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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Kids; Original edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762443448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762443444
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,125,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 8-10-This lackluster novel has a promising premise but reads like a script from a made-for-TV movie. Josie Brant, a high school loner, has a secret infatuation with the famous pop star Peter Maxx. When her best friend, Ashley, submits a song Josie wrote to the "Sing it to the Maxx" contest, Josie suddenly finds herself meeting and impressing her crush. As the novel progresses, Peter, who is struggling between wanting to be a normal teenager and all of the responsibilities that come with being a pop star, reaches out to her and eventually asks her to come to his show in Las Vegas. Between having her father put in jail for growing marijuana and having the few friends she did have disown her, Josie decides that sneaking out to Las Vegas is the grown-up thing to do. She gets a ride from her punk-rock, Harry-Potter-loving, old-beyond-her-years neighbor. The language throughout the novel seems to be trying so hard to sound like teen speak that it goes into the realm of grating and unrealistic. Add to that the drive to Las Vegas when Josie's friend starts talking about the dangers of having sex too early, and readers are beat over the head with the awkward language and moral messages. The story wraps up with a too-good-to-be-true ending. Pass on this one and recommend Gordon Korman's Born to Rock (Disney, 2006) to students who are looking for a novel about what it's like to be a pop-star groupie.-Tammy Turner, Centennial High School, Frisco, TXα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"[A] heart-racing, behind-the-music story of love and being true to oneself."—Publishers Weekly

"The overall basis for the story is unique and charming, and this title is a good addition to libraries serving tweens and teens."—VOYA

"Baker's access to entertainment titans has given him much to draw upon in his descriptions of the lonely life of a teenage star. . ."—Kirkus Reviews

"This whimsical YA tome is about every young Belieber's biggest fantasy come true. A girl can dream? Yes."—Ian Drew, Us Weekly Senior Editor

"Baker gets inside the head and the heart of modern, celebrity-driven teen romance. You either are Fangirl, or she just texted you."—Kurt Schlosser, TODAY.com

"It's not about Beliebers or Directioners specifically, but all Beliebers or Directioners should get the book."—Ryan Seacrest, host of American Idol

"Fangirl may hospitalize you! It’s hotter than Bieber fever!”—Perez Hilton

"An irresistible wish fulfillment for all ages."—Jon M. Chu, Director of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never

"We LOVE Fangirl. Once we started to read we couldn’t put it down!!! Josie & Peter forever! #bigfansofFANGIRL"—Kendall & Kylie Jenner

More About the Author

Ken Baker is an author, journalist and TV personality. Ken's debut novel "Fangirl" tells the story of a pop star who falls for a devoted fan and gets caught up in a tabloid-ready love triangle. Ken has cited as inspiration for the teen love story his front-row seat to the world of celebrity fandom as E! Entertainment's Chief News Correspondent.

The Buffalo, New York, native's first foray into writing was the keeping of a personal journal, which he kept through his college years at Colgate University and later at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. His early penchant for personal reflection laid the foundation for his first book, "Man Made: A Memoir of My Body," which told the story of his battle with a brain tumor that he overcame at age 28. Ken followed up that critically-acclaimed book with another memoir, "They Don't Play Hockey in Heaven," which chronicled the year he spent as a pro hockey goalie after recovering from his health crisis.

Ken's first work of fiction was the 2005 satirical novella "Hollywood Hussein," a farcical take on the American capture of Saddam Hussein, which was followed by his co-authoring "The Great Eight: How to be Happy Even When You Have Reason to be Miserable."

A resident of Hermosa Beach, California, Ken is currently at work on a new novel that is set in the world of Hollywood that he covers for E! News.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 24, 2013
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First off I bought this because it was 33 cents and I read this in a day. The book has a good story line but the ending of everything being great annoyed me a little. Anyway it was a light read, would recommend it to my younger cousins.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Hudson on January 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
Josie is a normal 9th grader who can't wait for summer to arrive. She loves to write songs, hang out with her best friends Ashley and Christopher, and obsess over her favorite singer, Peter Maxx.

Peter is 16 and would like to have a normal life. Most people imagine his life as a teen pop star is all glamour, but the truth is, he's exhausted half-way through a 40-concert tour that has him constantly in the spotlight.

When Josie and Peter meet by chance when he stops by her high school to give an award in a video contest, the sparks fly. But can a teen star expect to have a normal relationship with a regular girl?

Fangirl by Ken Baker goes back and forth as it tells the story from both Josie's and Peter's perspective. Josie is kind of shy and writes lyrics when she's trying to make sense of the things in her life. And with her parents' recent divorce it seems like a lot of things don't make sense. Peter struggles to stand out as a person, not just an icon. His dad, who sees fame as something fleeting to be pursued while the iron is hot, pushes him to perform.

Fangirl is every girl's fantasy--what girl wouldn't want to get to know the famous celebrity she has a crush on--but it's also interesting to read about how Josie stays true to herself despite the pressure she feels to act in ways that Peter will like.

Moms who read this with their daughters may need an interpreter to figure out the abbreviations in the text messages that go back and forth between Josie and Peter, but it's still fun to read. Girls aged 12 to 14 will especially like Fangirl.

The publisher gave me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By josie31 on October 18, 2012
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This book was very accurate about the infatuation young teenage girls have with celebrities and shows a good insight on what it's like on the celebrity side of the story. Fangirl is a must read for any girl who has ever been in-love with her perfect celbrity. It will definitely make you wish that you were as lucky as Josie Brant. Such an amazing book for all ages, I highly reccomend it!
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By Dahlia Adler on February 18, 2014
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This was surprisingly cute, once I got past the fact that actual hashtags were used in the narration. I'm used to reading about more cerebral, sophisticated teens in YA, but the truth is, I've spent enough time on Twitter that the ones here rang just as true to me. Not necessarily something I'd recommend to anyone I know personally, but it's a fun, wish-fulfillment-y read for a younger teens.
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This book is a grade A+. It was so detailed and so touching that I cried tears of joy and sadness at some parts... it was just a roller coaster that you want to ride again. I recommend reading this really good book.
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By Shaela Brown on December 23, 2013
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Amazing just amazing!!!!!! I loved it so much I was up at 2:30 in the morning reading it!! I also loved the lyrics in this book :):):):)
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Format: Paperback
I honestly expected to like this book a lot more than I did. It might be because I hyped myself for this book months before I read it. It was still a good read but I feel like it didn't pull me in until the second half of the book. Fangirl had realistic characters but I didn't fall head over heels in love with any of them. It was still a great story though and I recommend you pick it up if its on discount.
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