Monday, May 15, 2017

Review- When It's Real by Erin Watt

When It’s Real by Erin Watt

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?

Oakley needs to straighten up his image and Vaughn is the way his publicity team thinks that should happen. Never mind that Oakley is kind of an arrogant jerk at the beginning....he actually comes around a bit. Vaughn and her sister could use the money to help keep them afloat since their parents’ deaths several years earlier.

Vaughn is a sweetheart, although a bit of a dreamer. She finds herself gradually feeling more enamored by Oakley, and eventually, as we all can guess, their "fake" relationship becomes something more. There's interference from well-meaning managers and assistants, Oakley's over-the-top father and his mom just really want to re-establish a connection with him. 

Overall, this was a sweet story of young love and finding what really matters to you.

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