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Tinfoil Crowns

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Seventeen-year-old internet video star Fit is on a mission to become famous at all costs. She shares her life with her fans through countless videos (always sporting some elaborate tinfoil accessory), and they love her for it. If she goes viral, maybe she can get out of her small casino town and the cramped apartment she shares with her brother and grandpa. But there's one ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Flux
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jv poore
Fit is tearing me in two. Wounds from warring emotions: fury, disbelief and a deeply-buried desire to forgive, are palpable and painful. Part of me needs to give her a hug.

Vehement denial that horrific symptoms may manifest from a mental illness is easy to understand. Unless you’ve been through it or witnessed it, first-hand. With knowledge gleaned, I also easily imagine shaking this young lady by her shoulders.

All moms make mistakes. And, at first, it seems as if Fit and Frankie’s mother messe
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
So I won a giveaway from North Star Editions and Flux Books - Tinfoil Crowns by Erin Jones was part of the package!

I had mixed feelings about the book. It is certainly important for ALL OF US to take a good, hard look at our social media usage and what it does to our relationships. And to us as people. I couldn't relate to Fit at all simply for the fact that if I behaved like she did at home, I wouldn't have lived to talk about it. I get that she had a very troubled start to life, but, she neede
Jan 20, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019-releases
This was a really unexpected read that broke my heart a whole bunch. I'm a little tight on time right now so just gonna copy and paste my B&N Teen Blog blurb:

Some books wait until the end to punch you in the gut. This one starts with the pain, introducing readers to Fit (do not call her Jessica) and her brother, Frankie, who were almost killed during their mother’s bout with postpartum psychosis. While Frankie is too young to remember it, Fit isn’t, and when her mother, River, is released from p
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

What I like:
First things first. The book cover of this novel is so appealing for me. It’s simple and yet attractive in its own way. The plot is interesting and the writing style is good and easy to understand. My first impression of this book is that it will give me a feeling of “light reading” and I’m wrong because it’s the opposite. It is heavy and thrilling for me.

I’ve had a hate-hate relationship with the main character, Fit/Jessica. I consider this one of the things that I like ab
I'm really split with how I feel about this book. I found the concept quite interesting, but I didn't think it was executed well. It was enjoyable at times, the writing style was good, and I thought the subject of YouTube popularity was handled well.
But the book's other story lines didn't click with me. At times, when there were no consequences for some of the decisions the characters made, the story got frustrating. And I found the ending unsatisfying, it left me with many questions, and there
Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2019-releases
3,5 stars.
I really liked the whole idea of the story overall, loved how it tackled YouTube celebrity, fame and the price of it all, family issues and so on. I just felt like something was missing, I didn't connect with the main character as much as I would have liked to.

Read my full review of Tinfoil Crowns on the blog.

Thank you to Flux Books & NetGalley for the e-ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating.

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Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tinfoil Crowns is one of those rare and lovely books that is deeply concerned with young people and parts of youth culture, but manages to paint a nuanced and compassionate view of the very traits that are too often oversimplified or derided by others. The protagonist is a new Youtube star looking to make her breakout, while also dealing with a (I'm avoiding spoilers) deeply complicated relationship with her mother. The novel shows how the protagonist--Fit--has desire to be a Youtube star that c ...more
temi ★
Apr 26, 2019 marked it as dnf
DNF at 2%

Am I aware of how much of a loser I am for giving up at 2%? Yes. Do I care or want to waste my time on this book? No.

I don’t like the writing, and I already know that it would annoy me for the whole book. The characters also seem...weird. I’m not sure, but there’s something about them. I feel bad for judging so quickly, but I genuinely feel like I wouldn’t enjoy the rest of the book at all. Sorry.

