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High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.
Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.
This guy looked more like a college student than high school senior, but there were too many other clues to ignore. Madi’s stomach twisted. Oh God—there’s no way this is happening.
“You’re Madi,” he repeated. “From the MadLibs blog, right?”
“I am,” she said, then forced a smile. “I know this sounds weird, but how do you pronounce your name?”
“It’s Laurent.” The way he said his name tipped her off: Luh-Ron. It rhymed with Lebron—the accent on the second part of the name—clearly masculine. Laurent Abelard, not Lauren Tabelard! she realized. Madi fought the urge to face-palm.
“I didn’t realize it was you,” she said. “I thought you were a girl.”
“I didn’t either. I thought you were—” He laughed. “I don’t know. Someone else. I expected someone… different.”
“I don’t know. You just look like—like—”
Madi’s wanton perusal came to a screeching halt. What. The. HELL.
“Like what?” she snapped.
“Like a blogger.”
“A blogger? What’s that supposed to mean?!”
He shrugged “I… I don’t know. You’re just not what I expected.”
Madi drew herself up to her full height, vibrating with anger. “Sorry to disappoint you, but there are lots of people who look lots of ways—”
“But I only meant—”
“—and bloggers come in all shapes and sizes—”
“Yes, I know, but—”
“—and MadLibs has a HUGE fanbase! Hundreds of thousands of visitors come to my site each month. I’m eighteen years old. I’m an entrepreneur. I’m not some—some kid, or something!”
Laurent recoiled from the screen, his face blanching. “Ah, non! Ce n’est pas le cas! I-I’m so very sorry. I didn’t mean it like that. I just—I messed up. I didn’t think—I-I—Pardonnez-moi, s’il vous plaît. Je ne veux pas vous ennuyer...” His words tumbled out faster and faster, disappearing into a blur of anxiety-ridden French.
And that was the moment, Madi realized, when she knew she was going to fall and fall hard, because nothing was more romantic than a language you couldn’t understand and a young man who was anything but American who was spouting apologies and wringing his hands. (That doing it onscreen made him look like a matinee idol from some brooding French film was an added bonus.)
All the Feels:
"This is an insider’s look into the life of a fangirl. ... Liv’s experiences with fandom will resonate with many teens, but it is her struggles to understand her goals for the future, her feelings for Xander, and even the drudgery of college that will compel teens to stick with this story." —School Library Journal
"The book is a dream. I loved absolutely everything about it. ... From the chapter headers to every mention of nerd culture, All the Feels is a blast for anyone who’s ever been completely consumed by a fandom. If you’ve ever been a geek who’s felt out of place, this is the book for you!" —Seeking Book Boyfriends
"For every fangirl and boy who just can’t even, this book is for you. Danika Stone gets it. She speaks fandom fluently. ... I will forever love her, not just because she wrote so expertly about belonging to a fandom, but because she catapulted the fangirl into the space typically reserved for those we idolize. For so long we have loved from afar all the heroes and heroines that have captured our hearts and our devotion. But Stone, in her love of fandom, makes us the heroes of her story. Every gal who wrote a fanfic, every guy who created a gif or meme, everyone who has ever raged, squealed, or cried over fictional characters, we are the shining stars of her clever tale." —The Writing Piazza
"I fell in love with this story! Well written, funny, with a side of romance. Liv and Xander are great. Real friends with the ups and downs all friends have. I was laughing and cringing as I read. This book definitely captures the feel of all consuming fandom can be, but there's a real heart to its message. Totally loved it!" —Mara M., Swoon Reader
"Spot-on portrayal of fandom, con, and all the characters within. A lovely coming-of-age story with a good mixture of LOL moments and more somber ones." —liz, Swoon Reader
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