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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.
Great story, easy read! Perfect beach book for teens (and their moms!)Published 13 months ago by cindy
"Fangirl" was fantastic and I absolutely loved it! I loved how the story line was about a modern day pop star's struggle with fame and an ordinary girl's hopes and dreams. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Julia<3Books
I was really into this! I thought it was the cutest YA book I've read in a while! Peter is the hot rock star teenager dying to be normal and Josie is the normal teenager totally... Read morePublished on February 28, 2013 by Jess
BEST book I ever read:) I couldn't stop reading the book once I got it. My friend told me to read it since I am a huge fan of Justin Bieber and I absolutely love it! AMAZING!Published on December 29, 2012 by Cayla Williby
I couldn't put Fangirl down. I loved the character, Josie. I hope to hear some of her songs on the radio someday.Published on November 10, 2012 by son&moon