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Fake It, by Victoria Kinnaird

Fake It, by Victoria Kinnaird

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Fake It, by Victoria Kinnaird

Book Info

Book Series
The Keswick Chronicles, Book 1
About the Author
Victoria Kinnaird lives in Glasgow, Scotland. She graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2009 with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Journalism, Creative Writing and English Lit. Victoria has been writing since she was 15 years old.

Victoria's debut novel "The Red Sun Rises" was released in September 2013 by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. The groundbreaking novel, which was praised for featuring an all male teen love triangle, became an Amazon international bestseller on release day. The couple at the heart of the story, Eren and Corbijn, were nominated for the Young Adult and Teen Reader's Book Couple of the Year award in 2013 and were the only gay couple to be featured.

"The Red Sun Rises" was the first book in The Red Sun Rises Trilogy. The second book in the series, "The Red Sun Rises: Fire and Ash" was released in March 2014.

The third book in the series, "The Red Sun Rises: Seven Letters" was released by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing in March 2015. It would go on to hit #1 on Amazon UK's LGBT YA chart and #6 on Amazon US' LGBT YA chart. "The Red Sun Rises", the first book in the series, also made the transition to audio in 2015.

"The Red Sun Rises Series" boxset was released in September 2016 and featured the first three novels in the series, along with five short stories and exclusive character artwork. In 2017, Eren Anderson and Corbijn Cohen won the fan voted Most Loveable Couple" Award at Chapter Con.

Following the success of "The Red Sun Rises Series", Victoria released "Fake It", a YA LGBT rock'n'roll romance. "Fake It" is the first book in "The Keswick Chronicles". "Fake It" earned comparisons to The Breakfast Club, and was a judge selected finalist in the 2016 Rainbow Awards.

Victoria is continuing to work on "The Keswick Chronicles", alongside her forthcoming LGBT YA superhero series "The Lightning Project" and a second three novel arc for "The Red Sun Rises Series."
Publication Date
December 28, 2019
Available Formats
Kindle, KU
Content Warning
 depression, teen drinking, loss of parents to cancer, loss of best friend in car crash
Jack Daveyson grew up with a guitar in his hands and his head full of melodies. Ten years after writing his first riff, he knows exactly what he wants to do with his life - graduate high school, escape Wayville and hit the road with his band, Forever Fading Echoes.

But it's a bit hard to launch a band without a singer. Enter JJ Keswick.

JJ is everything Jack isn't: rich, confident and popular. He also happens to be one of the best singers Jack has ever heard.

Jack reluctantly lets JJ into his band and into his life. The spark between them in the practice studio grows into something neither of them were expecting - a love that threatens to tear their lives apart.

Pack your guitar, pull on your band tee shirt and turn up the volume - it's time to meet your new favorite band.

Editor review

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Fall in love with JJ Keswick
  POV: 3rd and 1st person POV

The Pitch Perfect emo kids never knew they needed.

 “Everyone remembers the moment they fell in love with JJ Keswick.”
 Me? Page one.
 When did I fall in love with Jude?
 “You know I'm in love with you, right?”

 Fake It is a love letter to emo and indie rock. Each page bleeds 90s nostalgia, teen romance, and a love of all things rock that sits in your soul for years and decades to come.


 I don't remember the last time a book told the story in both 1st and 3rd person, but it worked. The 1st person POV is for Jack, who is our central character, giving us about 90% of the storyline. Then we get snippets of JJ, Ash, Jess, and Daniel's POV's in 3rd person. While it seemed a strange decision, I'll admit it took me about a page of reading the new 3rd person to even notice. That's how seamlessly it worked. And it clearly defined the POV changes.

 I'm a sucker for a bad boy with swagger and JJ didn't disappoint. From page one – the Prologue – we get to see multiple sides of JJ from 3rd person POV's. We see a litany of moments when various minor characters fell in love with him – the rich kid to be adored; the wounded boy grieving a best friend; the sports star; and the cocky teenager with a love of music and a wealth of secrets locked behind blue eyes. This is the moment when we see the multifaceted faces behind the label that is JJ Keswick. Because, as the story progresses, we discover that “JJ Keswick” isn't a person. It's a label. A stamp. An attitude. And a mask.

