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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  453 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Things Lulu Shapiro's 10,000 Flash followers don't know about her:
* That the video of her with another girl was never supposed to go public.
* That Owen definitely wasn't supposed to break up with her because of it.
* That behind the carefully crafted selfies and scenes Lulu projects onto people's screens, her life feels like a terrible, uncertain mess.

Then Lulu meets Cas
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 31st 2020 by Dial Books
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
DNF @ 21%: I wanted so badly to love this one bc I loved the last Zan Romanoff book I read, but this was just very much not working for me. Womp.
Abby Banks
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I never write reviews, but I felt like this book isn't getting the same level of hype as other 2020 releases and it needs to!

This is a book about a social media influencer, Lulu, whose account goes viral after she accidentally posts a video of her hooking up with another girl at a party. Her original popularity had been from her boyfriend at the time, who is the son of a famous band frontman. She shuts herself off from most of her friends and family, and spends her life going through the motions
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, thriller, favorites
I really enjoyed this book. I pulled it out thinking that it would be something kind of light and trashy to lose myself in for a day, and it ended up being something completely different. It is a keenly observed book. I can only describe it as a part-nostalgia part-relatable part-slow-burn-queer-romance coming-of-age creature... and I didn't want to put it down. Romanoff has an uncanny ability to describe the awkward, corporeal experiences of being a teenager - at least as I experienced it.

Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
bless sapphic books
Sabrina Grafenberger
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
Lulu Shapiro accidentally posts a video of her making out with another girl to her 5,000 Flash followers (Flash is like an Instagram/Snapchat hybrid) which leads to a break up with Lulu's boyfriend and tension in her group of friends.

From there the story is about Lulu figuring out who she is, what she wants and finding her place in the world. It's about self-acceptance, sexuality, feminism, body issues, the impact of social media and ultimately character growth.

Although I personally can't identi
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
''You could be nothing,'' Lulu says.
''I could be anything,'' Cass corrects.

I was sent an ARC of this book by a fellow booklover as she wanted to get it into the hands of a bisexual reviewer, mainly to take a look at the representation in this book. Her concern was how the representation in this book might be feeding some stereotypes around bisexuality and I was happy to take a look at this! So in this review, I am not just reviewing the book, but also giving my take on the bisexual representatio
Emily (emilykatereads)
"It's the things men do to women. The ways they think they get to be in charge of you. The way it never seems to stop."

This was so powerful. I wasn't expecting this to be so impactful with its themes of the ways men hold power of women and control their images, but damn. I entered this thinking it would be a light contemporary with a social media star. I was so wrong, but I am so happy with what I got.

This is by far the most powerful critique of social media I've seen. I find often social media
book: quiet but empowering feminist commentary on beauty, art, queerness, the male gaze, and finding and owning yourself during the age of social media

me: i've never felt more seen than when the main character mentions swirling her shed hair on the shower wall so it doesn't clog the drain

content/trigger warning; alcohol, marijuana, underage drinking, kissing, arophobic language, anti-native language, anti-roma slur, mentions of racism, queerphobia, outing, gendered slurs, misogyny, mentions of p
Lauren James
A sun-soaked LA group of influencers spend their time posting about glorious parties and exploring a half-renovated hotel, successfully hiding the real emptiness they feel. I love the connection to old age Hollywood glamour - fans of the You Must Remember This podcast will really like this.
I'm doing it, kids! I'm rating a book 5 full stars! The second one of 2020! I'm so excited!

I really, really liked this book. I loved this book. I was sold from the beginning. The relationships were done really well, whether they were romantic or platonic or familial. The main romance was developed naturally and smartly, it made me feel serious FEELINGS ("You're going to have to be a little more careful with me." okay, bye). I really enjoyed Lulu, the main character. She grew organically and thou
vanessa (effiereads)
“If you're telling the story, it means you're still alive. If you're telling the story, it means you're still haunted by it too.”

Technically I’m giving this book a 3.5 ⭐️ review.

I loved that it highlighted the much talked about topic of social media life versus reality and that we shouldn’t see these Insta-lives as truth. They’re showing us what they want to share and Lulu Shapiro accidentally shared a hard truth: her attraction to girls.

The sapphic vibes were immaculate but overall it felt ver
If books like this had existed when I was a teenager, I'd be a completely different person right now. ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
this book was just so much more than what i was expecting! the story was different and exciting and i really really loved it. it’s a big YES, READ IT! i cannot recommend it enough
Madeleine Sullivan
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book started out at 5 stars for me because this has all the vibes and feelings that an Indie coming of age film has, literally. From the obscure old hotel they call their hang out to them jumping into a cold pool in clothes, this is like as close to an indie coming of age book you can get Lmao.

