One of the trends I’ve seen in YA in the last couple of years is exploring what it means to be internet famous, and sharing the stories of those content creators who are well renowned online. What I love most about these novels are how they reflect what’s important to me at my place in life at the moment, and how they so clearly give a snapshot into this aspect of society at the present. As a blogger who considers her residential address to be the internet, you could say that social media and other platforms where people post their content takes up a large portion of my life. Because of that, I find reading about teens who write fanfic for a large audience or become a YouTube sensation overnight extremely satisfying to read about. So these are some of my favourite books about internet and the modern era!
Wow, well wasn’t this heartwarming? The True Colour of Forever was different to the other novels I’ve read that talk about being internet famous, as the protagonist doesn’t choose to put herself out there. When five teenagers come together through an event to celebrate their heroism and kindness, they form a friendship that was one of the most realistic and heartwarming alliances I’ve read about in a long time. They were each so different, but the way they banded together to battle bullying and addiction, and the other issues they were facing, this book was proven to be so much more than just one about their fame in the community. While there were a few moments when I felt as though the plot was dragging, it was ultimately a sweet read filled with powerful messages.
I didn’t know how much I was going to adore Eliza and Her Monsters when I first picket it up. About the anonymous creator of a popular webcomic series and a boy she meets at school who writes fanfic of her comic, Eliza and Her Monsters is a gorgeous and relatable story about friendship, family, and learning to open up to people. What I loved most about it was how it showed the legitimacy of internet friends and how much of an important role these friendships have in today’s teens. It was just heartwarming to see these friendships represented in such a positive, genuine way, and I adored not only Eliza’s relationship with these people, but also the boy from her school. It was just such a touching read.
I adore this novel so, so much. The main characters are creating a web series for YouTube and they become overnight sensations when an influential YouTuber — who is definitely Phil Lester — gives a shoutout to their channel. I enjoyed watching them deal with their overnight fame and trying to deal with the pressure that comes with gaining such a large audience almost instantaneously. But the thing I loved most about this novel was the asexual representation and the way this was depicted so accurately in the story. I just adored the characters and the whole internet fame aspect and it was wonderful. Go give this book a read if you haven’t already!
I’ll never stop screaming about how much I love this book. It’s about podcasts, and fandoms, and embracing your inner weirdo, and it’s just spectacular. I love how reminiscent this book is of one of my favourite podcasts, Welcome to Night Vale, and the characters are just gorgeous munchkins that I want to hug. Aled… Daniel… Frances… they’re all such unique, vibrant characters that I could connect to so deeply. But this book isn’t just about podcasts and being internet famous. It’s about friendship, and university, and abuse, it’s it’s simultaneously so heart-wrenching and so funny. I just adore this book so, so much, and I highly recommend picking up a copy before I throw one at you. You won’t regret it. Please trust me — Radio Silence is a book you need in your life.
I’m never going to stop recommending Queens of Geek — a sensational story about conventions, and cosplay, and YouTube, and Tumblr, and it was just wonderful. What I loved most about this novel was the diversity of the characters. There’s a girl with anxiety, and a queer romance, and a Chinese-Australian bisexual lead, and it was just gorgeous to read about. Queens of Geek is honestly the perfect book for any fangirl. But the powerful messages about biphobia, anxiety, and body positivity is what makes this book a must-read for everyone. I’m still flailing about how cute the romance in it was too! Just everything about this book was spot-on.
Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? Do you have any other recommendations for characters in books that are internet famous? What qualities do your favourite characters in novels share? I’d love to know!
Thanks to Hachette Australia for providing me with a copy of The True Colour of Forever in exchange for an honest review!