Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance
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Fans of romance don't need to look any further than the fauxmance brewing between teen idols Charlie Tracker and Fielding Withers-known on their hit TV show as Jenna and Jonah, next-door neighbors flush with the excitement of first love. But it's their off-screen relationship that has helped cement their fame, as passionate fans follow their every PDA. They grace the cover...more
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Walker Childrens
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Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: We are introduced to Jenna and Jonah who are television stars. Of course that isn't their real names. The chapters go back and forth between Charlie Tucker (Jenna) and Fielding Withers (Jonah). We get to see things from each perspective. They are on screen next-door neighbors, friends, and off screen fake lovers. They have a big fan base! They basically always have to put on a show for the paparazzi, get snaps of them together for magazines, and liven up the hype of their show.

They...more
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Okay, so here's the thing: I loved the premise, but the actual story fell a little flat for me.
I actually think the book tried to be more complicated than it needed to be. Very early in the story (before pg 50), the main characters' ruse is exposed and they immediately have to go into problem-solving mode. I think it would have been a better idea to give readers a chance to see the two characters' lives, not only as a fake couple but also as young, on-their-own stars, before pulling the rug out...more
Lilibeth
This might as well have been a DNF for me but I managed to get through the majority of this book without developing a headache from the non-sense of acting. If anything in this corny book was true, it was that actors--or people in general, really--are made up of many people and that sums up who they are. As actors they not only have to characterize themselves with a new persona but let a piece of themselves be that person in order to portray any sort of bond between the fictional and the visual....more
Jenna
Dec 22, 2011 Jenna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fun books
Recommended to Jenna by: saw it in the bookstore:)
Jenna & Jonah are the characters Charlie & Fielding (real name: Aaron) portray. They are stars, famous Hollywood stars..and they’re a couple. Real couple on cam, fake off cam. It’s a light and fun read that will surely make you laugh out loud and make your heart tingle on the latter part of the story.

Something happened that made the both of them realize they really like each other. When they let their guards down and pride aside, they can be two serious people who not only live to make...more
Tarryn
I wanted to love this book and since, usually, it doesn't take much for a book to make me happy, I really thought I would. But I really, really didn't. I had to finish this book in one sitting because I feared that if I put it down I would never go back to it. There was very little about this book that didn't annoy the hell out of me. The transitions between each point of view sucked because they were completely nonexistent. I felt like I was losing a huge part of the story between each chapter...more
Steph Su
I gave this book a try, despite its predictable synopsis, because, hey, who doesn’t enjoy a he-said/she-said formula romance every once in a while, if it’s done well? Unfortunately, JENNA AND JONAH’S FAUXMANCE was a solid miss for me. Clunky writing, undeveloped characters with minimal chemistry, and an ambitious but failed conclusion all contributed.

Let’s talk about the characters first. YA has seen its fair share of Hollywood teen divas. Charlie and Fielding failed at being distinct or memorab...more
April
So, in browsing through the blogosphere, I’ve seen Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance by Brendan Halpin and Emily Franklin take a bit of flack. Now, my question concerning that is just what did you expect out of a book with a bright pink cover? Surely, you didn’t expect anything along the lines of Tolstoy? Personally, I quite liked Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance but I also did not have any unrealistic expectations out of it.

Read the rest of my review here
Good Golly Miss Holly
Review TBC...

Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance is basically a behind-the-scenes look at

If you were to take a behind-the-scenes look at a show like Hannah Montana or iCarly, this would be the book to bring it to life. Basically, we have a teen power couple who actually hate eachother because they've spent years faking their love for eachother on Jenna & Jonah's
Debby
2 stars

As a full disclosure, I picked up this tiny little book at Boekenfestijn, for around €2 or so. It's not exactly like I had high hopes or something. I thought it would be a light, fluffy contemporary, probably of the guilty pleasure variety. I mean, teen celebrities who have an on-screen and off-screen romance but secretly hate each other? Sign me up! In the end though, it really wasn't all that.

What was I hoping for from this book? Banter, obviously. Barely contained resentment as the two...more
Crystal
This is a really cute and fun book. While somewhat predictable, the fun is still getting to the conclusion and the characters learning about themselves. My son asked me this question this morning "I've heard that sometimes when a girl likes you, she will treat you mean, is that true?" That question sums this book up perfectly.


