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#famous Hardcover – February 14, 2017
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“A bracing, big-hearted story about #life, #love, and #horrifyingembarrassmentinfrontofmillionsofpeople.” (Jesse Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl)
“Eleanor & Park meets The Social Network in this hilarious yet touching love story about how technology can both divide and connect us.” (Tommy Wallach, author of We All Looked Up)
“A charming, upbeat, well-paced romp, with plenty of humor that’s tempered with realistic emotions.” (Booklist)
“This enjoyable romance is laced with cringe-inducing realism.” (School Library Journal)
“Inspired by the ‘Alex from Target’ phenomenon, debut author Gagnon explores online trolling, instant celebrity, and social media frenzies with sensitivity and humor.” (Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
Jilly Gagnon has lived in Boston and Chicago since graduating from Harvard, but she'll always be a Minnesota girl at heart. When she's not writing, she's probably either deep in a video-game rabbit hole, talking to her cats like they understand her, or practicing her violin, which for some inexplicable reason (masochism) she took up very recently.
Jilly's short humor, personal essays, and op-eds have appeared in all kinds of places that it's too tedious to list. She also writes adult comedy books; her Choose Your Own Misery series, co-authored with Mike MacDonald, launched in 2016.
Top customer reviews
To me, there are two main components to this heart. The first is a compelling, focused, and well-realized cast of characters. In the way she alternates her narration between Rachel and Kyle, Gagnon proves herself to be a master ventriloquist, bringing emotions to life that ring true across the gamut from tender to silly. The second is the author's beautiful prose. This isn't the first time a YA author has brought the language of social media into fiction (including the book's titular hashtag), but the contemporary speech is interwoven with high-quality writing -- that would be lovely in any era. Consider, for example, "And her eyelashes were so long, longer than I'd expected; I wondered if they tickled her face when she blinked. Like giving herself butterfly kisses."
So pick up this book... And remember not to get so swept up in the fun that you forget to admire the brilliant writing.
Told in alternating chapters from Kyle's and Rachel's points of view, the story follows them as their new fame wrecks havoc on their relationships - and forces them to reconsider who they think they are and what they want.
Gangon treats both perspectives with respect and generosity - Kyle in particular has a chance to show he's more just than a cute meathead, and Rachel's discovery of her own charm is pure pleasure. There's also more than a little acid in the portrayals of internet trolls and rapacious TV producers, all out to bolster their own fame by glomming on to Kyle and Rachel.
A sweet story, with a pinch of sharp media satire, #famous is tart, touching and funny.
“@Mo_than_you_know I’m digging what they’re serving up at Burger Barn today. #idlikefrieswithTHAT”
This was a YA contemporary romance story, about a girl who accidentally made a boy famous on social media.
Rachel and Kyle were both okay characters, and I felt really sorry for Rachel when people were so mean to her after the photograph she took became popular. The online bullying was just awful, and it seemed wrong that she got bullied whilst Kyle became adored.
The storyline in this was about Rachel taking a picture of Kyle while he was at work, and sending it to her best friend over social media. The post then got reposted by loads of other people, and suddenly Kyle became famous, and even ended up on a talk show – which may well have been a little unrealistic given that it was one photo from a girl with less than 100 followers. The story was quite light and enjoyable though, even if it was quite predictable.
The ending to this was a happily ever after, and I was pleased that things worked out okay in the end.
6 out of 10