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Stranger than fanfiction, by Chris Colfer

Label
Stranger than fanfiction
Title
Stranger than fanfiction
Statement of responsibility
by Chris Colfer
Title variation
Stranger than fan fiction
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Cash Carter, the young, world-famous lead actor of the hit television show Wiz Kids, is a favorite of the tabloids and paparazzi, who take notice of his every move. When four fans jokingly invite him on a cross-country road trip, they are s'hocked when he actually accepts their invitation. Getting a taste of the spotlight, this unlikely crew takes off on a journey of narrow escapes from photographers, not-so-glamorous mishaps, and surprise turns. But along the way they discover that the star they love isn't the picture-perfect person they've seen on TV. Cash Carter has secrets--big ones that no one else knows about--and they just might tear his image apart. A novel about the truth behind power, fame, and the meaning of friendship, on a hilarious, life-changing adventure across the States.--
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Review
  • In Colfer’s (the Land of Stories series) first YA novel, four Illinois teens join the 20-something star of their favorite TV show, Wiz Kids, on a road trip. Topher Collins never expected Cash Carter to respond to his invitation to accompany him and three friends on their post-graduation tour of tourist attractions between Illinois and California, and he certainly didn’t expect Cash to be so reckless and candid. As the five veer from their carefully planned itinerary, hidden truths emerge, threatening to ruin their friendship, but eventually bringing them closer. Colfer touches on sexuality, identity, familial expectations, and acceptance through his characters, but many discussions feel rushed and deserving of deeper consideration, including when one character comes out as transgender. Attempts to make the characters relatable can turn cringe-worthy; during a confession while high, Topher confesses that he once dosed his younger brother, who has cerebral palsy, with cough medicine in order to sneak out and watch an episode of Wiz Kids. The book succeeds as offbeat escapism, but it doesn’t adequately address the serious topics it introduces. Ages 15–up. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed 02/20/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 08, p)
  • A young, white television star breaks away from Hollywood to go on a cross-country road trip with four of his biggest fans.Cash Carter, with his good looks and celebrity status as the lead on the wildly successful television show Wiz Kids, seems to have it all. The only problem is that he is miserable. Tired of feeling that he has no control over his life, he answers a fan letter inviting him to accompany four friends on their pre-college road trip from Illinois to California. While Colfer has some good insights into the realities of dealing with fame, this latest novel is a paint-by-numbers coming-of-age story with cringeworthy dialogue and a cast of stock characters whose racial and sexual diversity feels forced and provides little three-dimensionality. Every character-stereotype box is checked, from the mixed-race closeted preacher's son to the Japanese-American girl whose father barely understands English and is intent on pushing her into Stanford. The author clearly understands the downside of becoming a young TV sensation but struggles to translate that experience to Cash's character in a way that generates empathy. The supporting characters have their own struggles but are off on their road trip before those can resonate with readers. The novel's best scene is when Cash helps the closeted character accept himself. A standard novel about being true to who you are. (Fiction. 15-17)(Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2017)
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adapted from book jacket
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10556892
Cataloging source
TOH
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1990-
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Colfer, Chris
Index
no index present
Intended audience
880L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
UG
Literary form
fiction
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  • 9
  • 12
Reading level
6
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True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Celebrities
  • Friendship
  • Fame
  • Life change events
  • Celebrities
  • Friendship
  • Secrets
  • Fame
  • Life change events
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Stranger than fanfiction, by Chris Colfer
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1740127
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
295 pages
Isbn
9780316383448
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780316383448
  • (OCoLC)959879452
Label
Stranger than fanfiction, by Chris Colfer
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1740127
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
295 pages
Isbn
9780316383448
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780316383448
  • (OCoLC)959879452

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