Jenna and Jonah have been thrown together on their tv show for years and then into a fake relationship because it made the fans happy and drove up ratings. But truthfully t...more
Angelc
This book was really cute, I couldn't help but think of the tv show, "Sonny with a Chance," with the portrayal of teen stars in love while in the public eye.


The story was told in alternating chapters told from each character's point of view. In the beginning, I found Jonah/Fielding?Aaron much more interesting, but Jenna/Charlie really started to grow on me. I was sympathizing with her by the end of the book.


My favorite part was when they were hiding from the paparazzi at the beach house. I think...more
Nisha
This was a 2.5 star book. And the problem isn't even the story. There was so much potential working with a cute situation between two childhood actors pretending to be in a real romantic relationship. The problem was the writing and character development. It was bad enough that even the cute story couldn't salvage the subpar writing - and I started dreaming of ways to write that in my Goodreads review. Yes, I am a dork.

Anyway, Charlie and Fielding(Aaron, by the end) are co-stars of the family hi...more
Rebecca
I have to admit, I'm kind of a sucker for the "fake it til you make it" romance, so I found the premise promising. And the light, bantery voices of the two protagonists (the viewpoint alternates each chapter, and I believe each author exclusively wrote one voice) are engaging and exactly the kind of popcorn fun I was looking for after a rough day at work.

But oh, this book is such a mess. I do not think that the authors actually read each other's chapters, to start. It's like they sat down, came...more
Merary
Charlie and Aaron(Fielding as a stage name) have their own show: Jenna & Jonah's How to Be a Rock Star(which reminds me awfully of Disney Channel). And they're dating, just like their TV characters. At least that's what everyone thinks. In reality, Charlie and Fielding HATE each other and they're just PRETENDING to date for show ratings. But then, a terrible rumor about Fielding's sexuality surfaces and his reputation--and cover--are at stake. Now, Charlie and Fielding have to disappear unt...more
ALPHAreader
Charlie Tracker and Fielding Withers are teen-pop sensations. They are enjoying a fourth season of their popular family sing-along show, ‘Jenna and Jonah’ and each has a tidy nest egg fortune to take them into their dotage. But their fame and fortune all hinge on one little itty bitty lie – that they are as in love off-screen as they are on-screen.

Charlie and Fielding have been playing their dual-roles of Jenna and Jonah, with the added drama of their ‘loved-up’ real-life personas, throughout th...more
SJH (A Dream of Books)
This book was a light, fun and frothy read which was also extremely entertaining. It's quite a short book and I finished it in one evening but it certainly fed my guilty love of celebrity gossip!

Charlie and Fielding are two American teenagers who happen to star in a hit TV show where they play the characters of 'Jenna and Jonah'. To boost ratings and to ensure interest in the show, they pretend that they're boyfriend and girlfriend, even though in real life they can't actually stand each other....more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Cinnamon for TeensReadToo.com

Charlie hates Fielding, and vice versa. What do you even expect? The two have been practically glued at the hip against their will for the last four years as promotion for their popular hit tween TV show Jenna & Jonah's How to Be a Rock Star. It isn't until the paparazzi pick up on a vicious rumor about the pair that they are forced to escape to an obscure beach house to ride out the publicity wave. Among the blessed quietness that accompanies obscuri...more
Kate
JENNA AND JONAH'S FAUXMANCE, by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin, is an absolutely charming and romantic book that is based on a teen tv-show couple. 'Jenna' and 'Jonah' are the teen stars of a show that children and adults alike are facinated with. Their on-screen romance lead to fans encroaching on their real life romance that paparazzi and tabloids exploit. To keep the show and their jobs, Charlie and Fielding keep the rouse alive until a rumor threatens their livelyhood and their fauxmance....more
Allison
This light romantic teen comedy started out strong, with an amusing premise about the two stars of a popular tween TV show having to pretend they're in love to please the fans, but fell a little flat in the execution. The dual narration between the main characters was appealing at first, with enjoyably distinctive voices, but somehow this same storytelling device seemed to muddle the plot a bit towards the middle of the book. I felt that there was more telling than showing as each character muse...more
Whitney
Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance offers a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of two insanely popular teen TV stars -- Charlie and Fielding -- who have been acting out a romance both on and off screen for the last four years. When their off-screen relationship is revealed as a front, the news throws both their careers and futures into a tailspin and forces the pair to figure out if there's any truth in their relationship at all.

