Review: When It’s Real by Erin Watt

Posted June 4, 2017 by Shannon in Reviews, Shannon / 0 Comments

Review: When It’s Real by Erin WattWhen It's Real by Erin Watt
Published by Harlequin TEEN on May 30th 2017
ISBN: 0373212526
Pages: 416
Also by this author: Paper Princess, Twisted Palace
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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?

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Erin Watt does it again!!! I adored this story and these characters. Vaughn and Oakley were perfect. I loved how the antagonism these two had for each other slowly developed into a friendship which turned into so much more. Both of them were in desperate need of someone to see them. Not an extension of their families or the people they hang out with.

Neither Vaughn or Oakley was without blame for the direction their relationship went, but they both grew up over the course of this book and figured out a real relationship took compromise and conversations. Despite several adults standing in their way, these two figured out how to make what started out as a farce into something that was real and worth fighting for.

The perfect beach read and an absolute joy to have experience.

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