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When It's Real

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  3,836 Ratings  ·  752 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Harlequin Teen
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giulia_argentini Today is the release day!!! May 30 :) I find it on amazon but if you can't find it check out Erin Watt twitter page, usually they post all the links…moreToday is the release day!!! May 30 :) I find it on amazon but if you can't find it check out Erin Watt twitter page, usually they post all the links there :D(less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 30, 2016 Chelsea Humphrey rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
I consistently struggle with writing reviews for contemporaries, whether they are adult or young adult. Over the years they have grown predictable and there isn’t much to talk about regarding the plot as they tend to be more character focused. Needless to say, I’m wary in picking up contemporaries anymore because they just seem to fall into the realm of “nice but not memorable”. When I first saw the cover and description of When It's Real, I’ll admit I was skeptical but gave it a second glance a ...more
May 20, 2017 Christy rated it really liked it
4 stars!!!

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When I first read the writing duo known as Erin Watt, I was so impressed I knew I'd pick up whatever they decided to write. When I heard they were writing YA and saw the gorgeous cover for When It's Real, it went straight to the top of my TBR. This book had a little bit for all readers. Love a good YA? Rock star read? Enemies to friends to lovers? Fake girlfriend/boyfriend? How about the famous leading man/average heroine? This book had all that and more. 

Oakley 'Oak' Ford is your ave
Oct 30, 2016 Katerina rated it really liked it
Guilty pleasure (n.):
Something pleasurable that induces a usually minor feeling of guilt (probably because you should be doing some serious real-life stuff instead of getting lost in said pleasures).

There are two types of guilty pleasures.
The first ones refer to characters so royally twisted and messed up that the sensible part of yours keeps bothering you with nagging thoughts like "how could you love them?", while the other part enjoys this delightful addiction. And then there is the second ki
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*****4.5 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Authors}

I don’t know when that happened, but somewhere along the line Vaughn went from the girl I was forced to have on my arm to the girl I want to have in my life.

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Erin Watt fans prepare to fall head over heels in love with their latest collaborative masterpiece! These two authors have struck gold again with WHEN IT’S REAL. I am not particularly a huge fan of YA but when it’s done right even I can’t deny how enjoyable these romances can be. This e
Jodi Bibliophile
Jul 02, 2016 Jodi Bibliophile marked it as to-read

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Erin Watt is writing a new fucking book!!!

I would sell my fucking womb for a camel for this fucking book!

For reals I would read these fuckers shopping list!!!!!
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Adding an update at the end of my non-review, non-rating rant :P


****I repeat this ISN'T A YOUNG ADULT BOOK. It contains sexual content*****
This is one more time another example of a new adult book that contains erotic elements and is marketed as young adult. I haven't read it yet, but I know the authors
Aestas Book Blog
Jun 02, 2017 Aestas Book Blog rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites

A pop star.
A regular girl.
The world's watching.

WOW! This book was addictive, heart-warming, and so well-written!! I read it in one non-stop sitting because I just did not want to put it down! If you're looking for a new rock star romance to fall in love with, check this out!

"Under ordinary circumstances, Oakley Ford and Vaughn Bennett would never even cross paths..."

The story begins when Vaughn, a completely down-to-earth, no-bullshit, no-nonsense girl who h
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“This is as real and as awful and as wonderful as it gets. I’d hold her forever if she’d let me.”

After reading and devouring The Royals series by Erin Watt (aka the dynamic duo Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick), I just couldn’t wait to read their next story. I was wondering what sort of world they would create for us this time and I tell you what, I was not disappointed (not that I could say I was surprised). I know this book has received mixed reviews, especially with respect to lack of origin
Lola  Reviewer
Common mortal Vaughn is hired to pose as celebrity singer Oakley Ford’s girlfriend for a year. Sweet. Adorable. Dramatic. Learned a lot about the world of celebrities. Too long. Some scenes should have been cut. It’s all about strong-willed Oakley and not enough about likeable, lost Vaughn who needs to figure out her life and future. Predictable, but in a good way. Definitely addictive.
Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
4 stars!

Review at Of Pens and Pages.

Light, sweet, and angst-free, When It’s Real is a great summer read! It’s a fluff fest that will leave butterflies inside your belly and a perma-smile on your face long after finishing the book.

