Title: Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance
Authors: Emily Franklin, Brendan Halpin
Published: February 1st 2011 by Walker Books for Young Readers
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."
Thoughts: I wanted to love this book. I really did, and while I didn't love it, I did like it. Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance is a little predictable, a little sweet, and a lot of fun. What can I say, I'm a fool for love!
Jenna and Jonah (aka Charlie and Fielding) are both actors for a cheesy Disney type show that's not exactly doing well. Think High School Musical (Zac and Vanessa), but 10 times worse. With the ratings not being all too great, both characters are given an ultimatum: fall in love or lose the show. Easy, right? Sadly, both characters hate each other. After so many years of pretending to be in love, they both can barely stand each other.
When Jonah is trapped in paparazzi controversy, both are forced out of the spotlight and into hiding. The last thing they expected to do was fall in love, but well...ya know. *wink wink*
One of my favorite reads in 2010 was Dash and Lily's Book of Dares. When I first heard of Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance, I thought it might be just as good. While it's somewhat similar in the sense of alternating points of views, occasional hilarious moments and unforeseen love, it doesn't exactly have the same affect. The chemistry between both characters was a bit lacking. I could never relate to either character, and their relationship felt forced.
That doesn't mean this wasn't a good book. There's still humor and even a few heartfelt moments. Though it may not be one of the best reads out there, it's still a fun read. If you're looking for a funny, light, quick and easy read (especially on Valentine's Day), I would recommend this book. While it may not hold a candle to Dash and Lily's, it's still one of those "feel good rides" type of novel.