Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance (LIBRARY EDITION)

Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance (LIBRARY EDITION)

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by Brendan Halpin, Emily Franklin
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"It's difficult to step off the fame track, mainly because now I don't know what I would do or who I'd be without a script," laments 17-year-old control freak Charlie Tracker, who has co-starred with arrogant Fielding Withers for several years on the Family Network's hit show Jenna & Jonah's How to Be a Rock Star, in which they play next-door neighbors in love. In real life, they are sick of each other, even as they are (resentfully) pretending to be a couple for the sake of ratings. When Fielding is falsely accused of being gay, he and Charlie escape to his beach house and attempt to get to know each other again. The question is, with so much fakery in their lives, have they lost their identities? The Half-Life of Planets coauthors Franklin and Halpin pen an introspective coming-of-age story that illuminates the realities and perils of celebrity. Although the story follows a predictable arc and the alternating first-person narratives are a bit too similar, the teens' dialogue is snappy, and romantics will enjoy watching as love blossoms off-camera. Ages 12–up. (Feb.)
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“The biting commentary on "reality" TV and society's obsession with fame will keep readers laughing, as will all the remembered Jenna & Jonah scenes. Love, American style.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This delightful, funny romance novel based on Much Ado about Nothing, challenges our everyday scripts and false judgments. Readers will not need to know the play to enjoy the plot but may develop an interest in and an appreciation for Shakespeare's plays and insight.” —VOYA

“While the book certainly plays to fantasies about what it would be like to live a Hannah Montana–style triple life, there's enough exploration of character and questions about work, success, and relationships here to satisfy fans of more complex romances. Alternating perspectives let readers in on both sides of this rocky but ultimately sweet and satisfying fauxmance turned romance.” —BCCB

VOYA - Lucy Schall
Seventeen-year-old teen stars Charlie and Aaron discover that their scripted television series gives them fame and fortune but prevents them from finding their identities. Forced into the false romance of Jenna and Jonah for four years, Charlie and Aaron develop a contentious relationship. When their already-shaky series is cancelled because Aaron is labeled gay, they retreat to Aaron's island property, begin to learn about each other as people, and then accept career-saving roles in a Shakespearean production of Much Ado About Nothing. Through the characters of Beatrice and Benedick, they realize real acting and their love. Combining green world renewal and false identities, this delightful, funny romance novel based on Much Ado about Nothing, challenges our everyday scripts and false judgments. Charlie, a Hollywood native, and Aaron, a mid-western success story, speak in alternate chapters. Both deal with problem parents and self-doubts. On the island, they find their own voices. In Shakespearean summer stock, they grow professionally and personally enough to understand the relationship between projecting a persona and being a person. Readers, primarily junior high and senior high girls, will not need to know the play to enjoy the plot but may develop an interest in and an appreciation for Shakespeare's plays and insight. Reviewer: Lucy Schall
Kirkus Reviews
After a successful first season ofJenna & Jonah's How to Be a Rock Star, teen idols Charlie and Aaron (aka Fielding Withers to his fans) are given an ultimatum: "fall in love or fall apart." Three seasons later, the Family Network actors must plot every kiss for the paparazzi, sacrificing freedom for stardom. But when Aaron is falsely outed as gay, and the "family-friendly" (rather, ratings-conscious) network drops their show, the acting duo tries to salvage their plummeting reputations as Beatrice and Benedick inMuch Ado About Nothingat the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. As in their previousThe Half-Life of Planets(2010), which garners a clever allusion, the dual authors alternate chapters and witty banter as the teens try to figure out how to act, live and love without a guided script. While the Charlie and Aaron/Beatrice and Benedick comparisons become overdrawn by the end, the biting commentary on "reality" TV and society's obsession with fame will keep readers laughing, as will all the rememberedJenna & Jonahscenes. Love, American style.(Fiction. YA)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802721624
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Edition description:
Library Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
870L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Emily Franklin collaborated with Brendan Halpin for their novel The Half-Life of Planets. She has also written a dozen novels for young adults, including the Principles of Love series and The Other Half of Me, and she edited It's a Wonderful Lie: 26 Truths About Life in Your Twenties. Emily's work has also appeared in The Boston Globe and national magazines. She lives in Massachusetts.
www.emilyfranklin.com

Brendan Halpin was a high school English teacher for ten years before penning his first novel. He is the author of How Ya Like Me Now and Forever Changes, as well as several novels for adults. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
www.brendanhalpin.com

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