Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance
Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin
February 1st (US)/ March 7th (UK)
Walker Books (US)/ Bloomsbury (UK)
Fans 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.
Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance was nothing if not cute. Seriously, this book was so cute! The book is about two kids TV stars from a show reminiscent of Hannah Montana, who after having their show cancelled have to find another way back into their showbiz career, and in the mean time get to know each and maybe turn their alleged 'fauxmance' into a romance.
While I thought this book was immensely cute (as well as slightly predictable), there were a few things that irked me about it. Sometimes Charlie and Aaron (Fielding/Jonah's ACTUAL actual name) got on my nerves. Charlie in particular. She was really obsessed with the idea of being famous, and for the majority of the book all she cared about was getting back on the fame horse. And Aaron annoyed me because he was so perverted all the time. Half the time the only thing he thought about were tits, or sex, which I know is typical teenage boy behaviour, but, y'know, it'd be nice to know that you definitely like Charlie for MORE than her assets. Not that that would be all that realistic, but whatever. Apart from that they were fine. Lovely people.
The story was a bit predictable, as you'd expect, and I think my favourite part was when they were secluded, where the acting wasn't important, and all they had to worry about was the newfound like of each other. No worries about appearances or breeching contracts, just about each other. I didn't mind the last part of the book either, but the ending was a bit cheesy (not that I'm opposed to a cheesy ending, mind) but satisfiying, and I quite liked their similarities to the situation of the characters they were playing in the play and to their real lives. It was cute. :)
Jenna & Jonah was a very cute, quick and predictable read, so if you're looking for a sweet and short romance, you know which book to read! 3.5 stars :D