Internet Famous by Danika Stone
Published: June 6th 2017 by Swoon Reads
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Pop Culture
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I received a copy of this book for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Can an online romance survive in real life?
Internet sensation Madison Nakama has it all! Her pop-culture rewatch site has a massive following, and fans across the world wait on her every post and tweet. Even Madi’s dismal romantic life seems ready to take off as Laurent, a fellow geek (and unfairly HOT French exchange student!) starts flirting with her in the comments section of her blog. But Laurent’s not the only one watching for Madi’s replies.
Internet fame has a price, and their online romance sparks the unwanted attention of a troll. When Madi’s “real life” hits a rough patch, she feels her whole world crumbling. With Laurent’s support, can Madi rally her friends across the globe to beat the troll, or will he succeed in driving her away from everything—and everyone—she loves?
I LOVED this book. So fun, so cute, so fluffy, but it also deals with some serious topics like a parent leaving, and cyberbullying. All the characters were great and pretty well-developed for such a quick book. The plotline was great and the pacing felt right for the story. The fact that online friendships was such a central aspect of the story was so nice! Online friendships aren’t taken very seriously by people who don’t have them, so I loved that there were strong relationships depicted that formed online. I loved how fandom life was portrayed too, because it does get a bad reputation from some people who like to ruin it for everyone else. This was exactly what I wanted from books like Fangirl.
Madi is such a relatable character. She’s very awkward around other people, but she’s also fun to be with once she feels comfortable. She works hard on her blog and on her schoolwork, and manages to balance everything with her personal life. She’s great to her family most of the time, and their relationships felt real and natural. I especially loved her dynamics with Sarah, Madi’s sister, who is autistic, and how they took care of each other.
I loved the style of this book – it’s fun and easy to read, and it includes snippets from Madi’s blog posts, tweets, emails, texts, memes, Tumblr posts, Snapchats (or “Snapsed”, as it’s called in the book), you name it. I also appreciated the glossary at the front of the book containing all the internet terms and abbreviations – I knew most of them, but there were a few I wasn’t sure of. It made me feel old. I also loved the inclusion of ’80s movies – it made me want to have a movie marathon of my own.
The romance. It was gooooood. It was very fast-paced but it was just so damn cute that I didn’t even care. That ending!
The cyberbullying was so well written and I was really rooting for Madi the whole time. The ending wasn’t predictable, which I’m always wary about with books like this, and it wraps up nicely but not too blandly.
This book reads a little bit young for the ages of the characters (Madi is 18), but I was fine with it because I was looking for something quick and fun.
This isn’t necessarily a con, but because I don’t have the experience to determine how good the autism rep is, I thought I would mention it here. As far as I can recall, the word “autistic” is never used for Sarah, but Madi does state that she’s “on the spectrum”. I would recommend checking out reviews from autistic readers to decide if the rep is actually good.
Rating: 4 stars
Recommended for: This is a really fun, fluffy read that I really recommend if you’re in need of a pick-me-up, or if you want a book to read over the summer.
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