#famous – Jilly Gagnon

 #famous – Jilly Gagnon, Harper Collins, 9780062430038, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  YA Romance

What did you like about the book? Rachel has big hair and a big crush on sports-jock, Kyle.  When she takes a picture of him in his burger joint uniform without his knowledge and shares it with her best friend on Flit, she never thought it would soon go viral, making both her and Kyle immediately Internet Famous. This is a fast and fun story that doesn’t delve too deeply but touches upon cyber bullying, social media fame, and a pretty snappy fairy-tale-esque romance between Rachel and Kyle. The social-media woven into the story adds to it and makes it even faster to read so it might appeal to the more reluctant reader as well.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The characters aren’t too deeply developed though at least Rachel and Kyle have a few layers of interests.  The side-characters, however, while a bit diverse on the surface (like a black best friend for Rachel) are even more flat and one-note with not much background or unique personality to really make them feel “real”.  However, with the pace of the social-media-romance story this isn’t a huge deal-breaker; it just makes the read more of a fun brain-candy than anything more intense or thoughtful. Everything is rather “fairy tale” in that even the social media bullying of Rachel stops at one point and things get all wrapped up nicely.   Perfect summer beach read.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Rainbow Rowell fans can enjoy the snappy dialogue and sweet romance fans will love the budding relationship between Rachel and Kyle in this one.  This one will definitely go in and out a lot.

Who should buy this book? High School Libraries, High Schools

Where would you shelve it? YA Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes if you’re a YA lover

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: April Duclos, Hudson Public Library, Hudson MA

Date of review: 4/29/17

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