.  I was shocked!  I didn't think it was possible!  Ordinarily, I love that kind of humor, but when I sat down to really read this book, it quickly became too much.  I was expecting a serious book with moments of silliness and instead got a silly book with a few brief moments of seriousness.   The genuinely useful advice, like how to compliment your friend's ugly baby, was buried beneath utterly outlandish recommendations, like getting plastic surgery when you don't think you can pull off bangs.

Whether you love or hate Fake It will depend entirely on the reason you want to read it.  If you're looking for useful advice and a book you can read from start to finish, look elsewhere.  The humor gets old if taken in large doses and, from what I've read so far (about 2/3 of the book), the book is 95% humor and 5% actual shortcuts.   However, if you're looking for a book to pick up now and again that will leave you busting a gut with your best gal friends, then look no further.  You might want to invest in Depends though, in case you wet your pants.

My Rating:  3 Stars.

For the sensitive reader:  Some profanity and sexual content.

Sum it up:  You'll either love it or hate it.


Susan@ Reading World said...

I'll keep this in mind as a potential gift for a friend of mine- not for serious advice, but for a gag gift.

MindySue said...

I think that's a great idea. It'll be perfect for quick, flip through fun.

HayleySarah said...

I agree with Susan, good idea for a gift. I would quite like to read it though!


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