Reaction Upon Reading: Can this please happen to me?!
“There aren’t any cameras here. This isn’t for show.
This is as real and as awful and as wonderful as it gets. I’d hold her forever if she’d let me.”
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? Is it not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?
“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.”
Eeeek! Wouldn’t this be amazing if it could actually happen? You’re the girl next door just minding your own business and you get asked to be the pretend girlfriend for the Hollywood ‘It’ boy. Next thing you know it has gone from pretending for the fans to actual love. Books like this just make my heart happy.
I really enjoy a light easy contemporary read and this is just that. It is nothing memorable but I still enjoyed it none the less. I managed to read the whole thing in one sitting…which is saying something because I am easily distracted.
Vaughn and Oakley are the perfect couple to ship. They have polar opposite lives but manage to find some middle ground in their values. Vaughn works her butt off to support her family as a result of losing her parents. She is obsessed with her family and is motivated to do better for them. Oakley, on the other hand, has an extremely strained relationship with both of his parents, who he felt used and took advantage of his success and fame. He has got a hardened exterior and puts up a big facade hiding who he actually is.
Vaughn takes the money Oakley is offering to pay her to be his girlfriend because she knows she will never get another opportunity like this to support her family. Oakley wasn’t prepared however to have a pretend girlfriend who wasn’t in complete and utter awe of his fame. She is sassy, rude and doesn’t stand for any of his bullshit, regularly calling him out for being an idiot. This makes for some hilarious banter!
Normally I would hate a book that has any of semblance of a love triangle, but it doesn’t feel like that because Vaughn’s boyfriend (at the start of the book) is a complete and utter douchebag. Honestly, I wanted to pull him out of the book by his hair and slap him silly! After writing this I will be deleting his character from memory permanently.
This is same author who wrote ‘Paper Princess’ which is so hard to fathom because while that book is dark and r-rated, this book is light and fluffy. I loved the writing style switching perspectives and thought the characters were very likable and complex.
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