Review: Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin

Jenna & Jonah's FauxmanceFans of romance don't need to look any further than the fauxmance brewing between teen idols Charlie Tracker and Fielding Withers—known on their hit TV show as Jenna and Jonah, next-door neighbors flush with the excitement of first love. But it's their off-screen relationship that has helped cement their fame, as passionate fans follow their every PDA. They grace the covers of magazines week after week. Their fan club has chapters all over the country. The only problem is their off-screen romance is one big publicity stunt, and Charlie and Fielding can't stand to be in the same room. Still, it's a great gig, so even when the cameras stop rolling, the show must go on, and on, and on. . . . Until the pesky paparazzi blow their cover, and Charlie and Fielding must disappear to weather the media storm. It's not until they're far off the grid of the Hollywood circuit that they realize that there's more to each of them than shiny hair and a winning smile.

Wow, this book was just amazingly cute! 
This book beats most YA books in the way it really provides great escapism, the book is contemporary but in the same time the crazy situations and super awesome celebrity lifestyle means that it really is just as out there as any YA paranormal.

What I really loved about this book was the way that the relationship developed. This whole book is based on the development of Charlie and Aaron's relationship and this is delivered so well. The characters have known each other for years before the story starts and have been faking a relationship for almost as long, meaning that the relationship didn't seem like it happens too quickly. I loved the gradual move from hatred to love, which seems realistic and not too fast.

I also really loved the characters, I loved how Charlie is introduced as a total dive but in time she becomes really down-to-earth and likable and I loved how witty and yet so caring Aaron is! I also found that I really loved the narration, because the book is written by two authors, you can tell the difference between the characters narration, also the dual perspective was very fluent and didn't seem jerky at all.

A few people have criticised the book for ripping off existing TV shows - for exampled the TV show which Charlie and Aaron act in seems like a rip off of Hannah Montana, but I think this just adds to the book. How can we imagine how corny and childish the show is if we can't compare it to something, so this is actually a good thing to me.

The only problem that I had was that the books seemed a bit slow at parts. the book never really has you so excited about something happening, the pace is quite slow throughout the book, which didn't stop me from enjoying it but did slow down my reading time. 

This is a book that would work much better as a rom-com movie, but is still a quick, cute and quite fun read for people after a romance.

Overall rating: B

Stand alone/series: Stand Alone

Paperback Release: March 7th 2011 (UK)
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Book obtained via: Swap

1 comment

  1. I really want to read this one. It really does sound unbelievably cute! :)


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