Author: Goldy Moldavsky
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Published Date: February 23rd 2016
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mystery, Humor
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Just know from the start that it wasn't supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near them. That's why we got a room in the hotel where they were staying.
We were not planning to kidnap one of them. Especially not the most useless one. But we had him-his room key, his cell phone, and his secrets.
We were not planning on what happened next.
From thrilling new talent Goldy Moldavsky comes a pitch-black, hilarious take on fandom and the badass girls who have the power to make-or break-the people we call "celebrities."
"The joy you find as a teen, however frivolous and dumb, is pure, and meaningful. It doesn't matter that it might ferment and taste different when you're older. That's the whole point of being a teenager- not worrying about the future."
In this story we have the main protagonist and here three friends who all love the Ruperts. (They were put together on a British TV show and only three of the four can actually sing.)
We have Apple who loves Rupert P (the one who can’t sing and instead juggles) and whose parents are insanely rich.
Isabel who loves Rupert L and runs a site dedicated to gossip on the boys.
Erin who loves Rupert X and we find out later on has motive to dislike the boys.
Then we have the main protagonist, whose real name we never actually learn. But she loves Rupert K, and she turns out to be an unreliable source for information on what actually happened.
This story is hilarious at times, but it also is very serious at others. We have four teenagers who are a part of a fandom that can go a bit overboard at times. With three of them having taken things way to far at times.
"The fangirls of today are a way more sophisticated bunch. Loving someone so fiercely gave us permission to also be critical of them. You'll find the biggest Ruper critics in Strepurs. Sometimes we won't like a tattoo they'll get, or we'll think a haircut makes them look like a drug addict, or we'll make fun of the way they'll pose in photographs. Just because we teased did not mean we didn't also love. Fandom is a complicated culture."
But I will also admit that I related a little bit to this story as well. I’ve been a fangirl about things before as well, and still am about other things. Having said that though I do notice that some people in fandoms do take their love a little too far, especially when it starts causing harm to either them or others around them or the celebrity that they love so much. It’s an easy thing to have happen in the technology age we now live in. We have more access than ever before to famous people and because of that we tend to start thinking we actually know them, and have a say in what they say/do. But the truth is we don’t know what is really happening in their lives, because we only see a projected image, which is something that is addressed in this book.
Let’s get back to what actually happened in this book, and how the girls dealt with it.
So you know that they kidnapped one of the boys, and that they have no real idea what to do with him, now that they have him.. Well they get a bit creative, not only in the way they tie him up, but also in the way they deal with him once he wakes up. The girls eventually find out something they can use against him, and use it to get information needed, not only to see the other boys, but to make him do what they want.
But after a little while, the girls start having split opinions about what to do, and how they are going to get rid of him without getting into trouble. This becomes a big problem, one that causes far more group meetings/arguments between them then they had ever had before. We also see the girls interact with people around the boys.
We also learn how maybe they weren’t as good as friends as they had once thought with each of them keeping secrets from each other. Making each of them is a possible suspect.
I did like this story, and found it entertaining. I was not expecting that to be the person who had actually done it though, she did seem to have a reason to be upset with him.
"Maybe I'd told to many lies. I'd always made up stories. Had the lines just blurred between the real ones and the fake ones?"