Goodreads Description: Meet Scarlett Epstein, BNF (Big Name Fan) in her online community of fanfiction writers, world-class nobody at Melville High. Her best (read: only) IRL friends are Avery, a painfully shy and annoyingly attractive bookworm, and Ruth, her weed-smoking, possibly insane seventy-three-year-old neighbor.
When Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren’t the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series—they’re the real-life kids from her high school. And if they ever find out what Scarlett truly thinks about them, she’ll be thrust into a situation far more dramatic than anything she’s ever seen on TV….
Novelista's take: When I first started reading this book, I knew that I would like it. Its a very short read, at least to me, and I love that. It was a nice change of pace and it was really something I wouldn't have picked up for myself. I actually received this book from a book box called Uppercase Box and its a really cool subscription box for ya fans and this was actually this first book I received from them back in April. Obviously from the title, its a box, well more like a really cute bag, filled with bookish items that are to die for! I have received other boxes from them and I will let you know which books once I get around to reading them. My TBR pile is about to topple over and its all my fault...and the fault of the universe since I feel like there is never enough time in the world to read! Anyways, enough of my rambling, lets get back to this review.
Scarlett is a very introverted person. I can relate to her on some level because a part of me feels at ease with my blog that allows me to be me and I don't need to try and impress anyone. But Scarlett is a bit more introverted that I am. Im really an introverted extrovert. Im timid at first but after ten minutes, I'll talk your ear off and it'll feel like we've been friend forever. Scarlett is a bit more shy but at the same time she braver than most girls today. She's able to go up to a guy with an air of confidence that she can just put herself out there and this made me like her even more. She can break the mold and I feel like Scarlett is a perfect example of how nobody should be stereotyped to fit into one category. She's a book nerd and yet she's able to be more open in the fact that she has the balls to put herself out there for a guy.
"You keep jerking me around. And I'm not just talking about the past couple of weeks. You've been trying to play both sides for a really long time, and I can't just keep sitting around waiting for you to choose me, Gideon."
Scarlett seems to think she has everything figured out. She wants to live in the city after high school and she wants to be a writer but she hides behind her computer. Which is fine except she has to realize that she won't get far hiding behind a screen. Her online friends try and push her to take more chances and I think thats where her confidence sort of radiates from but she also needs to open up to the possibility of having friends IRL. I do like that she seems to understand that towards the end of the book when she goes through a tough time and I like how Ruth, read the book to find out who she is, gives her all the tough love she needs and the friendship that Scarlett needed to be able to spread her wings.
"My point is, a couple of chicken fetuses shouldn't stop you from living your life!"
I really enjoyed this book and found it to be an easy read. I didn't know what to expect and like I mentioned above, I don't think I would have chosen it for myself. Although at times I did find myself a bit bored because it switches from Scarlett and real life to her writing, I found myself laughing every few pages because of the one-lines added in. Such as a the quote above. It was a great palate cleanser and I highly recommend all book nerds to read this. Maybe the tough love that Scarlett receives will help someone out and open their eyes. I know it made me realize that I should be more ballsy in life and in relationships because if I continue as I am now, who knows where I'll get in life. I love books like this and hope more people read it.
Ratings: 4 stars
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About the Author: Anna Breslaw is a writer whose work has been in theNew York Times, Cosmopolitan, Jezebel, and elsewhere. She lives in New York and tweets @annabreslaw.