Saturday, February 11, 2017

{Blog Tour} #famous - Jilly Gagnon (Review & Giveaway)

by Jilly Gagnon
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: February 14th 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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.



This book follows Rachael who harmlessly takes a photo of Kyle as part of a game that her and her best friend Monique play on Flit.  The issue arises is that once the picture of Kyle goes up it ends up going viral and he becomes internet famous.   Rachael in turn gets shammed by people for taking the photo.

The story is told through the eyes of Rachael and Kyle.  Each of their stories is broken up in alternating chapters throughout the book.  I really enjoyed this format it was nice to get a complete picture of what was going on with Rachael and Kyle and also we got to see some deeper down issues the two have that they are trying to work on individually.   It made the characters seem real. 

I enjoyed reading the Rachael chapters of the book.  She is really funny and it comes through in the chapters about Rachael.   The author does a great job creating her vulnerabilities and exploring them throughout the book.  I think that Rachael has a lot of self confidence and that is extremely important in society today to not take things to personally.   Rachael is a very strong female character that the author did a great job creating. 

Kyle on the other hand I just didn't love.  I felt like he really couldn't make up his mind during a good portion of the book.  He did make very logical arguments, but then didn't really act through on them.  I understand he was trying to come off as the nice guy, but it didn't really work for me.  

The story line the author created is very cute.  She took the idea of becoming internet famous and really expanded upon that to create the entire story.   I liked how she added in the TV show aspect to it and it made it feel like it actually happened.  I enjoyed all the details the author used in the book when describing the different scenes it helped bring the book to life for me. 

My major issue with the book is that there is like almost zero communication between Rachel and Kyle who are the two main characters.   They don't really speak their true feelings to each other during the book.  It is completely frustrating because they each say it a few times in their internal dialogue that we don't really know each other, well you don't because you don't talk to one another.   It is hard to build a relationship without being able to openly communicate with someone.  If they were both able to ask just some basic questions when they hang out I think this book could have been a lot better.   Having Rachel and Kyle constantly question if they should ask important questions and say nothing really bothered me throughout the whole book. 

I would suggest this as a nighttime read.  The book was very easy to follow along with and had short chapters that you could quickly read.  The storyline was written so that you could stop reading for a bit and pickup right where you left off. 

I received a copy of this book from The Fantastic Flying Book Club for the purpose of writing a honest review.  This does not effect my opinion of this book. 

My Rating: 3/5 

Jilly Gagnon is currently based in Chicago, but is originally from Minnesota, a fact she'll likely inform you of within minutes of meeting you. Her humor writing, personal essays, and op-eds have appeared in Newsweek, Elle, Vanity Fair, Boston Magazine, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Toast, and The Hairpin, among others.

She writes both humor and young adult fiction. She's represented by Dawn Frederick of Red Sofa Literary (for humor) and Taylor Haggerty of Waxman Leavell (for young adult writing).

Find her on twitter, facebook, or instagram. She's an especially good conversation partner if you love amazing cocktails, terrible television, or talking to your cats.

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  1. This sounds cute and I like the premise. The fact that the two main characters don't communicate a lot seems weird though. Great review!

    1. Yea it was a cute idea for a book! Thank you!

  2. I feel like I've seen this book everywhere! I haven't read a Gagnon book in quite some time. I'm glad you connected with Rachael though it's too bad you didn't totally like Kyle. It sounds like they liked a little chemistry between them. D: But I'm glad you were able to enjoy some aspects of the book.

    Great review, Kristyn! Have a wonderful weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. This was my first Gagnon book I will need to check more of her books out. Thank you for stopping by! Have a great week!


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