At nineteen years old, world-renowned pop star Oakley Ford has reached Bieber-level notoriety in partying and philandering, and his label is getting sick of it. He hasn’t released anything since his successful album “Ford”, and everyone—including Oakley—is worried he’s
Nov 22, 2016 Wendy'sThoughts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erin Watt Fans, Teen Romance
4 YA Love Stars
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I have a confession...I'm really not a YA reader...So what are you doing reading it, Wendy...
Well, it was done by Erin Watt...
And since I loved The Royals...
I had to give When It's Real a go...

I'm guessing, this had all of the markings of what a YA Teen Romance should have. There was the overall romance of a "Justin Bieber Level Rock Star" needing a "Normal" to romance so he could clean up his reputation.

Oakley started singing early on and his parents were famous movie st
Rachel Reads Ravenously
2.5 stars

When It’s Real is the story of a girl named Vaughn who is hand picked to be the new girlfriend of Oakley Ford, a famous pop star. Oakley needs to polish up his public image, showing he can be a devoted boyfriend and not just the playboy partier everyone thinks he is. Vaughn agrees to do this because her family needs the money, her parents passed away leaving her and her sister in charge of their siblings.

At first, Vaughn and Oakley cannot stand each other. She thinks he’s rude and he
Amy (Foxy)
May 01, 2017 Amy (Foxy) rated it it was amazing
When It’s Real is teen drama amped up. Teen heartthrob & rockstar, Oakley, needs a new image and his PR team has decided dating an ordinary girl will do the trick. When Vaughan is offered the position she only agrees for the year long fake relationship because of her family's dire financial situation.

I really enjoyed the premise of this book because it made me think if I was a teen girl in Vaughan’s situation would I agree to this sham?! I think for the majority of teen girls they would take
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This is as real and as awful and as wonderful as it gets. I’d hold her forever if she’d let me.

Oakley Ford used to be a teenage superstar. At 19 his stardom has taken a nosedive and to jump-start his career his manager suggests dating a normal girl instead of a co-star. Oak agrees after some hesitation. When a girl has been found that fulfills the requirements a strategy of "attack" is being planned and carried out.

When Vaughn's parents died in a car crash t
Review to come.
Hulya Kara Yuksel
May 30, 2017 Hulya Kara Yuksel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“This is as real and as awful and as wonderful as it gets. I’d hold her forever if she’d let me.”

Beatrice Masaluñga
May 12, 2017 Beatrice Masaluñga rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, young-adult
I received an ARC from the authors / publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Full review posted at Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic

Nineteen year old heartthrob singer Oakley Ford is on a two year hiatus in the music industry. He’s a successful, talented musician and worked hard to reach it aside from being the son of famous movie stars. Having a strained relationship with his parents makes him rebellious giving him a bad reputation. His lack of inspiration becomes a hindrance creating a new
Jacqueline's Reads
May 05, 2017 Jacqueline's Reads rated it really liked it
4.25 I love Erin Watt Stars

When It’s Real is a New Adult Standalone. I’m a mega fan of The Royals, although at times I wanted to pull my hair out because of all the angst, but that is what made that series so great right? When It’s Real is a more sweet read, there’s still angst, but it’s not at the same level at The Royals and that was okay for me.

I really enjoyed When It’s Real. I found it an easy read and I read it in one sitting. I enjoyed the storyline, the characters and the overall feel o
Candace Robinson
May 09, 2017 Candace Robinson rated it really liked it
So, I was worried that I wouldn't like this book since it was going to be a lot different than Paper Princess. I'm normally pretty picky about light and fluffy books. I loved Oakley and Vaughn! Things did get a little corny like the last 15%, but a very cute read! Can't wait to read more from Erin Watt! Full review on my blog
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Oakley has been born famous - his parents are huge Hollywood stars.
And when he was 14 he started being famous on his own. He became a pop star.


And after living the life for the last five years, it's finally catching up to him. He's constantly in the tabloids for stupid stuff, he's losing social media followers, he's not feeling the music anymore.
He needs this next album to be a huge success. And he needs this famous producer - King - to produce it!
But King will only do it if Oak cleans up his ac
Jul 26, 2016 Elise rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, arc
3 stars

Oh man, it really hurt me to say that. I had such hing hopes, but this book... it just wasn't everything i ever dreamed it would be. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad or anything, it was pretty good. And there was no cliffhanger, let's all thank the gods for that.

