Fake Like Me

Fake Like Me

At once a twisted psychological portrait of a woman crumbling under unimaginable pressure and a razor-sharp satire of the contemporary art scene, FAKE LIKE ME is a dark, glamorous, and addictive story of good intentions gone awry, from the critically acclaimed author of I'll Eat When I'm Dead. What really happened to Carey Logan? After a fire decimates her studio, including At once a twisted psychological portrait of a woman crumbling under unimaginable pressure and a razor-sharp satir...

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Title:Fake Like Me
Author:Barbara Bourland
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Fake Like Me
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

Fake Like Me Reviews

  • Vivienne
    Aug 04, 2019
    My thanks to Quercus Books/riverrun for an eARC via NetGalley of Barbara Bourland?s ?Fake Like Me? in exchange for an honest review. Our narrator describes herself as a ?no-name painter? and indeed we never learn her name. Since her time in art school she has idolised Care...
  • Blair
    May 13, 2019
    (4.5) A no-name painter ? 'no-name' as in 'not famous', but also literally, as she remains nameless throughout the book ? is on the verge of a career breakthrough. She is nearing completion of her series Rich Ugly Old Maids, a set of large-scale oil paintings loosely based on the s...
  • Regan
    Jun 08, 2019
    I was anticipating a white knuckle mystery. Instead it read more like a cross between a rather boring memoir and women's fiction. The unnamed narrator seems to carry on her own personal pity party through most of the story. The very end, when the solution to the mystery is revealed the...
  • Blake Fraina
    Jul 05, 2019
    Writing a book that?s truly unique must be a kind of double-edged sword. Of course, it?s wonderful to create something that's unlike anything out there, but on the downside, pretty much the only tool in a publisher?s marketing kit is to liken a book to something else that sold we...
  • Trisha
    Jul 11, 2019
    "This was fraud. This was wrong. I was a cheat. Above all else I was a liar." This one was interesting. I don't know if the artists obsessed with another artist is an original plot, but this one felt pretty fresh and interesting. The demise of the art and the ultimate reason for her...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    May 23, 2019
    I can't remember reading anything that delved so deeply into the art world as this. Our narrator, a truly original painter who doesn't know her power, loses her home and 9th floor walkup studio in a fire and talks her way into an artists' compound of almost mythic reputation in the Adi...
  • Darcia Helle
    Jun 15, 2019
    This is an instance where the book and I simply weren't meant to be together. The writing itself has a nice literary quality. It flows well and has great rhythm. But the story bored me. I know, I'm sorry. Of course I expected the plot to revolve around the art world, but I didn'...
  • Jules
    Jun 25, 2019
    It's not a thriller, but I found the book really gripping. The Narrator has 3-4 months to finish 7 paintings that were destroyed when her loft. Along the way, she finds herself unraveling the mystery of her artistic hero's suicide as she works at the same artist colony. The book reflec...
  • Bibliophile
    Aug 17, 2019
    Death and fraud in the art world, YES! Smart and engrossing, and so vivid and incisive I almost expected to find the works of art with a google search. In the acknowledgements the author calls it "a love letter to the labour of artmaking", which is very much how it reads. Belongs next ...
  • Ellis (whatellisreadnext)
    Jul 28, 2019
    'They are objects that exist unto themselves, moving and beautiful, worthy of the space they take up in the world, political because they do not crouch in a corner, because their labour is obvious. Their weight is obvious. Their heft cannot be ignored or dismissed. They are the only pa...
  • Lainy
    Aug 09, 2019
    Time taken to read - 2 days Pages - 368 Publisher - Riverrun Source - Review Copy Blurb from Goodreads At once a twisted psychological portrait of a woman crumbling under unimaginable pressure and a razor-sharp satire of the contemporary art scene, FAKE LIKE ME is a da...
  • Diane S ☔
    Aug 13, 2019
    She met her when she was nineteen, a fledging art student meeting Carey Logan, an artist part of a collective called Pine City. She admired her strange work, her notoriety, Carey was the in artist, Pine City the in group. Then she hears that Carey had stopped creating, turning instead ...
  • Robin Loves Reading
    Jun 25, 2019
    While worried that she?ll never paint again, an unnamed narrator has a breakthrough. She begins to come out of her shell. She was rather successful, and even begins to travel with her work. She becomes extreme interested in learning about another artist, Carey Logan. She learns that ...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    May 17, 2019
