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Grace and the Fever

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  802 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews
In middle school, everyone was a Fever Dream fan. Now, a few weeks after her high school graduation, Grace Thomas sometimes feels like the only one who never moved on. She can't imagine what she'd do without the community of online fans that share her obsession. Or what her IRL friends would say if they ever found out about it.

Then, one summer night, the unthinkable happe
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published May 16th 2017 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I don’t even know how to review this. It hit SO CLOSE to my one direction loving heart and I am overwhelmed by da feels. Just know, I liked this A LOT. Buddy reading it with Jane was the best possible experience. If you are or ever have been a directioner, READ THIS BOOK.
Jun 25, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: 2017, contemporary, romance, ya
DNF @ 55%

Well I made it further this time. And my opinion has mostly stayed the same, but with a few changes.

1) This book is written in third person present tense. It reads like the Planet Earth documentary, and it is extremely annoying (even though I was imagining David Attenborough's voice narrating). This POV and tense combination invites the reader to be outside the story and not actively engage with the characters. In turn, it makes all the little quirks and annoyances the characters have s
Kevin Fanning
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fanfic-adjacent
Many books will tear your heart into pieces, and this one does. The difference is that after Grace and the Fever breaks your heart, it gets down on the floor with you and sews every piece of your heart back together.

If you've ever been a part of a fandom you will EXTREMELY relate to this book. But it's not just for fandom people, at all, and it's definitely not just for 1D* fans. It's for anyone who's ever just loved something, A LOT, and wondered what could ever take its place when you felt th
Here’s the short version of my review: this is a really great book about a girl in that liminal summer between high school and college who becomes unexpectedly swept up with a boyband, the very object of her secret obsession. It’s a book that deals with all the messy, uncomfortable parts of both fandom and being a teenager, and recognizes the power and danger in both. You should read it, even if you're not into boybands or fandom, because the story is compelling (I think) beyond those facets.

May 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Yazar bu kitabı neden yazmış anlayamadım. İnatla sonuna kadar okudum, ki bu kitabı bitirdiysem, bundan sonra başka kitapları hayatta yarım bırakmam. Aşk, aile, arkadaşlık hiçbir konu yoktu. Tek konu, Grace’in bir müzik grubuna hayran olması ve bu grupla yaşadığı 1-2 olaydan ibaretti. Ergen triplerini içeren kitapları bile mumla arattı.

Yazar, hiçbir şey anlatmadığı gibi, kitaba bir son yazmayı da unutmuştu. Sanki bir serinin giriş kitabı gibi epilog kısmı deriiiiiiiin bir boşluktan ibaretti; yokt
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The delicious, bittersweet sister of Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl. In Grace and the Fever the protagonist crosses paths with the singer of her favorite boy band. What follows is a thoughtful ode on celebrity, summer vacation, fandom, and girlhood. It will make you tremble, even if your expiration date for boy band obsessiveness came and passed long ago.

Romanoff's greatest trick is taking fanfiction tropes—your average Betty Sue meets gorgeous world-famous teenage idol! They maybe fall in love!—and i
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I quite liked this and I'm still trying to pin down why. Gracefully messy, an accurate portrait of the intricacies of fandom, and full of friendships and relationships that are satisfyingly tangled and bittersweet.
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Did I finish this book in one day? Yes. Does that mean it was good? No.
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't think there's another book quite like this, and I absolutely love it.
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Grace and the Fever is a pretty good YA book. It’s about a girl who’s a huge fan of a boy band (Fever Dream), a blogger and a tinhat shipper — she believes two of the band members are secretly dating — who then accidentally gets sucked into their world. She finds that all is not what it seems from within the fandom, and she gets to know the bands as people in all of their various complexities.

It’s also about a girl about to go off to college, struggling with how to maintain multiple identities
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Four reasons why fangirls will love Grace and the Fever

She’s flawed in a way all of us fangirls are. I don’t know about you but if you put me in front of the members of All Time Low, I lose my ability to speak and have to remember to ACT COOL. At age 33, Even though I’ve met them more times than I can count. So when Grace ends up in a room with her boys, she doesn’t exactly do the 100% right thing. But she does do what most young fangirls might do.

Her online engagement is on point. If you are i
Sophie Brookover
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, 2017-finished
The first in a group of really well-executed books published this year that aren't about One Direction, but are TOTALLY about One Direction.

Grace is about to head off to Kenyon College when she has an unexpected encounter with Jes Holloway from Fever Dream (think Harry Styles combined with Zayn Malik) that upends all her notions of what it means to be a fan, along with her understanding of herself as an expert in the band she loves.

Grace is very quickly swept up into Jes' world, walking a trick
I loved this book. I loved the writing in this book. This is the kind of writing that I would dream of writing if I were a writer. It was so lovely and dreamy and perfect. I'm not a habitual highlighter, but I highlighted THE SHIT out of this book; there were just so, so many phrases and sentences that were so amazingly written that I wanted to remember them all. Big thanks to Two Bossy Dames for the recommendation, without which I never would have picked this up.

I think my biggest complaint wa
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Grace is a recent high school graduate who is holding on to a secret: she’s still a huge fan of Fever Dream, the boy band everyone loved in middle school. For Grace, the band is still an important part of her life. (She spends a lot of time squealing over it with strangers online.) Then she gets the chance to meet her idol, and she learns the truth about celebrity. A smart coming-of-age story about learning how to move on when you realize the things you think define you are no longer important.

