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I'm Your Biggest Fan: Awkward Encounters and Assorted Misadventures in Celebrity Journalism

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,034 ratings  ·  172 reviews
The Executive Editor of People Magazine provides an unfiltered and hilarious look at her life alongside the rich and famous, as she reveals how being a fan-girl lead to celebrity close encounters she could only dream of growing up.

From the NY Post's "Page Six" to Good Housekeeping and now People, Kate Coyne has spent years on the front lines of the entertainment industry,
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by Hachette Books
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Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Pop culture fans, this is fun, fun, fun, and perfect beach/vacation reading.

Stars! They're just like us! No. No they're not.

After graduating from college (Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, no less), Kate was destined for something bigger than working for the gossip page of a large newspaper, but that's just what she did and, thanks to her love of TV and pop culture, was good at it. She did so well that she got a high-level job booking and interviewing high-list celebrities for the cover of Good Housek
Kelly Ferguson
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Let’s be honest, the only reason anyone gets their oil changed is so they can read People Magazine for free. Celebrity gossip read in the lobby is like fast food eaten in the car, it doesn’t really count. I suppose I’d compare to this memoir to a Chipotle bowl you bring home. Not Oaxacan mole, but at least the guacamole is fresh.

A Facebook friend of mine described this book as a fun read, “fun” being the operative adjective this college professor is looking for at the end of long semester. There
Jun 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Listen, I'm not above reading about celebrities. Until Britney Spears' mental breakdown*, I was really very interested in the latest and greatest celebrity gossip. I still tend to know a little more than the average 40-something, although I can't stand any of the shows on Bravo and sometimes don't even recognize the names on the E! homepage. Still, I picked up this book because it was light and fluffy and hey, it's summer. I also have a soft spot for inside-the-magazine-industry types of books/a ...more
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you are a pop culture fan, this book is for you!! I was laughing the whole time while reading about Kate Coyne meeting her celebrity heroes. She talks about her career as a celebrity news writer and how she progressed from gossip columns to becoming a top dog at People Magazine. Her celebrity stories and hilarious and are exactly the reactions I would have when meeting someone famous. This was a short read that's easy to fly through and it's super fun! ...more
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fun and easy read! I enjoyed hearing about Kate Coyne's interesting and sometimes hilarious celebrity encounters, as well as her life and career path. ...more
Ana Garza
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This was entertaining, but I didn't find it as interesting as I thought I would. There are some funny anecdotes, but this really was just okay for me. ...more
Stephanie A.
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, nonfiction
Coyne's background in magazine writing translates well: this was breezy and SO much fun to read, I could not stop cracking up. If you like those long-form articles where the writers go beyond the Q&A to describe their observations and interpretations of what happens in between the lines of conversation, and you want more inside scoop about the celebs featured here, this is the book for you.

Heck, even if you don't like these particular celebrities...with chapter titles like "Mariska Hargitay Thi
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I realize that this is the 8th book in a row that I have given 4 stars to, so I'm not sure if I've lost my mind or just my judgment. It's entirely possible that I'm on a lucky streak. Meanwhile, I thoroughly enjoyed this book by one of the editors at People magazine. The author has been a celebrity journalist forever and this is her first collection (and I'm sure not her last) of her encounters with the golden stars of Hollywood.

The author is self-depracatingly star-struck and she pokes fun at
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography, humor
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

A gossip columnist tells all about her encounters with various celebrities. Despite being in the industry, she still gets star-struck.

Mildly amusing.
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, 2016
Fairly entertaining, though not indepth with anything. Good for travelling!
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fun entertaining read authored by celebrity journalist Kate Coyne, a high profile editor for People Magazine. Coyne takes readers behind the scenes of exciting high pressure writing, interviewing, and production of front cover page and articles of celebrity profile and news.

Encouraged by her parents who were involved in acting and theatrical production, Coyne was 11 years old when she encountered Robert Downey JR and got her first celebrity autograph. George Michael was her next celebrity cru
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm a big fan of eating alone in restaurants, but only if I have something to read. I bought this book so I could take myself out to breakfast. It's fine. I chuckled. I ate hash browns. Life went on.

KC faces the problem that so many memoir writers have. If she talks about how great she is, she'll come across as annoying. If she humanizes herself by telling goofy stories, she'll come across as annoying AND incompetent. Basically it's really hard to write a whole book about oneself without coming
Judie Cunan
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fun read!

