'Perceptive. Hilarious. Reassuring. Brilliant.' Laura Jane Williams
The highly-anticipated new novel from Holly Bourne, bestselling author of HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW?

He said he was looking for a 'partner in crime' which everyone knows is shorthand for 'a woman who isn't real'.

April is kind, pretty, and relatively normal - yet she can't seem to get past date five. Every time she thinks she's found someone to trust, they reveal themselves to be awful, leaving her heartbroken. And angry.

If only April could be more like Gretel.

Gretel is exactly what men want - she's a Regular Everyday Manic Pixie Dream Girl Next Door With No Problems.

The problem is, Gretel isn't real. And April is now claiming to be her.

As soon as April starts 'being' Gretel, dating becomes much more fun - especially once she reels in the unsuspecting Joshua.

Finally, April is the one in control, but can she control her own feelings? And as she and Joshua grow closer, how long will she be able to keep pretending?

Edition Language:English
Format Type:

    Pretending Reviews

  • Emer (A Little Haze)

    I think at this stage it’s safe to say that Holly Bourne is an auto buy author for me. I bought this book on kindle about five minutes after it was released because I just couldn’t wait to get a p...

  • Gabriela Pop

    CW: sexism, mentions of sexual assaultYet another spectacular novel from Holly Bourne, could not possibly recommend it highly enough! This is a visceral analysis of the performativity of identity in a...

  • Hannah

    Rounded up from 2.5 stars.Holly Bourne should be applauded for writing a book which tackles sensitive and triggering topics with absolute raw and honest emotion. I enjoyed reading the book but for me,...

  • Lydia Hephzibah

    You'll love this book if you like:• lacking plot• thin white feminism• subtle fatphobia• flat characters• unconvincing relationships• selfish irritating protagonists• clichés• holly b...

  • Kara Babcock

    So! Many! Thoughts! About this one. I was so excited for Pretending, Holly Bourne’s second adult novel, after really loving How Do You Like Me Now? . My initial reaction to this novel was bemusem...

  • Veronika

    I read this book in a day, I just couldn't get enough.I think it says a lot about how well written and entertaining the book is. It grips you with the first "I hate men." sentence and doesn't let you ...

  • Nicole

    This book was SO disappointing! I'm usually such a big Holly Bourne book but this one totally missed the mark for me. This book does deal with some really important issues, mainly to do with rape. Whi...

  • Stacey (prettybooks)

    Trigger warning: sexual assault and rape.April hates men. Well, all right, she doesn’t hate men. But she does hate the way they make her feel, especially her abusive ex-partner. Pretending is essent...

  • Margarida Lopes

    The summary for this book is so misleading and does not do it justice at all. This is NOT a "light" book. And don't let it fool you with the opening line - I swear she's going somewhere with it.It cov...

  • Elvina Zafril

    I've just finished reading Pretending by Holly Bourne. It was a good read. I loved the writing and the idea of finding a partner for the rest of your life. Also the biggest take I got from this book i...