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"Spoiler Alert is a gentle, funny, and sexy romance that captivated me from the first page and kept me enthralled to the very (happy) end. I adored these characters and every moment of their journey to love. Olivia Dade has crafted an unforgettable story, one that’s earned an immediate spot on my comfort-reads shelf." (Mia Sosa, USA Today bestselling author of The Worst Best Man)
"It’s a path of self-discovery, healing and growth, punctuated by scorching chemistry, whip-smart dialogue and sidesplitting humor.” (Washington Post)
"[A] clever, creative story...Dade handles both the fun and toxic dynamics of fandom and social media with insight and compassion. Given equal weight are Marcus and April’s difficult family histories, as both work through the damage inflicted by parents who judged them to be “flawed.” The result is nuanced, unflinching, and deeply romantic. Dade’s fans and new readers alike will fall in love." (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
"With considerable empathy and a generous helping of snarky wit, Dade invites readers into the fascinating world of fan fiction while at the same time deftly addressing some serious topics—body image issues and dyslexia—within the context of a scorchingly sexy contemporary romance... a force to reckon with in the romance genre." (Booklist (starred review))
"Even those new to online fanfiction will find this a charming and engrossing read. Issues of body positivity, dyslexia, and found families are among the topics addressed with sensitivity and realism. The between-chapter segments of fanfic server chats, fanfic synopsis, and truly horrible screenplays add to the fun." (Library Journal (starred review))
"Indie publishing favorite Olivia Dade’s Avon debut, Spoiler Alert, is a funny and poignant triumph that defies expectation... Dade has gifted readers with a thoughtful, swoonworthy and emotionally satisfying contemporary romance that has the added benefit of a realistic, multilayered and relatable portrayal of the digital world. If you’re into fan culture and practices, it will be an even greater pleasure. Loyal Olivia Dade fans and new readers alike will love it." (BookPage (starred review))
"I was engrossed from page one of Spoiler Alert until the very happy, sigh-worthy ending. Olivia Dade is consistently one of my favorite authors. Her writing is warm and witty, frequently funny and often achingly poignant." (Lucy Parker, author of Act Like It)
"As funny as it is sexy (and boy is it sexy), Spoiler Alert is a love letter to fandom in all its many forms, and was an absolute joy from the first page to the last. Reading it felt like a hug to the heart from someone who wants you to know that you are perfect and deserve to be loved exactly as you are."
(Jen DeLuca, author of Well Met)
"Olivia Dade perfectly captures fandom, love, and acceptance in this incredible, delightful novel. I loved every page!” (Jessie Mihalik, author of Polaris Rising) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Olivia Dade grew up an undeniable nerd, prone to ignoring the world around her as she read any book she could find. Her favorites, though, were always, always romances. As an adult, she earned an M.A. in American history and worked in a variety of jobs that required the donning of actual pants: Colonial Williamsburg interpreter, high school teacher, academic tutor, and (of course) librarian. Now, however, she has finally achieved her lifelong goal of wearing pajamas all day as a hermit-like writer and enthusiastic hag. She currently lives outside Stockholm with her patient Swedish husband, their whip-smart daughter, and the family's ever-burgeoning collection of books.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File size : 3200 KB
- Publisher : Avon; Unabridged edition (October 6, 2020)
- ASIN : B083SN82NQ
- Publication date : October 6, 2020
- Print length : 358 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,704 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"Spoiler Alert" has the perfect trappings of a book made for fandoms. With pieces of fanfics littered throughout, I found myself wishing that "Gods of Gates" was a real series. The series in the novel has many similarities to the way "Game of Thrones" was adapted into a show that fans loved until the showrunners decided to take it in their own direction diverging from the books. It even has a little nod to someone accidentally leaving something modern in a shot, this time a water bottle instead of a coffee cup, which I thought was clever.
Marcus is an actor on the show whos spare time is spent moonlighting as a fanfic writer. Going by the name Book!Aeneaswouldnever, he often criticizes how the showrunners are treating the characters. He actually plays the character Aeaneas on "Gods of Gates", so he has to keep his hobby a secret from everyone or he could be in breach of his contract. April, the female lead of the story, is also a fanfiction writer under the title UnapologeticLaviniaStan. She writes about how strong Lavinia's character is, her relationship with Aeneas, and adds some modern alternate versions of the story. Online April and Marcus form a connection, with April having no idea that she is talking to the lead of her favorite tv show.
April posts a picture of herself in cosplay on Twitter. After she is bullied by fans of the show because of her weight, Marcus steps in and decides to ask her on a date. Neither knowing that they are longtime friends consultants on their fanfics.
The thing that I loved the most about the book is that both of the leads feel real, like people you would know. The description of April being plus sized, her vibrant red hair and her love of all things that are nerdy was like it could have been written about me. While Marcus literally looks like a god, he actually has some things about him as well that are familiar, not only having his own love of fandom, but also having dyslexia and having to over come that. He is also incredibly shy to the point of having to act differently than his actual personality.
As someone who is very engrossed in fandom culture and have been for years, this book felt like a love letter to me and so many others. That the usually plain and unassuming girl can be noticed and celebrates no matter what your size you can have a place in the cosplay community. This is an ongoing issue that I have seen in our world today with fat shaming and fandom policing. It is a good reminder that we are all flawed no matter how imperfect or perfect we seem on the outside. It also touches base on parents who mean well but can be harmful in what they say when trying to make someone the best version of themselves. As someone who has had to deal with that myself I almost cheered reading about the characters standing up for themselves.
If you have been engulfed in fandom yourself, have written fanfics, or have felt like an outsider, you will find a home in this story. I cannot recommend this enough to everyone.
These characters were just SO FREAKING RELATABLE ON EVERY LEVEL. Complex and interesting and fully alive. I loved April and Marcus so much and their personal struggles, while feeling entirely natural and authentic, made them uniquely suited for one another in a way that made so much sense. EVERYTHING about this romance felt as natural as breathing, effortlessly executed, and I enjoyed it so much I stayed up half the night to finish reading it, and am now mad that I didn't savor it more.
Which means it is time to go shopping Olivia Dade's backlist, so ttyl!
The sex was even hotter and more explicit that I expected, but if that were all, I would have counted it as a nice bonus and written a pleasant one-sentence review. It was the complexity of the characters and the way they dealt with their challenges, singly and together, particularly the hardest parts with each of their parents, that really got me. I won't say more here, but if this strikes a chord, you should try this book. Also, this book has so much more than just a happy ending. The issues of being friends and lovers and partners and of having each other's backs, and of community and solidarity under siege, are explored in multiple ways. I finished the book with a real respect and affection for these characters.
Recommended wholeheartedly. And now if you will excuse me, I need to go find out what else this writer has written.
April and Marcus’s journey is at times fun, sexy, sweet, nerdy, and painfully poignant. The author managed to execute a profoundly layered story (including amazingly written snippets of fanfiction between chapters-nothing about this book was phoned in) that flows so seamlessly that you forget you’re reading altogether.
The characters feel real because they are full-bodied (like gorgeous April...see what I did there?), flawed, and grow both independently and together. They overcome insecurity, mistrust, societal expectations, and toxic relationships in such a believable and relatable way.
There are amazing descriptions of setting and food in this story that will make you wish you were truly there.
A wonderful story that I highly recommend.
Top reviews from other countries
Is this a Rainbow Rowell wannabe that misses the mark?!
Maybe trolls aren’t about body-shaming just offence at the filthy mouth. What did Jesus ever do to this author?
Fangirl and The Princess and the Fangirl do fan fiction a way better service. I’ll head back to them.