When It’s Real
Release: May, 30th
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?
Anyone who read Erin Watt’s Royals series was really looking forward to this book and I can say that the authors did not disappoint, although they did a completely different work from the previous one. Both are YA, but When It’s Real is much cuter and younger than the first series, and not a bit hot, which may disappoint some people.
I, who adore cute and juvenile books, fell in love right away and could not put down the book, even reading at hidden places so I could finish it all at once. When I was a teenager I’ve always had platonic passions for celebrities, be they singers, actors or athletes. So reading ‘When It’s Real’ played well in that dream where I would meet one of these loves and they would end up falling in love with me. It’s one of those books that even though I’m grown up, my teen side has blossomed and makes me laugh like a fool as I read.
Oakley is a music star, a teen idol who needs to improve his image to be able to follow the path he wants in his career. To be taken seriously, his agent forces him to find a normal girlfriend, to show that he can be responsible and no longer a troublemaker. He is reluctant, but he agrees, and when he meets Vaughn, he is totally surprised that she is nothing of what he has been expecting.
Vaughn Bennett agrees to pretend to be the girlfriend of a famous singer to help her family, who needed a lot of money, and although this ‘work’ was totally against her will, she could not reject it. But as soon as she met Oakley the antipathy was instantaneous and it was enough for her not to chase after him like all the other women who knew him.
As commonplace as this script may seem, the book has surprised me by bringing fun, exciting and very romantic situations. The only thing I missed was a silly and funny, Elle trademark character, like Dean, Blake or Wade, who always end up being my favorite characters in their books.