Book Review – When It’s Real

When It’s Real / Erin Watts / Harlequin Teen / 2017 / ISBN 9780373212521 / 416 Pages / Young Adult

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Goodreads Blurb –

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-centred jerk? It’s not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?

My Thoughts –

I was given a copy of this eBook through NetGallery for an unbiased opinion. That in no way shapes my thoughts or feelings about this book.

This book follows the story of Vaughn and Oakley and how two very different people from two very different worlds come to know and help each other. Vaughn, after not going to college straight after graduation with her boyfriend, is finding herself unsettled after being responsible for her younger brother as her parents have passed away. Enter her sister Paisley and a task that is going to change their lives forever. With an unconventional request from a well-known media company, where Paisley also works, they ask Vaughn if she would go out with super mega singer Oakley Ford, for a year, for a lot of money. Being a fan of the artist and in desperate need of finance for the family, Vaughn says yes. Then begins a trail of good and tough times between Vaughn and bad boy well known singer Oakley Ford, a guy every girl wants to get their hands on.

“I’ve heard him speak in interviews before, but his voice sounds even better in person. Deep and raspy and hypnotising”

A lot happens in this book. It starts out with a bang and only gets better from there. I really like this book and must say, I would recommend it for everyone. I really want to get my hands on a printed version as I would like to see how the book is laid out as in the eBook version there are tweets that are included but a bit jumbled up so your kind of have to work it out for yourself. In saying that there was not a moment in this book that I thought I would put it down. I was sucked into the story of Vaughn and Oakley and even though it was a little bit predictable at times, it was a nice kind of predictable. It was a refreshing read because sometimes you need a happily-ever-after.

The writing in this book is snippy and flowy and reads exactly like you want it to, simple and easy and the dialogue is real. The character development in the story is what brings it all together, it is also the best part of the story as without it, the book wouldn’t work as well as it does. Some of the scenes are cute and heart-warming and others are heartbreaking.

**I was given a copy of this book from NetGallery through Harlequin Teen in exchange for an open and honest opinion. All opinions expressed in the review above are mine and mine only**

It is a must read if you like a bit of a rock star dating a fan cliché novel.

I give this book 4.3 out of 5 Booky Stars!

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You can grab a copy of this book from links on the right-hand side of this blog or from the link directly under the picture.

♥ GWAP

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