#famous by Jilly Gagnon
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 14th, 2017
by Katherine Tegen Books
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 just knew I was going to enjoying this book after reading page 2.
“Sure, mom.” I’d be pretty shocked to see my mom commit to a shirt she had to lace herself into. Usually her style tended toward neutral-colored sacks, but if she really wanted to dress like a vampire, I wasn’t going to tell her no. Besides, it’s kind of awesome when parents try to be cool, like watching a baby sloth play the piano or something.― Jilly Gagnon, #famous
The storyline is about Rachel takes a picture of her secret crush, Kyle, while he's working his shift at the Burger Barn, and then sending it to her best friend over social media.
“@Mo_than_you_know I’m digging what they’re serving up at Burger Barn today. #idlikefrieswithTHAT”― Jilly Gagnon, #famous
Rachel only has a handful of followers and only expects her best friend, Mo, to see it. The picture then was reposted by a bunch of other people, and suddenly Kyle became instantly famous and Rachel just wants to hide, everyone now knows about her silly crush. The cyberbullies come out against Rachel, but Kyle is there to speak up for her. When the Laura Show comes calling, both agree to a series on her talk show.
Kyle and Rachel build a connection over the course of several weeks. Their friendship grows into more, but Rachel is not sure she can trust Kyle's intentions. Is his feeling real or is he just playing for the cameras? Rachel and Kyle are both ridiculously loveable, their banter is hilarious, and I spent a huge portion of the book with a smile.
“Rachel,” Dad said as I was rushing out the door. I turned, fingers tapping my impatience out against my leg. “There’s no such thing as a boy that’s out of your league. If he doesn’t realize that, he’s not good enough for you in the first place.”
God, dads were so perpetually blind to reality. Still, your dad should believe that. Even if he’s wrong.
― Jilly Gagnon, #famous
Of course, there are those pesky mean girls: Emma, Kyle’s ex-girlfriend who is desperately trying to get back together with him now that Kyle is famous. Then we have Jessie, Rachels childhood friend, who started posting not so great photos of Rachel online. Jessie also bullied and encouraged others at school to bully Rachel. I didn’t understand why Jessie was so intent on causing Rachel pain, I’m guessing jealousy. I think that whole scenario could have been left out.
The ending to this was a happily ever after, and I was pleased that things worked out okay in the end. If you're looking for a cute, entertaining, quick and easy read, I'd recommend reading #famous.