Fan the Fame (Hardcover)
Sometimes before you can build something up, you have to burn it down. Fans of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl and Jennifer Mathieu’s Moxie will fall in love with this fiercely crafted YA novel about followers, fame, and fighting for what’s right.
Lainey wouldn’t mind lugging a camera around a video game convention for her mega-famous brother, aka YouTube streamer Codemeister, except for one big problem. He’s funny and charming online, but behind closed doors, Cody is a sexist jerk.
SamTheBrave came to this year’s con with one mission: meeting Codemeister—because getting his idol’s attention could be the big break Sam needs.
ShadowWillow is already a successful streamer. But when her fans start shipping her with Code, Shadow concocts a plan to turn the rumors to her advantage.
The three teens’ paths collide when Lainey records one of Cody’s hateful rants on video and decides to spill the truth to her brother’s fans—even if that means putting Sam and Shadow in the crosshairs.
Told through three relatable voices, this contemporary YA novel from the author of the widely praised Kat and Meg Conquer the World skillfully balances feminism, accountability, and doing the right thing—even when it hurts.
About the Author
Anna Priemaza is a young adult author and a practicing lawyer in Edmonton, Alberta, where she lives with her husband. She is the author of Kat and Meg Conquer the World and Fan the Fame. Visit her online at www.annapriemaza.com or on Twitter @annab311a.
“A worthwhile look at gaming, fandom, and feminism that will find an audience among fans of Jen Wilde’s Queens of Geek or Whitney Gardener’s Chaotic Good.”
— School Library Journal
“This timely novel will appeal to gamers and nongamers alike, in its humor as well as its deft handling of topics such as sexism, bullying, and how to fight for what’s right.”
— ALA Booklist
PRAISE FOR ANNA PRIEMAZA: “A much-needed portrait of the importance of female friendship in an overstimulating, modern world. A heartwarming, realistically drawn story for fans of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Kat and Meg Conquer the World will hit home for anyone who has ever been waist-deep in fandom, doubt, or new relationships; Kat’s and Meg’s unique voices are outstanding, and their friendship brings this story to vibrant life.”
— Francesca Zappia, author of Made You Up and Eliza and Her Monsters
“Awesomely fun. Gamer gals, devotees of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, and members of John and Hank Green’s nerdfighters will find this debut novel by Priemaza satisfying in its depiction of an unlikely IRL bond between two flawed, funny, bright young women.”
— ALA Booklist
“Reading about Kat and Meg’s friendship is bubbly and effortless, like spending time with someone who not only gets you, but also gets the things that you love. It pops with sweetness and energy while still treating issues such as race and sex with realism and mindfulness. Joyful and real.”
— The Globe and Mail
“A uniquely wonderful portrayal of female friendship—warm and wise and whip-smart. The heart of this book is ten miles wide.”
— Carlie Sorosiak, author of If Birds Fly Back
“Kat and Meg Conquer the World has conquered my heart. A hilarious, touching, fandom-fueled book about the struggle to find your place in the world—and the beautiful moment when you realize you don’t need to do it alone.”
— Chelsea Sedoti, author of The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
“Genuine friendship leads to acts of great courage in this entertaining and heartwarming story.”
— Publishers Weekly
“A funny (and sometimes heartrending) story of two outcasts who form an unlikely friendship. Great for readers who realize that it’s okay to be different, that the most lasting friendships are the ones that you have to fight for, and that geeks rule.”
— Brian Katcher, author of The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak
“I can’t even begin with my feels for this book. Kat and Meg has everything I want in a story: humor, honesty, hardcore geekery, and characters that make you want to reach through the pages and hug them. This book will stay with you long after you put it down.”
— Jilly Gagnon, author of #famous
“A celebration of girl power at its best, these two prove that the things you hate most about yourself might be exactly what someone else needs.”
— Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Inspiring from start to finish. Full of girl power, adventure, heart, and (my personal favorite) video games.”
— Erin “Aureylian” Wayne, Gaming Content Creator