Hate to Fake It to You

A Novel

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Pub Date Jul 16 2024 | Archive Date Jul 30 2024
St. Martin's Press | St. Martin's Griffin


A waitress masquerading as an influencer and a wildlife photographer are on a collision course with romanceand chaosin Hate to Fake It to You, a zany modern twist on a screwball comedy classic about figuring out what you really wantby pretending to be someone you’re not.

Everyone gets a glow-up on social media, but Libby Lane's online persona is the fakest of fakes. Cooked up as a joke by Libby and her best friends, Lillibet is the affluent, healthier-than-thou opposite of her glam-free life on the side of Oahu most tourists never see. The phony fronting is all in good fun, until a real influencer stumbles onto the Love, Lillibet Instagram feed and starts making waves.

When Hildy Johnson, the ambitious junior member of a media dynasty, travels to Hawaii to talk to Lillibet about parlaying her lifestyle brand into a job, Libby and her friends scramble to take the make-believe to a new level. Complicating the charade even further is Hildy’s handsome companion, a wildlife photographer named Jefferson Jones, whose keen eye sees more than he lets on.

Between the pretend husband, borrowed goats, a made-up holiday, and Libby’s very real attraction to Jefferson, it’s anyone’s guess which lie will blow their cover first . . . especially since Lillibet isn’t the only one with something to hide.

A waitress masquerading as an influencer and a wildlife photographer are on a collision course with romanceand chaosin Hate to Fake It to You, a zany modern twist on a screwball comedy classic...

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I absolutely fell in love with the book, Hate to Fake It to You. It was such an easy, lighthearted read. If you enjoy Emily Henry or Tessa Bailey, this book would be great for you. Or if you want a summer, beach, vacation romance this is the book for you. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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Hate to Fake It to You by Amanda Sellet is AMAZING! I laughed so hard that I cried! Every quirky thing that happens to Lizzbet is pure chaos and I related to it all. Pure rom-com gold!! 5+ stars

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In the realm of contemporary literature, Amanda Sellet's Hate to Fake It to You emerges as a delightful social commentary on the pervasive nature of online facades and the complexities of modern relationships. Set against the backdrop of Oahu's captivating scenery, the novel weaves a tale of deception, love, and the struggle for authenticity in the digital age. At its core, the story follows Libby Lane, a young woman whose carefully crafted online persona, "Lillibet," becomes entangled in a web of misunderstandings when a prominent influencer expresses interest in turning her fake lifestyle brand into a lucrative reality. Libby's journey is a relatable one, as she grapples with the pressures of maintaining an idealized online presence while navigating the messy realities of her offline existence. Sellet deftly explores the irony of Libby's situation, highlighting the lengths to which people go to project a flawless image online, often at the expense of their true selves. The novel is further enriched by a cast of vibrant characters, each with their own motivations and secrets. Hildy Johnson, the ambitious media mogul, is a formidable force who challenges Libby's carefully constructed facade. Jefferson Jones, the enigmatic wildlife photographer, adds a layer of intrigue as his keen observation threatens to unravel Libby's carefully crafted web of lies. Hate to Fake It to You is a humorous and heartwarming exploration of the complexities of modern relationships, the allure of social media, and the importance of embracing authenticity. Sellet's writing is witty and engaging, effortlessly drawing readers into Libby's world. The novel's pacing is brisk, maintaining a sense of anticipation as the stakes rise and Libby's deceptions teeter on the brink of exposure. Overall, Hate to Fake It to You is a refreshing and insightful read that offers a thought-provoking examination of the impact of social media on our lives. Sellet's clever storytelling and relatable characters make this novel an enjoyable and thought-provoking experience for readers of contemporary fiction and romantic comedies alike.

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I really enjoyed this book! It was such a cute story and I literally laughed out loud several times.

You can always make yourself look better on social media- Libby Lane gets firsthand experience on how this can really come back and blow up right in your face.

Libby is your ordinary girl, working as a waitress, just trying to get by in life. Lillibet is the glamourous Instagram influencer ready to create the perfect aesthetics and give out the best advice to all of her followers. When Hildy Johnson travels to meet Lillibet in real life to potentially give her a new job opportunity, Libby and her friends have to bring Lillibet to real life and embrace all the chaos that creates!

I will definitely be on the lookout for new reads from this author!

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