The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Not sure why this is an adult book (except perhaps because of the drugs, alcohol and Jonny's impending puberty) or why anyone would think that this is some sort of comment on popular culture - it's really just a supposal about Justin Beiber's life. Given some of the kids I've seen with serious stage mothers, Jane wasn't that bad.
Jonny is very passive, allowing his mother to do pretty much anything to promote him; all he wants is to sing, play Zenon and take sleeping pills. Maybe learn to masturbate. When he meets people he actually admires, he has the all-too-natural reaction of wanting to hang out with them and manages to garner some bad publicity - suddenly, they're gone from the tour and dumped by the label. His reaction? He calls, then lets it drop. The only real moments of conflict sort of fizzle away.
I'm really unclear who the audience for this is: it'd be great for tweens if toned down, great for older teens and adults if made more edgy and raw.
ARC provided by publisher.