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Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance

Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance

3.7 17
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


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.

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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

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Walker & Company
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
12 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.

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.

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Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance (LIBRARY EDITION) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Charlie hates Fielding, and vice versa. What do you even expect? The two have been practically glued at the hip against their will for the last four years as promotion for their popular hit tween TV show Jenna & Jonah's How to Be a Rock Star. It isn't until the paparazzi pick up on a vicious rumor about the pair that they are forced to escape to an obscure beach house to ride out the publicity wave. Among the blessed quietness that accompanies obscurity, Charlie and Fielding proceed to discover something surprising: they really don't know each other at all. JENNA & JONAH'S FAUXMANCE is the type of novel that would correspond to some sort of crème-filled chocolate doughnut in the delightful world of food. It is definitely sweet, but eating too much of it will induce episodes of barfing. While I enjoy this type of bubbly and extremely non-surprising teeny-bopper lit, they must be enjoyed in moderation. I mean, just look at the book's cover. So very pink. Even the book jacket itself resembles some sort of doughnut! The novel has its fair share of awww moments and some other face-palm ones. Unlike other bubbly novels, the two characters weren't annoying most of the time, which made reading through this quite a breeze. Charlie and Fielding are quite dense about each other, though. And sometimes you just can't help yourself from wanting to smack the two atop the head with something heavy, like maybe an anvil of some sort. But this is definitely a cute story for people who find delight in light, fluffy teen lit.
kittydanza More than 1 year ago
JENNA AND JONAH'S FAUXMANCE, by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin, is an absolutely charming and romantic book that is based on a teen tv-show couple. 'Jenna' and 'Jonah' are the teen stars of a show that children and adults alike are facinated with. Their on-screen romance lead to fans encroaching on their real life romance that paparazzi and tabloids exploit. To keep the show and their jobs, Charlie and Fielding keep the rouse alive until a rumor threatens their livelyhood and their fauxmance. Okay, normally I am not much of a gusher, but beware I am going to gush! I sat down to read it, and two hours later I was finished and completely enamored. This book was so lovely. Franklin and Halpin created some noteworthy characters. These two teens were thrust into the Hollywood life too young and their real personalities were deeply hidden under their facade of a life together as a couple. Charlie had wanted to become a legitimate actor but her job took over her whole life and she couldn't shake 'Jenna' offscreen. Fielding was the sweetest gem. I defintely fell in love with this character. When Charlie and Fielding spent time away from the spotlight, their real feelings for each other bloomed and I raced through the book to find out if they would be able to work out in the real world. Don't worry, I won't tell! These two authors created a journey I never expected to go on. The ups and downs of these struggling characters made me laugh and cry throughout the book. I enjoyed the shifting POVs between Charlie and Fielding. I was prvy to information that the other was not and it was exciting watching the tension build between these two. Overall, great teen chick-lit. Great story, great characters, swoon-worthy boy. A dangerous trifecta!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The world does not need to know your private thougts. If you have a troubled mind you keep your thoughts there so we dont have to see what is going on in that tiny little brain of yours.
acornucopiaoflove More than 1 year ago
After having to fake a relationship at the command of their PR reps, it's understandable why Charlie and Fielding (aka Aaron) loathe each other. During an extended vacation taken to hide from the paparazzi, they slowly begin a friendship. Both characters grow to understand each other, and in the process they each learned about themselves, and what they really wanted from their careers. I have to briefly mention my favorite thing about Jenna & Jonah, and that was the Shakespeare! Toward the end of the book, Charlie and Aaron take on parts in the Shakespeare play, Much Ado About Nothing (my personal favorite). So, I was really delighted when I realized that the entire book was much like a mirror of their characters, Beatrice and Benedick. It took me quite some time to pick up on, and it was a nice way to bring in the romance between the two. I think that my main issue with the book was that it wasn't really long enough to get a little deeper with the characters. Franklin and Halpin seemed to be moving in that direction toward the end of the book, but by that point everything was wrapping up. This wasn't a huge deal breaker for me, but I think it could have taken the book a step above the stereotypical cute YA read. Overall, it was a fun read that had some funny moments. I did like the characters, the way Much Ado About Nothing was tied in, and thought that the alternating perspectives worked really well with the story. Still, I think that if it had been a little bit longer the authors would have had more time to give more substance to characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was ok but no great i liked it alright
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Genni More than 1 year ago
This was a really cute story that I read in one sitting. With an original plot a likeable charcters, readers will not get bored. However, in the latter half of the book, there seemed to be less chemistry between Charlie(a.k.a. Jenna) and Aaron (a.k.a. Fielding, a.k.a. Jonah). The ending was no surprise for me, and I wish the book was more suspenseful. The writing was acceptable, but it is not like I loved it, and the sub-plots and secondary and tritary characters weren't something I cared about. A plot twist could have been nice, but this book was really predictable... I could tell who would get together just from reading the summary. I do reccommend this, as it is a cute book, but it wasn't the ripest apple (banana, orange, mango?) In the tree. I do congratulate the authors for writing a decent and mostly-intruiging book with good main charcters.This book was around 170 pages, so for 10.19, it was also overpriced. I reccommend buying this, but only when the price lowers, because it wasn't worth the ten dollars.
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ReadergirlReviews More than 1 year ago
I was eager for this one to come out because I really loved the idea of two people who can't stand each other having to pretend that they're in love. I thought this was going to be a cute, romantic story. I wasn't disappointed. What I didn't expect though, is how the author would use elements from one of my favorite Shakespearean plays, Much Ado About Nothing. I've always loved Beatrice and Benedick from this play because they fight, they trade witty insults, and act like they hate each other, all the while everyone else can plainly see they're in love. It isn't until their friends decide to trick them into realizing their feelings that they let those feelings show. The authors used this basis so well for Charlie and Aaron. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like these two characters because I wasn't sure I could relate to their rich, famous lifestyles. The authors did an excellent job though of making their true selves shine through. As the reader discovers who they truly are as people, the two of them also begin to discover each other. I really enjoyed watching them get to know each other for the first time, even though they've been "together" for years. This was a very entertaining read with some surprising depth to it that I didn't except. I would definitely recommend it.
Khadija32 More than 1 year ago
You know how you read the summery for a book and expect it to be cute, but then you read the book and get more out of it than you expected? Yeah, this is one of those books. Sadly it's also one of those books that can be downplayed by readers because of it's 'cuteness'. You know how I always try to make you all see the light though so here is why I think there is more to this book. Even though the story is one that's predictable, while reading it I didn't mind at all. I couldn't put this book down until I finished it, it's short and sweet, but also funny and witty and interesting. Today we have a lot of famous tween-teen stars, and they are always followed by a media frenzy. I really liked how this story shows you what it's like on that end of the camera, and what that kind of star status can do to a person. At the beginning Aron and Charlie are these sort of depressed teen actors on a show that's been at it for four years already, they are both tired of pretending on stage and off. It's kind of a classic story-line, Charlie and Aron are always bickering and eventually they find out they love each other. Except it's not boring, it's not overly-done, and it's actually a teensie bit ironic. The characters do fight through a lot of the book, but it's easy to laugh off, and honestly I didn't mind it because throughout the story they are learning. This has that sort of mushy-gushy happily ever after ending that I usually despise, but this time around I actually liked it. You wanna know why? Too bad I'm telling you anyway! It's because the characters actually learned something, they grew and became better.