09 March 2017

Review: Stranger Than Fanfiction

Stranger Than Fanfiction
by Chris Colfer

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 28, 2017

STRANGER THAN FANFICTION by Chris Colfer is a coming-of-age novel that makes deeper connections to friendship, sexuality, and the true meaning of fame. The story follows four friends obsessed with Wiz Kids, a hit television series starring actor Cash Carter. As a joke, the friends invite Carter on a road trip, but when he accepts, they find themselves immersed in a narrative that reveals hidden truths about Carter and each other. While I thought that this novel was well-written overall, I felt that some of the characters could have used more development. The storyline incorporated a diverse cast of characters in terms of race and sexuality, but it did sometimes feel as if certain stereotypes were reinforced rather than disproved. Overall, though, this was a book with a light plot and some more rich insights. I would caution readers that it contains repeated, explicit references to alcohol, sex, and drug use, so it is probably most appropriate for more mature readers.

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