5 / 5 stars
Title: When It’s Real
Author: Erin Watt
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Published date: May 30, 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?
First, THAT cover. It’s PERFECTION!
You know that feeling when you’re on the beach, under the big umbrella and sipping cold lemonade while enjoying the summer sun? That’s how reading When it’s real feels like. This book is so beautifully written, and brings all kinds of feels and joy. I seriously love it.
Meet Oakley Ford: spoiled, rich and famous. It’s been two years since he released his last album, and his popularity is slowly dwindling because he can’t seem to keep out of trouble. Oakley’s manager proposes a solution: a fake, normal girlfriend
Vaughn is unlike any character I’ve read. She’s smart, confident and full of fire. I love how she is doesn’t fall head over heels for Oakley. I love Vaughn’s devotion and love to her family. Vaughn sees through Oakley’s presumed indifference and cocky exterior. And we starts to see that the sides of Oakley that the fans don’t get to see. He is so much more to him than the just the son of a super star. There’s vulnerability in him that makes him more likable and real.
Me reading those hilarious tweets exchange between Oakley and Vaughn:
This book is such a light and fun read. The atmosphere unlike, Paper Princess, is bright and warm and fills my heart with joy. I love the humor, the sassy moments and the side characters. It’s one of those books that just bring satisfaction just by thinking about it. When it’s real is definitely worth the read.
“All I want to do is sing and play guitar until my fingers bleed and my voice is sore”
Thanks to the author for generously providing me an ARC to review.
Check out the pre-order giveaway here!