Book Review: #famous by Jilly Gagnon (ARC)

by Jilly Gagnon
Published on: February 14th 2017
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Purchase links: Amazon | Book Depository

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.


#famous is such a cute read! Yes, it's clich√©. Yes, it's predictable. Yes, Kyle is practically that dude from Target who went viral, but who cares? These didn’t change the fact that #famous is a fluffy, light-hearted book that made me ultra happy. I enjoyed reading it probably a lot more than I care to admit, because I’ll be honest; this isn’t the first time I’ve read a book about a popular dude and an outcast girl who fell in love with each other plus a jealous ex-girlfriend on the side. But, #famous isn’t only that. Like almost everything, #famous also has its own kind of uniqueness.

I think the way #famous tackled viral internet stuff and memes is what everyone can ultimately relate to with this book, though I thought that the representation here was a bit tamed. Everyone has probably said something either bad or good about people who became famous on the internet but what everybody doesn’t think of is how those comments affect said famous people. We often say things about them and to them not caring how they’re gonna feel about it because we think that just because they’re famous, they somehow got immune to insults and bullying and that is most definitely not true.

Something I found ironic about the characters however is that Rachel is actually a lot more interesting and funny than Kyle who’s supposed to be the more liked one – proof that people are more likely to admire someone based on their looks and not on what they do. Go figure. But all in all,  while I liked both Rachel and Kyle, Ollie is my most favorite character and I’m so bummed that he doesn’t have more scenes!

#famous gets released on Feb 14th! So if you’re looking for a nice read on Valentine’s, #famous is a great choice for you– okay, what the heck, lemme scratch that. #famous is the perfect read for everyone who wants something fluffy and light and happy regardless what day of the year it is!

Disclaimer: A review copy was provided by HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5 stars!


  1. It's good to see a review from you :) I've just started this one and am hoping I'll like it more if I read it further. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    1. Heyyyyyy Z!!! I missed you!! lol Anyway, y'know what? I somehow feel like this isn't your cup of tea.

  2. Wow. I've heard this is SOO Good. Still debating on reading it though, good post!

  3. I received this ARC but I haven't started reading it yet. Moved it up closer on my TBR list after reading your review. Thanks so much!

  4. :) Sometimes the best books are the ones whose premise feels the most familiar and comfortable to us. Good to hear you got to have such an enjoyable experience with this one!

  5. I am halfway through this and it is such a cute contemporary!

    Kate @ The Bookaholic Blurbs


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