pub date: Feb 1, 2011
publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
source: ALA midwinter
blurb from goodreads:
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 covers of magazines week after week. Their fan club has chapters all over the country. The only problem is their off-screen romance is one big publicity stunt, and Charlie and Fielding can't stand to be in the same room. Still, it's a great gig, so even when the cameras stop rolling, the show must go on, and on, and on. . . . Until the pesky paparazzi blow their cover, and Charlie and Fielding must disappear to weather the media storm. It's not until they're far off the grid of the Hollywood circuit that they realize that there's more to each of them than shiny hair and a winning smile.
I was kind of expecting a sweet, innocent romance. I got the sweet part, but the innocent not so much. Which I should not have been surprised about...this is Hollywood. Or, you know, a book version of it.
I'm a sucker for romantic stories. And that is what Charlie and Fielding have...a romantic story. Sure, to begin with they hate each other. But that was what made the book so fun. I loved reading about how that hate changed to doubt. And then love. And then then way they come together. Though I wish them coming together had happened sooner. The tension was there...but the actual romance itself took a while to arrive.
This is a fun book. I especially liked Charlie and Fielding's banter. They really knew how to push each others buttons. Charlie was, at (most) times, annoyingly uptight, but Fielding's carefree attitude about (most) everything made up for it.