Title: Stranger than Fanfiction
Author: Chris Colfer
Date Started: May 9
Date Finished: May 10
Format: Hardcover from local library
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.
I think I finally figured out why I don’t like going on multi-state road trips. Do you ever realize that in movies/books/TV shows when characters go on trips and something goes wrong there is always some kind of magical fix and everything gets better? I’m afraid that that’s going to happen to me if I ever go on a road trip and I don’t live in the world of fiction so those magic fixes won’t work. But that won’t stop me from reading about them though and let me tell you that this book was very very odd.
The premise was great. Four high school friends who are getting split up when they go off to college next year plan a cross-country road trip. The night before they leave one of the friends writes this actor that stars in their favorite show and jokingly invites him on the trip. Shockingly, the actor agrees and shows up the next morning. But the actor isn’t who the friends thought he was. He acts out a la Justin Bieber and everything they thought they knew about their favorite show is blown. Not to mention each of the four friends has a huge secret that they’re keeping from the rest of the group; ranging from not going to the school of their dreams because of money issues to someone realizing that they’re transgender. But the execution wasn’t great. I felt like each chapter was just another destination on the map. And that ending! Look, I’m all for redeeming characters, and everyone living happily ever after, but c’mon. That was just a little bit too easy.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. To me there really wasn’t a good flow to this book. The group went to a place. Drama ensued at the place. They realized something horrible about their favorite actor/TV show. Rinse and repeat until the end. Even the characters weren’t that well fleshed out.
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