This sweet, fun novel that will be sure to delight fans of shows like iC...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
Not bad, but nothing remarkable. This has your typical love/hate relationship between the two main characters, Aaron and Charlie. Unfortunately I just couldn't bring myself to care about either of them all that much. The pressure from society as a teenage celebrity was portrayed well, but I think the emotions that the two main characters were feeling could've been explored more. Neither characters were very likeable and even though Aaron knew he was acting like a jerk, for some reason he continu...more
Elizabeth
This was a boy meets girl on the set of a sitcom; boy and girl pretend to be in love in the sitcom; agents have boy and girl pretend to be in love in "real" life; boy and girl lose their jobs on the sitcom; boy and girl are alone in a cabin and begin a true romance; boy and girl do summer theater and truly fall in love STORY.
It was pretty fascinating to follow all the mix-ups but it makes you question how could anyone fall in love in Hollywood and make it last? Why does the media thrive on celeb...more
Casey
I liked the characters, Charlie and Aaron, and I liked the concept and I even liked the different settings but I never believed that Charlie and Aaron actually liked one another let alone loved one another. I don't believe a time period of longer than 30 minutes went by without one of them saying something hurtful to the other and the last third of the book was spent ignoring each other as much as possible. Plus, I wanted something a bit more from the end, which read more like their cheesy Jenna...more
Ava
Jenna and Jonah are stars in a hit TV show from the old Family Network. In there on screen television show they are two super in love teenagers. Their characters in the show, Charlie Tracker and Fielding Withers play two famous centered teen pop singers and they can't escape their television personae. The only reason they date is for the fame, cameras and reporters. Every bulb flash is of them smooching or talking intimately or giving gifts. It looks like the picture-perfect, young love romance....more
Carrie
Loved this book.
I think this book would be great for teens who are studying the play Much Ado About Nothing which is mentioned in the book. Love how the book plays with the Shakespeare ideas of disguises and people playing parts.
This was so fun to read because the theater I work at is doing Much Ado About Nothing this fall and also because I have friends who have worked at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Teens who love Shakespeare, theater and acting will really like this book
Tammara
Great banter between Charlie and Fielding - I'm a sucker for love/hate stories (like Much Ado About Nothing, which figures in towards the end of this), but I'm even more of a sucker for relationships where preconceived notions give way to a discovery of - and appreciation for - the person beneath them. This is one of the latter. Fun, quick read; really enjoyed it.
OCLS Staff Picks
What happens when your favorite celeb couple gets busted for faking their romance the whole time? Obvi!

Imagine That! (Teen Summer Reading Program 2012) recommended book

Available from OCLS in print and eBook.
Melissa
A quick and easy book with an original plot that was kind of confusing. The transitions between chapters were confusing since the scenes didn't follow exactly after each other. Also, I did not particularly like Charlie's character, but then again, how can I relate to a girl who's been born into showbiz?
Katie
Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance was a cute, quick read but there was nothing special about it. It's a story that's been done before but I will say that it was hilarious. The banter between Jenna and Jonah (Charlie and Fielding/Aaron) cracked me up.

Charlie Tracker (Jenna) and Fielding Withers (Jonah) can't stand each other. Too bad they not only have to pretend to be in love on TV but also in real life. When rumors start that Fielding is gay they have no choice but to escape from the public eye. To...more
Michelle (Michelle&Leslie's Book Picks)
My interest for Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance was sparked by the bubble gum pink cover and the plot about two tween TV stars being force to pretend to have a romantic relationship. It sounded like a fun read and the two main characters remind me of the stars of shows like iCarly and Lizzie McGuire and them being possibly forced in the same situation by their network.

Our two main characters in Jenna & Jonah's Fauxmance were Charlie Tracker and Fielding Withers (whose real name is Aaron). They...more
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