When It’s Real


When It’s Real. Erin Watt. Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance. 2017. 416 pages. 3.5 stars.

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? It’s not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?

my thoughts

I decided to pick up When It’s Real when I decided to DNF Paper Princess, (sorry Nikki I know you like that book) which is by the same author. I’m glad I did all of that because I enjoyed this book a lot!! It’s fun and sooo easy to read.

I haven’t read a lot of celebrity romance books, but out of all the ones I’ve read (Including This Is What Happy Looks Like), this is my favorite. What I liked most about this book was the writing style. It was so easy to follow. It wasn’t boring or cliché also. It would almost feel like a Stephanie Perkins book, so if you’re really into those kinds of books, the this one is for you!!!

I’m knocking off a star and a half because although I liked the book, it wasn’t life changing. It also has a very overused trope in the end that I’m not a fan of. Tbh, I’d still go for To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before or Anna and the French Kiss if I’m looking for a cute read that’ll get me out of a slump. BUT if you really like this trope, then definitely give this one a shot!!

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