Published on February 14th 2017
by Katherine Tegen Books
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
In this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives—and their hearts—forever. But are fame and love worth the price?
Told in alternating points of view, #famous captures the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone.
I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Well I am a giant puddle of disappointment over here. On one hand, I could have expected it?? But on the other hand, also not?? Because there was a lot of potential here and it could’ve been supercute and adorable. And it was a tiny bit? But it was also predictable in a bad way? So now I am sad because I wanted fluff and cute but I didn’t get it and I feel like sulking. But I suppose I should tell you why I am so grumpy right now.
So while this book was in fact a tiny bit of cute and I liked that the internet was a big part of it and showed how dangerous it can be and how mean people on the internet can be. Because that’s a real thing and it’s relevant so I liked that it showed that. Also just the use of social media in a contemporary book is awesome because it’s also so very relevant and makes us relate more. But sadly both of these things come with negatives and that is why this book isn’t rated any higher. So let’s get into the not-very-good parts, shall we?
While, yes, this book was a tiny bit of cute, I wanted it to be a whole lot cute and adorable and fluffy. And instead it was just cliche and predictable and boring. It felt like a horrible Disney Channel Original movie and I LOVE those movies. But this would feel like a bad one. Because I knew exactly what was going to happen all the time and that took a lot out of my enjoyment of this book. It didn’t help that the writing felt meh and that sometimes the pacing was off and I didn’t feel like the two POV’s were distinct enough.
I liked Kyle and Rachel together sometimes but I didn’t care. At all. I hoped to relate to Rachel but I didn’t. Instead I was super annoyed by her and she didn’t change at all near the end and I just didn’t care. She was just so bland to me and sometimes all over the place. Like one moment she’s this person and the next she’s completely different. Kyle was okay but he also felt very bland and boring. The stuff with Emma was just overdone and not necessary at all. Needless to say I didn’t really care for the romance.
And lastly I want to say that while I applaud the use of internet and social media in contemporary, I also think it wasn’t done right here. I mean… Yeah it’s a bit ridiculous that a stupid picture can cause someone to get famous overnight but hey the world is nuts these days in that regard so who knows? What bothers me is actually something really stupid maybe. And that’s the use of fake social media. Just use the real one. I don’t know what this fake thing is. I can’t relate with it. And it’s super obvious you’re basing it off Twitter. And it was also kind of a tiny bit obvious that the talkshow woman Laura was based on Ellen. So yeah. Why not use the real one? It just bothers me. Plenty of books use the real social media so why can’t this one?
I am all of the grumpy today and I don’t like it. So I’m gonna end this review here and hope my next read is better. Overall this was a very boring, predictable and cliche book to me and honestly at times I felt a bazillion times too old for it. Don’t mind me. I’m just going to sulk a bit more.