Friday, February 8, 2013

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine: A Novel

The Love Song for Jonny Valentine: A Novel by Teddy Wayne
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Jonny Valentine is an 11-year old Justin Bieber–esque pop star, crisscrossing the country in a caravan of buses and 18-wheelers on his second national tour.  His momager (mother-turned-manager), Jane, keeps him on a strict schedule that includes tutoring on his tour bus, vocal and dance warm-ups, and advancing through the levels of his favorite video game The Secret Land of Xenon, but no eating dairy (bad for the vocal cords) or surfing the Internet (too many potential child predators). In his latest novel, The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, author and Whiting Writers’ Award winner Teddy Wayne paints a scathing portrayal of our culture’s celebrity obsession. —Abbe Wright