FLIRTING WITH FAME by Samantha Joyce
If you loved Rainbow Rowell's FANGIRL (like I did!) then you will LOVE the characters in Flirting with Fame. Not only is Elise an amazing writer but she's also a survivor. She's trying to balance her secret life as a world famous author to a hit series with being a "normal" college freshman. Her voice is fresh, self-deprecating but in the best of ways. Her new friends are adorable and real and I feel like I both already know them and I want them to be my friends too. (COME ON! CLINT! THE POET COWBOY?!) Obviously, this story is full of what the fandoms call "feels" and I have lots of them.
Yes, Elise isn't perfect and a lot of the time she is standing in her way towards her happiness, but a perfect character would be so eye-rollingly boring. The men are steamy hot. The friends are true and loyal. And the story keeps you hoping until the end for that happily ever after.
If you want to read about more diverse characters, this book is for you. A disabled, deaf female main character. An Asian theater geek gay best friend? A man from Chicago that obsessively wears a Stetson? A bad girl with an armor of attitude that you can't help but hate a little? You got it all, man. Did I mention the super hot famous actor?
Pick up this book and you won't be able to put it down.
Elise Jameson is the secret author behind the bestselling, cult hit Viking Moon series. But when a stranger poses as Elise, the painfully shy, deaf nineteen-year-old starts to see how much she’s missing. Can she really hide in the shadows forever? This clever, coming-of-age debut is for anyone who has ever felt unsure in her own skin.
After a freak childhood accident leaves her deaf and physically scarred, nineteen-year-old Elise Jameson retreats into a world of vibrant characters she creates on her laptop. She is shocked when her coping mechanism turns into a career as a phenomenal bestselling novelist. Fans are obsessed with Elise’s Viking Moon series and its author—a striking girl with zero resemblance to Elise who appears on the back covers. Elise sent the randomly Googled photo to her editor following a minor panic attack. Now, horrified to learn she is expected on set of the television pilot based on her novels, Elise tracks down her anonymous stand-in. To Elise’s surprise, Veronica Wilde has been taking credit for Viking Moon for years. She eagerly agrees to keep up the charade if Elise will pose as her assistant.
It’s hard for Elise to watch a stranger take credit for her work and get all the perks she desires, including admiration from the show’s heartthrob star. Edged onto the sidelines of her own life, Elise reconsiders her choice to stay anonymous. Is she ready to come to terms with her true identity—and with the long-buried secrets that could cost her her career, her fans, and the few precious friendships she’s made?