By Alyson Noel
Griffin, Paperback, 9780312676827, 210pp.
Publication Date: February 15, 2011
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 fancy 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 luck she 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 re-evaluate her friendship with M, who is hiding some secrets beneath her perfect Burberry-clad exterior in Alyson Noel's "Faking 19.
"Noël's debut novel is realistic and convincing...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 and M, despite their foolish mistakes, are fresh and endearing characters."
—Teenreads.com "Noël manages to create characters that I can identify with. 5 Stars."