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The Love Song of Johnny Valentine #2020

The Love Song of Johnny Valentine By Teddy Wayne The Love Song of Johnny Valentine Il protagonista di questo romanzo si chiama Jonny Valentine ha undici anni ed gi una popstar scoperto da una major discografica grazie ai filmati postati da sua madre su YouTube ha gi all attivo un d
  • Title: The Love Song of Johnny Valentine
  • Author: Teddy Wayne
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  • Page: 297
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  • The Love Song of Johnny Valentine By Teddy Wayne Il protagonista di questo romanzo si chiama Jonny Valentine ha undici anni ed gi una popstar scoperto da una major discografica grazie ai filmati postati da sua madre su YouTube, ha gi all attivo un disco e un tour di strabiliante successo, e con le sue canzoni d a ha conquistato milioni di preadolescenti americane Ma ora nel bel mezzo di una nuova tourn e, e iIl protagonista di questo romanzo si chiama Jonny Valentine ha undici anni ed gi una popstar scoperto da una major discografica grazie ai filmati postati da sua madre su YouTube, ha gi all attivo un disco e un tour di strabiliante successo, e con le sue canzoni d a ha conquistato milioni di preadolescenti americane Ma ora nel bel mezzo di una nuova tourn e, e i problemi non mancano il nuovo album sta vendendo meno del previsto, la mamma manager sempre pi tesa per lo stress, i piani del suo ufficio stampa diventano sempre pi spietati e suo padre, che aveva fatto perdere le tracce da anni, sta cercando di rimettersi in contatto con lui Man mano che si avvicina la data del fatidico concerto al Madison Square Garden in cui dovr giocarsi tutto, chi aiuter Jonny a non crollare sotto il peso dell ansia da prestazione e della solitudine Narrato in prima persona dal protagonista con una voce che mescola l ingenuit dell infanzia al pi brutale gergo del marketing, questo romanzo una satira graffiante del mondo dello spettacolo e della celebrity culture, e nella figura tenera e carismatica di Jonny ci regala un personaggio letterario indimenticabile.
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    About "Teddy Wayne"

    1. Teddy Wayne

      Teddy Wayne is the author of the novels The Love Song of Jonny Valentine Free Press, Feb 2013 and Kapitoil Harper Perennial and is the recipient of a 2011 Whiting Writers Award, an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, the 2011 PEN Robert W Bingham Prize runner up, and a finalist for the 2011 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award finalist and the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize He is a graduate of Harvard and Washington University in St Louis, where he taught fiction and creative nonfiction writing His work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, McSweeney s, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere He lives in New York.

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    1. Jonny Valentine is an almost twelve year old pop star It does not take the character s iconic haircut to let us know who the model for his character is Jonny faces the problem that has daunted royalty, and state leaders forever While he may have an outsized talent and while he may enjoy some perks beyond the reach of most of us, his actual life is rather pint sized Jonny is managed by his mother, late of a job at Schnuck s yes, really supermarket in Saint Louis, and determined never to return Sh [...]


    2. Meet Justin Bi oops, I mean Jonny Valentine The Love Song of Jonny Valentine is a standalone, literary fiction novel written by Teddy Wayne Jonny Valentine is an eleven year old pop star He started out on YouTube, he has a signature hair style, a momanger, and a deadbeat dad There s also some romantic photo ops with Hispanic celebrity peer Lisa Pinto It was damned hard to read this without picturing the Biebs That was the point though.Mr Wayne excelled at creating a voice that was effortless to [...]


    3. Some combination of hearing I Took a Pill in Ibiza 5 or 6 times in one day plus reading everyone s raves about Teddy Wayne s most recent book, Loner, caused me to make The Love Song of Jonny Valentine my first novel of 2017 It turned out to be a stellar decision on my part if I do say so myself.So many times I hear people on saying things like I just couldn t finish this book It s well written, but it just didn t hold my attention, or This book was well written, but I just couldn t care about an [...]


    4. I was intrigued by this book after reading an interview with Teddy Wayne in The Millions He made a great case for pop culture s place in postmodern literature I m a big fan of rejecting the notion that an author s work should be timeless and avoid making overt references to popular culture, lest it become dated and ultimately irrelevant What Wayne argues, and what other pomo authors like David Foster Wallace have illustrated, is that the true realism IS what surrounds us every day billboards, mo [...]


    5. We aren t supposed to judge a book by it s cover are we Too bad Because as soon as I saw this all of my sparkle senses started going off It s so shiny and shimmery The cover was the first thing I loved about this book but it definitely wasn t the last.Jonny s narration is spot on His innocence will make you smile and his cynicism will make your heart ache He is surrounded by people who truly love him but those voices are drowned out by the fans, the marketing, the big machine that keeps him famo [...]


    6. Eleven year old pop sensation Jonny Valentine knows that people love him The singer s voice, hairdo and image, carefully packaged together by his LA label and manager mother are what they really love But within this mass marketing machine, the real Jonny is hidden somewhere This is the story of Jonny Valentine, a vulnerable boy perplexed but his budding sexuality, his celebrity heartthrob status, the tight control his mother has over him and his absent father.This book has been on my radar for a [...]


