Friday, February 18, 2011

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

Title: Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance
Author: Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin
Published: February 1, 2011 by Walker Books for Young Readers

Pages: 229/Paperback 
Source: My personal library

Summary: 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.

Review: Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance is one of those books that's fun to read, but when you look back on it you don't really see anything extraordinary about it.

Two misunderstood teens who hate each other learning that they secretly love each other isn't really that original of a plot, but this was still a fun book. It had a lot of humor and even managed to hit a few points on figuring out who you are and doing what's right for you. A lot happened throughout the book, but it was still rather predictable.

The characters didn't do it for me. First of all I was a little lost when it came to all of Fielding's names. First he's Jonah, then he's Fielding, and alas he's actually Aaron. Charlie and Aaron seemed to flip flop on their feelings rather often, which irked me quite a bit. I must admit that their memories of Jenna & Jonah (their show) could be pretty funny. 

Overall, Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance wasn't bad, but it wasn't amazing. The plot was fun yet predictable, and the characters could really get under my skin. But it's definitely a good book if you're looking for something easy and fun to read. 

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