Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with costar Reese Ryan. Then when Internet-famous, cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives, it seems Charlie’s longtime crush on her isn’t as one sided as she thought.
Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she thinks will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend, Jamie – no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favourite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
Before I write reviews, I usually read reviews from other people first just to get a feel for what I want to say and to add anything I might have otherwise forgotten to include but this book feels so personal that I think I might take negative opinions on Taylor, especially, really personally too so I’ve avoided it this time. That, though, should tell you everything.
As an autistic, it’s rare that I ever find characters that I can connect to. When I can, it’s always amazing. I have twice before. The first time was with Grace, in The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas. I liked Grace, and I could relate to her autism of course, but as far as personality goes Grace and me didn’t have a whole lot in common. The second time was in a non-fiction book by Laura James called Odd Girl Out. I could relate to Laura in many ways, but in many other ways I could not. As far as personality goes, Taylor has been the closest to it. Not only is she autistic, but she’s also a nerd and fat and has social anxiety.
For that reason, it’ll probably always mean a lot to me. I already want to re-read it because it was cute and happy, and we don’t usually get to read about cute and happy autistics.
As far as the rest of the book goes, it was just fun. The romance blossoming between Charlie and Alyssa was adorable, and the background information on Charlie I really liked as well. I think a lot of people who are a part of a fandom will read this book, and her chapters were quite informative on what it’s like to be a vlogger and how they are real people and shipping together two people who have long ago broken up can be really hurtful. It might also teach young people who read this that there are always two sides of a story and background information that they don’t know about.
I think I gave this book four stars, I think in a re-read I might rate it more as I did read it really quickly for the #EasterReadathon (although I started it before then). I recommend it to everyone, especially if you’re a fan of Becky Albertalli and her cute, short books.
Until next time!