Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: The Love Song for Jonny Valentine

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine
by Teddy Wayne
Published by Free Press
Publication Date: February 5, 2013

(From Goodreads)
Megastar Jonny Valentine, eleven-year-old icon of bubblegum-pop, knows that the fans don’t love him for who he is. His image, his voice, and even his hairdo have been packaged—by his LA label and by his hard-partying manager-mother—into bite-size pieces for easy digestion, sliding down the gullet of mass culture, the biggest appeal to the widest demographic. But inside the relentless marketing machine, somewhere, is still a little boy, devoted to his mother and determined to find his absent father among the countless, faceless fans. Isn’t there?

A twisted, brilliant, and viciously funny coming-of-age story set inside corporate arenas and luxury hotel suites, Teddy Wayne’s The Love Song of Jonny Valentine explores with devastating clarity the underbelly of fame in twenty-first century America’s celebrity culture, told through the eyes of one of the most unforgettable child narrators since Holden Caulfield. From the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Kapitoil, this new novel is a literary masterpiece by one of the standout writers of his generation.

I just heard about this book yesterday and it feels like it is one of those books that I just have to read. I'm interested to see how it presents the world that has become media and fame obsessed culture. It definitely would be a great book club selection.


  1. Sounds like a Bieber story but better :-)

    Christina @ Ensconced in YA
    My WoW

  2. Sounds interesting. :)


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