Published February 1, 2011
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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.
There was quite a bit of buzz surrounding the release of Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance around the book blog-o-sphere and I was definitely one of the readers who was pretty excited for it to come out. I had originally put my name on the waiting list at my library, but after I saw Alice's (The Reader Room) In My Mailbox post about it, I just had to have it that second. Luckily my impulse buy turned out to be money well spent.
Charlie (Jenna), a sassy and headstrong television star, is required to have a fake romance with her laid back costar Fielding (Jonah). At first I found Charlie to be a little high maintenance and uptight, but as the story progressed she started to loosen up and learn to let go. She grew tremendously strong as a person and learned a lot about herself. Fielding was the complete opposite of the goal obsessed Charlie. He wasn't in acting for the long run and just wanted to be like a normal college kid. Fielding was definitely my favorite character!
I loved having the opportunity to get into both of the characters' heads. Franklin and Halpin did a wonderful job at Charlie and Fielding's voice. They both seemed real and Fielding's voice definitely reflected at what I thought would be inside of a teenage guy's head.
I really enjoyed how Charlie adopted some of Fielding's mellow attitude and how Fielding got Charlie's drive for the future. Each of them had admirable qualities, but just in overdrive. So when they were around each other they learned to pull back on their seriousness or indifference and gain the others good qualities as well as modify their own.
Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance revolved greatly around the relationship between Fielding and Charlie, which wasn't a bad thing. They both had annoying and pushy managers who just wanted them to make as much money as possible, which is exactly what I have in mind when I think of Hollywood star's manager. As the story moves forward Fielding and Charlie find themselves in a unique setting where they meet some very fun people. I don't want to say too much about the supporting characters because it'll give a good chunk of the story away.
I kind of knew how the book was going to end, but how the characters got there was pretty authentic. I really enjoyed how everything turned out and that acting played a part. It was very sweet and had me thinking "Aw how cute!"
"But in real life, you don't know how it's going to work out. You don't know how the other person so going to respond, and you don't know if you're going to say the wrong thing and ruin everything, and sometimes you don't even really know what the hell you want." (Fielding)
Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance is a laugh out loud, light-hearted read that I finished rather quickly. If you're looking for an original teen romance book this is definitely the book for you. This book left me with a happy heart and wanting to get my very own GPS with Mr. T's voice!
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