Mini-review: Stranger Than Fan Fiction by Chris Colfer
This book is about five young adults each struggling with different social challenges. Four friends invite their favourite actor on a road trip before heading out to college and it’s not the experience any of them were expecting.
This book explores the struggles of keeping your truest self a secret, and how mentally damaging and isolating it can be to hide those secrets from the friends closest to you.
Stranger Than Fan Fiction highlights the struggles of a cloested trans boy, and a closeted gay boy. Obviously no two experiences are the same for any people in the community, but Colfer manages to do this in an extremely educational manner that leaves a positive experience behind.
The novel also highlights both the wonderful and toxic parts of being in a fandom, as well as being the subject of that fandom.
I saw the ending coming but still wasn’t prepared. Colfer just really knows how to mess with my emotions.
It’s also witty, sarcastic, has a lot of really interesting facts, and is easy to read. While not the best writing ever, Colfer definitely knows how to tell a story.
Side note: if you read this book make sure you definitely also read the authors note at the end.
Actual rating 4/5