Saturday, February 26, 2011

Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin

Charlie Tracker and Fielding Withers have the job of a lifetime. They play two undercover rockstars on the hit comedy Jenna and Jonah's How To Be a Rockstar and are beloved by millions of tweens across the world. Off-screen, Charlie and Fielding are also involved in a romantic relationship that the papparazzi and tabloids love documenting. However, no one knows that Charlie and Fielding actually hate each other and the relationship is a big publicity stunt for ratings. Forced to spend every waking moment in each other's company, Charlie and Fielding are just trying to make it until the end of the show, but a tabloid rumor gone wrong might just ruin everything.

When I first picked up Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance, I thought it sounded really cute. Two stars that are dating for only for publicity? It makes you wonder how often this happens in real life. Especially since the show in question is eerily similar to Hannah Montana. Charlie and Fielding really do seem to hate each other and always trading insults and rude remarks even when they are supposed to be acting like a couple. I loved their dialogue because it was always really funny!

What I didn't like was that everything falls apart really quickly and not much time is spent on Charlie and Fielding pretending to be a couple. I would have liked to see more backstory as to what happened when they first pretended to be boyfriend and girlfriend - I think that could have been really interesting. Everything goes wrong really fast and suddenly Charlie and Fielding (or Aaron, which is his real name) don't knw what to do. They sign on to perform in a Shakespeare festival which was actually really cool. They put on Much Ado About Nothing, and Charlie and Fielding play Beatrice and Benedick - two characters who are just like the couple, which is a perfect opportunity for the two to examine their relationship. I'm sure you can guess how Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance ends, and it started getting annoying because the story was dragging and I just wanted it to be over with because I knew what was going to happen. The book is a little predictable, but I liked it well enough and I'm sure fans of romantic comedies will enjoy Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance.

Rating: 7 out of 10.
FTC: copy provided through Flamingnet Review Program.

2011/Walker & Company/229 pages.


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