Jenna and Jonah’s Book Review

Book: Jenna and Jonah’s Fauxmance

Release date: February 1, 2011
 Pages: 240
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Source: Dollar Store
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:
I decided to pick up this book because it was cheap, and the back sounded intriguing. I really tried to get myself into this book, but I just couldn’t for the most part. The wording was a little choppy. I’m not sure if I just thought that, or since I’ve been reading very in depth books for class, this one seemed to be lacking something. The plot outline is at first choppy, but the end of the book sure does get better. The originality really lies in the end where they bring in live acting and preforming Shakespeare in front of a real audience vs the reality tv that the two main characters are used to.  The concept of that is brilliant and I enjoyed their performance and the ending much more than the beginning. The characters did have some depth to them, they had some real life problems going on, but it seemed a little whiny at parts. I also enjoyed a part in which the two actors run away to this house for a few days, because it isn’t that hectic, and they’re much more grounded. Overall, I had mixed feelings about this book. I’m debating whether to keep it as a light read or to just give it away. I think a younger audience might like it better. I might even have liked it better when I was younger.
Writing: 6/10
Characters: 7/10
Plot: 8/10
Ending: 8/10
Originality: 7/10
Overall: 36/50
Cover: 4/10
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