by Danika Stone
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Romance
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.
Oh, I had so much fun reading this one! It is such a cute, adorable read!
Internet Famous is the story of Madi, a blogger, and her romance with Laurent, who is an ardent follower of her blog. Yes, dream story right there, ladies and gentlemen! I mean, all of us here who blog can relate to so many things in this story. The pressure of posting, the need for good content and the trolls. All of it. Which is what I loved about this. I identified with a lot of stuff that was happening in Madi’s life. But, I’m nowhere near as famous as she is (she is Internet Famous, after all. She has like, 60000 followers and innumerable hits on all her posts.)
I like how Madi, despite her internet fame, is a shy, reserved girl who doesn’t boast of her follower count to anyone who will listen. With huge following she has and all the fan merch she sells, it would be easy to slip and become condescending, but she isn’t like that. In fact, she is so baffled that people follow her blog. I really like that about her. And I love how she takes care of her sister, Sarah. Sarah plays a huge role in the book. She has special needs and gets thrown off when her schedule changes even by a minute. Her life is meticulously planned and Madi is a huge part of this meticulous life. So, she’s always there for her sister and I adore how much effort she puts into her relationship with Sarah. It is endearing. She is such a great MC. I like how she has no airs and she behaves like a normal teenager. Simple stuff aggravates her and she is moody and short tempered at times. She feels like she has the weight of the world on her shoulders. It’s great to read about her because I was exactly like her when I was 18.
And, then, there’s Laurent! He’s such an adorkable little cinnamon roll. I adore him so much. He’s always there when Madi needs him. He’s a great boyfriend and an even better friend. He’s supportive and a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, whenever Madi has issues. He’s just… He’s amazing. I adore him. I love how he goes out of his way to make sure that Madi is okay and how he’s always reassuring her with all the drama going on in her life. He just makes it so easy to love him.
I love how family centric this is. Sarah is always mention atleast once every two pages and her parents are always there in the background. She has a conversation with her father every so often and he takes an active interest in the life of both his daughters. I don’t particularly like Madi’s mom. She assumes too much and comes off as really selfish in majority of the book. It feels as though she believes that Sarah is a responsibility and not a kid. I felt that she just pawned off all her responsibility on Madi and her husband so that she could go follow her dreams. Yes, following your dreams is important, but she had responsibilities and it felt as though she just shunned them. She always runs away from conflict, so it feels as though she can’t stand up for anyone. Sarah’s issues are highlighted regularly, but it isn’t like the author is forcing it out of the blue. It’s always there, humming in the background, making it’s presence known in subtle ways. I especially love how that is handled in the book. Kudos to Danika for doing it so well.
All in all, Internet Famous is an enjoyable read and I definitely recommend it to others!
Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens (All the Feels and Internet Famous) adults (Edge of Wild and Intaglio). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.
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