Monday, May 9

Jenna And Jonah's Fauxmance

Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: Walker Books For Young Readers
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 240

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. 

My Thoughts: We are introduced to Jenna and Jonah who are television stars. Of course that isn't their real names. The chapters go back and forth between Charlie Tucker (Jenna) and Fielding Withers (Jonah). We get to see things from each perspective. They are on screen next-door neighbors, friends, and off screen fake lovers. They have a big fan base! They basically always have to put on a show for the paparazzi, get snaps of them together for magazines, and liven up the hype of their show.  

They than find themselves in an awkward position and the media thinks that Jonah is gay. Their publicist thinks its a good idea for them to go off the grid for a while so they get shipped to the middle of nowhere to do a small play titled "Much Ado About Nothing." Of course that is Shakespeare, so the play itself isn't small, but the people in the play are basically nobodies to the media.  

Jenna and Jonah get to know each other a bit better and realize they know each other better than they ever thought. And they realize how connected their lives have been since they started working together. 

Honestly, where do I start here? I really wanted to love this book. I loved the idea of the plot. I started it with such high hopes. Yes, I did enjoy the snarky back and forth ramble between the two, but after a while, the story started to fizzle out. I felt myself wanting it to just end. It started to drag on and I just wanted a conclusion already. I wanted to know what was going to happen between Fielding/Tucker. I just felt it lacked a certain substance to make me want to keep reading.  

Overall: I liked well enough reading Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance but I didn't love it like I thought I would. I was happy with the way things played out in the end but I didn't see enough romance throughout the novel like I wanted too. 

Cover: I think its cute! I love the pink cover and the little square with the heart.

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1 comment:

Confuzzled Shannon said...

Ugh... sounds a little too teeny bopper for me and I love me some teen books. ;-)


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