Thursday, May 12, 2011

New Release: Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance

 Jenna and Jonah's Fauxmance
by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin
In the midst of April showers and Arlington Reads and spring break and royal weddings, Shakespeare’s April birthday completely slipped my mind. But in a serendipitous bit of timing, Jenna and Jonah’s Fauxmance popped up on my radar at just the right moment. Suddenly there I was in the middle of my favorite Shakespeare comedy on the rainiest of April days without ever getting out of bed. Proof that even at 447 years of age, Shakespeare still gets spring romance.
When we meet Charlie Tracker and Fielding Withers they seem to have the fame and fortune thing under control. They are known on their hit TV show as Jenna and Jonah, next-door neighbors, a sometimes couple, and teen pop idols (think High School Musical-ish types). It’s their off-screen relationship, though, that has propelled them into super stardom and leaves their fans yearning for more. But when it turns out that the entire relationship is one huge publicity stunt intended to keep Charlie and Fielding in the tabloids, the backlash is instantaneous, and the pair must go into hiding together until the media storm blows over.
Having played at being in a relationship for so long, neither Charlie or... erm... Aaron (no one is really named Fielding... let’s be serious) know how to be themselves with the other person. Their past relationship is too complicated and their future is uncertain. In fact, their relationship isn’t so different from that of Beatrice and Benedick in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing--the two characters the duo soon finds themselves playing far away from the flashbulbs in Hollywood in a bid to save their careers... and maybe their fauxmance.
Authors Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin give this timeless tale a new twist, combining Shakespeare and modern celebrity and allowing both Charlie and Aaron to tell their own side of the story. If you have a soft spot for celebrity drama and People magazine or fell in love with Much Ado About Nothing in your high school English class (I certainly did thanks to this DVD) or are simply looking for a light-hearted spring fling to read in the sunshine, Jenna and Jonah’s Fauxmance just might be the book for you.

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