Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on February 28, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Friendship
Format: Print, Hardcover
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Cash Carter is the young, world famous lead actor of the hit television Wiz Kids. When four fans jokingly invite him on a cross-country road trip, they are shocked that he actually takes them up on it. Chased by paparazzi and hounded by reporters, this unlikely crew takes off on a journey of a lifetime--but along the way they discover that the star they love has deep secrets he's been keeping. What they come to learn about the life of the mysterious person they thought they knew will teach them about the power of empathy and the unbreakable bond of true friendship.
Picture this: I was minding my own business, ordering the new books for the library when I saw the title and the author of this book. I find Chris Colfer absolutely darling. He’s a true inspiration for so many people. I’ve seen that he has other books around that are popular, so I figured why not try out his newest. I put a hold on the book and started it as soon as it became available. How can you resist a title like Stranger than Fanfiction? What could be more strange? Anyways, onto the review!
Overall I’d give this book a 3.5 out of 5. I really enjoyed it, but I feel like it could have used a little more work.
Right off the bat you know it’s going to be filled with clichés. It starts with a convention called Wiz Con for a TV show very much like Doctor Who, but with the starting age of Harry Potter. The star of the show, Cash Carter, has some secrets.
Cut to the introduction of the main characters. Each main character has an interesting tidbit about them: One has a brother with a disability, one is transgender, one is gay, and one doesn’t want to go to the school her father dictates. I couldn’t help but laugh as each one of these kids were introduced. The last three are hiding their specific tidbit from everyone. Oh course, when Cash decides to actually join them on a road trip, things don’t stay hidden.
It’s a very cliché book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was surprised the mash-up of these characters didn’t annoy me. It’s a little too convenient in my eyes, but it doesn’t detract from the joy this book brings. I totally knew the ending was going to happen the way it did, but I still enjoyed it.
I feel that a lot of teens would have fun with this book. This book is to help encourage teens who are hiding huge things like these kids. It’s to encourage them to talk with their friends and to not hide themselves. It’s not the best book, by any means, but I have a feeling that Chris Colfer is going to help a struggling teen with this book. Many of them, I’m sure. He was an inspiration for teens throughout his time on Glee and I now know his books are inspiring as well.
If you know a teen struggling to talk to people, give them this book. They’ll get a laugh, have fun on this road trip, and may find their own courage to open up to someone.