The book is a cute, fluffy, fast standalone, with good characters. It was also very light on the angst too, which for me, in this case, is a negative. There's really nothing wrong with the book, per se, I just didn't fall in lov
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I struggled with this one, I reached 30% and I just can't make myself go any further, I didn't connect with the story or the characters, I had real high hopes for this one, add in whom the author is, what she's written previously and I was jumping up and down for this to arrive. Might just leave it for a few days and then try and come back to it.

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Title: When It's Real
Series: Standalone
Author: Erin Watt
Release date: May 30, 2017
Cliffhanger: No
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This is as real and as awful and as wonderful as it gets. I’d hold her forever if she’d let me.

After loving the bestselling Royals series, reading When It's Real was an easy decision to make. Yes, their previous books were filled with a whole lot of drama, and it wasn't for everyone. But somehow they worked their magic, and I couldn't have stopped reading them if
May 23, 2017 MELISSA rated it really liked it
4.5 He's Worth Everything Stars!

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Oakley Ford is a gorgeous 19 yr. old teen rock star living in LA. He's the child of famous movie stars & has always been in the public eye. He's been a young celebrity since he signed his first contract at the age of 14. Lately the tabloids keep exploiting all his wild nights & partying, and his image has taken a hit. He just wants to make music he loves, & recently it all seems to fall flat. He's experiencing a creative block, & hasn't recorded a
Siobhan Davis
When It's Real by Erin Watt rocked my world and then some!! A perfect rock star romance with a rich, hot, obnoxious bad boy behaving badly and the cute, normal girl-next-door type who wins his heart.

Oak Ford has lost his mojo and his way and his bad boy party lifestyle are finally catching up to him. The solution to his problem? A fake girlfriend, or so his manager and PR company think. Cue Vaughan Bennett, and the start of our love story.

I adored this book, savoring every beautiful page from st
Jun 01, 2017 Tweebs☯ rated it it was amazing
let's have a little throw back

Pls tell me y'all remember this?? or even watched this?? because what was your childhood ???

Idk why but this whole book just reminded me of Camp Rock AND it had nothing to do with Camp Rock.....okay maybe a little BUT it reminded me of Camp Rock. I got the vibes okay.

Does that even make any sense???

When i seen the title, my brain just translated "When it's Real" to "This is Real" which is a song sung in Camp Rock. I lowkey fangirled because it brought back
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a cute YA/NA read. I have always enjoyed the fake relationship to more theme, so I got what I was expecting. Predictable? Yes. But still enjoyable. The characters were likable, and while the H started out as a douchey celebrity I came to like him as well. It left me with unanswered questions, and I just could've done with a little more! More steam, more depth in the characters and storyline, and more closure...more! *greedy grabby hands*

Brief Summary of the Sto
Amber Robertson
Dec 04, 2016 Amber Robertson marked it as to-read
If it's anything like Paper Princess, I am here for my unpopular opinion and to roast.
Shannon Moore
May 25, 2017 Shannon Moore rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Young adult books, especially if they have a romance theme have always been a huge guilty pleasure of mine. These are the types of stories that got me into reading in the first place so whenever given the opportunity, I always jump on reading one. When It's Real was no exception on my part. When I first heard of this book, I messaged Wil and said simply, 'I NEED THIS!'. Low and behold, a little while later, it shows up on my kindle because Nina is a fantastic person. I was so excited but also su ...more
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May 25, 2017 ♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥ rated it really liked it

When It’s Real by Erin Watt is the perfect, romantic, fluffy summer read.
Oakley Ford is a teen celebrity whose early rise to fame and penchant for trouble has attracted a slew of negative publicity. Desperate to rehab his image before he becomes a washed-up has-been at 19, his management suggested that he dates a normal girl to not only rehab his tarnished image but to also help him land the next producer for his album.

Vaughn Bennett may be a “normal girl” by Hollywood’s standard but her life
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“There aren’t any cameras here. This isn’t for show.
This is as real and as awful and as wonderful as it gets. I’d hold her forever if she’d let me.”
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