Got me an ARC from North Star Editions through Netgalley.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Tinfoil Crowns actually addresses a growing problem for an upcoming generation, internet stardom. In this story a girl is a YouTube star, and the hell with everything else. She's so concerned about her fans, these strangers and weirdos. But, actually living face to face matters much less. I disliked this book because of the values and lifestyle it promotes. ...more
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Oh man! This book is intense! With social media being such a huge, huge part of many people's lives, Tinfoil Crowns shows one teens rise to social media "stardom" and portrays the very real ways social media is like an addiction. There is also focus on mental illness, specifically postpartum psychosis, and in a more general way, psychological/personality disorders that can arise from childhood trauma. I'm not sure if the author intended to show this, but I felt it was done very subtly and very w ...more
Manon the Malicious
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Fit lives with her grandfather and her little brother, Frankie, and has a pretty successful YouTube channel. But she hides something from her fans, she never talks about the fact that her mother tried to kill her and her brother when Frankie was not even a year old. But now, after 14 years in prison, her mother is coming home and will live with the three of them. Fit is very angry and it doesn't help that her fans somehow found
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review

This was a fun book to read but it was nothing special in my opinion. I liked the plot but the ending made so confused. What annoyed me most was Fit, I understand why she acted that way about River, but this felt really extra. Especially since she eventually got away with everything. What I didn't understand was why she acted so ungrateful. Maybe this was the way she deals with life, but honestly, her grandpa tried so hard and still she acte
I was sent an eARC of this book from Netgalley in an exchange for an honest review.

Fit is definitely one of the most interesting protagonists I've read lately.

Although I don't have any personal experience with being a YouTuber I don't know how accurately Fits journey was portrayed but I definitely related to many of her own personal struggles of being on the internet and how some posts can be used to judge people.

The main character Fit isnt straight and this is mentioned throughout the story
Lynne Lambdin
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
As much as it pains me, I am no longer the targeted audience for YA novels. Although, age will not stop me from YA fantasy. I will read those cheesy, magical novels until I am dead in the ground. Yes, I am a real visionary. That being said, I didn’t think this book was the worst. If I had been younger, I might have actually really enjoyed this novel. So I am giving the story a 3.5 star rating. Rounding down to 3 because it really did not resonate with me. But rounding up to 4 stars for my YA adu ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
(ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.)

Fit is a rising star on Youtube. She shares her life and her hilarious antics with her online friends. She's good at it and it helps fill the void of loneliness she can't seem to shake. It's her ticked out of her small town, her dead end job, and the tiny apartment she shares with Dubs and her brother.

But she doesn't share everything with her fans. Like how her mom tried to kill her and her little brother when she was three. Postpartu
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases
I really, really wanted to like this but the main character made it super difficult. For me, the main character is such an important person that if I'm meant to dislike them, I still might like them but if the character's personality is pathetic, I will not like them at all. The premise of this book was interesting with the whole YouTube celebrity taking the limelight and dealing with issues in her life like the mother that just returned after a prison sentence. I appreciated the dual point of v ...more
Jessica (Read book. Repeat)
You can find this review and all of my others over at

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, North Star Editions, and the author via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Fit is determined to become famous. She's already got a steady slew of followers on YouTube, but she wants more. She wants to be able to get out of the small town she lives in with her Grandfather and her brother. She simply wants more. She shares videos about her life and make
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Where do I even start when reviewing this amazing book? In a fairly short volume, this novel addresses so many hardships of being a young adult today, and introduces a wonderful cast of characters that will stay with readers after the final page is turned.

Jessica, or ‘Fit’ as she prefers to be called, is a rising star on YouTube. She’s also the girl whose mother tried to kill her while in the throes of postpartum psychosis. As Fit’s stardom begins to reach new heights, her mother is released fr
Warnings: mention of child endangerment

Rep: mental health rep, bisexual protagonist, secondary queer and POC characters

A story focused on family and internet fame, Tinfoil Crowns is told from the dual perspective of Fit and her mother, River. Fit has a sizeable following on her YouTube channel and has dreams of getting out of her small town. She lives with her younger brother and her grandfather, both of whom she is used to bossing around with her tantrums. When her mother comes to live with the
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
As usual with books such as this, I need to state upfront that the amount of swearing usually tempers my enjoyment of reading a book and Fit cannot really communicate without it. This is the story of Fit who is an up and coming youtube star who documents every aspect of her life. There is troubled history with her mother and that is a large focus of the story. 

