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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  286 ratings  ·  62 reviews
All Cris Pereira wants after being dumped at the altar is a do-over, but her life is not the average fairy tale and wishes don't come true in the real world. After she meets movie star Tom Abramson, she's determined not to fall for his intelligence, charm and impetuousness because dreams are for the foolhardy, and a modern girl can rescue herself. ...more
Paperback, 1st, 240 pages
Published May 31st 2011 by Revolution Publishing (first published May 13th 2011)
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May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Ahdieh's real debut (though an adult romance novel). It was good but cheesy? Review forthcoming.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Fanfare by Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: Revolution Publishing
Publication Date: May 31, 2011
Rating: 3 stars
Source: Purchased paperback copy

Summary (from Goodreads):

All Cris Pereira wants after being dumped at the altar is a do-over, but her life is not the average fairy tale and wishes don't come true in the real world. After she meets movie star Tom Abramson, s
Laura P.
This book is totally undervalued...It was such a good read! I devoured it!

The style was easygoing, refreshing and bubbly (think of a glass of chilled sparkling wine).
The whole book is filled with biting and snarky irony which is exactly what I love. I never had such fun reading a book in a very long time.
The characters felt very real and they were wondrous...imperfections and all. Chris was totally kick-ass and Tom was so adorable. Oh-Tom...I want one too (he is even british!!). Every one of th
Alex Bennett
I didn’t know what to expect from Fanfare besides hopefully an awesome book. I was told by a friend that this book was completely wonderful, and I do have to agree. While it wasn’t at all what I expected—since I didn’t know quite what to expect, I was a little worried at first. But once I got into the story, that worry left me and all that was left was enjoyment and a need to turn the next page.

Despite how it has been marketed, Fanfare is not a young adult novel. It certainly can appeal to teens
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As one of the lucky early readers of this book, I loved it. Ahdieh takes an old-school fairy-tale and gives it a modern twist, with a terrific cast of characters, great locations and a spot-on ear for crackling, funny, emotionally true dialogue.

May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Fanfare is not a fairy tale. It's a story about a strong woman who ultimately decides that she's the one in control of her own life, and that if she wants to be happy she can be. Cris was such a strong character, and she was super feisty. She was one of those characters that I couldn't help but love. Even though I loved her, there were a couple of times I just wanted to shake her. The biggest thing that was keeping her from being happy was herself. It was one of those times where a person just b ...more
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fanfare was amazing. After just reading a book that I didn’t like very much, I was starting to feel the beginnings of a reading slump. Thankfully, Fanfare pulled me away from that.
I’m pretty sure that for 3/4 of Fanfare I had a huge grin plastered to my face. The other 1/4 was spent lamenting and hoping that things would turn out for the best. I also laughed out loud a few times. Cristina was the kind of narrator that made me laugh. There were also a couple of times where I could feel tears spri
Nov 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
Yeah so I'm not really a fan of Hollywood-star-dates-unknown-girl but I had to read this since it was Renée Ahdieh's debut and I love her books. This wasn't that great to be quite honest, you can see that her writing and her storytelling has really evolved, but there were parts where you could see the raw talent there. It was fun to read something by her in a contemporary setting even though you can't really see the similarities in the writing. One thing that I love and that it's common in her b ...more
Jessy Mills
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read this story before it was made into a book and wow, it had me hooked from the first chapter!! I love how Renee developes the characters and makes you feel like you're emotionally invested in the story. Definitely looking forward to buying a copy and sharing it with all my friends! ...more
Punnya Dayanand
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story was witty and cute. I loved the ending.
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Cris Pereira was not given this kind of warning when she agreed to sacrifice one afternoon out of her weekend to appease a cousin. Needless to say Tom Abramson, the source of all the excitement, wasn’t too thrilled to be where he was either. Disinterest is a recipe for destiny to take its course and the reader along with it on a ride of all that is the ups and downs of love. In her debut novel Fanfare, Renee Ahdieh has just the perfect recipe for the modern love story.

True love is is blind. In f
Jan 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fanfare by Renée Ahdieh
Paperback, 240 pages
Expected publication: May 31, 2011by Revolution Publishing, Inc
ISBN: 0983353700
Cris Pereira hates starring in a cautionary tale. Alas, her recent heartbreak relegates her to this unbecoming fate. The only good thing about being dumped a foot from the altar is the newest layer to her punchy sarcasm. All she wants is a do-over, but this is not your average fairy tale, and wishes don't come true in the real w
May 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book. I really did. New authors need the boost up,and I like being able to give that. 'Fanfare' has all the makings of a passable romance novel: the feisty heroine. The handsome movie star who is fascinated with her. A colorful cast of ethnic friends. Romance heaven, right?

Ahdieh is not an untalented writer. Her prose is clear, and she has a nice, sharp-witted turn of phrase at times. I liked her female lead (Chris), on the whole, and she did a good job at making her second
Megan (magan bagan)
Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Fanfare was a nice breath of fresh air. As Renee's debut novel I was quite impressed by her writing style and fun flare with her characters.

Cris Pereira found herself in a difficult place when her fiance left her for another woman. She did what she could to move on; she went to work, spent time with her friends, lived her life. But deep down she feared being hurt again.

