By Ken Baker
Running Press Kids, Paperback, 9780762443444, 271pp.
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
So when Josie finds out her best friend has won a contest to meet Peter by stealing one of Josie's songs, Josie is overwhelmingly shocked and upset--some of which flies out the window when Ashley introduces Josie to Peter as well. And suddenly, in a whirlwind of Tweets, IMs, texts, and phone calls, Josie finds herself in the middle of a flirtatious friendship that has the potential for complete harmony. But just when everything seems pitch-perfect, the paparazzi flashbulbs explode, along with any notion of a fairy-tale romance.
Author Ken Baker, E Channel's Chief News Correspondent, uses his inside knowledge to craft a novel authentic to the teen pop idol experience with sincere heart and humor.
"[A] heart-racing, behind-the-music story of love and being true to oneself."
Ian Drew, Us Weekly Senior Editor
"This whimsical YA tome is about every young Belieber's biggest fantasy come true. A girl can dream? Yes."
"Fangirl may hospitalize you! It's hotter than Bieber fever! Must read!"
Kurt Schlosser, TODAY.com
"Baker gets inside the head and the heart of modern, celebrity-driven teen romance."
Jon M. Chu, Director of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
"An irresistible wish fulfillment for all ages."
Kendall & Kylie Jenner
"We LOVE Fangirl. Once we started to read we couldn’t put it down!!! Josie & Peter forever! #bigfansofFANGIRL"
"Baker, a correspondent for E! Enter-tainment Television, makes his YA debut with a fun, pop culture–saturated romance filled with song lyrics, IM chats, text messages, and hashtags. Fourteen-year-old Josie Brant’s loner life is turned upside-down when her BFF Ashley wins a contest using a song Josie wrote. The prize is meeting 16-year-old singing sensation Peter Maxx, and when Josie does, sparks fly. Peter and Josie begin to communicate via Twitter and, despite their disparate lives, connect over their shared passion for songwriting and help each other deal with parental difficulties (including divorce, arrest, and death) and the pressures of fame. When Josie and Peter reconnect in Las Vegas, their worlds collide disastrously. As Baker alternately focuses on Josie and Peter’s points of view, it can sometimes feel as though he’s #tryingtoohard to construct believable, of-the-moment teenage characters (“[Josie] wished she could Tweet her fifty-nine followers the news. #Winning!”), but readers should still enjoy this heart-racing, behind-the-music story of love and being true to oneself. Ages 12–up."
Young Adultish blog
“Perfect for the middle school set, Baker’s writing is clever and the story’s pace is quick and satisfying. Additionally, Baker totes takes contemporary teenspeak and pushes it to the extreme in a way that’s fun for readers. Fangirl sucked me in.”
Written by Brittan blog
“I loved this book. The writing was beautiful. The storyline and character were fun and entertaining. Ken Baker was able to make me feel like I was in the book and with the way it was written, it blew me away that he was able to achieve that.”
Ten Cent Notes blog
“Fangirl stands out from many other celebrity-focused novels by its complete commitment to the characters at the center of the story. … This book completely captures crushes and all the angst, worry, and borderline-obsession that comes with them. It's a book I really couldn't put down; a huggable, obsession-worthy YA novel that you should probably definitely read.”