Stranger Than Fanfiction, by Chris Colfer
Cash Carter is the young, world famous lead actor of the hit television Wiz Kids. When four fans jokingly invite him on a cross-country road trip, they are shocked that he actually takes them up on it. Chased by paparazzi and hounded by reporters, this unlikely crew takes off on a journey of a lifetime–but along the way they discover that the star they love has deep secrets he’s been keeping. What they come to learn about the life of the mysterious person they thought they knew will teach them about the power of empathy and the unbreakable bond of true friendship.
I didn’t really like this book. When I first heard about it, I was highly anticipating it! But then, when I finally got it, I was extremely disappointed. I’m just going to list what I liked and what I didn’t. Okay, so, cons first. First, I felt like this book really hated on my religion. I get that this doesn’t apply to everyone! This is totally MY OPINION, and if you don’t agree, that is just fine! For me, though, I felt like my religion was used just to…set a plot. That did upset me, but it wasn’t the major point of my dislike. Primarily, I just felt like the story had a plot, but it wasn’t set up very well. The story is a road trip, but we only got to see a few of the landmarks our characters had planned to visit, and we didn’t spend a lot of time there. I wish we could have spent more time at these museums, or even on the road.
Now, pros. I really did enjoy the ending! I won’t spoil anything, but I will say that it changed the story, and was really one of the only things that kept me from giving the book 2 stars. Also, each of our characters had unique struggles that really do happen in every day life, and I feel that if a reader had similar struggles to the characters, then this story could mean a lot to them. But to me, it wasn’t very enjoyable for me.
Overall, the story earns a 3/5 stars from me.