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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
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Published February 1st 2011 by Walker & Company
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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
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Lilibeth
Feb 05, 2011 Lilibeth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Steph Su
Feb 28, 2011 Steph Su rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tabatha
This book was so much more than I thought it was going to be. It was beautiful and insightful.

I would honestly recommend it,
Over & Out, T xx
Jenna
Dec 22, 2011 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  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
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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
April
Jun 21, 2012 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, for-review
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
Rachel
Mar 21, 2016 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Stars=2, it was okay

The plot was the classic “people who can't stand one another get together in the end.” I don't have a problem with that—in fact I would have been more upset if the story had tried to buck the expected somehow. The challenge is to write that in an interesting way.

The premise was well chosen: coworkers on a tv show, always together, forced into a "fauxmance" off camera for ratings. The set up portion of the book was great and readers got a taste of working on a tv show and of h
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Brett
Dec 02, 2015 Brett rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this was different. Entering the lives of two tween stars hounded by the paparazzi and under the restraint of their family-friendly contracts, this little book gives us a glimpse into what it’s like to be a celebrity at such a young age and the pressures that come along with that. I wouldn’t call it a perfect read, but I did manage to get through it fairly quick. Still, I found that my enjoyment dipped in the second half, losing a lot of the spark that the two leads had in their earlier sc ...more
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
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Crystal
Nov 03, 2010 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Angelc
Feb 13, 2011 Angelc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nisha
Dec 03, 2011 Nisha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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Kate
Feb 03, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 27, 2011 Allison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
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
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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
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Casey
Feb 04, 2011 Casey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, romance, 2011, trc-2011
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
Robert Gilbert
Aug 30, 2015 Robert Gilbert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually liked the first half of this book better than the second. Mainly because the authors really didn’t nail Ashland at all (both hail from “Boston”—at least by the Chinook definition of the word). I’m guessing their research consisted of Wikipedia and Google. I grew up near there and was involved with enough theatrics to know that some of this book is pretty spot-on, and some of it was from left field. For instance, I’ve seen A-list actors, like Patrick Stewart, come while in their prime ...more
Katie
May 29, 2015 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quick-reads
Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance, despite being notoriously difficult to pronounce and having a equally misleading title, is short and sweet with just enough laughable content to make it a humorous read.

The story starts with two characters named Charlie and Aaron, not Jenna and Jonah like the title suggests, but it doesn't take long to discover that Jenna and Jonah are in fact the characters they play in hit teen TV show 'Jenna and Jonah'. The comedy romance show complete with laugh track throughout
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Ava
Jun 17, 2014 Ava rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Reanne
Aug 10, 2016 Reanne marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I got this at the dollar store, at in the beginning I thought this would turn out to be a nice little find. I liked the first quarter of it or so, when the two leads are engaged in their fauxmance and going about their lives as celebrities. But the story started taking some turns that took it away from what I wanted to read about.

First off, the title shouldn't have been "Jenna & Jonah's" because those are the characters they play on their show. The actual characters are Charlie and Fielding(
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Adam Hyatt
I'm rounding this book up from two and a half to a three. If you like this sort of literature, if this is the sort of book you seek out, it doesn't disappoint. It does exactly what it says on the box.

However, if you're not into this sort of thing, you'll hate it. It never veered into hate reading for me because there is definite promise in the premise despite its clumsy execution.

I'm assuming the authors passed the book back and forth with Emily Franklin doing the female narrative and Brendan H
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