Published by Bloomsbury on February 1st, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Teen TV celebrities Jenna and Jonah make more money in a month than most people do in a lifetime. They can't stand to be in the same room as each other, but to boost the TV ratings their agents make them a 'real life' couple. Then the deception is uncovered by the paparazzi, and Charlie and Fielding have to disappear to weather the media storm.
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 main characters try to pull off their fauxmance. Some romantic kisses that make them doubt themselves. A gradual transition when they start to think of each other differently. Perhaps they get exposed, but by that time, after some damage control, they would be in love anyway and all’s well that ends well.
What did I get? We started off okay. I genuinely liked the set up of the series on the Disney Channel-like network, and how their fauxmance was set up. But it quickly took the derivative route, not unlike a Disney Channel series/movie. The characters were awful, and I would even say bipolar. Honestly, Charlie was hot one minute cold the next. Overreacting at every single point. It made no sense that she got mad at certain things, and then the next second she would be in love with Fielding again. No. Just… no.
Fielding wasn’t much better. They tried to give him a deep back story, that he had to put out an image of being a stupid heartthrob while actually he was a book-loving pacifist, who secretly hates show biz. Like, that could have worked, but it was all told (and definitely not shown) in such a rapid way that it was rather unbelievable. Honestly, if you wanted to give these characters depth, you should have given the story more than 220 pages. That’s just ridiculous. It didn’t work.
And the story disappointed too. Within just a few pages, their fauxmance is already outed, and then they go into hiding. Come on, the plot did have potential for cute, fluffy shenanigans, but instead, we skipped that and went straight to the drama llama. *sigh* Missed opportunities.