Two girls. Two fake ID's. One little white lie.
On the surface, seventeen year-old Alex has it made. She's beautiful and smart, plus, she's best friends with M, the absolute most popular girl in school. Feeling bored with their affluent Orange County suburban town, Alex and M decide to check out L.A.'s glitzy nightlife scene.
Pretending to be nineteen, Alex and M, meet Trevor and Connor, two rich older guys. At first, Alex can't believe her luckshe gets to hang out at hip Hollywood house parties and downtown L.A. clubs. These weekend trips into the city become the perfect distraction for Alex, who is secretly struggling with her failing senior-year grades, her absentee father, and her clueless mom.
But after the initial fun wears off for Alex, she is forced to reevaluate her friendship with M, who is hiding some secrets beneath her perfect Burberry-clad exterior...
"Noël's debut novel is realistic and convincing. Alex and M are fresh and endearing, and anything but superficial. First-person narration and situations dealing with sex, drugs, and alcohol make this a compelling look at one teen's broken life and how she fixes it. Readers will relate to both characters and their lives."
School Library Journal
"...Alex is likeable and her handling of situations is realistic. It is a novel most appropriate for readers eighth grade and up and will appeal to those who like Judy Blume and the Gossip Girl series..."
Children's Literature Review
"Alex and M, despite their foolish mistakes, are fresh and endearing characters."
"...Alyson Noël still manages to create characters that I can identify with. Underneath the glamorous exterior, Alex is just another girl struggling to get through her high school years. Along the way, she learns an invaluable rule of life: Success is a gift that you give to yourself. 5 Stars."
Teens Read Too
"I loved Faking 19 ... A totally convincing look at one teenager's broken world, and how she reaches inside herself to fix it."
Joe Weisberg, author of 10th Grade
"Deliciously funny and irreverent, I couldn't put this down!"
Niki Burnham, author of Royally Jacked
"Gloriously, outrageously funny."
Jackie Fischer, author of An Egg on Three Sticks
St. Martin's Griffin, (February 2005), ISBN: 9780312336332
St. Martin's Griffin, reissue (February 2011), ISBN: 9780312676827