Library Journal Review
Gr 8 Up-A light premise executed with a sophisticated touch. Grace is a wholesome recent grad looking forward to college in the fall and navigating changing relationships with her mom and childhood friends. She is also a huge follower of a popular boy band, Fever Dream-not the kind of devotee who listens to albums and hangs a poster but the type who blogs obsessively and is part of an online community of uber-fans carefully tracking and speculating about the band's activities. Out for a run one night, Grace happens to bump into the group's lead singer and gets swept up in a dizzying world of publicists and paparazzi. But this is no wish fulfillment fantasy. The band members deal with real issues, such as substance abuse, romantic relationships, sexuality, faith, and microaggressions, under the glare of the public eye. Each of these is handled sensitively and realistically, keeping this work from "problem novel" territory. Grace is forced to let go of preconceived notions as she examines what she loves about Fever Dream and what was never real. In the process, the teen learns about herself and the world. Pacing and voice are consistent, and the characters are likable. VERDICT Recommended for boy band fans and readers interested in a tender and mature coming-of-age story. A good choice for most YA shelves.-Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
*Starred Review* The minute obsessive fandom bleeds into real life, there's bound to be trouble. Grace Thomas is a self-proclaimed ordinary person, but as music blogger Gigi, she's an integral part of boy band Fever Dream's fandom. One night during the summer after graduation, Grace finds herself face-to-face with the band's heartthrob, Jes. When a paparazzo takes their picture and it goes viral, Grace/Gigi finds herself straddling the worlds of the band, fandom, and real life, forcing her to face complicated truths about herself. This is a realistically told tale of a fan and star falling into a relationship that is messier and thornier than anticipated. It explores how the comfort of an online community can absorb one's life to the point of blurring boundaries, and how falsehoods and fabrications become easier the more they're employed. Genuine dialogue, texts, e-mails, online posts albeit filled with an excess of the word like in, like, every other sentence bring to life this edgy and layered look at the glitz and secrets of stardom from ordinary eyes. Romanoff's (A Song to Take the World Apart, 2016) novel will resonate with teens who have favorite bands, but it will hit home with those who think about those bands a little too much.--Fredriksen, Jeanne Copyright 2017 Booklist