When It’s Real – Erin Watt 


Wealth, fame and a real-life romance she never expected—seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett lands it all when she agrees to become a pop star’s fake girlfriend in this smart, utterly addictive novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt 

Under ordinary circumstances, Oakley Ford and Vaughn Bennett would never even cross paths. 
There’s nothing ordinary about Oakley. This bad-boy pop star’s got Grammy Awards, millions of fangirls and a reputation as a restless, too-charming troublemaker. But with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley needs to show the world he’s settling down—and who better to help him than Vaughn, a part-time waitress trying to help her family get by? The very definition of ordinary. 

Posing as his girlfriend, Vaughn will overhaul Oakley’s image from troublemaker to serious artist. In return for enough money to put her brothers through college, she can endure outlandish Hollywood parties and carefully orchestrated Twitter exchanges. She’ll fool the paparazzi and the groupies. She might even start fooling herself a little. 

Because when ordinary rules no longer apply, there’s no telling what your heart will do…
Vaughn Bennett is going to do whatever is in her power to do to help out her family. When her sister’s employer makes her an offer she can’t refuse, she does her best to take care of her siblings, as well her boyfriend and everyone in this crazy situation.

Giving full disclosure, I was prepared to not like this celeb rocker book because I just want the next Royals book so badly. I’m so very, very glad I gave it a chance. I adored When It’s Real and bought my daughter her own copy as well.

It moved pretty quickly from the hating each other to the hot for each other part, but as someone who works in a high school, I can vouch that it does really move that quickly. Putting that aside was a great story of a young man who rose to fame too quickly and had a family life he would like to forget, and a young woman who had to grow up too quickly when her parents were lost in an accident. They are determined to hate one another and just get the job done, but as they begin to see different sides to each other, they start to fall for one another.

As newer YA reader, I give When It’s Real 4 stars and eagerly await the next Erin Watt installment.

Shalaia Walters


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