Published by Harlequin Teen on May 30th 2017
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend.
Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley's team decides it's time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he's settled down.
Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of "normal." Under ordinary circumstances she'd never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn't have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley's team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley's a shallow, self-centered jerk? It's not like they're going to fall for each other in real life…right?
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has not influenced my review in any way.
This book is pretty cute. In fact I would describe the book as solid.
Vaughn has had a tragic life, but has an adorable family. The dialogue sets the Bennetts up as likable straight away, with back and forth banter to make anyone who loves their siblings envious.
Each of the main characters have their own (slight) development arcs. They seem to be decent caricatures of genuine people. Even V’s blind love for her arsehole boyfriend W (yes, I agree with Oak on this one, what a stupid bloody name) was something I found endearing. I’m sure a lot of young adults can remember that unfortunate stage in their lives.
Now let’s discuss Oakley Ford. Ford is basically the biggest most self-obsessed man-child in the world. Personally, that makes him not my type. Seriously Vaughn what on earth are you even thinking? Unfortunately for me it meant that the chemistry between him and Vaughn kind of fell flat. It was kind of like Vaughn (down to earth, martyr Vaughn ) was wrapped up in the glamour (as in glamour like a spell, not glamour of the lifestyle but then again… maybe that too) that Oakley Ford somehow miraculously created. Seriously. Some people love the “behaving like a 12 year old” schtick. I am not one of those people.
That said, the conflict and interest in the story was created through no fault of the characters. There were no real ridiculous understandings, unless someone maliciously tried to separate the happy couple. The other issues in their relationship seemed to come from insecurities and character flaws, yes, but then for the most part, communication ensued. This was particularly the case in the second half of the book. It was refreshing.
Apart from that I didn’t find anything particularly exciting in the book. Like I said it was a solid read and very enjoyable. It would make a great movie (even if there are like three carbon copies of it already). If you want another romance, you’ll probably enjoy this.