#famous by Jilly Gagnon ~ Book Review

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.

#famous is essentially a novelisation of the ‘Alex from Target’ story. It’s current, modern and definitely a cute little contemporary read.

The book was spilt between the alternating perspectives of Rachel and Kyle. Rachel was a fun, witty character, who’s humour I definitely enjoyed. It was nice to have a funny character who wasn’t just ‘the funny character’! I also liked the fact that she wasn’t your classic, cookie cutter protagonist but I would have appreciated it more, had it not been one of her main defining characteristics. It would have been nice to have had a curvy main character, without that having to be a big deal and instead, simply being accepted and normalised but nevertheless, it was very refreshing to read. Kyle was the classic ‘nice guy’ and although I wasn’t keen of the constant comparisons he made between Rachel and his ‘ex’-girlfriend, I did appreciate the way he stood up for Rachel, rather than shying away or ignoring his girlfriend or her friends bullying, which is something I’d love to see happen more often in YA. I also really enjoyed the transitional, easy flow between the different perspectives and the fun, extra dimension the text conversations added to the pages.

Although I enjoyed the relationships in this book, I would have liked a little more focus on them. Whether that be family, friendship or romantic relationships. I did feel the plot dragged on a bit with the main focus being on the continuous ‘on and off’ romantic plot. Although I do love a good ‘will they, won’t they?’ romance, in this case it was a little overdone and stretched thin for my taste and I felt as though it didn’t leave enough time to get attached to the romance in itself.

Another element I really appreciated was the inclusion of social media and its influence in terms of today’s society. Considering how important social media is today, I still rarely see it used casually or regularly in YA. It was fun to delve into the relevance of social media and the affects of becoming ‘virally famous.’ Once I’d finished the book, I found myself thinking a lot about how different this book would have been, (or even whether it would have existed) had it been written over five years ago!

If you’re looking for a cute, entertaining, quick and easy read, that’s relevant and in touch with today’s social media society, I’d recommend checking #famous out! (I also may be slightly in love with the cover. It’s utterly adorable!!)

3.5/5 stars!

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Thank you so much to the lovely people at Harper360 for sending me a copy of #famous in exchange for an honest review! 

2 thoughts on “#famous by Jilly Gagnon ~ Book Review

    1. It was definitely cute, although I’ve read cuter aha. I think there are other contemporaries I might recommend over it but it was still a fun read and I’d love to know what you think about it if you do decide to pick it up!

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