Review & Giveaway: Internet Famous by Danika Stone

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

 Internet Famous
Danika Stone
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: June 6th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Can an online romance survive in real life?
Internet sensation Madison Nakama has it all! Her pop-culture rewatch site has a massive following, and fans across the world wait on her every post and tweet. Even Madi’s dismal romantic life seems ready to take off as Laurent, a fellow geek (and unfairly HOT French exchange student!) starts flirting with her in the comments section of her blog. But Laurent’s not the only one watching for Madi’s replies.
Internet fame has a price, and their online romance sparks the unwanted attention of a troll. When Madi’s “real life” hits a rough patch, she feels her whole world crumbling. With Laurent’s support, can Madi rally her friends across the globe to beat the troll, or will he succeed in driving her away from everything―and everyone―she loves?



Internet famous is the story of Madi, a girl that has a popular blog called MadLibs, that is finding her first love, dealing with internet trolls, trying to figure out what she wants to do with her future, and dealing the complications that come with the care of her sister. MadLibs is her blog where she shares her opinions on rewatches of different films. Madi has a very large fan base but likes to keep to herself. She takes classes online, and helps take care of her younger sister, Sarah, who is on the spectrum. Sarah has a hard time if things don't go by a set schedule, so that tend to keeps Madi from living her life.

This story touches on the issue of cyberbullying, which I think is really important. Madi has to deal with a internet "troll" writing cruel things on her blog, and also sending her hateful messages. Things with the troll escalate and we are left wondering who the troll could be. If I'm being honest, I had a pretty good feeling I knew who it was from the very beginning, so I ended up not being too surprised. I just loved that the author tackled this subject since it is a huge obstacle with teens right now in the age of computers. (Wow, I feel like I just aged myself with that sentence. lol!)

There were a lot of things that I really enjoyed about the story. I really loved the way the author showed the text message images and pictures that Madi and Laurent exchanged. It was such a fun way to break up the text and show their conversations. I loved getting to read their flirty texts back and forth. I also really loved Madi and Sarah's close relationship. I thought the way the author wrote about Sarah was really realistic. She needed things to be in a certain routine, but she didn't let anything hold her back either. She was very intelligent and thoughtful.

There were also a few things that I didn't love quite as much. When we learned that Madi's mom was leaving the family to further her career, and didn't take into account anyone else's feelings OR how it was going to effect her daughter that relies on routines; I thought we would see the father or someone confront her about her selfishness but she was never called out on her behavior. That really bothered me. She came off as very cold and unfeeling. She pushed all of her parental responsibilities on Madi, and so did the father to a point. That drove me crazy. I have to say that I did LOVE the change in the father as the story progressed tho. At the start of the story he just seems withdrawn and oblivious, but he really won me over by the end.

*I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *


Author Bio:
Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both adults (The Intaglio Series and Ctrl Z) and teens (Icarus and All the Feels). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.
The first book in Danika’s upcoming Tathagata series (Edge of Wild) was selected as a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel of the Year Award (2013). Edge of Wild (Stonehouse CA) will be released March 2016. Danika’s YA novel, All the Feels (Macmillan US), will be released June 2016.
Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.

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6 comments:

  1. I love romances that take place through texts or letters, so I'll have to check this out. I also like that it tackles cyberbullying despite being a cutesy book.
    Great review!

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    1. Me too! They are one of my new favorite tropes. I hope you love it if you get to check it out!

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  2. Thanks for hosting today, Julie! Great review! :)

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  3. Sounds good on balance! I like that the dad won you over by the end, and the fact that it deals w/ cyberbullying. The whole Internet troll culture seems so ridiculous right now! Don't these people have anything better to do than harass people?

    Madi and Sarah's relationship sounds great.

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  4. Great review! I like the idea of adding texts messages to break up the usual pattern of a story. Also I like stories about sisters. Cyberbullying is definitely a good thing to address, since it's crazy how rampant it's out there. Also thanks for dropping by my blog! :D

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