We live in a time where anyone can be famous (at least for a little bit) thanks to a magical place called the internet. Whether you blog, vlog, tweet, pin, Instagram, or (insert new thing here), you can cultivate a dedicated following if people like what you’re doing. But no matter how many followers you have, the online world can feel surprisingly lonely when something happens to you IRL. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be: here are 5 YAs whose characters know a thing or two about being internet famous.
Adorkable, by Sarra Manning
Jeane Smith has an online empire, complete with a blog and over a million Twitter followers. Oh, yeah, and she’s seventeen years old. No big deal. Michael Lee, on the other hand, isn’t into all that internet stuff…cause he’s “actually” popular (whatever that means). But when a pair of cheating exes bring the two together, it’s hard to rip them back apart. Funny and insightful, this book is perfect for anyone who can’t seem to step away from Tumblr.
Can’t Look Away, by Donna Cooner
When the internet loves you, everything is great. But when it all comes crashing down, you have to find a way to pick up the pieces. Torrey is a fashion and beauty vlogger with a dedicated following…until her sister is killed by a drunk driver. Despite taking a break from the internet, her views begin to skyrocket and online strangers start blaming her for her sister’s death. Exploring the issues of tragedy, popularity, and image, this book deals with what happens when your internet life collides with your real one.
Don’t Call Me Baby, by Gwendolyn Heasley
Imogene doesn’t have an incredibly popular blog everyone reads and that earns her lots of money—her mom does. And her mom’s blog has been blasting embarrassing details about Imogene’s life since before she was even born. But when a school assignment prompts Imogene to create her own blog, she uses it as her opportunity to tell the world what she really thinks of what her mom does. In a world where parents are just as plugged into social media as teens, this book is an awesome look at privacy, growing up, and maintaining a balance between internet life and IRL.
Girl Online, by Zoe Sugg
It’s not surprising that this story manages to accurately sum up the complexities of living your life online, since it’s written by someone who has actually been through it—YouTube personality Zoella. When anxiety-riddled Penny started an anonymous blog based on her experiences with boys and high school, she didn’t expect it to blow up and make her an internet celebrity. But then again, she also didn’t expect to meet the seriously attractive Noah, whose own fame and circumstances threaten her cover.
Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell
While Cath might not be a blogger, she is a fan-fiction writer known as Magicath, with a dedicated following. When Cath’s parents split up, she uses her deep love for fictional, Harry Potter-esque series Simon Snow as a coping mechanism. But now that she’s in college and her twin sister, Wren, is starting to move on, Cath has to decide if she can keep both her online fans and herself happy. The book includes snippets of Cath’s fanfiction between chapters, and Rainbow Rowell is publishing a full-length Simon Snow book, Carry On, in October.