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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 ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Walker Childrens
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Cyndi
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Teen heart throbs Charlie and Fielding are together on their long running show and in real life, also. Or are they? After years faking their lives for the ever present and judging public, our hero is caught in the forced push from the closet of his friend. The judgy people automatically assume he is gay and think our teen sweethearts have been faking it for a completely different reason.
Next stopcancellation of their show. So while riding out the scandal our two heroes spend more time together
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Princess Bookie
Aug 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read2011
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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Lili
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
I gave this book a try, despite its predictable synopsis, because, hey, who doesnt enjoy a he-said/she-said formula romance every once in a while, if its done well? Unfortunately, JENNA AND JONAHS FAUXMANCE was a solid miss for me. Clunky writing, undeveloped characters with minimal chemistry, and an ambitious but failed conclusion all contributed.

Lets talk about the characters first. YA has seen its fair share of Hollywood teen divas. Charlie and Fielding failed at being distinct or memorable.
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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
Myndi
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a cute story about celebrities who have to fake pretty much everything about their lives. When things get chaotic and messed up, they have to face what they are really feeling about their jobs, their lives and each other.

I love that this book is in alternating POVs, I like being able to see how both MCs are feeling throughout the story. I also liked the Shakespeare parts. I found it interesting to see the characters interacting with the other actors and seeing what life was like without
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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
Jenna
Oct 26, 2011 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 theyre a couple. Real couple on cam, fake off cam. Its 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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April
Sep 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, for-review
So, in browsing through the blogosphere, Ive seen Jenna & Jonahs 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 didnt expect anything along the lines of Tolstoy? Personally, I quite liked Jenna & Jonahs Fauxmance but I also did not have any unrealistic expectations out of it.

Read the rest of my review here
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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 their
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Hillary Desmond
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought it was extremely cheesy and cliche at first and I didn't like it, but it got better as it progressed. I liked how they ended up finding parallels between their lives and Much Ado About Nothing (the play they had to perform). It was cute, but there were a number of things that I would change.
Kathy - Books & Munches
Okay enough but the whole acting versus being themselves thing was not only ridiculously confusing for the characters, but for me as well. Made things frustrating. Not to mention how egocentric Jenna / Charlie is..

I liked the story buy execution-wise, it could use some improvements.
Anne Oftedahl
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2017
Kinda cute, I guess, but also kinda... superficial?
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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Nisha
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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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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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 ...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
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Whitney
Feb 07, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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Angelc
Jan 29, 2011 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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Allison
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Crystal
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Stephanie Forster
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 ...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
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Casey
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen, romance, 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
Brett
Nov 21, 2015 rated it liked it
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 its like to be a celebrity at such a young age and the pressures that come along with that. I wouldnt 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 ...more
Carrie
May 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Melissa
Dec 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: stand-alone, arc
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?
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