Monday, May 29, 2017

Review: When It's Real by Erin Watt

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Wealth, fame and a real-life romance she never expected—seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett lands it all when she agrees to become a pop star's fake girlfriend in this smart, utterly addictive novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt 
Under ordinary circumstances, Oakley Ford and Vaughn Bennett would never even cross paths. 
There's nothing ordinary about Oakley. This bad-boy pop star's got Grammy Awards, millions of fangirls and a reputation as a restless, too-charming troublemaker. But with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley needs to show the world he's settling down—and who better to help him than Vaughn, a part-time waitress trying to help her family get by? The very definition of ordinary. 
Posing as his girlfriend, Vaughn will overhaul Oakley's image from troublemaker to serious artist. In return for enough money to put her brothers through college, she can endure outlandish Hollywood parties and carefully orchestrated Twitter exchanges. She'll fool the paparazzi and the groupies. She might even start fooling herself a little. 
Because when ordinary rules no longer apply, there's no telling what your heart will do…

I don't usually read YA books but I just couldn't resist picking up this Erin Watt book. If you haven't read an Erin Watt book, then STOP here and go read Paper Princess. If you have, then you had really high expectations for this book like I did. 


In my mind, Oakley Ford is Justin Bieber. He is a pop-star that became internationally famous at a really young age and like Justin, Oakley needs to clean up his act. His label company comes up a plan. They're going to pay a good girl to be his fake girlfriend for a year in hopes he will gain credibility to work with a producer who hasn't given him the time of day in the past. Oakley is not too happy about this, but he's desperate. Here's when Vaughn Bennett comes in. She's the good girl his label company is looking for Oakley. For Vaughn, the only positive thing coming out of this would be the big fat paycheck. She needs the money for her indebted family. Little do they know they have chemistry...lots of it! 

Oakley Ford was the best possible version of Justin Bieber in my head. I loved reading about him. To me, he was just a guy trying to find himself with a crazy career. He's just a guy, so of course he acts stupid sometimes. However, this guy knows how to redeem himself. 

Vaughn Bennett is content with life. She has a boyfriend and she has her siblings. This girl, however, likes to play it safe and when Oakley enters her life, she learns a thing or two about herself. Vaughn was really relatable because she's that easy-going girl you can't help but like. 


This book was such a GREAT, relaxing read!! Erin Watt is a powerhouse! Their characters are relatable across all ages. This is the perfect book to start off the summer.  




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. 

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