Face It Georgette Kaplan

Finishes Hard

3 out of 5 stars

It’s been a while since I read a book that was as hard to finish as Face It was. The opening chapters felt like a confusing fever dream and until the last third of the book I couldn’t figure out why things were going the way they were. It just sort of felt like Kaplan was trying to make us fall for people who didn’t belong together.

The family scenes were particularly rough for me. I believe that Kaplan was just trying to show the sort of under-educated-but-means-well sort of family but some of the scenes, especially with Michelle’s brothers’ friend. I know that things like this happen (people go out of their way to try and accommodate someone and end up making it extremely racist), but it just felt so weird in this book.

I think my bigger issue was I just didn’t believe the dynamic at all. This is probably the first book I can think of that I felt that way about. Normally, even some of the people who are awful to each other I can see/feel the spark. But Kaplan really buried it in this one behind one-sided feelings.

Overall, Watley kept me in the book, her narration really kept me going when things were getting hard or weird and I ultimately finished the book because of her narration. Now, that’s not to say that Kaplan didn’t try really damn hard to sell me on the ending. But the book just felt like “why are these too together” more than it didn’t. I usually leave these books feeling like the couple has a fighting chance of making it, but I’m not so sure about Elizabeth and Michelle.

Book Description:

Face It Georgette KaplanWhen the woman you never got over shows up asking you to play her girlfriend for the holidays, that sounds like fun in an awkward, don’t die-now-heart, kind of way. A lesbian romantic comedy with a side of fake relationships, small towns, and holiday love.

In college, Elizabeth Smile shared a magical tryst with her roommate, Michelle Harlow. She had no idea the night would leave Elizabeth pining after her for the next ten years. Now Michelle is back with a strange offer: Will she pretend to be Michelle’s lesbian lover to beat Michelle’s cheating husband?

Of course, it’s a terrible idea. And it would mean leaving the New York nightlife behind and spending Christmas with Michelle’s family in Ohio—an overly accepting father, a pill-popping brother, and a suspicious sister who seems to have her own agenda with Elizabeth.

Worst of all, it’ll mean facing up to some old feelings she’d rather not revisit. But, really, she can handle all that. How hard can it be?

This twisty holiday romance is about getting more than we bargain for.

Face It by Georgette Kaplan
Narrator: Anastasia Watley
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
Published by Tantor Audio on December 27th 2022
Genres: Fauxmance, Friends to Lovers, Holiday, LesFic/Sapphic Fiction
Format: Audiobook
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