Internet Famous [Book Review & Giveaway!]

Internet Famous [Book Review & Giveaway!]
Hello everyone!
Title: Internet Famous
Author: Danika Stone
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Published Date: 6th June 2017
Rating: 3 Stars
*Thanks to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for the review
copy*

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Synopsis: 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.

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Review: Once
again, I’m left with very mixed feelings on this book that I have read. On one
hand, I enjoyed it. I loved the idea of this being about a blogger, the online
world, and a nice romance with it too. It did mention family issues, and mental
health illnesses as well. And while I did enjoy all the themes and the way I
flew through this book, I still felt like it was missing some depth that I was
searching for.
I have to say, I wanted to read this book because I was
so happy about finally having a positive light portrayed on the online world.
Madi is a blogger – just like a lot of us book bloggers – except she rewatches
movies and blogs about her opinion of them. Her blog is also pretty famous,
which is something a lot (but not every blogger) dreams about. I loved when we
got to see her blog comments come through, and her posts. Madi was so connected
to the online world, and I just loved that positive light being given about the
online community.
Of course, being a member of the online community means
you will come across trolls and mean people who have nothing better to do with
their time than just… be a nuisance. This novel stems into that, and the topic
of cyberbullying. Even though the novel does a very good job of dealing with
that plot line and theme, I still felt like more could have happened. We do get
to see how it affects Madi and how it ruins what her blog is for her – but I
still expected the ending to be a little more… dramatic?

I also really liked how we got to have the romance
stemming from something that started online. I know a lot of people find this
to be a bit controversial and a bit of a wary topic to discuss. But we have to
face the reality of it: more and more couples and friendships begin online and
that is perfectly alright. You need to be aware of the possible outcomes
though, especially the bad ones, and take as many consequences against them as
possible. I also really liked Laurent as a love interest, and his French accent
and ways kind of made me think of Annaand the French Kiss. But, y’know, lacking a lot of the things that some
people can’t stand in that novel.

Danika Stone’s writing style was easy to jump right into.
She rights in the easygoing voice which represents a teenager perfectly, and
there was no doubt that I felt Madi’s personality flooding me as I read through
the book. In fact, I think I sat down and read for about four hours until I was
done. It was simply such a breeze to read!

However, there were some aspects of the book I wanted a
bit more on. There is a bit of a mention about this being a dysfunctional
family. Sarah, Madi’s younger sister, has a mental illness and we see that she
needs to stick to rigid schedules and have stability to be able to cope. With
their mother leaving to study and research in Oxford, it turns things upside
down for Sarah. Madi also has to help out a lot with her younger sister and
helping her keep to that schedule. I could relate to her on that side of things
because I usually help my younger sister, who has a physical disability a lot
around the house. I really identified with Madi’s love she had for her sister,
but then frustration as sometimes she didn’t want to help, and she wanted to
think about herself for a moment and what she needed. It’s not being selfish…
it’s more so frustration. It doesn’t mean she loves Sarah any less.

And while the novel did deal with that and discuss it a
bit, I felt myself wanting it to be more fleshed out. I felt like the dynamics
between the two sisters should’ve been more central to the novel, especially as
it became relevant for the conclusion of the novel. I liked that the mental
illness wasn’t the center of the whole book. Although included, it doesn’t
always have to be. This isn’t Sarah’s story. On the other hand, I think it
needed just a bit more focus than it received.

Also, it may be because I’m in the throes of reading new
adult novel after new adult novel back to back (it’s Santino Hassell’s fault),
I found the story to be a little bit juvenile at times? At least when it came
to some issues with the romance. Side
note:
That could be because of my reading preference at the moment, and not
an actual reflection on the novel itself. In that case, I would recommend you
head over to Goodreads to check out more reviews and here what others have to say.

It was great to read this first novel by Danika Stone,
and I would be curious to read more of her books in the future and see how I
like them.
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Olivia’s Question: What do you think of the online world?
Olivia-Savannah x


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