The Love Song of Jonny Valentine

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine

A Novel

Book - 2013
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When Whiting Writers' Award winner Teddy Wayne published his critically acclaimed debut, Kapitoil , it was hailed as "one of the best novels of [this] generation" by the Boston Globe and was shortlisted for a spate of national prizes.

Jonathan Franzen wrote in The Daily Beast that "no other writer, as far as I know, has invented such a funny and compelling voice and story for [this type of character.]" Now, in The Love Song of Jonny Valentine , Wayne turns his sharp wit, flawless narrative ventriloquism, and humane sensibility to our monstrous obsession with fame.

Megastar Jonny Valentine, eleven-year-old icon of bubblegum pop, knows that the fans don't love him for who he is. The talented singer's image, voice, and even hairdo have been relentlessly packaged--by his L.A. label and his hard-partying manager-mother, Jane--into bite-size pabulum. But within the marketing machine, somewhere, Jonny is still a vulnerable little boy, perplexed by his budding sexuality and his heartthrob status, dependent on Jane, and endlessly searching for his absent father in Internet fan sites, lonely emails, and the crowds of faceless fans.

Poignant, brilliant, and viciously funny, told through the eyes of one of the most unforgettable child narrators, this literary masterpiece explores with devastating insight and empathy the underbelly of success in 21st-century America. The Love Song of Jonny Valentine is a tour de force by a standout voice of his generation.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, c2013.
ISBN: 9781476705859
Branch Call Number: FICTION WAY
Characteristics: 285 p. ; 24 cm.

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claireswazey
Jul 16, 2013

I agree with JCL on this. Excellent book. I'm not in the biz, but it sounded as if the book captured the details of the day to day life of a super pop star. I liked the allegories and the story line.

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JCLRachelSH
Jun 14, 2013

Jonny Valentine is a thinly disguised version of Justin Bieber, and Love Song is a sad, smart, crushing satire of our cultural obsession with celebrity and its real-world implications for child pop stars. Books for grownups with child protagonists are notoriously difficult to write, and even the hallowed Harper Lee has been criticized for Scout's inconsistent voice. But Wayne does a FANTASTIC job with the 11 year old Jonny Valentine -- he's both naive and world-wise, each to a heartbreaking degree. I listened to the audio version, brilliantly narrated by Kirby Heyborne, and, as the story arc began its final ascent, I started to panic that the story was going to stall and the book would tumble from the little pedestal of love I'd already built for it in my heart. But then everything ended PERFECTLY, so perfectly, there couldn't have been a more perfect ending, and my love was reaffirmed and restored.

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JCLRachelSH
Jun 14, 2013

Jonny Valentine is a thinly disguised version of Justin Bieber, and Love Song is a sad, smart, crushing satire of our cultural obsession with celebrity and its real-world implications for child pop stars. Books for grownups with child protagonists are notoriously difficult to write, and even the hallowed Harper Lee has been criticized for Scout's inconsistent voice. But Wayne does a FANTASTIC job with the 11 year old Jonny Valentine -- he's both naive and world-wise, each to a heartbreaking degree.

I listened to the audio version, brilliantly narrated by Kirby Heyborne, and, as the story arc began its final ascent, I started to panic that the story was going to stall and the book would tumble from the little pedestal of love I'd already built for it in my heart. But then everything ended PERFECTLY, so perfectly, there couldn't have been a more perfect ending, and my love was reaffirmed and restored.

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