Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance (LIBRARY EDITION)

Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance (LIBRARY EDITION)

by Emily Franklin, Brendan Halpin

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Overview

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.

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

About 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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Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 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!
59Square on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kearsten says: Charlie and Fielding have starred in Jenna and Jonah's How to be a Rock Star for four years and have starred in their own off-screen romance for the paparazzi for nearly as long. Unfortunately for Charlie and Fielding, they're not actually a couple - in fact, they loathe each other, and every moment spent pretending is agony for the two. When they're finally found out, as will happen, they agree to star in a Shakespeare in the woods production of Much Ado about Nothing in an attempt to salvage their careers. They're also forced to spend some time together - without agents, assistants or photographers - and begin to realize that they may not hate each other as much as they thought...This was pretty charming - it's not at all hard to believe that some Hollywood romances are for the publicity, and the reasons for Charlie and Fielding's is completely plausible. Their chemistry is good and their banter even better, so I eagerly hoped for a happy ending for the two.Charlie's an anxious workaholic, having been in the business since she was a kid, and her fear over losing her career is understandable, as is Fielding's frustration over being forced to act practically 24/7 - as he was an unknown when he was cast as Jonah, he is nowhere near as fearful of his career ending as is Charlie. I liked the behind-the-scenes feel of the book, both while on television sets and then while rehearsing for a stage performance. While secondary characters were pretty flat (it's a quick, short read), I felt Charlie and Fielding were pretty rounded (though Charlie's spazzing and superficiality started wearing on me) and the plot fun. The ending wrapped a little too quick for me, but leaving things open a bit the way the authors did felt realistic in light of the characters' feelings - neither one of them is completely sure what they'll do next, so declarations of forever love would be pretty out of place..A funny, charming, light romance! Recommended.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Charlie and Fielding have starred in Jenna and Jonah's How to be a Rock Star for four years and have starred in their own off-screen romance for the paparazzi for nearly as long. Unfortunately for Charlie and Fielding, they're not actually a couple - in fact, they loathe each other, and every moment spent pretending is agony for the two. When they're finally found out, as will happen, they agree to star in a Shakespeare in the woods production of Much Ado about Nothing in an attempt to salvage their careers. They're also forced to spend some time together - without agents, assistants or photographers - and begin to realize that they may not hate each other as much as they thought...This was pretty charming - it's not at all hard to believe that some Hollywood romances are for the publicity, and the reasons for Charlie and Fielding's is completely plausible. Their chemistry is good and their banter even better, so I eagerly hoped for a happy ending for the two.Charlie's an anxious workaholic, having been in the business since she was a kid, and her fear over losing her career is understandable, as is Fielding's frustration over being forced to act practically 24/7 - as he was an unknown when he was cast as Jonah, he is nowhere near as fearful of his career ending as is Charlie. I liked the behind-the-scenes feel of the book, both while on television sets and then while rehearsing for a stage performance. While secondary characters were pretty flat (it's a quick, short read), I felt Charlie and Fielding were pretty rounded (though Charlie's spazzing and superficiality started wearing on me) and the plot fun. The ending wrapped a little too quick for me, but leaving things open a bit the way the authors did felt realistic in light of the characters' feelings - neither one of them is completely sure what they'll do next, so declarations of forever love would be pretty out of place..A funny, charming, light romance! Recommended.
AnnaKay21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just felt a bit fake, like reading a Disney movie. It was cute but kind of boring.
