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Reviewed by Deborah Adams for Readers' Favorite
In Keeping Up Appearances by Elizabeth Stevens, Holly and Xander were the last people anyone would have ever imagined pairing up. That’s because one, her best friend and long-time crush was, you know, enemies with the guy. Two, Holly hated the popular arrogant jock. But, when she finds out her other best friend has made her move on him, all the while encouraging Holly to spill her own feelings, she runs in the opposite direction. Once Holly and Xander agree to “fake date” to make her former crush jealous, all bets are off. Neither Holly nor Xander seem to do a great job of keeping in mind that their relationship isn’t real. But could it be?
Keeping Up Appearances by Elizabeth Stevens was a thoroughly enjoyable, laugh-out-loud, YA romance that I couldn’t put down. The banter between Xander and Holly was hilarious and sharp. The chemistry was sizzling and tangible. Readers of Keeping Up Appearances will be on the edge of their seats as Elizabeth Stevens takes them on a coming-of-age journey that teaches our heroine to look beyond the surface, and step outside of her comfort zone when it comes to friends and life. Will she decide for herself that there is more to the “it” crowd that she’d ever imagined? Will she learn to trust the bad-boy “King Douche” of the school when she realizes there is more to him than anyone, except his closest friends, knows? Don’t wait! Find out now and pick up a copy of Keeping Up Appearances. Your romantic, snarky soul will thank you.