I bought this book because I thought it was a series of short stories about an interesting subject, intending to keep it with me for those times when I had a few minutes to kill such as sitting in a waiting room for an appointment, eating a quick salad alone in a restaurant or any other occasion such as those. However, once I began reading this extremely well written tale I found I couldn't put it aside.
Kate Coyne is a woman who'd be such fun to accompany on a beach getaway vacat
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Adorable, funny, sincere, and a little frantic. Just like the author, Kate Coyne, I imagine. Coyne's voice is sweet, self-depreciating, and a little geeky in a genuine way. A fun book to read on the beach, an airplane, or on your couch any day of the week. A must for anyone who grew up in the pop culture obsessed 80s and 90s. ...more
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
If you want a funny, light, and not-mean-spirited book about meeting and writing about celebrities, this is it!
Chris Hart
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was fun, fun, fun to read! I devoured this in less than 24 hours--easy to do, since each chapter reads like an article in "People" magazine. This is not surprising, as the author is the executive editor for that magazine. Ms Coyne has been covering celebrities professionally for over 20 years, but her infatuation with tv and movie stars dates back practically to toddlerhood.

The incidents she reports are mostly positive about the celebrities involved. This is not a mean-spirited tell-all boo
Laura Berendts
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't go into this with any grand expectations, but it didn't even deliver the dishy goods I was looking for. This sounds more harsh than I'd like, but the author comes off as incredibly uncool and out of touch. She makes a joke early in the book about Diddy and adds an aside to the effect of "...he probably will have changed his name again by the time I'm done writing this sentence". And this book was published in TWENTY-SIXTEEN. Groan. The "dirt" shared in the book is mostly about 1) Jennif ...more
Cecily Kyle
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: towers, favorites
loved it!! I love getting insider information on the lives of the rich and famous and I especially enjoyed Kates perspective of her life and all the people she has had the chance to meet and make moments with. I even lol'd a few times.
Great read!!
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A breezy read— Coyne’s tales of celebrity interactions are engaging, funny, and sometimes moving. Her insights about the workings of a magazine publication are interesting as well.
Annie Grace
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
So so funny and interesting and cool! I want Kate Coyne’s job.
Melissa Whittinghill
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun read about a celebrity writer and editor. Perfect for anyone who loves pursuing People and US Weekly while waiting in line at the store.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved it! Laughed all the way through.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable. I always wanted a glossy magazine job like Kate Coyne's, and now I can feel what it would be like. ...more
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This fantastic books provides fresh insights into the world of what the author calls "celebrity journalism." In truth there is no journalism involved in the biased, self-serving, pay-for-story writing that goes on in the world of People editor Kate Coyne. While the book is wonderfully written and extremely entertaining, the author is misleading herself (and us) into thinking this is true journalism. It's not. She is merely part of a PR machine in which she uses stars to attract readers to make m ...more
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
As a journalism major, this book was an incredible read. Being in school we are taught about news writing and magazine writing, but this view of opinion writing and the like was super interesting. Her tales of meeting celebrities for the different magazines shes worked for has given me the excitement for my field I had in the beginning. Coyne writes about potential sticky situations I could encounter and explains her transition into different departments at different publication. Great light rea ...more
Samantha Ettus
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My college roommate bought me this book and I loved it. Kate Coyne's writing style is delightful - breezy, witty and fun to read. Full of laugh out loud anecdotes about the author's often awkward encounters with celebrities, I'm Your Biggest Fan is the perfect beach read for anyone who appreciates pop culture and people. ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A quick read and highly entertaining, although I thought the section on Kate Gosselin went on a bit too long, only because I never was interested in her. I enjoyed the sections on Tom Cruise and the end chapter about Michael Douglas the best. The chapter on George Michael is now bittersweet but wonderful just the same. A fun read.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this book and loved it!! I had no idea who Kate was but the title of the book intrigued me and seemed right up my alley.

I loved hearing about not only her triumphs at work, but also her disasters. Many times I laughed out loud!!

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants something light and fun to read!
Mary Urban
If you're ever curious whether Tom Hanks is as nice in real life, what Patrick Dempsey eats for breakfast, or just how good of a memory Tom Cruise has. ...more
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Kate Coyne wasn’t supposed to turn out like this. Her parents spent way too much money on incredibly elitist schools, culminating with Oxford University in England, where she spent her days translating Anglo-Saxon religious poetry into English while simultaneously watching episodes of Friends.

Instead of teaching at a leafy boarding school somewhere and forcing teenagers to appreciate Wordsworth,

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