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So when Josie finds out her best friend has won a contest to meet Peter by stealing one of Josie’s songs, Josie is overwhelmingly shocked and upset—some of which flies out...
So when Josie finds out her best friend has won a contest to meet Peter by stealing one of Josie’s songs, Josie is overwhelmingly shocked and upset—some of which flies out the window when Ashley introduces Josie to Peter as well. And suddenly, in a whirlwind of Tweets, IMs, texts, and phone calls, Josie finds herself in the middle of a flirtatious friendship that has the potential for complete harmony. But just when everything seems pitch-perfect, the paparazzi flashbulbs explode, along with any notion of a fairy-tale romance.
Author Ken Baker, E! Channel’s Chief News Correspondent, uses his inside knowledge to craft a novel authentic to the teen pop idol experience with sincere heart and humor.
"The overall basis for the story is unique and charming, and this title is a good addition to libraries serving tweens and teens."—VOYA
"Baker's access to entertainment titans has given him much to draw upon in his descriptions of the lonely life of a teenage star. . ."—Kirkus Reviews
"This whimsical YA tome is about every young Belieber's biggest fantasy come true. A girl can dream? Yes."—Ian Drew, Us Weekly Senior Editor
"Baker gets inside the head and the heart of modern, celebrity-driven teen romance. You either are Fangirl, or she just texted you."—Kurt Schlosser, TODAY.com
"It's not about Beliebers or Directioners specifically, but all Beliebers or Directioners should get the book."—Ryan Seacrest, host of American Idol
"Fangirl may hospitalize you! It’s hotter than Bieber fever!”—Perez Hilton
"An irresistible wish fulfillment for all ages."—Jon M. Chu, Director of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
"We LOVE Fangirl. Once we started to read we couldn’t put it down!!! Josie & Peter forever! #bigfansofFANGIRL"—Kendall & Kylie Jenner
The moment she shuffled through the hotel’s revolving door, the pack of paparazzi converged on the pony-tailed teenager like she was a celebrity. Which, suddenly, she was.
“JOSIE! . . . JOSIE! . . . JOSIE!”
Short. Tall. Fat. Skinny. Light. Dark. Young. Old. All guys. All pointing cameras at her. All shouting.
“JOSIE! . . . JOSIE! . . . WHY’D YOU DO IT?”
Josie Brant only had to walk about twenty feet to the SUV, but it felt like a marathon being run barefoot on jagged rocks, every step more uncomfortable than the next.
The security guard tried to clear a path on the sidewalk, only to have it collapse into a thicket of camera flashes.
Peter: That word once filled her with so much warmth, comfort and inspiration. Now his name weakened her legs and pinched her stomach so tightly she could just barf.
A nervous rash formed on her chest, matching the clown-like circles that grew bigger on her cheeks with every dizzying wheeze.
The massive buzzkill that was this oven-hot morning was as real as the heartbreak that crackled inside her chest. As real as the tear-smudged eye shadow that formed raccoon rings around her eyes. As real as the love songs she’d recently been so inspired to write. Now, she wished she could delete every damn memory. Forever.
“ARE THE RUMORS TRUE?”
Ten more feet.
With every flash, she imagined what story their pics might tell. Would she look like a fourteen-year-old small-town girl caught in a bad celeb romance, or just another cheap looking chick in a short skirt and black boots?
If only she had a baseball cap. Then she could slide it down low and hide her face. But Josie had left her tomboy hats—not to mention her anonymity —back home in Bakersfield. And home never felt so far away.
“Josie,” a chubby journalist with a British accent pressed. “Are you really a fame whore?”
Disgusted, she wrinkled her face and kept walking faster, inciting an elbow-to-elbow photographer frenzy that caused one guy to knock his bulky camera lens into Josie’s forehead. A line of blood to trickle down her cheek as if in a race with her tears.
For as long as Josie could remember, songs played in her head—even amid the chaos of her life. Especially amid the chaos of her life.
Silence can come when I die But till then I will speak Not a single lie . . .
The British reporter pushed closer, so close in fact she could smell his coffee breath. As she stepped into the SUV, the man asked, “So what is the truth, Ms. Brant?”
The crowd stood silent. Josie turned to face them. She inhaled and closed her eyes.
“The truth is,” Josie said, exhaling. “The truth is, I was just a fan.”
Posted November 12, 2012
Definitely a fast read, but also a great plot. Really makes you think how you're life would be like if someone you idolized for many years finally noticed you and actually made you a part of their life. Ken Baker has a talent in describing what everyday fan girls imagine would happen to her life. This novel was absolutely adorable, funny, and intelligent. Major props to you, Mr. Baker. You have really made my fan girl heart happy. :)
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Posted July 12, 2013
Great book, and a fast and easy read. This book really makes you think about how your life could be if you were to ever be noticed by your all time favorite celebrity. Theres heartbreak, romance, drama, and more. A really great read for the average teen girl.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2013
If you're thinking of getting this book. Get it. This book has romance and I love how Ken Baker writes and it reaches out to a teen audience and it can relate to them. This book is just AMAZING!!! I can't really explain how great it is, but all of it is just GREAT!!! I feel like the book just passes by and the summary part in the story comes so quickly that it feels like the book should be longer. I wish the book was a bit longer to talk about a little more of what happens at the end. So you should get the book!!! :DWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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