In this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives—and their hearts—forever. But are fame and love worth the price?
Told in alternating points of view, #famous captures the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone.
Author: Jilly Gagnon
Part of a Series: No. Standalone.
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (An imprint of HarperCollins)
No. of Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Social Media
I received an eARC of this book from HarperCollins Publishers which in no way swayed my opinion about the story.
When the year started, I was instantly on a hunt for my first read of the year. Of course, expectations were high, as this first read would set the standard for all the books that I’ll be reading next. I wanted a novel that was fresh, and impressively written, with characters that are easy to love and root for. And I’m so glad that that was exactly what I got from #famous.
If you haven’t heard of it yet, #famous is mainly inspired by the #AlexfromTarget thing that had the entire internet shookt last 2014. It’s about this guy who was made insta-famous, right after a photo of him went viral, and people (probably) thought that he’s attractive (which he is, to be honest). But unlike said segment, this book tackles the story of both the person who was taken a photo of, AND the person who took the photo. Intriguing, right?
First off, I want to highlight the impressive writing style with which the story was written. Since the story was told in 2 separate voices, both Rachel’s and Kyle’s, the story was given more depth, and this also gave me good angles to interpret the story from. Also, since I was delighted with the writing from the beginning, this made my reading experience very fast paced, enabling me to read and finish the eARC I was provided with in a matter of hours.
To add to that, I also love how Jilly told the story of two opposing characters (well, in terms of personality and choice of friends) like they were made for each other in the end. Rachel symbolizes your modern day female teenager: awkward, insecure, but full of dreams while Kyle’s practically the male counterpart: cool, open, and just goes with the flow of things. Both of our main characters come from different walks of life, and it was fun reading about how their lives were basically affected (both in positive and negative ways) following their insta-fame.
I also adore the idea of having to watch people fall in love and follow Rachel and Kyle’s relationship online, and in the flesh. Now that we’re fully immersed in the digital age, I can’t help but feel like stories like this one are entertainingly realistic, and accurate. Especially here in the Philippines, where every now and then, photos of random people would go viral on Facebook because of the most random things (search for Carrot Man, or Badjao Girl).
“All in all, #famous is a great book to start the year with. It has all the aspects that I’m looking for in a perfect contemporary read: lovable, and easy to root for characters, a creative, and fast-paced writing style, and incorporated ideas that are very timely, and accurately portrayed. Definitely recommended for those who like light and fluffy reads, with a bit of “spice” to it.”
Characters – 4.50
Plot – 5.00
Writing Style – 5.00
Pacing – 5.00
Ending – 4.00
TOTAL – 4.7 / 5 Stars
About The Author:
Jilly Gagnon is the author of the young adult novel #famous (forthcoming from HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen in 2017), and the co-author of the Choose Your Own Misery series of comic choose-your-own-path novels for adults. The first installment, The Office Adventure, debuted in January 2016.
Her work has appeared in Newsweek, Elle, Vanity Fair, The Toast, The Hairpin, The Huffington Post, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among others.
She lives in Boston with her two cats, Captain Gentleman and Zelda. She loves terrible television and well-crafted Manhattans.