Sunday, April 10, 2011

Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance by Emily Frankling and Brendan Halpin

Book:  Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance
Author:  Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin
Release date:  February 1, 2011
Publisher:  Walker BFYR
Pages:  240
Source:  Publisher

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 a cute, quick read but there was nothing special about it.  It’s a story that’s been done before but I will say that it was hilarious.  The banter between Jenna and Jonah (Charlie and Fielding/Aaron) cracked me up.

Charlie Tracker (Jenna) and Fielding Withers (Jonah) can’t stand each other.  Too bad they not only have to pretend to be in love on TV but also in real life.  When rumors start that Fielding is gay they have no choice but to escape from the public eye.  Together.  Spending time alone together makes Charlie and Fielding (whose real name is Aaron) question whether they actually have feelings for each other.  Can they find true love or did their fauxmance ruin those chances?

These characters held no real appeal to me.  Charlie was a pretty big bitch sometimes and Aaron confused me.  I wanted more from them.  I actually liked the supporting characters like Al and Kyana much more than Charlie and Aaron.

The plot was ehh (yes I know that isn’t a word but it’s all I can think of).  There was nothing new to it.  I really wanted something original and this was not it.  Sure it was a quick read and it had it’s “aww!” moments but nothing spectacular.

Overall, Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance is one of those books that I suggest getting from the library.  I hope their other books are better than this one. 

First line:  I will never like a boy like Fielding Withers (and, yes I know I used the word “like” twice in one sentence, but meaning different things).

Rating:  B-

Cover:  B-

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3 Comments

  1. Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books)

    I’ve heard this one isn’t anything out of the ordinary, but it still sounds like a light, fun read. I bought it a while back, but still haven’t gotten around to reading it. I’m hoping that I like the main characters a little more than you. Thanks for the review!

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