Book Review: #Famous by Jilly Gagnon

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#Famous
Author: Jilly Gagnon
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
Released: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

My Rating:

★★★☆☆

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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.

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I’m giving this book 3 out of 5 stars for the sheer mindless entertainment it gave me. If you’re looking for a book on the shallow end of the book pool, this is the one for you. That sounded kinda mean but its true, its a fast read and its definitely not what you would call ground-breaking (its a book about a viral internet meme for jeez sake)

We all know that 2017 has been dubbed “the-year-of-the-meme” so this book was right on the pulse with the current happenings. I mean the most random pictures are blowing up so this book was a nice little peek into the minds of the people who get suddenly internet famous. (If you’ve read the book; don’t you think Kyle is practically saltbae?)

Anyway, aside from all the cuteness of the characters and how they interacted with each other. I had one major issue with the book. If you’ve read the book then you’re probably expecting this. Yeah I’m talking about the token black character. You know the cliche, “my best friend is black so I must be awesome and at one with the world.” thing. Ugh! I swear I tried really hard not to be overly sensitive but this one thing just grated on my nerves. I don’t want to say much because I’m trying to live by the mantra that if white authors are trying -even a little bit- to diversify their work then the literary world in moving forward, no matter how cringe worthy or awkward the process is.

Side-note: I’m not approving of racism or blatant disrespect/ignorance, I’m just saying that you can usually tell when an author is trying really hard to diversify and most times the outcome gets lost in translation… and stereotypes- but you applaud them for trying (key word: trying) because if they didn’t we wouldn’t be going anywhere.

Anyway, #Famous is cute, funny and very relatable. I recommend for slumps because it helped get me out of one.


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