I very much enjoyed this book; its the fastest that I've read a book in a long time, but I do think that its a flawed book. I think that it needed a better editor.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was good enough to make me want to fall headfirst back into fandom. That doesn't sound like a lot, but boy oh boy is it!!

Reading "Grace and the Fever" was like peering into a time warp, staring at myself four years ago and remembering what it was to care so fully about something, about five boys you've never met and never will meet. About what it feels like to know every inch of their public lives, to know their voices so intimately you can pick them out of a harmony like dissecting a
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's been a WHILE since I read a whole book in an afternoon. All the feels and an unexpectedly complex ending.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars, rounding up.) It's still rarer than it should be to read a book that gets fandom culture in the Tumblr age right, but this one does and it really informs the entire book, from the characters down to the story. I haven't been in a boy band fandom, but I've definitely been in fandom and felt like I couldn't explain my "internet friends" or what I was doing online till 2:00 am to my family or "normal" friends. I don't know if you need that background to enjoy this book, but as someone w ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a hard one. I don't know how I feel about it. For a while it was tough to read just because it was the point of view of a larry, someone big into larry fandom, and that was just super cringey and second hand embarrassing to me. The romance between Grace and Jes was nothing I didn't expect or hadn't read before, it was cute. I guess what bothered me was the accuracy of the tumblr posts dissecting everything "Land" and "Solly" did. It was too real. I was uncomfortable at the lack of fourth ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SWOON. If you have ever been a fangirl of anything, this book will make you absolutely DIE on every page. It was so much fun to read. (I totally neglected a full morning of errands because I had started reading it over my coffee and it was so impossible to put down.) My heart raced and fluttered along with Grace's; at several points I could barely stand it and had to throw down the book and squeal because I was so excited by the potential of her fantasy come to life.

Best of all: no one out ther
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
so after MONTHS of waiting for hard copies of this to show up in my local stores, with no luck, i finally remembered google books was a thing--so i caved and bought it today and read it all on my phone in one sitting.


Andrea Olsen
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Isn't meeting/befriending your favorite boy band every teenage girl's dream? This book was super fun, and an interesting look into fandom, escapism and teenage girls in a way that was really smart.
Olivia (heyoliviareads)
This book made me feel seen. So ridiculously seen that it almost could have been embarrassing; Except it wasn't. I left Grace and the Fever feeling full and nostalgic, as if I was reading something more real than fiction, reliving memories that were so vivid it was like she was inside my head. Because Romanoff gets it, she gets it so well. It's right there in the acknowledgements: this book is a One Direction book, and if you lived through 2011-2016, you'll get it, too.

This book starts off as ev
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fandom
It's always tricky, reading books about fandom when you grew up inside of it. When you still spend much of your most enjoyable time deep in fandom as an adult. When the most significant relationships in your life were formed in fandom over the internet or strengthened in fandom IRL. When fandom is so important to you, and your identity, that you've spoken about it on a panel at SDCC. (Okay, that was a brag. But what I'm trying to say is: I'm committed to this stuff. I always have been. I can't i ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
(4.5/5 actually.)

"These girls have transcended the need for the ordinary world, with its ordinary disappointments."

I don't consider myself a Directioner. I briefly tried to be, but by the time I was interested, they were becoming so big and untouchable- and I'd already been spoiled, having loved other bands that didn't feel as faraway, that I was never inspired to try harder. I wasn't a Directioner but I was in Bandom and this books hits me in that place where you never meant for something to be
On the surface, Grace and the Fever is a fun and fluffy read that chronicles what happens when the protagonist of the story has a chance run in with one of the members of her favourite boy band but tries to keep the moment quiet because her friends have long since outgrown their fangirling.

Here’s a girl who feels she has to hide a core part of her being because she’s worried about what other people will think of her.

As a result, she experiences the world in muted tones and hidden colours – all
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya
This was a really good read, and it's hard to pin down exactly why. But one thing that stood out was how much it liked and respected teen girls, not just the main characters, but, like, as a category. The author talks about girls in this fictional fandom so affectionately, and has their backs without being over-the-top defensive. And even the party girls and popular girls from school who don't have much in common with our protagonist aren't ever put down to lift her up.

The way she puts some rea
Gretchen Alice
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man oh man. There have been a spate of books this year dealing with fandom and I am here for it. In this one, Grace hasn't really let go of her obsession with Fever Dream. (Think 1D.) She maintains an online presence to keep up with the band's news and comment on the totally assured-yet-secret relationship between Land and Solly. Things with the band have been fractured lately and frankly, Grace's relationship with her two best friends isn't doing so well, either. Grace stumbles upon an entirely ...more
Lucinda Tomlinson
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Grace Thomas has two selves. In real life she is Grace, quiet average nobody, a high school grad off to college at the end of the summer. Online she is Gigi, devoted to Fever Dream, the biggest boyband in the world. Paying particular attention to a certain conspiracy theory, Grace has poured herself heart and soul into fandom. After a chance meeting with one of the band members, Grace struggles to keep her two halves separate as her real life becomes entangled with that of Fever Dream.

Let me beg
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“other than the girls, he’s the person most likely to be able to identify her, and if Jes really is in trouble, they won’t want her around to cause any more of it.” 0 likes
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