The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne
Jonny Valentine is a smart and talented kid. He knows all about markets and stage presence and marketing his image. He’s on tour right now and his obsessions include: dreaming about hitting puberty (and what it’ll do to his voice), finally meeting his father and his favorite video game. Jonny is only eleven and he is the current pop sensation with the tween set.
This is a dark look at the entertainment industry especially when it comes to very young stars. Jonny’s manager, also his mother, is a caring mom, a sympathetic woman and a witch in high heels depending on when you meet her. This complex relationship between boy and mom, and star and boss, is a complex one that the author attempts to address. But how do you keep an eleven year old boy from being a kid? Can you? Should you? Makes you think what young stars are facing off stage.