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Peek Inside 99% Faking It

If Lisa and Matt fake a relationship, maybe both will get who they want. But when Matt finally decides Lisa is the one, he’ll need to go all out, because she’s nobody’s second choice.

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Lisa is a card-carrying, book-loving Gryffindor. Solid. And that’s why everyone knows she’s awesome. Well, except for her crush, Matt. He only ever sees her as a friend. Plus, he's got his eye on another girl. Oh well, plenty of fish and all that.

Good thing Lisa just read a book on the “wedding ring phenomenon”—you get more attention when you’re already taken. What if Lisa pretends to be Matt’s plus one? Maybe it’ll help Matt get his girl and Lisa can hook her own fish.

After the plan works, Matt suddenly claims he doesn’t like the view from the friend-zone and wants her instead… But she isn’t interested in being anyone’s second choice. If this guy wants to earn her attention, he’ll need more than some silly “phenomenon.”

He’ll need to go all out...

Disclaimer: This book contains multiple nerd-girl references, cute puppies, and snarky humor that will make you LOL!

Each book in the Dating Dilemmas series is STANDALONE:
* The Dating Debate
* 99% Faking It


99% Faking It by Chris Cannon a five-star read that you won’t need to fake enjoying!” -Sara O., Goodreads

“Dogs, Harry Potter and sweet, adorable romance make this book a must for any YA romance fans. A must read!” -Kimmy S., NetGalley

Once I started this book, I couldn't stop. I lost quite a bit of sleep rooting for Lisa and Matt and it was worth every second of it. This book rolls some of my favorite tropes into one fantastic story. I love the maturity of these characters but it's still believable that they're in high school. Fingers crossed that there's more to this series!! I want all of these characters to get a HEA!!” -Laura F., Goodreads

“This is a nice romance with some really adorable moments.  Matt and Lisa have some cute moments of banter and flirtation which makes the book fun to read.” -Bickering Books Blog

“This book is a sweet, fun, and a delightful YA contemporary romance.” -Patty A., Goodreads

“A sweet and innocent YA romance, a cozy and light read to brighten your day, a cute and entertaining story that will make you smile at the end of the book and in-between the pages of it. Just a pretty prefect, quick and light YA romance read.” -Inga K., Goodreads

I am absolutely in love with this series! Chris Cannon's characters are so quirky and cute. You can't help but be pulled into their stories and fall in love with them.” - Amber G., NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640637740
Series: Dating Dilemmas, Book 2
Release Date: Mar 4, 2019
Page Count: 262
Imprint: teen crush
Genre: contemporary, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, fake relationship

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By Schizanthus February 13, 2019

Miss Overachiever: Let me get this straight. You want to fake date me.

Man Candy Matt: Uh huh.

Miss Overachiever: But you know that I have a crush on you. [Damn it! He won’t notice that Freudian slip, will he?]

Man Candy Matt: Have?

Miss Overachiever: [Damn it!] Had! I had a crush on you.

Man Candy Matt: ...more

By Danielle's February 15, 2019

I like Chris Cannon’s writing style. She really knows how to suck you into the story with witty banter and loveable smart chicks.

Lisa is Matt’s nerdy best friend. He friend zoned her as soon as they started being besties. Now Lisa wants a boyfriend and a new guy is on the scene. He has caught her at ...more

By Jacob March 25, 2019

This is second in a series and lots of events from the first are important and present in this one. Including the all-important friend-zoning. I definitely recommend reading these in order.

If you've read the first (read the first), then you know about what you're getting with this one. Chris Cannon ...more

By Lissa March 04, 2019

Another book loving girl romance from Chris Cannon. I just love these. Dogs and Harry Potter references and sweet romance. What more could you want? ...more

By Amber March 04, 2019

I am absolutely in love with this series! Chris Cannon's characters are so quirky and cute. You can't help but be pulled into their stories and fall in love with them. It was also nice to see characters from the first book included, and although this is a series, it can def be read as a stand alone. ...more

By Pascale February 09, 2019

-‘Operation Fake Boyfriend is on’-

-‘The Theory of How Guys Are Idiots and Only Want What They Can’t Have.”’-...

