Stranger Than Fanfiction

Stranger Than Fanfiction

by Chris Colfer


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Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer comes a funny, heartbreaking, unforgettable novel about friendship and fame.

Cash Carter is the young, world famous lead actor of the hit television show 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.

In this touching novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer takes us on a journey full of laughter, tears, and life-changing memories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316383431
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 119,504
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

About the Author

Chris Colfer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and Golden Globe-winning actor. He was honored as a member of the TIME 100, Time magazine's annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world, and his books include Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal, Stranger Than Fanfiction, and the books in The Land of Stories series: The Wishing Spell, The Enchantress Returns, A Grimm Warning, Beyond the Kingdoms, and An Author's Odyssey, and the companion books A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales, The Mother Goose Diaries, Queen Red Riding Hood's Guide to Royalty, The Curvy Tree, and Trollbella Throws a Party.

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Stranger Than Fanfiction 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chris Colfer always manages to put so much wisdom on his books in a very light kind of way. They make you reflect on subjects that you might not have thought about before and he does that in a way that doesn’t make you feel like it’s being pushed down your throat, but instead, it always serves as a inspiration somehow. In resume, he has a very unique way of writing, his books are always fantastic and Stranger Than Fanfiction is no exception. This is a book that will give its readers a significant insight on what goes on in the life of any celebrity, it reminds us that they are human too and shouldn’t be shamed for it. Alongside, it's a love letter to fans and to kids that need representation and don't usually (or never) get to have them. It touches on subjects that need to be discussed in a way that feels very organic to the reader, provoking the empathy that is so necessary nowadays. It didn’t take long to become my favorite book and I highly recommend.
KendraJ_lillianopal More than 1 year ago
One definite way to know if I really like a book is if it's constantly on my mind, even when I'm not reading it--which is what happened with this one! Likes: - Complex relationships - Complex human behavior is discussed, which was really interesting. Especially Cash's perspectives on the public; it made me think a lot about that topic. - Diversity of each of the characters' lives--they all had different and similar problems/situations, and I loved reading about them all. - I'm really happy about all the growth that happened with the characters. Dislikes: - This isn't exactly a dislike, because I wouldn't change this part if I was able to, but a certain section of the book was really sad. You'd know what I'm talking about if you read it. - The ending felt too abrupt for me (what is with all these contemporaries and their abruptness?) I turned the last page, expecting to see more, but I was greeted by the author's note instead. - Okay, I didn't exactly agree with some of the decisions that were made, but I can understand why they happened. I know that they're just mistakes, and that there are bigger, more important things in the book to consider. And those things are essentially what I put in my "Likes" section (see above). Overall, I love the relationships between the characters, the complexity with all their lives, and the deepness of it all. It doesn't matter to me that some of the events are a bit unrealistic; it's the journey and the growing that is most important, which I really appreciate. It certainly left a lasting impression.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
I won this wonderful adventure novel about a group of nerdy high school kids traveling from coast to coast with their childhood idol, stretching their horizons and growing as individuals, learning the true meaning of friendship. Stranger Than FanFiction by Chris Colfer surprised me by being so much more than just kids on a road trip, with the writing drawing me in slowly and the ending hitting like a punch to the gut.
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book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I read and loved Struck by Lightning and after reading the synopsis, I was expecting the same sort of witty and sarcastic type of prose. What I found was quite disappointing. The voices of all of the characters {yes, we do get 5 POVs throughout the story and random thoughts throughout} were very young. I would have never guessed that any of them were on their way to college. There is representation {one character is transgender, one is gay and two are POC}, but it felt more like something thrown together to make it diverse. Fandom and convention goers are portrayed horribly. Not all fans are high pitched screamers and making the statement that a con isn't successful unless there's violence and stampedes just seems irresponsible. The twist was predictable and the epilogue was decent, but it was definitely a struggle to get there. The excessive use of exclamation points, italics, and shouty caps didn't help. I did love the idea of the road trip plot and there were some good conversations about acceptance and the like. I kept reading because I was hoping something would turn around for me. Sadly it never happened. I'm sure people will love it, it just wasn't for me. **Huge thanks to Little Brown for providing the arc free of charge**
MarcoEsposito More than 1 year ago
I have read most of this author's previous series, but unfortunately he has not sharpened nor improved upon his writing since then. While the concept is admirable, it falls flat - comes off as cliche and preachy, repetitive dialogue, and the character development is lackluster. Some of the characters seemed added in simply to cross off on a diversity checklist without any concern for depth. My main issue is that he assumes the reader needs to be spoon-fed information, and therefore, it's not a compelling read. There is no complexity to the writing and could benefit from another round or two of proofreading. In my opinion, he could really benefit from some writing courses or workshops if he wants to continue in this realm.
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PT36 More than 1 year ago
Going in to this book I had pretty high hopes, because I thought SBL showed a lot of promise and I was interested to see what he could produce with a few more years of writing under his belt. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but wow, this was pretty bad, folks. The book needed several more rounds of editing, and I almost feel bad that he apparently has no one in his corner to tell him, hey, this needs some work. I will say that he is good at world-building, and had the characters been in better hands, this could have been great (hence the two stars instead of just one). The egregious writing, though, is hard to overlook. He relies way too heavily on metaphors, and you should never need to use that many italics and underlines to get your point across. The characters also fell flat - too much telling, not enough showing, and they kind of felt like caricatures as a result, which is unfortunate, because it's rare to see such diversity of characters in the YA world. Anyway, suffice it to say, I will be hesitant to read anything further from him, and suggest he perhaps looks to actual fanfiction before producing his next work; not for story inspiration, but for a lesson on how to write.