    7. Jonny Valentine is a Justin Beiber doppelganger, down to the overhyped hairdo In the opening chapter of the book, Jonny asks his overbearing stage mom manager who he calls by her first name, Jane for sleeping pills because he s run out of the ones that she had given him before Have I mentioned that he is eleven years old Told by Jonny, this novel is an excoriating look at the seamy inside of the music industry He constantly walks the tightrope between being a child and a developing adult Jane i [...]


    8. Not sure who the audience is for this book I read it b c I was in that world as editorial director of 16 Magazine I ve seen, traveled with, interviewed and photographed many Jonny Valentines and, significantly, their moms managers momagers While this was a fairly accuarate albeit exaggerated peek into the behind the scenes world of say, Justin Beiber, the book left me cold The narrator, 11 year old pop star Jonny, sounds like a 30 year veteran of the biz He s a puppet of the record label, market [...]


    9. I was expecting to have some fun with this book, after reading the blurbs and a few reviews, it turned out I probably took it far too seriously then maybe I should Jonny Valentine is an 11 year old child, taken away from an ordinary life and groomed into becoming a singing pop sensation and heartthrob The book is written like a memoir and narrated by Jonny who give you an insight into his lifestyle and behind the scenes look into his US tour.Jonny s schedule is so full on that it s too the point [...]


    10. Wow I was not going to read this, thinking it would be cloying if he pulled it off, to hear a long story in the voice of a 11 year old pop star, and thinking also there was no way he WOULD pull it off Wrong on both counts The 11 year old voice was perfect I kept thinking about Room which I couldn t finish as I did find the child narrator voice cloying perhaps this works better because the child is older But believe me, this kid is in a metaphorical room just as horrifying as the other room A ver [...]


    11. se mi avessero detto che avrei adorato un facsimile di justin Bieber e, ancora pi impensabile, la madre che ne ha fatto un fenomeno da baraccone e ne controlla i destini, avrei chiamato il 118.Invece per questo jonny valentine, che non un adulto ma decisamente non un bambino, che vomita prima di ogni spettacolo, fa servizi fotografici fintamente paparazzati e sa ogni risposta che bisogna dare durante le interviste ho avuto un colpo di fulmine.E lo stesso per sua madre, che una persona vera, con [...]


    12. 3.5 Felt this started a little flat but all of a sudden I was totally invested in the characters Funny and clever and so much heart.


    13. Disclaimer I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.My Summary Being a kid on the verge of puberty is hard enough, but for Jonny Valentine it s only the tip of the iceberg Jonny is a pop star at the ripe old age of eleven Having grown up in the spotlight, Jonny never got to experience things normal kids do With every second of his life planned out, Jonny doesn t even have time for fun, let alone friends or school.Sheltered by his psychotic [...]


    14. Jonny Valentine is eleven almost twelve years old, a virtual overnight youtube sensation with a signature haircut that makes the girls swoon, and love song after love song Jonny s mother, Jane, has traded in her former job working at a dingy grocery store in a less than perfect dream come true neighborhood to be Jonny s Mommager, umm, Manager Jonny calls her Jane and he believes in her, he listens to her advice, even if he might grumble a bit now and then Jonny s dad is gone, gone so long that J [...]


    15. I received an advanced copy of this book as a giveaway.At the time I was reading this book, the real life singing star whom Jonny Valentine is based on was going through some troubles of his own with the press Society has a tendency to raise a celebrity to superstar status, and then watch with glee as that celeb comes crashing down, only to be replaced with the next big thing.Jonny Valentine, at only 11 years old, gave me some insight as to the incredibly hard work it takes to continue to be ado [...]


    16. THE LOVE SONG OF JONNY VALENTINETeddy WayneA touching novel told in the amazing voice of an eleven year old tweeny bopper super star This coming of age or twisted coming of age tale offers us a peek into the life of an idol where the author addresses the nation s obsession with fame and fortune, and its price.Jonny Valentine s controlling mother manager, Jane, oversees Jonny s entire life from his carb intake to his schooling and security She regulates his wardrobe, his hairstyle, his soaring ca [...]


    17. This is a fictional account of a Justin Beiber type pop star and it is absolutely captivating in its apparent authenticity I have no idea what it s really like to be an insider on a cross country tour of a pop rock star, but this book, told from the perspective of the kid himself gives the illusion that you are right there with him And why would that be interesting Because his life is hard and luxurious at the same time He is totally innocent and completely jaded He is shockingly ignorant and ye [...]


    18. What s odd about this book is that we ve seen this story before I wanted to like this but there s nothing new here The book felt formulaic and overly long There are things Wayne does really well Jonny Valentine has a clear, consistent voice throughout the novel His mother Jane is probably the most interesting character in the book though we sadly don t see as much of her as she s not, well, Jonny Valentine The ending is excellent but also, expected Throughout the novel, I kept thinking it was wr [...]


