Published by Macmillan on June 6th 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Social Themes, Disabilities & Special Needs, Computers & Digital Media
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An engaging and relatable novel for the digital age that perfectly captures the complicated interaction between what goes on in our real lives and what we say online.
Internet sensation Madison Nakama has it all! Her pop-culture rewatch site has a massive following, and fans across the world wait on her every post and tweet. And now Laurent, a fellow geek (and unfairly HOT French exchange student!), has started flirting with her in the comments section of her blog. But Laurent’s not the only one watching for Madi’s replies...
Internet fame has a price, and their online romance sparks the unwanted attention of a troll. When Madi’s “real life” hits a rough patch, she feels her whole world crumbling. With Laurent’s support, can Madi rally her friends across the globe to beat the troll, or will he succeed in driving her away from everything—and everyone—she loves?
Internet Famous is a fresh, contemporary young adult romance for the iGeneration from Danika Stone, author of All the Feels.
Praise for All the Feels:
"This is an insider’s look into the life of a fangirl. ... Liv’s experiences with fandom will resonate with many teens, but it is her struggles to understand her goals for the future, her feelings for Xander, and even the drudgery of college that will compel teens to stick with this story." —School Library Journal
“Anyone who's ever been involved in fandom will be squeeing and nodding vigorously from the very first page. I know I was.” —Kim Karalius, author of Love Charms and Other Disasters
“If you’ve ever been part of a fandom, you’ll get it . . . and love it.” —Karole Cozzo, author of How to Say I Love You Out Loud
"I fell in love with this story! Well written, funny, with a side of romance. Liv and Xander are great. Real friends with the ups and downs all friends have. I was laughing and cringing as I read. This book definitely captures the feel of all consuming fandom can be, but there's a real heart to its message. Totally loved it!" —Mara M., reader on SwoonReads.com
Last year, I read and absolutely loved All The Feels by Danika Stone so it’s pretty reasonable to expect that I was super, insanely excited to read Internet Famous. It’s similar to All The Feels in some way, but this time around it’s focused on what it is to be famous on the Internet. Madi writes a blog, MadLibs, and she has tons of followers on Tumblr and social media and she has to deal with that. I have no idea what it’s like to be famous, Internet or otherwise, which is why I was so intrigued to read Madi’s story, especially when it came to the whole troll thing (which, by the way, is disgusting and if you’re the type of person who is happy to sit behind a computer slagging someone else off, then you need to get a new hobby that will actually add something to your life).
I didn’t love Internet Famous as much as I loved All The Feels, in fact my love for All The Feels is so intense not many books can live up to it, but I certainly enjoyed Internet Famous. I would probably have liked to see how Madi built her following as that isn’t really ever touched on in books like this, they’re just magically famous as if it happens overnight, whereas I’m interested in what it takes to BUILD and keep a fan-base. Because it’s hard work. It’s easy to look at Zoella and see millions upon millions of followers, but it must take a heck of a lot of work. I thought Madi handled it all so well, and I especially liked Madi’s relationship with her sister, Sarah. Sarah is on the autism spectrum and she likes her routines and Madi does a lot to help her, too much I personally think, because it kinda seemed like Madi’s parents were checked out, and in Madi’s moms case that was literal.
Danika Stone really knows how to tap into that fandom aspect with her books. The Tumblr posts, the tweets and text messages, were all really incredible ways to tell the story, although I will say that it bugged the living daylights out of me that Madi would use silly acronyms when, in the day and age of auto-correcting smartphones, isn’t likely to be a real way of typing now. It’s such a stupid thing to get irrationally angry about but I never said I was rational! I loved the blossoming relationship between Madi and Laurent, despite the fact for the first bit of the book Madi thinks he’s a girl named Lauren! This was another quick, fast-paced read and proves that Danika Stone is here to stay and is firmly on my auto-buy list. I love her books.