I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fan the Fame on August 20, 2019
Equal parts Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie, this fiercely crafted, feminist YA novel takes on fandom, accountability, and doing the right thing. Even when it hurts.
Lainey wouldn’t mind lugging a camera around a video game convention for her brother, aka YouTube superstar Codemeister, except for one big problem. He’s funny and charming online, but behind closed doors, Cody is a sexist jerk.
SamTheBrave came to this year’s con with one mission: meeting Codemeister—because getting his idol’s attention could be the big break Sam needs.
ShadowWillow is already a successful streamer. But when her fans start shipping her with Code, Shadow concocts a plan to turn the rumors to her advantage.
The three teens’ paths collide when Lainey records one of Cody’s hateful rants on video. Because she’s determined to spill the truth to her brother’s fans—even if that means putting Sam and Shadow in the crosshairs.
Told through three relatable voices and arriving on the heels of the author’s widely praised debut novel, Kat and Meg Conquer the World, this sophomore novel is a nuanced and timely story about followers, fame, and fighting for what’s right.
Fan the Fame was an absolute great read, with a serious focus on video games and feminism!
The story follows three different characters: Lainey, Sam, and Willow. Lainey is the sister of one of the most popular video game YouTubers ever – CodeMeister. Except, her brother is a complete ass, and nobody really knows it except those that are super close to him. He also treats all girls like crap. Sam is a newer YouTuber who is absolutely obsessed with CodeMeister. Then there’s Willow, a girl video game YouTuber who also is obsessed with Code, but for other reasons… she’s hoping that tagging along with him will help get her more followers, especially because everyone in the video game community already ships the two of them together.
The characters in this book were great. I really loved LumberLegs especially, one of the guys in Code’s clan who has a bit of a romance with Lainey. The two of them were cute together. I also really felt for Sam, who has a skin-picking disorder. He just really wanted to be accepted by everyone. Willow annoyed me sometimes, mostly because she was using Code, and couldn’t always realize how much of an ass Code was, though she did realize it eventually. It goes to show how the girls who game on YouTube are treated.
I overall really enjoyed Fan the Fame. It was unlike any other book I’ve read before, and I’ve read a few books about conventions before. I loved Lainey and stood by her with all of her decisions, and I loved how much of a feminist she was. She was always telling her brother off in little ways that he wouldn’t even pick up on because of how annoying he was. I’m really excited to see more from Priemaza in the future!