mycutebookshelf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While it was not an amazing novel, this was a very cute book. I noticed from the beginning that Charlie mentioned Shakespeare and Much ado about nothing a lot. Interestingly, the book turned out to be like a modern version of said play. I liked it but I was not too crazy about it. It was a very fast read and very entertaining. There was not much in the way of plot. It felt more like a character driven story. This is not something bad, but I just wish more happened. I wasn¿t too happy with the ending because it felt rushed. One moment, Al & Kyanna are telling them lies just to get them together. Then the next, the book is already over. I would have liked those last scenes to be developed better. Everything was rushed, and I ended up being disappointed with it. Overall, it¿s a cute story but flawed.
sithereandread on LibraryThing 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!
wsquared on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance offers a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of two insanely popular teen TV stars -- Charlie and Fielding -- who have been acting out a romance both on and off screen for the last four years. When their off-screen relationship is revealed as a front, the news throws both their careers and futures into a tailspin and forces the pair to figure out if there's any truth in their relationship at all. This sweet, fun novel that will be sure to delight fans of shows like iCarly and Hannah Montana and their respective stars. It offers a bit of voyeurism into the star-studded lifestyle, while also showing that they're just like real teens. It's told through the alternating viewpoints of the main characters, so the reader gets some insight into both, and while the final conclusion is pretty inevitable, there's still enough of that will they or won't they tension to keep the reader interested. The story also takes an interesting turn about halfway through as the two perform in a summer Shakespeare festival and introduces some heavy Much Ado About Nothing references that might scare away more reluctant readers. Ultimately, though, it serves as an effective environment for them to explore themselves and their relationship with each other. This is a great option for tween and younger teen readers or anyone looking for an easy-to-read romance with a bit of Hollywood flair.
renkellym on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Charlie and Fielding have played the parts of Jenna and Jonah on a family TV show for three years. Their characters have been in love forever, and the two actors have been forced to pretend they are in a relationship in real life, too. But the truth is, Charlie and Fielding hate each other with a passion. So when Fielding is falsely accused of being gay, he jumps at the opportunity to escape his fauxmance with Charlie. But then the pair is thrown back together to reenact a Shakespeare play, they find out that their hatred for each other might be just the opposite¿My thoughts: When I first read the back of Jenna & Jonah¿s Fauxmance, I assumed it would be a watered-down, sugared-up version of Nick & Norah¿s Infinite Playlist. I mean, read that title and tell me that¿s not the first thing that pops into your head. Fortunately, Jenna & Jonah¿s Fauxmance held its own, and was much more enjoyable than I anticipated.The book is told in two different perspectives¿one written by the female author (Charlie) and the other written by the male author (Aaron/Fielding). This writing style really worked for the story, because it allowed the reader to see how well the feelings of the two characters matched up. The two authors really did a great job of perfecting the banter between Charlie and Fielding, and though it¿s pretty obvious that the two will eventually end up together, the journey they take to get there is all kinds of fun.One thing that was especially interesting about Jenna & Jonah was the incorporation of the celebrity lifestyle. It¿s not all expensive clothing and daily trips to Pinkberry for Charlie and Fielding. Their work is portrayed with extreme realism¿the authors bring up the long hours, the tough-love agents, and the paparazzi. Charlie and Fielding also learn a bit about acting on stage, something that I personally have a lot of experience with. I felt that the authors of Jenna & Jonah did an excellent job of not sugarcoating how difficult theater actually is.Charlie and Fielding were fun characters, and I enjoyed their internal struggles with both personal obstacles and their feelings for each other. They both change quite a bit from the first pages of the book to the last. The fact that they grew as people over the course of the story made Jenna & Jonah¿s Fauxmance more than just a love story.Fans of chick lit will easily devour Jenna & Jonah¿s Fauxmance: it¿s a light, fun read full of snarky comebacks and mixed emotions. I definitely enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Move aside, Hannah Montana. Everybody wants more of Jenna and Jonah¿s How to Be a Rock Star, a TV show about two neighbors¿ undercover lives as rock stars. But it seems to be ¿Jenna¿ and ¿Jonah¿s¿ off-screen romance that sells¿except that in reality, the romance is a publicity ploy, and the two young stars, Charlie and Fielding, can¿t stand each other. Fielding thinks Charlie is a Type-A diva who is obsessed with her own career, while Charlie thinks that Fielding takes the whole industry for granted.But then their fauxmance is blown, and as Charlie and Fielding keep each other company in isolation, they begin to actually learn who the other person is.I gave this book a try, despite its predictable synopsis, because, hey, who doesn¿t enjoy a he-said/she-said formula romance every once in a while, if it¿s done well? Unfortunately, JENNA AND JONAH¿S FAUXMANCE was a solid miss for me. Clunky writing, undeveloped characters with minimal chemistry, and an ambitious but failed conclusion all contributed.Let¿s talk about the characters first. YA has seen its fair share of Hollywood teen divas. Charlie and Fielding failed at being distinct or memorable. Charlie is supposedly this uptight overachiever who, when relaxed, can be a lot of fun. But when she was relaxed in the book, she was flat and uninteresting, and the only time I felt like she had fun all happened in brief flashbacks. Fielding is an ordinary boy who hails from the Midwest, and who is only in this industry to make enough money so that he doesn¿t have to work hard like his dad for the rest of his life and can enjoy his books in anonymity. Now, I like my boys smart, but again, Fielding¿s bookishness didn¿t ring true for me. The authors seemed to portray Fielding¿s literary knowledge only in extremely awkward quotes that fell flat and didn¿t lend to his bookish credibility at all.In fact, that was probably the problem I had with the whole book. Tiny details were fine¿Hollywood, Fielding¿s bookishness, the Shakespearean performance¿but they all lacked cohesiveness. Imagine two people having a conversation in which both just talked about their own interests instead of engaging in a flowing back-and-forth. That was kind of how I felt, reading Charlie and Fielding¿s supposed get-to-know-ya interactions. Uh, whut? Fielding, are you really seeing who Charlie is, or are you still attempting to talk at your idea of who she is? That just¿doesn¿t work for me. The writing was jarring and off-putting.I can think of better examples of Hollywood drama, he-said/she-said romances, or plots involving acting. JENNA AND JONAH¿S FAUXMANCE didn¿t have a bad premise, being what it intended to be, but little within the book had the seemingly effortless chemistry that I want in a good book.
EKAnderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I recently had the pleasure of reading JENNA & JONAH¿S FAUXMANCE, a sweet, fun novel in two voices from the duo who wrote one of my favorite books of this summer, THE HALF-LIFE OF PLANETS. Brendan Halpin and Emily Franklin take on some very different characters in FAUXMANCE ¿ teen actors Charlie and Aaron, a pair of kids who play an on-screen couple on the family TV show Jenna & Jonah¿s How to be a Rock Star. What their fans don¿t know is that their real-life romance is just an act, too. They play a couple for the tabloids, keeping public interest ¿ and their ratings ¿ high. But when a news story runs that threatens to out their fauxmance, Charlie and Aaron¿s agents are ready to run damage control. Here¿s the thing, though ¿ while Charlie wants nothing more than to keep her career on the fast track, Aaron wants to leave acting ASAP, pursue college, and live a ¿real¿ life. And as tension flares between the two actors, well, a few romantic sparks are likely to ignite, no? I loved every page of JENNA & JONAH¿S FAUXMANCE ¿ a completely different story from Halpin & Franklin¿s first book together, and just as well done. FAUXMANCE is funny, exciting, romantic, and ultimately a page-turner ¿ the sort of book you stay up with all night hoping to get to the kissing scene. And, yes, it delivers.
resugo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was kind of expecting a sweet, innocent romance. I got the sweet part, but the innocent not so much. Which I should not have been surprised about...this is Hollywood. Or, you know, a book version of it.I'm a sucker for romantic stories. And that is what Charlie and Fielding have...a romantic story. Sure, to begin with they hate each other. But that was what made the book so fun. I loved reading about how that hate changed to doubt. And then love. And then then way they come together. Though I wish them coming together had happened sooner. The tension was there...but the actual romance itself took a while to arrive.This is a fun book. I especially liked Charlie and Fielding's banter. They really knew how to push each others buttons. Charlie was, at (most) times, annoyingly uptight, but Fielding's carefree attitude about (most) everything made up for it.
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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