Book Review: Internet Famous by Danika Stone

Summary: 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.

Release Date: June 2017
Age Group: YA
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Reviewed By: Maryn

  1. This book was NOTHING like I expected it to be. I had really low expectations for two main reasons: I thought it was a comic book.
  2. I saw the two phones on the front of the book & I thought it was a bit cheesy because I am not a social media addict. Yes, I'll admit that I made the mistake of judging a book by its cover. 

Usually, I'm irritated by characters who are absorbed in technology and the Internet, but the more I got to know Madi Nakama, the more I was able to understand her. What I liked most about her is how she cared for her sister with autism. I have two brothers with autism, and her relationship with her sister made me so happy!

Since the book is all about the Internet, it's full of text messages and tweets. I felt that this really added to the story and made Madi a believable & relatable teenage character. Specific themes of this story that I thought were important were internet harassment and the struggles of internet trolls (specifically on Madi's blog). All teens know what an internet troll is and at some point have had one say something mean for no good reason.  Twitter is The. Worst. There is the least amount of accountability and people will say the meanest things!

If you don't know your 80's movies this might not be the book for you, only because so many of them are discussed on the blog throughout the story. I loved it and got all the references because my dad has raised me right! 

Everything about this book was so so cute and funny. This book left me feeling happy. I think that anyone looking for a quick read would love it as much as I did. I also think that teens struggling with social media bullying should read it. And speaking of social media...

*** I just started an Instagram for >> I'd So Rather Be Reading << and need some more friends! Don't expect anything more than pretty book pictures :) *** 

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