 “I never fell in love with JJ Keswick. I fell in love with the boy behind the reputation.”

 As the main character, I couldn't have loved Jack more. He reminded me of my best friend from high school – also a guitarist and lead singer of his own band – and everything about him made me nostalgic for those days. Laid back, humble, striving for that perfect sound, battling against dreams and expectations. Jack was the perfect frontman for this book.

 Add in a host of secondary characters – Ash, the supermodel looks with a heart of steel, who reminded me of Taylor Momsen; Jess, the snarky bookworm with an academic brain and a biting tongue; and Dylan, the I-don't-speak all-round musician who had just as much personality through saying nothing as anyone else did with a page of dialogue – and you have a winning cast. Aunt Rose was a peach, and hilarious at times. Dad, Daniel, was absent but present at the right times, tough but fair, and knew when to be a parent and when to be the best friend and manager, just in the nick of time.

 “You're dripping sarcasm everywhere,” I replied as I fiddled with the padlock on my locker door. “They really should put up a caution sign, someone's going to slip.”

 The concept of song titles slipped anonymously into Jack's locker completely stole my heart. I'm a sucker for anonymous notes. And that moment Jack discovered who had sent them...perfect!

 For me, the best part about the book has to be the growth. There are so many ways that the characters, and the plot, grow throughout the book and the events that take place. Jack gaining confidence to be himself, to be honest with his dad, to push his boundaries and go for his dreams. JJ learning that a mask can't protect him forever, and that all the alcohol in the world won't solve his problems. Together, their relationship blossoms from tentative strangers at school to band mates, to friends and then to something much more profound. All while Jack tries to help JJ deal with his personal demons and fight for a future he craves with every fibre of his soul.

 This is a definite slow burn. The relationship doesn't begin in earnest until after 60%, but everything that comes before that is beautiful and meaningful, and it has purpose. Unlike some books that rush towards the relationship, this one takes its time, lets you get to know Jack and JJ individually, then as friends and finally as an item. And it's not all smooth sailing, but unlike a lot of MM romance books, when there is a miscommunication, they don't just pack up and walk away because of a simple misunderstanding. Despite being teenagers, Jack and JJ are mature enough to stop, listen, talk it out, and say “Look, I know you made a mistake. I know you didn't mean it to end like this, but we have some problems and we need to figure out where we're going from here.” No, they don't act perfectly. No, it's not all blown over in a split second. But these are teenagers with big dreams and even bigger hearts, and baggage from years of abandonment and loneliness. It was never going to be easy. But they don't throw a tantrum about it and swear never to see each other again, either. Because they're smarter than that, and what binds them together is more than just teen angst.

 Fake It is a journey through 90s alternative music, where Jack shows us how the facade of JJ Keswick slowly fades and morphs from the public image of a rich, drunken frat boy to the reality of a scared, lonely kid who just wants to be loved. All the pills, all the booze, and all the one-night-stands in the world can't solve JJ's problems...but maybe one doe-eyed guitarist with determination can.

 I can't wait to listen to the soundtrack, buy the paperback, and read the rest of the series. This is one series that will stay with you.


 Oh, and as if that wasn't enough, we were treated to a short Prequel story “The One and Only” where we got to see just a smidge more of JJ, Jack and Jess, that gave a bit more insight into their complex relationship, before the events of the novel.


 Favourite Quotes

 “I was warm all over, the roar of the small crowd still echoing in my ears, drowning out his knowing laugh.
 He kissed me as if no one was watching, calloused fingers gripping my arms hard enough to make my head spin. I was breathless, speechless, couldn't care less, for just a split second. He tasted like the whiskey we'd downed in the back alley, the skin on his ribs slick with sweat when I reached for him. The small laugh he pressed to my mouth was wrecked. I had thought he'd sung his heart out on the stage, but I could feel it, hammering against my own.”
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