Review Time! Jenna and Jonah’s Fauxmance by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin was released earlier this year. I’m a sucker for books that alternate between male and female protagonists so I just had to check the book out! Thanks to Bloomsbury for the review copy!
The Short Story? – Fun and fluffy, one of the cutest romance novels I’ve read this year! Told from alternating perspectives of Jenna and Jonah, this novel is fantastic! What’s not to love about teen celebrities and romance? A total sweetheart, this one is for fans of Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.
The Long Story? – It was love at first sight. Or first read. Hi, I’m Lisa and I’m a romance junkie, my drug of choice is cute, funny, fluffy YA romance novels. I’m a self-confessed addict to Jenna and Jonah’s Fauxmance and I hope Franklin and Halpin write a second book because I just can’t get enough. Totally awesome novel!
The plot was really too cute. It’s a little clichéd but it was meant to be that way, it wasn’t a case where the authors tried too hard and accidently turned the book into one big cliché but more like it was deliberately meant to be predictable. This is really one of those novels where the plot surrounds the romance instead of the other way around. It had a nice flow to it and where the book lacked in adventure (sorry no quest or life-saving moments) it made up in originality. I liked how the novel is based around these two co-stars who hate each other but have to put on a Fauxmance. There’s drama and it’s just how I would imagine Hollywood to be. Again, I repeat myself it’s very cute and it’s one for all to enjoy!
The characterization was my favourite thing. I loved Jenna (aka Charlie) and Jonah (aka Fielding aka Aaron), they both amazing characters who are wonderfully portrayed and developed. It might be a co-author thing but the personalities of our protagonists really stood-out, they were so real and unique. It was (kind of) a “finding-yourself” novel and the changes in our protagonists were really distinctive in the end. Lots of development throughout the novel and they’re both just so hard not to love. Funny, sarcastic and cute.
The writing was really good. Franklin and Halpin have different writing styles that are very distinctive as they alternate between Jenna and Jonah. They’re very different but somehow they fit together rather nicely, it flows instead of being disjointed. It’s a very cute read only about 200 pages and it’s definitely easy and comfortable enough that you could finish it in one sitting!
I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record but I repeat myself for the gazillionth time, it’s really too cute to miss! If you love romance, drama and YA then what are you doing reading this review??? You should be heading to The Book Depository and buying yourself a copy! Funny, fluffy and fantastic, one of the cutest romances I have read this year! Well-written, original and amazing. Round of applause for Franklin and Halpin!
Rating – 5/5
Badass Bookie xx