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.
This book follows Madison who runs a well-known blog. Madison is a high schooler who is taking classes online while running her blog. Madison also has a sister who is autistic. Madison ends up running into a cyberbully who she wants to stop during the book. She has experienced a cyberbully before who pushed her away from blogging.
First I love Madison as the main character. She has a lot of family issues going on, as well as her trying to figure out online life versus real life and where they can combine. Madison cares a lot about her sister Sarah and is always trying to help make her life easier, even if it directly affects her own life. I did like how the author made her family life challenging because it added to Madison as the character. I also felt the online outlet was how she was coping with her family life and made complete sense as a teenager.
Laurent. I mean I think the name itself could have its own sentence! Laurent was exactly what I wanted as a male lead in the book. He knew what Madison needed and when she needed it. I felt like he was just a great counter to Madison. I loved how he helped her to open to the real world. I loved how the author had Laurent open up to us. It was amazing and swoon worthy!
The story dealt with a few difficult topics of not only autism, but bullying. I think the author did a great job staying with the two difficult topics and making them come to life. Bullying is a major issue especially online and it was great that the author could explore this topic. The author does a great job keeping the story light with difficult topics.
I think my one complaint was that some of the beginning I wanted to learn more about the relationship between Madison and her sister. I felt like we could have focused a little more on that because it was such a different relationship you often don’t read about.
I would suggest this as a nighttime read. I found a few natural stopping points where I could put the book and still understand what was going on.
I received a copy of this book from The Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book.
My Rating: 4/5
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