I’m going to tell you a secret: I LOVED The Love Song of Jonny Valentine.
It’s a story about a tween (yes, 11 yrs old) hearthrob and his life as a superstar. I remember my early years drooling over secret copies of Tiger Beat dreaming about MJ, Donny Osmond (call me, Donny!) and all the other teen heartthrobs of the 15th century. That’s why I loved Jonny Valentine so much. It took me back to those dreamy days and allowed me to have a little fun. Wayne’s Jonny Valentine reminds me alot of Justin Bieber, who’s so, like OMG. I think?
To be sure, I never imagined back then how difficult the life of a celebrity must be. As an adult, I can totally appreciate the difficulty. I don’t feel sorry for them but I still appreciate it. That’s where Teddy Wayne is so effective. Wayne brings you the intimate details of a celebrity’s life without making you feel sorry for them. At times, I actually felt pity for Jonny. I wonder if that was Wayne’s intent? Sure, Jonny Valentine is rich and super famous but he’s also snarky, jaded, and has no real life outside the touring bus and no friends outside the staff who is on salary.
I’m not sure who the intended audience is for this title, I’m sure teens would appreciate all the pop culture references which were lost on me, but be advised parents, that there are some situations and language you might find uncomfortable. Other than that caveat, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine is a fun romp through the life mega superstar Jonny Valentine.
I give it 3 paws.