Stranger Than Fanfiction
STRANGER THAN FANFICTION is a standalone novel by Chris Colfer, author of the Land Of Stories series. The novel touches upon the hardships of friendship, growing up and moving away from home. I thought the story touched upon subjects rarely mentioned in mainstream writing and was very meaningful. This is the only book I have read by Chris Colfer but I can tell he has a really unique writing style.
"STRANGER THAN FANFICTION is a story unlike any other I have read. Chris Colfer isn't afraid to touch upon subjects that are happening in real time and are very relevant to this day and age. "
This novel follows Sam, Joey, Mo and Topher, who have been friends since the fifth grade, on a summer journey before splitting up for college. They decide to invite to lead actor from their favorite television show to tag along, and he shows up. On the trip, the group struggles with accepting themselves and each other. Together, they confront the struggles of adulthood and being yourself. STRANGER THAN FANFICTION is an example of how things don't always go as planned, but life can't be planned and you've just got to live in the moment. Will this be a bad idea or the best summer of their lives?
In STRANGER THAN FANFICTION, Chris Colfer touches upon what life is like for child stars growing up in the public eye, and what it is like for celebrities in general. Cash Carter, the idol in the novel, has been on the same show since he was 12-years-old. Throughout reading the story, readers may notice that the media documents every little thing he does, making it hard for him to go about his daily life, which seems like it could be very true of actual celebrities, too.
STRANGER THAN FANFICTION is a story unlike any other I have read. Chris Colfer isn't afraid to touch upon subjects that are happening in real time and are very relevant to this day and age. From persecution of minorities to illness this book kept me on my toes. I found moments where I was laughing so much but crying the next line, STRANGER THAN FANFICTION was very touching to read. I'm quite interested in reading his other standalone books to see if the writing is as innovative as this story was.
I'd recommend this book to people who care about current happenings. This book is fiction, but it grazes upon some thought subjects the world is dealing with and it sheds a light upon the people these things are actually affecting. This book is a quick read, it’s 295 pages and took me about two days to read. I actually had to leave this book at home because I knew if I took it with me to school or anything I would just read it instead of doing what I was supposed to be doing. This book is definitely one of my favorites now.
Reviewed by Emma B., Teen Board Member on February 27, 2017