Published by Swoon Reads on June 6th 2017
Genres: Computers & Digital Media, Contemporary, Disabilities & Special Needs, Romance, Social Themes, Young Adult Fiction
Internet sensation Madison Nakama has it all! Her pop-culture rewatch site has a massive following, and fans across the world wait on her every post and tweet. And now Laurent, a fellow geek (and unfairly HOT French exchange student!), has started flirting with her in the comments section of her blog. But Laurent’s not the only one watching for Madi’s replies... Internet fame has a price, and their online romance sparks the unwanted attention of a troll. When Madi’s “real life” hits a rough patch, she feels her whole world crumbling. With Laurent’s support, can Madi rally her friends across the globe to beat the troll, or will he succeed in driving her away from everything—and everyone—she loves?
I was looking for something fun and social media related to read to get me out of a terrible reading slump (I’m stuck on/avoiding two other books right now). Internet Famous sounded quirky and fun at first glance but in the end, it clearly wasn’t for me.
First of all, Madi. Sigh. I didn’t like her. She came across really selfish and bratty to her parents and to her younger sister. She was ragey, throwing huge attitude to her mother because her mother was going away for a while for work—for her dream—that she had long put off for her two daughters. Yes, Sarah, the younger sister, needed her mother around or else she’d freak out due to change of schedule (she’s special needs and has to have a defined schedule). But then Madi goes around shoving Sarah off completely for a boy instead of helping her sister cope. Sarah is thrown into the background until it’s convenient to bring her back into the picture. Which is a pity because she’s more interesting than Madi.
But, thank the book gods, Madi does grow as a character towards the end. She’s a lot less of a jerk and finally does some bonding with Sarah. Still, it wasn’t enough for me at least to enjoy the story.
Perfect French love interest. He’s hot. He’s French™. His face puts all male models to shame. Literal angel in the flesh. He wants to be a photographer. And..? He loves Madi? It’s nice that he’s super supportive of Madi, but he’s so perfect that he’s bland.
The cheesiest. Their romance was so cheesy. It was cute at times. But too cute, y’know? I’m not really a huge fan of romances in the first place, so maybe the issue is with me. But it wrapped up nicely in the end. Though maybe a little too neatly.