This retelling of the story behind Alex from Target was so much fun! It’s adorable.
Kyle and Rachel were fun to read about, and their romance was cute. There wasn’t really much instalove, and they had some good chemistry. But neither character is particularly compelling; their personalities aren’t particularly strong, though not flat either. #famous alternates between Rachel and Kyle’s POVs and their voices, while not identical, were very similar. But the characters do have personalities, at least, and were definitely not a chore to be with. The other characters were fine, but I thought the stereotypical mean girls trope was overdone.
The writing wasn’t dull either; it was fun, but not anything super amazing. And I felt like #famous could have been at least 100 pages shorter. It kinda went on forever…
#famous was light, cute, and fun, but that’s it. There wasn’t really any substance, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need.
…and just something that bothered me but didn’t affect the story: all the weird replacements for names of well known things. Like “Twitter” was “Flit” and “likes” were “luvs” and “The Ellen Show” was “The Laura Show.” I don’t know, it just seemed unnecessary. We all know what you’re trying to say. Just say it. All the obvious disguises got really annoying really fast.
So overall #famous was light and cute and fun.
Synopsis – #famous by Jilly Gagnon
In this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives—and their hearts—forever. But are fame and love worth the price?
Told in alternating points of view, #famous captures the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone.
3 Stars. There is some swearing, but it’s not extreme.