Act Like You Love Me
by Cindi Madsen
Brynn McAdams isn’t the awkward drama geek she was in high school—she’s grown up and confident, or at least she likes to think so. But when her old crush, the impossibly handsome and impossibly unattainable Sawyer Raines, comes back to town to direct her community play, Brynn finds herself determined to be someone other than the girl he doesn’t even recognize. Good thing she’s an excellent actress.
After his bad breakup in NYC, the last thing Sawyer wants is to get involved with another actress. But the glamorous and beautiful Brynn draws him in, even though as her director, he knows she’s off-limits. There’s just something about the woman that feels…familiar. Like home.
As Brynn’s lies start to snowball, she struggles to stop acting and come clean. But what if Sawyer is already falling for the fake Brynn, not the Brynn she truly is?
Act Like You Love Me was a good example on how people can change over time. In high school Sawyer was the self-absorbed jock and Brynn was a weird theater geek. You also learn about other people (especially bullies) from their high school who have changed for the better. The book also showed how even the smallest lies can grow into the biggest of messes.
One of the things I liked about Act Like You Love Me is when it switches POV's you feel that person's POV. At first you hated Sawyer when you read from Brynn's POV because she hated him, and when you read Sawyer's POV you thought Brynn was a brat and didn't like her. It also made you sympathize with whoever's POV you were reading. I don't think I've ever read a book that did that, but as the book goes on their view on each other change so it's not as dramatic of a switch. Anyways, it was a nice change to read.
One thing I hated about the book was I kept reading "Brynn" as "Bryan", so I'd be really confused as to who this new Bryan character was till I reread the sentence. It wasn't really a big deal, I just never realized how much reading the name Brynn could mess me up. I also didn't like that the epilogue was very short, I NEED MORE!
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