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Farah Heron

Autor(a) de Accidentally Engaged

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Obras de Farah Heron

Accidentally Engaged (2021) 239 cópias
The Chai Factor (2019) 92 cópias
Kamila Knows Best (2022) 70 cópias
Tahira in Bloom (2021) 56 cópias
Jana Goes Wild (2023) 45 cópias

Associated Works

Even If the Sky Is Falling (2023) — Contribuinte — 24 cópias
Love All Year: A Holidays Anthology (2020) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



Recommended: sure
For a sweet story with some actual mystery to it, for a fun integration of nerdy gamer things that you'll be in on the joke for if you're a gamer, for characters who support being their true authentic selves

This starts off with a premise that could easily fall to the lazy, boring trope where the conflict is driven by people simply not talking to each other. Happily, that lazy boring trope is not where this book draws from. Instead, there's a well-developed sense of identity and authenticity, as well as mutual support. Considering this is a fake-dating trope, it's really impressive that it still felt very genuine for the characters!

I loved that they were pretty honest with each other from the start. Even though there's the one obvious lie of pretending this guy is an excellent gamer, they both focus on staying true to themselves and encouraging each other to do the same. Daniel's interactions with Samaya's friends was focused a lot on who he genuinely is, rather than solely on his assumed persona. They even call that out to each other after, which was a heartwarming moment of clarity. This is a critical basis of any relationship, so I was quickly invested in them, regardless of if romance came or it stayed as a strong friendship.

As a sense of identity is a core of this story for both main characters, there's also a side dish of racial commentary. Devin's parents look down on Samaya's family for not being Indian-Indian; Daniel gets all kinds of micro-aggressions about being a great player for a Filipino -- and even that feels like an improvement over the outright racism and violence he'd dealt with previously. It's not the full core of the story, but they each find ways to deal with it and commiserate together to find community and support.

One little aspect of this that niggled at me as a gamer was how some of the gaming things just seemed incorrect. Now, note: this only annoyed me because I have done these things and could see the logic holes, but realistically, they didn't affect the story of the novel (and were usually being used to propel it, in fact). One weird idiosyncrasy was that Discord, an online platform for voice chatting, was acknowledged to exist. Yet somehow their gaming guild was only able to play and talk by being in a room together, instead of using Discord to connect like just about every other gaming guild around???

But to be fair LAN parties can be hella fun so no shade at the end result, the excuse for it just didn't make sense. xD

Anyway, I definitely enjoyed this one and was pleasantly surprised at the depth brought to what's usually a bit of a fluffy trope for me.

Thanks to NetGalley and Skyscape for a free advanced copy. This is my honest review.
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Jenniferforjoy | 1 outra resenha | Jan 29, 2024 |
I loved this! Great banter, great characters, and I did not guess the ending. There are lots of cozy mystery series that revolve around food -- I've tried a few and haven't liked any of them. But I really liked the food stuff in this. It made me want to eat so much bread.
LibrarianDest | outras 9 resenhas | Jan 3, 2024 |
*3.5 stars*

This was such a fun YA romcom with the most adorable MC. Honestly, Daniel was just plain adorable. Sam was also so much fun and I loved that she had brains and it was not a shown as a defect.

In a nutshell, this is your 'fake dating to get revenge on a bad ex' becomes the real thing with some truly adorable main and side characters. I enjoyed the representation and diversity and Farah's writing just flowed seamlessly.

Recommend for a low-angst, fluffy, romcom.

Thank you to NetGalley and Skyscape for the ARC.
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DramPan | 1 outra resenha | Sep 6, 2023 |
*Do not read while hungry* You have been warned.
What a delightful book! It hit on all counts with representation, banter (OMG the banter!), and the glorious food. Romance tropes are awesome when done well and this had the “Fake engagement” one which is always quite delightful.

Reena feels so real with all her family- and self- expectations and I just adored seeing her forge new paths, shake off past failings and find her purpose. This might be a small thing, but I appreciated that she didn’t think Nadim was hot immediately she saw him (I mean ofc she noticed the buns… (mais)
DramPan | outras 9 resenhas | Sep 6, 2023 |


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