The mother-daughter relation, her ties with her brother, grandfather, best friend are all interesting and could have been explored in gre
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, read-2019
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Kajree Gautom
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this generation driven by the online world, we often find ourselves doing tasks to please people we've never met, never known. We all feel the pressure to appear perfect on screen. Tinfoil Crowns is a young adult contemporary novel that tries to deal with this theme.

First, the characters are so well written! I loved how deep they were, and how their emotions were portrayed. Fit was an angsty teenager with a popular YouTube channel, driven by passion and anger, and a will to forget her past. S
Charlotte Moore
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I will admit the start of this book is a little slow. This story follows the relationship between a mother (River) and her daughter (Fit) through the ups and downs of Fit's social media/influencer career. The only problem is, is that River herself does not enter the story until a good chunk of the way through the book. As a result the start feels a little stilted as it feels very one-sided. It is only when River comes in with her point of view chapters that the story really gets rolling. Fit is ...more
Hira Chaudhary
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This interesting idea. But it kind of left you hanging in a lot of places, and the story just didn't seem to come together in a good, cohesive way? I don't know. I did really like the immersion into the YouTube world, because that's not something I'm very familiar with, and it was neat to see how those people interacted with one another and how the world operated.

But it was lacking in other department
Tiffany (Second Hand Pages)
This novel should have been a home run for me. It had all the ingredients for the perfect YA sob fest. A lonely girl who acts like she's awesome on camera, a deep seeded chilhood trauma, a quest for self discovery. I wanted to, and at many times DID, feel for Fit - but I just couldn't feel enough to really care for her or her story. While the writing was good, the story felt forced at times - using themes to propel the plot forward at an awkward and uncomfortable ebb and flow of a pace. The conc ...more
Laynie Landeis
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Fit, trying to become a YouTube sensation has her world rocked when she finds out her mother that tried to kill her when she was 3 years old is coming back to live with her. It’s been 14 years and Fit still resents her. However, maybe faking a relationship with her mom will get her more subscribers.

The book took me a while to get into it. I thought about giving up, but I persevered. The story line was enjoyable, but Fit comes off as a selfish brat. I appreciate her sarcastic quality, but she is
old acc
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tinfoil Crowns follows Fit, an aspiring YouTuber from a small town with behavior problems and River, the mother who tried to kill her and her brother in the hands of postpartum psychosis when they were kids. Surprisingly, River’s POVs turned out to be my favorite as she tried to settle into normal life after so many years imprisoned. I was satisfied with both their choices in the end—especially that Fit didn’t do something very stupid and unrealistic I thought she might do. The family dynamics w ...more
Erin Holding
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
As I lover of YA novels I was excited to dive into this as it follows a young girl who's trying to make it big over social media.
Now social media is part of all our our lives, and as part of the bookstagram community it can be very easy to forget how cruel social media as a whole can be as everyone here is so supportive. Yet this novel follows a star as she realises the reality of what she is getting into and the true cost. Its frightening how many young people are so keen to impress strangers
Megan Oneail
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I was provided with an eARC of this novel in exchange for a fair review.

3.5/5 Stars.

This book was an interesting and intriguing read, and I found myself drawn in, finishing it in a mere day. The plot was really unique and touched on some interesting issues. The reason for my lower rating was the MC, Fit. I really just couldn’t get myself to like her. She’s selfish and self centered and very self-serving. I mean, in the first few chapters she throws several serious temper tantrums...and she’s 1
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
It was a good read, and with an interesting plot that we don’t get to really delve into so much with books in the past. A very nice read on a rainy day or a day off work, but the ending cuts off in a cliffhanger. What does Fit choose? How does her relationships turn out?? We’re left with questions and it bugs me. I think if the questions were answered in the end of the book it would be a 4 star book but it is what it is. A nice read with some drama. I think the characters are written pretty well ...more
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