    19. While trying to borrow a different book on Overdrive, I accidentally selected this title Since it was already on my Overdrive bookshelf, I might as well listen to it and was not disappointed This is a story about a child popstar named Jonny Valentine and his life on tour He faces several issues, such as trying to meet his father, making a decision whether to stay on tour or go to a regular school, and conflicts with his manager mom, Jane Valentine.


    20. We live in a strange world Celebrity has grown from a byproduct of accomplishment to an end in and of itself, and the upshot of it is a culture that is increasingly obsessed with itself and with its own image We create viral superstars cats with angry faces, news bystanders with catchy phrasing, children caught on tape being children and then we discard them without a thought We obsessively follow traditional celebrities to confirm that they re just like us, that we could be living their lives i [...]


    21. To give a brief summary before I start my review, this book details a few months in the life of an eleven year old pop star He deals with many problems that you can imagine a tween pop star would deal with the lack of a real childhood, for one This review may contain a few small spoilers, but I ll try to keep it mostly clean of them.Overall, this is a fairly good novel I love most how the author, Teddy Wayne, shows how Jonny Valentine, the eleven year old pop star, has grown up and matured beyon [...]


    22. In Teddy Wayne s latest novel, readers join up with an 11 year old pop star as he criss crosses the country on a concert tour Yes, as everyone has noted, this Jonny Valentine kid is Bieber esque if not actually Justin Bieber himself We see resemblances to him everywhere, down to Jonny s similar discovery on YouTube So Teddy Wayne is purposefully and obviously taking the Bieb s real life story and drilling down deeper to examine the concept of celebrity Like a gem, he s putting it under a light t [...]


    23. As the father of two girls who had to suffer through Jonas Brothers and One Direction concerts during their tween years, I wasn t sure I wanted to spend time reading a novel with a Justin Bieber like character at its center Once I read the sample first chapter, though, the quality of Teddy Wayne s writing convinced me to give it a try I m glad I did this is one of the best novels I ve read all year It does what you might expect it would showing how much everyone involved in promoting and oversee [...]


    24. The modern appetite for news and information has gotten out of control Every bus crash, windstorm, and flu outbreak is available to us in an instant through the internet When everything becomes instant news, then the flow of information coming to us can never end The side effect of this is all aspects of someone s life, no matter how remotely famous, becomes open to the public Discover three kidnapped women and the next day we all have access to your previous arrest records and you were the hero [...]


    25. Instead of playing baseball and crushing on girls in his class, eleven year old Jonny Valentine is in the middle of a cross country tour, promoting his new album Jonny made a name for himself through YouTube and his career skyrocketed with help from pre packaging by his record label and the constant supervision of his mother and manager, Jane As his tour progresses, Jonny begins to search for answers to questions about his childhood, father, emerging sexuality and, eventually, his future.Teddy W [...]


    26. If you d told me I d like a novel narrated by a Justin Bieberesque 11 year old pop star, I would have called you nuts But I found this tragicomic novel by Teddy Wayne, author of 2011 s Kapitoil, very affecting.Off on a national tour managed by his party hearty mother, Jonny the star not to be confused with the Jonny , his trademark hairdo is heading for a crisis Furtively logging on to his mother s computer to try to locate his absent father, worrying his market share in various demographics, an [...]


    27. This book was the funniest and at the same time the saddest book I ve read this year It made me really sad for child pop stars However, Teddy Wayne did a brilliant job presenting such an awful lifestyle in a humorous way.You could take out the name Jonny Valentine and stick in Justin Beiber and you d probably have a fairly accurate picture Jonny Valentine was discovered from YouTube videos and went from nobody to superstar in like a month His overly controlling mother manager has every aspect of [...]


    28. The Song of Jonny Valentine is a book that I really wanted to like, so much so that I read over 200 of the 290 or so pages before giving up I thought this story of a tween idol would be fun, enjoyable reading Sadly, no.Jonny is an 11 year old pop star with an overbearing, over drinking, and over the top mother as his manager Other characters include Walter, Jonny s quietly comforting bodyguard Nadine, his strict yet sweet tutor Rog, his past his prime voice coach and various other celebrities in [...]


    29. Where do you go when you are too far away from home to return Jonny Valentine is an eleven year old child prodigy with the voice of an angel and a mother who managed to capture his talent and run with it all the way to the bank This does not make Jane mother of the year but her ability to tap into a market ripe with cash flow is her brilliance and control her mantra.There are chefs, bodyguards, and entourage than Jonny could have ever imagined possible when he started out and still cannot take [...]


    30. Jonny Valentine is a teenage crooner whose prepubescence unfolds as a media spectacle, as a virtual commodity shaped down to his signature Bieber ian coif, the Jonny , by his Botoxed mother manager Jane, and the pop music industry Teddy Wayne s fun if flawed follow up to Kapitol provides a unique vantage into celebrity culture s exploiting of child stars first, Jonny rarely mentions money or fame ostensibly why most entertainment moguls enter into a Faustian bargain with the devil, w the excepti [...]


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