Review: Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin

 

Title: Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance

Author: Emily Franklin &

Brendan Halpin

Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 978-0802721624

 

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

Charlie and Aaron are America’s sweetheart couple.   Stars of a top rated TV show, they are riding a wave of popularity.  There’s just one problem. They can’t stand each other!  That makes it hard for them to pretend to be in love, on screen and off.  When a misstep ruins their careers and gets their show canceled, can they find a purpose for their lives and redeem themselves, too?

Told in alternating POV, I thought Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance was a fun read, but I was disappointed with the uneven pacing.  After their careers blow up in their faces, the young stars are forced to work through their issues, whether they want to or not.  They would prefer to go their separate ways, but after spending so much time together, they aren’t quite sure how to sever the umbilical cord holding them together.  Their entire lives revolved around each other for so long, and now that it’s over, moving on is more difficult than they had anticipated.

The sparks fly between Charlie and Aaron, and they do have so many issues to work through.  Charlie  has the most to lose now, because she can’t comprehend a life without acting.  She doesn’t want one.   Aaron just wants the sideshow to end, so he can head off to college and be free to do want he wants, without a camera there to record every move.  When their agents conspire to keep them together by exiling them in Oregon at a Shakespearean festival, they discover even more conflict between themselves.  They have different goals in life, and neither is willing to compromise with the other.

I loved Aaron, and was convinced by his desire to change himself.  His life, once inspected under a microscope, is so fake, and he just wants to be real again.  And then there’s that girl, who keeps making his life miserable!  When he’s honest with himself she’s not all that bad, but gosh, sometimes it’s just easier to keep lying about things.  Charlie drives him crazy, and Aaron has to decide whether it’s a good crazy, or one he’s better off not dealing with.

Charlie got on my nerves until almost the end of the book.  She is so caught up in herself, in her career, in what she wants, that it is at times difficult to like her.  To be fair, it’s not her fault. It’s all she knows, and making the adjustment to “normal” teenager just isn’t easy.  She’s pissed at Aaron for making her go through all of this, and yet…she can’t imagine life without him.  I liked the constant push and pull of their relationship, even though it was driving me crazy, too!

Grade: B-

Review copy provided by publisher