My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Road Trip, Celebrity, LGBTQ+
Cash Carter is the young, world famous lead actor of the hit television Wiz Kids. When four fans jokingly invite him on a cross-country road trip, they are shocked that he actually takes them up on it. Chased by paparazzi and hounded by reporters, this unlikely crew takes off on a journey of a lifetime–but along the way they discover that the star they love has deep secrets he’s been keeping. What they come to learn about the life of the mysterious person they thought they knew will teach them about the power of empathy and the unbreakable bond of true friendship.
Just like the performers from the club New Directions in the TV series Glee, Sam, Topher, Joey and Mo are misfits who have each other’s backs no matter what.
Cash Carter, the TV star, has a secret that, he believes, will destroy his image, should that secret be revealed to the public. I’m annoyed at that, because his secret, while it is shocking, is not exactly scandalous, so to say it would ‘‘tear his image apart’’ is a big stretch.
Chris Colfer’s voice is a sarcastic one. I personally find it very entertaining and humorous. Plus it’s definitely gripping and even clever at times. He says things you wouldn’t expect to hear. Unlike other books with predictable storylines, the characters themselves are not predictable. I’m currently reading a book in which nothing exciting happens, so this novel is gold compared to that one.
It’s unrealistic, unsurprisingly. Like a super celebrity would suddenly decide to go on a road trip with a couple of teenagers he never before met. It’s not plausible. But it’s exciting, isn’t? Sometimes crazy is good.
STRANGER THAN FANFICTION is the type of book you read in an afternoon. It’s light, it’s fast-paced, the writing is accessible and the story is complex enough to keep you reading but not enough to ask for your analysis and stipulations.
My favourite parts were the sometimes awkward, sometimes weird, sometimes liberating interactions between the TV star Cash Carter and the four friends. See, Sam, Topher, Joey and Mo all have their own secrets and often it’s easier to talk to someone who doesn’t know us personally, because they can give us better objective advices.
I hope the amazingly sarcastic Chris Colfer will write more books in the future. I’d rather read him than see him, honestly, though he has a cute face, don’t get me wrong. I’d pick books over movies anytime, that’s for sure.
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