Published by Swoon Reads on June 6th 2017
Genres: Young Adult
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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.
I am so happy that I finally read INTERNET FAMOUS. This book features a girl that is very active on social media (blogging, tumblr, and twitter).
Madi is so relatable to teenagers now because she has social media and uses it and actually has a fanbase that came from her blog. I found it so interesting how she would post about re-watches of popular movies she does and has a whole rating scale that works and makes sense! Her whole experience with blogging was fun to read about and her ever growing fanbase is amazing and inspiring. I love how the book would have text messages, emails, and pictures. It was a very entertaining and engaging read.
Madi has a sister named Sarah who is on the spectrum. I LOVED how Danika included a character with Autism because I work with children with Autism and I am always looking for a book with a character on the spectrum that is actually correct. I find that with a lot of books that feature a character on the spectrum the characteristics and behaviors of the child aren’t believable or very exaggerated. Sarah is believable though. All of the characteristics of Sarah were true and I was able to understand and connect with her because I have worked with children like her that are rigid about schedules, do not like new experiences or changes, and do not like being hugged (although the kids I have worked with love hugs). They are also INSANELY smart and honest. Like brutally honest. If you ask their opinion on something they’ll give their honest answer without a second thought.
I liked how Danika included a character with Autism but she wasn’t the main focus of the story. It was very interesting to be inside Madi’s mind and she is able to tell us the experiences she has with a sibling with special needs.
I LOVED Laurent. He was an interesting and fun character. He was so funny and it was cute how literal he sometimes was seeing as French was his first language. I liked how he was always there for Madi even though she didn’t know that he was a guy at first. He was a good guy character for Madi to fall in love with. I enjoyed the scenes he was in and the “dates” he would go on with Madi. Their relationship was so real and relatable especially when they first started going out.
This book brings up the important subject of cyber bullying. The MC, Madi, is being cyber bullied online and it is not okay but it happens to teens especially now when social media is a big part of everyday life. The way she handles it is the way anybody would handle it. There was one aspect of the cyber bullying that I think was very dangerous, but she was able to handle being cyber bullied earlier in life too. I find her strong for being able to handle it the way she did.
One of the things I did not like was the short hand texting she would do, but that is a personal preference. I don’t text shorthand with acronyms so I don’t like reading it in books.
Out of the things that I liked and disliked the positives outweigh the negatives. This was a great book about cyberbullying and being able to overcome it. It was also had a character with Autism that is real and honest. I highly recommend this book to others that are looking for a fun and interesting read that looks into the life of an internet famous blogger.