Katiebird Reviews When It’s Real by Erin Watt


When It’s Real by Erin Watt

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?

This was a sweet teenage love story that is a good read for the summer!

I know I’m showing my age here, but social media just isn’t my thing. I just don’t have the need to share every second of my life to people I really don’t know. Nor do I care about famous people’s lives and what they are doing every second either.  This book reminded me of that fact but more importantly, you really can’t believe anything that you read/see on social media anyway.

That being said, I could relate to Vaughn because her reaction to everything that she was expected to do and deal with for her “relationship” with Oakley, seemed normal to me. Oakley was difficult to relate to in the beginning, but he eventually lower the walls he built around himself and became more human by the end.

While I found the ending pretty much a given, reading from alternating points of view made the storyline more interesting, and even the secondary characters added to the overall feel.  I will admit all of the social media posting got lost on me.


4 stars

I give this book 4 stars, and put it on my “favorite” and “middle shelf interesting reads” shelves on Goodreads.  The perfect book to read on vacation by the water!

***I was given an advanced copy of this book by the publisher for an honest review.***



About katiebird

I am a huge reader of young adult, new adult, and paranormal romances. I also have an acute fondness of Robert Thomas Pattinson. I love that I get to share with everyone my love of reading.

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