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When It’s Real [Review]

Posted June 8, 2017 by Stephanie in Review / 0 Comments

When It’s Real [Review]When It's Real by Erin Watt
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 30th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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five-stars
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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?

My Thoughts

I loved this book. As much as I loved their previous series, The Royals (see Paper Princess review and Broken Prince review), WHEN IT’S REAL solidified the bestselling duo as autobuy for me! That’s how much I loved this book! And it was exactly what I needed! We all know that I’ve been on a real struggle bus with reading and blogging ever since I found out I was pregnant last summer. Well, I’m happy to report that this is the book that helped me get out of that struggling rut I was in.

I really loved Vaughn and Oakley. Vaughn is this kickass, snarky, smart seventeen year old girl who had been dealt some pretty shitty cards. And Oakley is this sexy, smartass, guitar playing, twenty year old popstar turned rockstar. And the two of them together is just pure amazingness. I loved them as a couple both when it was a fake relationship and then even more when they finally admitted it to each other that it was for real.

I loved the complexity each of the characters had. Vaughn and her family (older sister and younger twin brothers) and Oakley with his estranged parents, both had stories to tell and I really loved reading them and feeling what they were feeling.

By the end of this book, even though it ends with no cliffhanger, I was left wanting more! I’d love to see more between Vaughn and Oakley. I loved their relationship and I’d love to see them conquer more of the world and I’d love to see more swoonworthy moments!

five-stars

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Stephanie
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That Summer Read Along Post

Posted April 10, 2017 by Stephanie in Discussion, Event, Giveaway, Read Along / 0 Comments

That Summer Read Along PostThat Summer by Sarah Dessen
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on January 1 1996
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 208
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She's nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley's reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.

I will be posting my review along with my answers for the questions below later this week, so be on the lookout!

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  3. What did you like/dislike the most of That Summer?
  4. Haven goes through a lot of change within That Summer, do you think it’s ever possible to go back and reclaim the time when you thought things were better before the change you went through?
  5. If you could go back before a huge change in your life and prevent that outcome from happening, would you? Why or why not?
  6. If someone came to you for advice about dealing with change, what would you tell them?

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The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch [Review]

The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch [Review]

Posted February 23, 2017 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

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Posted February 16, 2017 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

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Review: Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

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Posted January 19, 2017 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

Holy molly she’s at it again. If you’re a fan of the Shadowhunter world, I am not kidding when I say this was seriously SO GOOD! As per usual, books I love get something short and sweet: here go’s! This collection of short stories was literally EVERYTHING a die hard Cassandra Clare fan could have […]

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Posted January 12, 2017 by Lizzie in Review / 1 Comment

My Thoughts Well my book nerds, I don’t quite know what to think. Overall, this novel was certainly not what I was expecting. I’m giving it a solid three stars because there was aspects of this story that I enjoyed – the plot was unique, the Asian influence really interesting – but it fell short […]

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer [Review]

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Posted January 5, 2017 by Lizzie in Review / 3 Comments

My Thoughts Oh my goodness fellow book nerds! THIS BOOK was everything and more. If you’re a fellow Alice in Wonderland freak as the rest of us, Meyer’s contribution to the canon world is fantastic. As per usual, with books I love this will be short and sweet – so let’s dive in! I think […]

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Wallbanger [Review]

Wallbanger [Review]

Posted December 28, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 1 Comment

**Disclaimer: This is an Adult story and should be read by mature audiences only. I’d say ages 17+** My Thoughts This was an entertaining read. I enjoyed Caroline’s story about her moving into a new apartment (still without her “O”) and meeting the wallbanging manwhore who lived next door and made one woman literally purr […]

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Broken Prince [Review]

Broken Prince [Review]

Posted December 10, 2016 by Stephanie in Review / 2 Comments

My Thoughts First things first. I love how addicting this series is! If you have read it yet, go check out my review for Book 1 here! We got to know the Royals even more and I have to say I really love this family. Oh Reed, how I adore you! <3 I also really […]

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