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Fangirl Paperback – October 2, 2012
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"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
- Publisher : Running Press Kids; Original edition (October 2, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0762443448
- ISBN-13 : 978-0762443444
- Reading age : 13 - 17 years
- Grade level : 1 and up
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.75 x 8.25 inches
Best Sellers Rank:
#3,568,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #779 in Teen & Young Adult Music Fiction
- #4,820 in Teen & Young Adult Fiction about Dating & Sex (Books)
- #12,540 in Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Romance
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My first issue is that the heroine is too young. I'm not rooting for her to win a boy romantically because she is basically still a child. The second one I had is that the lyrics are awful. The rhythm/rhyming aspects are off and it really does read like bad teenage girl poetry, which is an issue because we keep being told how amazing Josie is as a lyricist and her lyrics are dumb. The characters have no real depth, especially Peter's dad who sounds like he crawled out of a crispy fried commercial for Al's Gator Barn and Josie's neighbor D talks so stereotypically it's borderline offensive. There is no emotion in this story - nothing for you to feel as you read. Nothing is described. Josie loses her best friend in the whole world because of something her dad does and it's like she shrugs her shoulders and just moves on. Not exactly typical teen girl behavior (which is always an issue I find when men try to write stories from teen girls' perspectives. They truly don't get it). And I know teens talk badly on their devices, but I can't read stuff that's basically, "omg ur fny lol luv u #stupid." The book also feels very dated with constant teen slang like "totes" and "adorbs." It's over the top.
The biggest problem I have with this story is that there's not a plot. There's no goals or motivations or conflicts that propel this story forward. There's a last minute Hail Mary with trying to (suddenly, out of the blue) introduce a love triangle, but that goes nowhere and is a total waste of time - both for the author and the readers. Stuff happens, but there's no stakes and nothing to make you want to keep reading. It's very bland.
It's a milquetoast book and, to be honest, not what I had expected from Baker. I would think the entire point of being an entertainment journalist and then writing a book about the entertainment industry would be the opportunity to pull back the blinds and give readers a real peek into what it's like to be a teenage pop star and the girl he loves.