    A young un-named painter with potential is poised to make waves in the art community with her collection of seven billboard-size paintings. When her apartment goes up in flames and decimates the entire collection, she lies to her gallery and says that six have been safely crated and ...
  • Bam
    Jun 18, 2019
    It's 1996 and the unnamed narrator of this story is a fledgling artist from Florida, currently a sophomore at the Academy in NYC, and feeling pretty lonely in the big city. One day she notices a group of five young and beautiful artists who are 'making it' in the art scene. Three of th...
  • Denise  Reed
    Jun 18, 2019
    I finished this book last night but needed some time to digest everything I had read. I went back and forth between 4 and 5 stars (4 stars only because I'm generally not a big art fan and some of the descriptions bogged me down), but in the end, it was so out of the realm of my expecta...
  • Margitte
    Jul 02, 2019
    You've got to admit that Humpty Dumpty was a piece of art. Well, then you can admit that this poor piece of art committed suicide by falling of the wall. And so it was again in Fake Like Me, except that this time it wasn't Humpty Dumpty ... Franz Kafka said:?I think we ought to r...
  • Cathy
    Aug 04, 2019
    I have to admit I know very little about modern art ? or at least I did before starting this book. However, this was in no way a handicap to enjoyingFake Like Me. In fact, reading the book was something of an education into the movers and shakers of the art world and the physicalit...
  • Anna Luce
    Jun 25, 2019
    ????? 2 stars Beyond its promising summary Fake Like Me is little more than a predictable and unsatisfying ode to the female artist. This book is not doing any favours to modern and in particular abstract art. If anything it confirms the notion that today anything can q...
  • Sharon L.
    Jun 28, 2019
    ?The history of art is littered with the bodies of dead women.? 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. First up, I need to mention that this book is not a fast-paced, dark-and-twisty thriller as some of the marketing may suggest. It is however, an impressive examination of the life of a str...
  • Lauren
    Jun 28, 2019
    I loved Bourland's first novel I'll Eat When I'm Dead, but also understood why it was poorly received overall. Her follow-up, Fake Like Me is smoother and more accessible. Although I preferred the former, I would be more likely to recommend the latter. While IEWID took place i...
  • cosmicpool
    Jun 23, 2019
    So much of this novel struck me in such deep and personal places. Bourland is wildly perceptive and her writing both expansive and incisive. It is a fucking tour de force. The main character's interior psychological landscape felt so real to me, maybe because it hit so close to home...
  • Megh Mcconnell
    Aug 05, 2019
    This review is a little difficult to write only because I do not want to give anything away, it's best to go into it knowing as little information about it as possible. And then, find some friends who also read it so you can discuss it because it's amazing! Basic plot:This book is f...
  • Lavender
    Jun 19, 2019
    I am not an artist and I have no idea what it means to be one. So I enjoyed genuinely peeking into the bohemian-like art world for a while. Our main protagonist stays without a name. She is a thirty-something artist in New York. She is still a nobody although she sold some of her p...
  • Kate
    Jun 08, 2019
    This is a difficult novel for me to review. When I spotted it on Amazon Vine, I could have sworn that they had listed it as a graphic novel, but apart from one map, the ARC has no other illustrations, or suggestions that there would be any art in the final work. Now, admittedly, this c...
  • Susanne
    Jul 25, 2019
    Beautifully written with sensory details that immerse you in the process of painting and the life of the artist. I wasn't expecting the twist at the end! ...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Jun 10, 2019
    3.5 stars rounded to 4 I'll admit, I'm less than knowledgable about anything involving the art scene. I am not cool, hip, or in the know about much these days other than Peppa Pig and Blippi, but it was nice to delve into an "adult" story that did not feature talking pigs or a grown...
  • Jesika
    Jul 19, 2019
    4.5This book was so good that I finished it 3 weeks ahead of the buddy read schedule set by the publisher. It is BRILLIANT. I was nervous that maybe this book wouldn't be for me as I am not into the art scene. As it turned out, it really doesn't matter. Bourland makes you feel how t...
  • Laura Peden
    Jun 26, 2019
    "?????????? ????'? ??????? ???????? ????????? ????." *????????? ??????* Fake Like Me is a visceral, haunting ...
  • Lisa Gabriele
    Dec 01, 2018
    I was lucky to receive an ARC of Fake Like Me, and I DEVOURED it over a weekend, taking it with me everywhere I went. A young unnamed artist struggles in the shadow of an impossibly cool dead one, another young artist?gorgeous, enigmatic, talented?worshipped beyond measure in the d...