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In Development by Rachel Spangler


So, you know you’re really enjoying a book while reading it and then you get a call. You give the phone the stank eye and see it is your BFF and with a sigh, you answer it because you just have to, you know. Bestie prattles. And prattles some more. Then there a kind of silence and you realise you have to say words. And you don’t know what to say because you haven’t heard anything. You haven’t heard anything because you’re enveloped in a romantic haze brought on by the book. And that is when you realise just how immersive that book is and how much it has burrowed into you.

This is what happened while reading In Development.

A fake romance between two celebrities for their own career ends, the premise does no justice to the book. Nor can a synopsis do any justice. There are a lot of synopses of the book floating around (including on the back cover) so instead of revisiting that, we’d like to just deal with the feelings it evoked.

Written in alternating points-of-view of the two MCs, Lila and Cobie, the books makes us live every thought and emotion they have. Their reasons for doing what they are doing, their feeling towards the situation (fauxmance) that they are creating, their justifications and most importantly their feeling about and towards each other. This intimate knowledge of each one draws us into their heads totally and we feel for them as we read about their struggles and their baggage.

Lila Wilder is a very, very thinly veiled Taylor Swift (most lesbians around the world are waiting for her to come out as a bisexual – this book could well become a prophecy instead of just imagination). While both, Lila and Cobie are well-developed and well-realised characters, Lila stole our hearts. We always have a softer feeling towards the person who goes out on the limb more and who takes more chances driven by emotion.

This is not only one of the best fake romances, it is one of the best romance books, period. 



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