Title: When It’s Real
Author: Erin Watt
Date of Publication: May 30th, 2017
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 was a little scared going into this at first because a lot of light and fluffy contemporary books I am not a fan of. Then I saw that the main guy was a famous musician, so I was like noooooooo that means lots of name dropping which I HATE. BUT there was just a tad bit of name dropping, so that made the world all okay.
Also, I love Erin Watt’s Paper Princess series, but I was glad in the fact that this was something totally different from that. I loved both of the characters. Oakley was cocky, but he was still also human, and I really felt for him and his lifestyle. At times celebrity life would seem great, but then you really look at it, and it’s a rough time with the paparazzi constantly up in your business.
Vaughn was down to earth, and she was really sweet. There were a couple of dumb choices she made in the book, but I could get past those since she is seventeen. There was plenty of swoon as one would expect from the author. My only pet peeve was that the last fifteen percent did get pretty corny, but overall this was a super cute, light and fluffy book with great romance!
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