Hello, internet people! This week’s book is Danika Stone’s Internet Famous, which just so happens to come out today (June 6th, 2017)! Happy book birthday, Internet Famous!
(Full disclosure time: I received an egalley of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.)
I grabbed this Swoon Reads title because I was in the mood for something fluffy and light, complete with a love story. Also, I grew up right as becoming “internet famous” started to be a real thing and people started earning money doing the YouTubes, etc.
Overall, I enjoyed this read. I definitely had my “old person” hat on a few times, mainly regarding her parental units’ choices. Let your high school daughter ride the train to New York to meet up with a college dude she met on the internet? Sure! Encourage said daughter to “handle” her younger sister who requires a little extra attention because she’s on the spectrum? Obviously! Spoiler alert especially ridiculous thing her dad does at the end? Why not?!
I liked that the parents played a role in the storyline of this YA story rather than being largely ignored as they often are, but I did question some of their actions and the plausibility of those actions. Sure, her mom is a busy academic and her dad and overloaded journalist, but… hmm.
Madi, the main character who runs a “rewatch” blog called MadLibs, definitely reads like a teenager on the page. She’s overly dramatic and giddy and constantly on her phone or the internet. In fact, the book is comprised of straightforward narration intermixed with blog posts, memes, and text message exchanges with her love interest, Laurent. It felt like a true to life portrayal of the experience of being a teen in the internet age (which, admittedly, is probably different now than it was back in my day where we all had Xanga and Myspace until Facebook came out).
The main plotlines follow Madi’s family drama as well as a cyberbullying situation on Madi’s blog. Both of these issues are real and important, and I liked the visibility of having a character on the spectrum who does (eventually) become a character in her own right, not just a problem Madi has to solve.
While the whole foreign exchange student blog fan turned love interest thing was a bit implausible, I suppose that’s why one reads a YA romance–for the implausibly beautiful idea of falling in love in a romantic whirlwind.
All in all, I enjoyed the book, though I can’t say that I’m likely to reread it. If you’re up for a bit of internet-age romance, though, definitely give it a go!