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3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  118 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
"One day, I was not famous, the next day, I was almost famous and the temptation to go wide with that and reject my past was too great. When I was legit famous, it was hard to tell when the change had occurred... If I had been born famous, the moment I would have started engaging in social media, I would have seen this fame, not the rise of it. But first I saw the low numb ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published February 12th 2016 by Semiotext(e)
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May 14, 2016 Liz rated it liked it
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An odd little book about a deadpan girl who becomes Internet famous, once her blog/other social media accounts start tracking her real-life relationship with another Internet celebrity. We never get to read anything about what she actually publishes, which was a relief to me after the long tedious "blog" excerpts in books like "Americanah." The first half of the book is kind of like a mumblecore narration of her life as a mall worker at some kind survey company; then things take a very abrupt sh ...more
Jul 07, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
A sharp take on social media celebrity, the psychology behind it, and the story of how it's become this bizarre thing in the millennial cohort. This is all told through a novel of course, and well done in my opinion. Like posts for social media accounts, the chapters are short, sometimes vague, and describe experiences as they happen and one off memories. As someone who was once enamored over the power of reach through an anonymous Twitter account, and experienced a short lived obsession with tr ...more
May 14, 2016 Gus rated it it was amazing
Idk if this was truly 5 stars but I want to give something 5 stars and actually this is 5. Everything about this book frightened me about ugly parts of myself. It was unpleasant but also very funny. I don't have the book with me so I can't pull some fav quotes but many times the accuracy and clarity in Colleen's narration of the online or whatever else floored me.
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Apr 27, 2016 Acacia Ives rated it really liked it
This book how can i explain this book. I think going into it you need to know only two things.
1. Colleen is far more honest then many people can handle
2. This book is not like anything i've read.
Apr 28, 2016 Gretchen rated it really liked it
What a beautiful and surreal little book.
Dec 22, 2016 Britta rated it it was amazing
Socially revealing and beautifully discomfiting.
Dec 23, 2016 Nick rated it it was amazing
this beautiful, strange, and slightly disturbing book is the best thing i've read in a long time. highly recommended!
Katie Oldham
Aug 10, 2016 Katie Oldham rated it liked it
Truly one of the strangest books I've ever read, and still now I can't decide if it's a work of art I am too ignorant to truly grasp, or if it's just simply underdeveloped and underwhelming.

The first quarter of the book was quite calmly paced and my hopes mounted as I found myself fascinated by the mediocre hometown stories of the 'former' life of the tricky protagonist. I was excited to see how this book would handle the journey into online fame because I knew it would do it well, and it's a to
Jan 02, 2017 Meredith rated it really liked it
3.5, but still thinking about it a week later.
Nov 30, 2016 Emily rated it it was amazing
A truly bizarre first person narrative. It felt like two entirely different books, which I liked for entirely different reasons.

In the first half, Stagg's protagonist works at a survey center at an economically depressed mall, urging people to complete marketing surveys for $2-4 returns. She works with an intriguing cast of supporting characters and recurring patrons. The minutiae of meaningless office politics, and the depressing late stage capitalism mallscape are the perfect springboard for t
Ehh. I can definitely see how someone could adore this book, or how I might have really enjoyed it many years ago when I was more into this kind of thing. But right now, it just didn't do it for me. The style of writing was just frantic enough to make me feel anxious, the story was disjointed and oddly paced, and I disliked the protagonist. I do applaud the author, though, for taking on an ultra-current topic and trying to make sense of it in a way that isn't too on the nose. At the end, it just ...more
May 25, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
What a strange trip of a book. I loved the way it was written from the point of view of the protagonist's inner life, with very few glimpses of who she is to other people, though she is...famous. There's not much tangible about her fame, but you know she's obsessed with herself and you're entrenched in her brain...she allows you no other view. This novel feels very...of the last decade? It's like a weird time capsule; it reminds me of 2007 and Cory Kennedy and party photographers BUT you only ge ...more
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Enjoyable, like a more collected Ryan Trecartin.
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