I read some of the other reviews and kind of rolled my eyes. Yes, you could get stuck on gender roles and stereotypes and analyze it like a piece of literature but, let’s face it, this is w ...more

By Sophie August 02, 2019

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

Lisa and Matt have been friends forever. Firmly in the friend zone, Lisa has a crush on Matt, but knows nothing will never happen there. She wants a boyfriend, and Matt has his eye on another girl ...more

By Kendal February 10, 2019

Chris Cannon just keeps getting better with each book! Every time I think I have a favorite, a new book comes out and takes its place.
I was so excited to read Matt was getting his own book. I had been a fan of his since he and Charlie first appeared in "Blackmail Boyfriend." Matt is the quite, shy t ...more

By Sarah February 07, 2019

This one had me at the Harry Potter references and nerd-girl comments. Great, quick, YA romance. Friends who decide to fake a relationship to make others jealous but what stands out to make this different from a lot of other stories that follow that plot line were the great pop culture references an ...more

By Candyce March 05, 2019

99% Faking It is definitely my kind of book. I was hooked from the start! A main character who is a book lover and a major Harry Potter fan and you don't have to ask me twice to keep on reading! This book is a fast and easy read and I really enjoyed myself.This book is definitely predictable and eve ...more

By Suz February 13, 2019

“‘Maybe I could write a paper on it. The Theory of How Guys Are Idiots and Only Want What They Can’t Have’”*

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Lisa is crazy about reading, Dr. Who, Harry Potter, and Matt, the guy who friend-zoned her ...more

By Molly Jaber March 21, 2019

Every now and then, I love to read a good young adult romance. A romance that is young, and innocent. So, I was browsing through Netgalley and saw this one, and fell in love with the synopsis and the cover (I mean, seriously. How adorable is that cover? I can just feel the hug he's giving her!). I g ...more

By Inga Lady Of Bookland March 04, 2019

*Note. 99% Faking It (Dating Dilemmas Book 2) by Chris Cannon was kindly provided by publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. So I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This was the usual Entangled: Crush book that you wou ...more

By Kari March 04, 2019

Lisa is a quirky high school student who has been crushing on her best friend Matt however he doesn’t see her in that way. Knowing that she and Matt can never be more than friends she has decided it is time to move on and who better to do it with than Trey, the new boy in town, who has been paying h ...more

By Sara February 24, 2019

99% faking it by Chris Cannon a five-star read that you wont need to fake enjoying. This is the second novel in the Dating Dilemma series, but they can be read as stand-alone as I read this one first not realising it was a series, I will be going back to check the first one out. I loved Lisa through ...more

By J.M. December 11, 2019

Adorable, cute read

Thank you for a another amazing read chris cannon I found this one very enjoyable to read. Chris books are adorable funny and cute. Good entertainment for mums who looking for a quick read during house work breaks
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ...more

By Sabina February 08, 2019

Lisa and Matt have been really good friends since Matt completely friend-zoned Lisa two months ago. Now they have a deal to fake date for 3 weeks so that they could attract attention of their crushes. It seems though that their feelings may take a completely different direction. But it's not so easy ...more

By Auburn February 09, 2019

Fake it till you make it and let your nerd flag fly. This book is everything a nerdy bookish girl could ever dream of. The plot is simple but for anyone who dreams of a nerdy happily ever after this is a one sitting read. References to popular book stores and fandoms make it that much more enjoyable ...more

By Bookishly March 04, 2019

The book "99% Faking It" was cutesy and somewhat mature for its age group.

I liked it well enough. There wasn't anything terribly bad about it. There was nothing amazing about it either.

I loved the fact that Lisa was a card carrying member of the Bookish Squad but the fact that her getting a boyfrien ...more

By Jennifer March 02, 2019

What a great YA novel. If you fancy yourself a YA novel, then check 99% Faking It out. This book is book 2 in a series, but can be read as a stand-alone. The book gives enough of a brief overview of the first book so you understand some of the comments from the minor characters, but also has it’s ow ...more

By Becky March 15, 2019

Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books, on 3/15/19>


Lisa and Matt were both very sympathetic characters--what book-reading girl can't identify with a nerdy book-loving heroine who sometimes feels a bit less-than when confronted with confident, bubbly blonde maybe-rivals? Both Matt and Lisa were ...more

By Mary May 05, 2019

I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads, so here is my review.
3.5 -4 stars
First off I have to say that I usually don't read YA but once in a while, I will try one. I thought this one sounded cute and that is just what it was with a whole lot of high school drama throw ...more

By Karen May 20, 2019

>Book Review – 99% Faking It
>I am an independent reviewer. This book is the 2nd book in the Dating Dilemma series and ends in an HEA. Matt put Lisa in the friend zone and they’ve been friends ever since. They decide that people in relationships appear more datable than people not in relationships. M ...more

By Sunny Shelly Reads March 11, 2019

A romance where a Harry Potter loving book nerd gets the guy! This was a relatively quick read, but packed quite a punch as far as YA best friend romances go.

The story is kind of predictable and checks all the boxes of the trope: she’s in love with her best friend, he doesn’t really see her as a da ...more

By BookHookup March 15, 2019

See Ana's full review at The Book Hookup!!

Lisa is Matt’s best friend, a geeky, smart, and sassy girl who just so happens to have…had…has a crush on him. Yup, she may deny it but Lisa still has it bad for her sexy, sweet bestie. Problem is that he’s put her square in the friend category. I liked both ...more

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Chris Cannon

About the author

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Chris Cannon

Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. You can find her online at

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