When It’s Real
by Erin Watt
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Release Date: May 30, 2017
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?
When It’s Real was everything I’d hoped for and so much more. It was charismatic, heartwarming, smile-inducing. I absolutely adored it! It was one of those books I so easily found myself lost in.
“Half the time when you open your mouth, you say something that makes me want to punch you. But when you sing…you make it really hard to hate you.”
I’m a huge fan of Erin Watt’s Royals Series and knew I had to read this book when it was announced. When It’s Real is a change in direction from the Royals, but it’s still crafted in a way only Erin Watt can do. I loved the story line and the idea of a rock star fake-dating a normal girl. The main characters Oakley and Vaughn—loved them! They’re both a little broken and lost in life when they meet, but the journey in growth these two went on was awe-inspiring. Vaughn discovering what path in life she wants to lead, and just growing into a young woman. And our rock star, Oakley Ford; my favorite part about his journey was him learning to open up to others, finding his voice, and witnessing his sharp edges soften a little with the influence of Vaughn.
“This is as real and as awful and as wonderful as it gets. I’d hold her forever if she’d let me.”
I highly recommend When It’s Real to anyone who has a love for the Young Adult/New Adult genre. It’s the perfect coming-of-age story with just a touch of angst-romance!
About the Author
Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up.