When It's Real by Erin Watt

FREAKIN ADORABLE!!! Erin Watt fans are going to implode with all the feels! Totally my kind of YA read. I love when books labeled YA are just that: Young ADULT. It’s about people that are learning what it’s like to move and navigate through the real world, just with a bit of a learning curve; figuring out what’s right, what’s acceptable and what are, in fact, the best situations to put yourself into for maximum life knowledge.

We have two very different people here. Oakley Ford is a teen rock star with all the perks of daddy’s money and fame to back him up. He acts up and acts out. He’s let the celebrity and the people around him corrupt and coddle him, giving into his every whim.

Vaughn Bennett is the extreme opposite. She is the second oldest in a family of four children­— four now orphaned children. Life was never luxurious, but it was good. It was normal and it has been shattered. Between Vaughn and her sister, they are doing the best to get their younger sibling through school while maintaining a “normal” for them.

When It’s Real is a fantastic story of a girl getting an opportunity to take care of her family while trying to bring some wholesome image repair to a spoiled rock star.  What happens is expectedly unexpected.  Irritation turns to liking, liking turns to respect, and respect turns to love. But the best underling thread throughout When It’s Real is the discovery of self and the realization that supporting someone else’s needs and dreams can be just as fulfilling as getting your own needs met.

“--You told me not to settle. You said to find my passion, but I don’t know what that is. I only know what I don’t want.” “That’s as good a place to start as any.””

5 Stars
Tanja



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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