Famous in a Small Town – Emma Mills

Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Published: January 15th, 2019
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Friendship, Family


I opened this gorgeous book expecting to smile and laugh at every chapter. Emma Mills always makes me think that, what with her original and feel-good-sounding premises. And her stories do start in a lovely, fun manner. But eventually and slowly, heavy themes creep into the storyline and grow. This is good, because it means we are gently guided towards more impactful situations instead of being thrown into them without warning. That doesn’t mean this book didn’t make me smile or laugh. On the contrary, I loved it BECAUSE it made me feel such diverse emotions: happiness, sadness, befuddlement, surprise, warmth…

I grew attached to every character. In the beginning, they’re just names thrown at us and titles (‘‘friends’’) but Emma Mills manages to give a little back-story for each of them. I do admit the focus is on the main character (Sophie) and her love interest (August), but there sure could have been less pleasant secondary characters to complete the story. It’s funny because every time I read an Emma Mills book (this is my third one!), she makes me wish there was a spin-off, companion story in the making featuring one of the secondary characters, typically the heroine’s BFF. This time around, though, I want a companion book for EVERYONE.


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