Q&A with Rebecca Phillips Author of FAKING PERFECT
1. What made you want to write about someone who is hiding a big piece of herself from those close to her?
I liked the idea of a girl pretending to be perfect and confident while feeling like the exact opposite inside. I think a lot of teens (and some adults too) can relate to that. There are many different sides to people, some obvious and some hidden. It’s all about perception and what we choose to show the world.
2. Who is one of your favorite YA authors and what other genres do you read?
My favorite YA author is Sarah Dessen. I think anyone who knows me even a little bit is well aware of that fact! My favorite genre is the one I read the most—contemporary YA—but I love everything. Mystery, thriller, sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, romance, non-fiction, etc. If the story and writing is good, I’ll read it.
3. Has anything in your life influenced the major themes—drugs, family and social issues—in FAKING PERFECT?
Honestly, I have nothing in common with Lexi. In high school, I hung around with the smart kids who did really well in school (I hated school and never lived up to my potential, so I wasn’t considered one of the “smart kids” myself). I didn’t do drugs or smoke or get drunk every weekend. Both my parents were (and still are) in my life. I was a good kid. None of my main characters are like me, probably because I think I’m pretty boring.
4. When and why did you decide to start writing?
I started writing as soon as I learned to form letters. I’ve always loved words. Books have always been my best friends. Reading and writing were escapes for me while I was going through some difficult times. Writing was a hobby of mine for years, but I didn’t start getting serious about it until I was in my 30s. If someone had told me five years ago that I’d be a published author someday, I would’ve laughed hysterically. I still can’t believe I get to do this for a living.
5. What do you hope to accomplish with FAKING PERFECT?
I hope readers relate to Lexi in some way. She can be frustrating and is not always easy to like. She makes mistakes and bad choices. But like most of us, she just wants to be accepted and loved.
“Edgy and honest, Faking Perfect
is the real thing.” –Huntley Fitzpatrick
When Lexi Shaw seduced Oakfield High's resident bad boy Tyler Flynn at the beginning of senior year, he seemed perfectly okay with her rules:
1. Avoid her at school.
2. Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.
3. Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.
Because with his integrity and values and golden boy looks, Ben can never find out about what she’s been doing behind closed doors with Tyler. Or that her mom’s too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills. Or that Lexi’s dad hasn’t been a part of her life for the last thirteen years. But with Tyler suddenly breaking the rules, Ben asking her out, and her dad back in the picture, how long will she be able to go on faking perfect?
“Poignant, edgy, and real, Faking Perfect is an honest look at the courage and strength it can often take simply to be yourself.”
--Julianna Scott, author of The Holders