Internet Famous is a delightful young adult novel that dives into the not-so-delightful world of cyber-bullying. Also there’s a heartthrob-y French exchange student.
Title: Internet Famous
Author: Danika Stone
Source: From author for honest review
Description from Goodreads:
High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.
Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.
What I Thought:
This was a super fun read. The last few books I’ve read have been a little on the heavy side, which made this book a breath of fresh air.
The multi-media format sets this book apart from others by using texts, screenshots, and Snapchats. The Snapchat sections are my favourite because it really draws you into the book in a stronger way than just text alone can accomplish.
The love interest, Laurent, is oh-so-perfect (perhaps a little TOO perfect, I would have liked to see a few flaws) and I can see him becoming many people’s Book Boyfriend! I loved the progression of their relationship and the cute, flirty texts had me beaming with that awkward-teen-love feeling. Adorable.
The cyber-bullying is a perfect inclusion in this book for teens since it is something most of them will experience at least once. The escalation was scary to read, as it seemed like it could actually be happening. Yikes!
By far though my favourite part of the book is Madi’s sister Sarah, who is on the spectrum. I kept waiting for the typical, “I WISH SHE WAS NEVER BORN!” fight with the father that the sibling always happens to overhear, and then the guilt and apologies and etc… But it never happened! As much as Sarah frustrated Madi, inconvenienced her, and annoyed her, Madi always loved Sarah. And never wished her away. I loved that.
I also loved that Sarah was much more than a token, thrown in for good measure. She felt like a real person with a real life, and had a real role to play in the book. In the Author’s Note at the end of the book Danika tells us that she has a child with special needs, and works in a school teaching special needs children technology classes. She gets it. Thanks, Danika.
Check out my other reviews of Danika’s books:
Another nerdy teen book: All the Feels
A dark mystery for adults: Edge of Wild
Fandom. First love. Freaky stalker. Family.