May 30, 2017

When It's Real Erin Watt • RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW


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?


Review by: Flavia 

I have to say that this one surprised me. I am not into books about singers/bands or rockers. But this one I have to say I devoured it in one go

Oakley Ford is a teenage star. But lately he has not been inspired to write anything, he has writers block. And his whole bad boy partying image didn't help at all. So his PR and manger team came up with a 'fake relationship' with an ordinary girl next door type to help his image and maybe get him writing again.

Vaughn is a nineteen year old graduated early and now works as a waitress to help out her older sister with her twin brothers. So when her sister tells her that her company wants Vaughn to pose as Oakley Fords 'fake'girlfriend and they were paying her for it, how could she not say yes to help her sister with the bills and the twins college fund.

But Oakley Ford is a huge douche and she might have loved his music when she was younger but now she can't stand him. But as Vaughn and Oakley spends more time together she gets to see what his life is like in the limelight and Oakley gets to know Vaughn as not a groupie wanting anything from him, but just him the person he is.

“Half the time when you open your mouth, you say something that makes me want to punch you.” Vaughn gives a rueful smile. “But when you sing…you make it really hard to hate you.” 

I enjoyed this book so much. I can't imagine how Oakley could live his life in the limelight all the time, but I liked the parts where he was just himself and spent time with Vaughn just being an ordinary teenager.

4.5 Stars 

Review by: Stacey 

This was my 1st book by her and I loved it!!!! It's a perfect story where Rock Star Oakley Ford has a bad image and needs a fresh new look so his publicist looks for the everyday girl to be his pretend girlfriend Vaughn. Vaughn has it rough and can really use the money as she and her sister lost their parents and we trying to raise their twin brothers. So when the opportunity comes to make good money to be a fake girlfriend she takes it. It's amazing to watch their chemistry and friendship grow to love and all the things that try to get in the way. Does real love happen or is it all fake???? Vaughn and Oakley take you on a wonderful journey to remind us all to do what you love and you will enjoy life most!

I highly recommend this book! It was light and sweet and a Awesome YA read!

4 Stars 

Review by: Tatia 

If Erin Watt knows how to do one thing, it's write books that are different. They take a subject that we think we've read before and put a completely different twist on it.
In the beginning, I wasn't sure if I was going to like When it's Real. The two main characters are younger and I just figured it was going to have a lot of high school drama in it it does have drama, just not that kind thankfully. They're dealing in a whole bigger ballpark.
Oakley Ford needs to rebrand his image. At 19, he has to change the way the world views him. Well, that is, if he wants to continue making music the way he wants to and for his current record label.
Vaughn is dealing with more than your average 17 year old. Instead of worrying about what college to attend, what parties to go to after graduation, she's worrying about making sure they keep the roof on their heads and food on the table for their little brother. Her and her older sister are raising them. Well, they're trying to. The last thing she needs is to be "dating" Oakley Ford.
Once I got past the beginning, I really got into it. As expected things start to change, lines start to cross, true feelings are exposed. So what happens when the one thing holding Vaughn back is out of the picture? What happens next when they stop pretending? Is any of it ever real?

4 Stars 

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