WHEN IT’S REAL
Phenomenal is one word to describe Watt’s When it’s Real. From riveting characters to a captivating plot, this book has it all. The dual POVs of Oakley and Vaughn really allow the readers to get a feel for the characters. The way Watt balances the two characters’ worlds is remarkable. Thankfully, the sensational protagonists overshadow the irritating minor characters, resulting in a great young adult read.
Pop star Oakley Ford has the paparazzi after him and his outrageous stunts. His music isn’t doing too well and with his fame dying down, he needs to show the world he’s more than just a stereotypical bad boy. His publicist and manager hire part-time waitress Vaughn Bennett to pose as his fake girlfriend — she is solely in it for the money. But when certain feelings start to arise, they both need to ask themselves just how fake their relationship is. (HARLEQUIN TEEN, Jun, 416 pp., $18.99, HC, 14 & Up)