Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 19/08/2021
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Good yet gritty
This book talks about sexual assault. Overall, I would say it was a good, although not something I would re-read. The story of April/Gretel was easy to fol... READ MORE
Helen Sommerville


Why be yourself when you can be perfect?

He said he was looking for a 'partner in crime' which everyone knows is shorthand for 'a woman who isn't real'.

April is kind, pretty, and relatively normal - yet she can't seem to get past date five. Every time she thinks she's found someone to trust, they reveal themselves to be awful, leaving her heartbroken. And angry.

If only April could be more like Gretel.

Gretel is exactly what men want - she's a Regular Everyday Manic Pixie Dream Girl Next Door With No Problems.

The problem is, Gretel isn't real. And April is now claiming to be her.

As soon as April starts 'being' Gretel, dating becomes much more fun - especially once she reels in the unsuspecting Joshua.

Finally, April is the one in control, but can she control her own feelings? And as she and Joshua grow closer, how long will she be able to keep pretending?

  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • ISBN: 9781473668171
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Weight: 313g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 30 mm

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Holly Bourne Magic
TW: rape Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for a copy of the arc for Pretending. Holly Bourne never ever fails to write a book that is everyt... READ MORE
Beatrice Scott
I saw this in my local Waterstones and was intrigued so I brought it. It has an important message and makes women feel less alone in their thoughts. Must r... READ MORE
Amber Percy
Old Fashioned Gender stereotypes and problematic depictions of women
I’m really surprised by all the five star reviews for this book. I really wanted to like it and don’t get me wrong, it talks openly about subjects that nee... READ MORE
Heartbreakingly realistic, the struggles of a modern woman
April's struggle with her rape, her distrust in men and her frustration at never being enough is so relatable. being expected to put out on the first date ... READ MORE
Emily Hepworth