And then one morning she met Tom Abramson, Hollywood's new "it" boy, and things took an unexpected turn. Moving on isn't always
Jul 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Are you looking for a book to read? A book filled to the brim with clichés? The I-Dropped-My-IPod-By-The-Hot-Movie-Star-Who-Is-Not-Cocky-And-Is-Just-Lonely-Even-Though-He-Is-Surrounded-By-His-Entourage-And-Nobody-Can-Understand-Him-Rxcept-For-Her. And she is a totally chill person who definitely does not listen to mainstream music, instead she listens to unique music so when he gets her iPod he is intrigued. Then we go through the whole I-had-my-heart-broken-so-we-can-only-be-friends. Then the p ...more
Book Chatter-Cath
May 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed

So ordinary girl meets up and coming Hollywood actor and is not impressed to find that he's a bit scruffy and hasn't bothered to wash his hair. And he is intrigued by the seemingly ordinary girl that doesn't buy into his star status like all the other screaming fans.

Initially I didn't really like Cris, she came across as a little whiney and annoying. It didn't however, take too long for me to understand the reasons behind her attitude and warm up to her.
In contrast I loved Tom straight away. He
May 17, 2011 marked it as to-read
This one is a bit difficult for me to review. I loved the majority of the book, but the few flaws I found keep gnawing at my mind, which in turn caused me to look at the book with a pessimistic eye.

I loved the witty humor of the book! I was almost always laughing when I was reading this. It was a cute, funny read. If anything the book was a great laugh. I would recommend this to anyone who wanted some romance, with a side of humor.

The one thing I couldn't get out of my mind was the character fl
Fictional Bookshelf
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sweet-romances
I liked to take this time to warn those reading my review that this book will have you laughing out loud when no ones is around and it may cause an emotional tear or two.

Renee Ahdieh’s ability to write a great emotional romance is just a tip of the iceberg for Fanfare. Without a doubt, Fanfare has several major elements that made this a book to die for. Cris’s, the heroine / social worker, snarky attitude and sarcasm will have you holding your sides from laughing so much. Thomas, the hero / mov
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: A debut book you might want to check out.
3 Stars

Not bad for a debut author/book. Not sure about the cover. I think it a little overdone for the simplicity of this story.

Not great, but I like this authors voice. I'll keep my eye open for more by her.

One thing I liked quite a bit was the diverse cultures visited and mixed in this book. The h is Cuban/Puerto Rican, the H is British, the h's best friend's are Korean and Indian. Some how these all mix very well... I liked the friends almost as much as the primary characters. A very eclectic
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, celebrity
- Great premise, great hero, writing rather disappointing. Dialogue cheesy and stilted in places. Other characters kept commenting on how clever or brilliant or brave the heroine supposedly was for making some commonplace remarks. I'd like it to actually be clever/ brilliant/ brave and not just be told it was.
- Heroine rather irritating. Acted really stupidly at the end.
- I get that the way she was jilted was really hurtful. But it still seemed pretty melodramatic for her to keep having nightma
May 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Sometimes life gives you lemons, closes a door and kicks you when you’re down. For Cris Pereira there has been no lemonade, windows opening or getting up to brush herself off. Between her fiancée cheating on her and her father dying, it’s pretty fair to say she has had a run of bad luck.

And then Cris loses her iPod.

At a celebrity signing for the current ‘it boy’ of Hollywood, Cris is forced to queue in line with her squealing, obsessed cousins as they fawn over the latest British export, and th
Sep 04, 2020 rated it did not like it

The most uninteresting, incredibly getting on my nerves like the sound of a chalk dragging across the board, nails scraping on steel, chair being dragged on the ground kind of annoying 30 pages I ever read. And I care about myself better than continuing with the story. So I stopped right there..and saw the name of the author and now I'm like...what?? Am I living in a parallel universe where Renee writes a book this mindnumbingly poor? I'm still confused and in shock. Get me back to the Bere
Recently, I've been challenging myself to finish all the books on my "currently reading" shelf. Apparently, I got to 85% completed in this one back in 2014, and stopped for no apparent reason. I started from the beginning again today, and found that I actually really enjoyed this book. The characters are witty and actually learn and grow. The characters' anguish and heartache felt real to me. (It also doesn't hurt that I'm a sucker for Hollywood-meets-normal-girl books). ...more
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
As a Renée Ahdieh devotee, I was very interested to read her official debut, Fanfare, and thanks to Interlibrary Loan, I was able to do so. As a whole, Fanfare was fun and I could see the beginning of Ahdieh’s brilliance, including her ability to weave together an intriguing plot while utilizing beautiful language.

But while Tom and Cris were likeable characters, I found that at times they fell flat. Cris’s motivations were often a bit unclear, particularly when it came to the section of the plot
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Was this book completely and impossibly sappy? Yes. Completely and impossibly unrealistic? Definitely. Did I love every second? You can bet your ass.

Ugh. It was horrendously cliche and our heroine was both badass and overly-perfect. But it was also an amazing read.

This is my new go-to read for when I just need to smile.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: c-new-adult
I wanted to love this book. I really did. But I just couldn't. The first 25% was terrific, I honestly thought the book would get a 5 star rating. But it started to go downhill from there. Also, all of the characters are sort of Mary Sues, so that really put me off the book too. ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read this after really loving The Wrath and the Dawn, but the style of writing is completely different and it seems like the author Renee Ahdieh has improved a lot since this debut. The story is pretty generic.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
I still wish it were a print or ebook rather than audio. This version just has not convinced me to switch over to audiobooks (those British and Puerto Rican accents... big sigh). I loved the story, but the audio version, not so much.
I love Renee Ahdieh's other novels and as a result I felt like I should read absolutely everything by her. This was my least favorite and could have used some more editing, but it was also not fantasy like her other stories so perhaps that's partially why I didn't enjoy it as much. ...more
Kristen Anderson
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Started off very strong...super cute. A little cliched, but still very enjoyable. Toward the end it lost me a little. But it came together and I liked the ending.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hot-romance
Made me laugh, made me cry
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