One of my favourite ever tropes in books is ‘fake dating’. This obsession started when I read the To All the Boys series years ago and has never gone away. It seems like 2021 is the year of fake dating stories and I could not be happier. I wanted to share a few of them with you. Here are 5 upcoming fake dating books!
Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee
Noah Ramirez thinks he’s an expert on romance. He has to be for his popular blog, the Meet Cute Diary, a collection of trans happily ever afters. There’s just one problem—all the stories are fake. What started as the fantasies of a trans boy afraid to step out of the closet has grown into a beacon of hope for trans readers across the globe.
When a troll exposes the blog as fiction, Noah’s world unravels. The only way to save the Diary is to convince everyone that the stories are true, but he doesn’t have any proof. Then Drew walks into Noah’s life, and the pieces fall into place: Drew is willing to fake-date Noah to save the Diary. But when Noah’s feelings grow beyond their staged romance, he realizes that dating in real life isn’t quite the same as finding love on the page.
This one has been on my radar for a long time and has actually already been released in the US but isn’t released in the UK till next month. It has already got a lot of glowing reviews. I cannot tell you how excited I am about this one. The reviews so far have explained how it has helped peoples understanding of pronouns and what trans people face, so I am looking forward to this book opening my eyes. Give this book to me!
10th June 2021
Counting Down with You by Tashie Bhuiyan
Karina Ahmed has a plan. Keep her head down, get through high school without a fuss, and follow her parents’ rules—even if it means sacrificing her dreams. When her parents go abroad to Bangladesh for four weeks, Karina expects some peace and quiet. Instead, one simple lie unravels everything.
Karina is my girlfriend.
Tutoring the school’s resident bad boy was already crossing a line. Pretending to date him? Out of the question. But Ace Clyde does everything right—he brings her coffee in the mornings, impresses her friends without trying, and even promises to buy her a dozen books (a week) if she goes along with his fake-dating facade. Though Karina agrees, she can’t help but start counting down the days until her parents come back.
This book has been showing up on my social media so much recently that I couldn’t resist ordering myself a copy of it. It has fake dating and ‘I hate everyone but you’ tropes which I absolutely adore in books and I cannot wait to read it the minute it is in my hands. I am looking forward to seeing what I think about this book and the authors writing. This is partly because her next book is inspired by when Tom Holland went undercover in her school which is a book right up my street!
4th May 2021
Love and Other Natural Disasters by Misa Sugiura
When Nozomi Nagai pictured the ideal summer romance, a fake one wasn’t what she had in mind.
That was before she met the perfect girl. Willow is gorgeous, glamorous, and…heartbroken? And when she enlists Nozomi to pose as her new girlfriend to make her ex jealous, Nozomi is a willing volunteer.
Because Nozomi has a master plan of her own: one to show Willow she’s better than a stand-in, and turn their fauxmance into something real. But as the lies pile up, it’s not long before Nozomi’s schemes take a turn toward disaster…and maybe a chance at love she didn’t plan for.
I adore Misa Sugiura’s books and always fly through them when I am reading. Add the fake dating trope to the mix and I am sure to read this book very quickly. I cannot wait to have this one in my hands and finally give it a read after waiting what feels like years for it. Also, how gorgeous is the cover of this one!
8th June 2021
Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar
Everyone likes Humaira “Hani” Khan—she’s easy going and one of the most popular girls at school. But when she comes out to her friends as bisexual, they invalidate her identity, saying she can’t be bi if she’s only dated guys. Panicked, Hani blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate—Ishita “Ishu” Dey. Ishu is the complete opposite of Hani. She’s an academic overachiever who hopes that becoming head girl will set her on the right track for college. But Ishita agrees to help Hani, if Hani will help her become more popular so that she stands a chance of being elected head girl.
Despite their mutually beneficial pact, they start developing real feelings for each other. But relationships are complicated, and some people will do anything to stop two Bengali girls from achieving happily ever after.
If you have been following my blog for a while you will know how excited I am about this book. I loved Adiba Jaigirdar’s debut novel The Henna Wars and cannot wait to read her next book. This one comes out very very soon so I will be sharing my thoughts as soon as I have read it. A f/f fake dating story is one area of this trope I’ve been looking out for so I’m even more excited.
27th May 2021
Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins
Natalie is living her dream: topping the charts and setting records as a Brazilian pop star…until she’s dumped spectacularly on live television. Not only is it humiliating—it could end her career.
Her PR team’s desperate plan? A gorgeous yet oh-so-fake boyfriend. Nati reluctantly agrees, but William is not what she expected. She was hoping for a fierce bad boy—not a soft-hearted British indie film star. While she fights her way back to the top with a sweet and surprisingly swoon-worthy boy on her arm, she starts to fall for William—and realizes that maybe she’s the biggest fake of them all. Can she reclaim her voice and her heart?
Fake dating and a pop star as a main character, this book is targeted specifically at me. I love fake dating and I love it when it centres around someone famous, so I am looking forward to reading this one. Gabriela Martins’ book has already been receiving glowing reviews from other bloggers and authors, so I cannot wait to see what I think of it myself.
3rd August 2021
There you have it, 5 upcoming fake dating books! What fake dating books are you looking out for or would recommend? Let me know in the comments below!