Saturday, February 26, 2011

Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance

Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance by Emily Franklin / Brendan Halpin
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: Walker Books

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.  -

I was eager for this one to come out because I really loved the idea of two people who can't stand each other having to pretend that they're in love.  I thought this was going to be a cute, romantic story. I wasn't disappointed.  What I didn't expect though, is how the author would use elements from one of my favorite Shakespearean plays, Much Ado About Nothing.  I've always loved Beatrice and Benedick from this play because they fight, they trade witty insults, and act like they hate each other, all the while everyone else can plainly see they're in love.  It isn't until their friends decide to trick them into realizing their feelings that they let those feelings show.

The authors used this basis so well for Charlie and Aaron.  At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like these two characters because I wasn't sure I could relate to their rich, famous lifestyles.  The authors did an excellent job though of making their true selves shine through.  As the reader discovers who they truly are as people, the two of them also begin to discover each other.

I really enjoyed watching them get to know each other for the first time, even though they've been "together" for years.  This was a very entertaining read with some surprising depth to it that I didn't except.  I would definitely recommend it.

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