I really enjoyed this and the writing was almost dark in a sense as Lulu tried to find herself and navigate her identity, after accidentally posting a video of her kissing a girl.

It was super good e
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read it more or less in one sitting and I’m grateful for this recommendation (thanks, b <3). I wouldn’t say that I can relate to lulu in every aspect but at least when it comes to girls and “trying to figure out how to live in the world”. this book made me want to fall in love. to have something like they have, with my own cass. but without the drama and moreover, definitely without a ryan.
Lindsay Sproul
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, queer, amazing
This book was delivered the day I got the coronavirus, and OH MY GOD I was so glad!

It's been a long time since I've read a book about teenagers where the characters feel SO MUCH like real teenagers, especially in the present. This is a fierce and powerful critique of the impact social media has on young people, on girls. It shows us the ways in which girls struggle to maintain power and to fight objectification.

The writing is killer. Lulu is one of the most realistic characters I've come acros
Ashley Scott
Jun 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020, young-adult
While well intentioned and certainly enforcing feminist ideals that I firmly stand behind, this book was just not ... very good. At all. Which bums me out, because we need more GOOD LGBTQIA+ fiction in this world.

It was way too long for the incredibly sparse amount of story, and even the dramatic plot events were tame. I felt extremely frustrated throughout the entire duration of this book, like ... give me something. ANYTHING. And frankly, the ending was a little on the vague side and ruined t
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, lgbt, 4-star-books
“You could be nothing,'' Lulu says.
''I could be anything,'' Cass corrects.

I first heard about this book in an upcoming queer releases booktube video, and immediately added it to my TBR, and I'm glad I did because I ended up really enjoying it.
Look deals with self-acceptance, self-understanding, living your entire life online, and publicity, good or bad. I thought all the characters were well-developed, and I appreciate that we got a relationship between Lulu and her sister too, even though her
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases
Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)
Diversity: queer and jewish main character, lesbian character, filipina character, black character.

I'm... a little on the fence about that one. On the one hand, I really liked the messages of the book, the thoughts about social media and reclaimin
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Every woman owns her own beauty ... and yet somehow, when it’s up for sale, it is almost always men who see the bulk of the profit.

If a man paints or photographs a woman, it’s art; if a woman paints or photographs herself, it’s an act or narcissistic self-indulgence.”

This book was surprisingly a powerful read! The main theme was about the internal struggle of the main character, Lulu, and how she reconciles the projected picture perfect image of herself and her internal struggle. The story also
Samantha (WLABB)
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
An interesting look at coming of age under the scrutinizing eye of social media. Lulu knew how to play the game. She knew how to act, the answers to give, and her best angles for all her photos, but this was really a story about her peeling back the image she had created and figuring out who she was without the filter. I found her coming to terms with, and acknowledging, her bisexuality well done, and appreciated the feminism, that was woven into the story. Lulu was definitely a different person ...more
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-faves
I really wish I could properly explain what Zan Romanoff novels do to me...woooo buddy. This is her third one, and I really think it’s her best (even though Grace will always be my favorite for REASONS). The style of her writing is so unique and so...tender and vulnerable yet laced with a sense of unease throughout that always pays off in the end. I’m such a huge fan. I adored this book and I wish she had 10 more for me to read but I will wait patiently until her next.
Danielle: Braillerose
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An amazing feminist novel about sexuality, and the modern way that people spread rumours and one girl's journey of finding out who she wants to be and not who she thinks others want her to be or perceive her to be. Very emotional and Lulu makes mistakes, realises when she's been a bad person or a bad friend, and finds a way of putting it right and changing herself and the way she views her "own image for the better. ...more
Wonderful. I love Romanoff's writing, and I liked the story she had to tell here. I like how much growth Lulu experienced as she worked on figuring out her sexuality, her agency, and her place in the world.

(This took a really long time to read because of library due dates! I got very sucked into the story while I was reading it.)
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book started out a little slow but once I got into it I really loved it. This was a great queer, coming of age and finding your fierce feminist side story and I am here for it!

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Rachel Brown
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I really liked this book. I thought it was going to be some coming out fluff with a Snapchat-like angle for interest, but it ended up getting into feminist critiques of who gets to tell women's stories, who controls how the world sees us. I loved it. ...more
May 07, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF at 8%

Just not what I’m wanting at the moment
Nancy Stolze
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read a book in so long that made staying up until 3:30am to read it feel worth it. Loved it!!!
Rebecca McKanna
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this feminist YA novel about power, gender, sexuality, social media, art, and the male gaze. I wish I had read it when I was a teenager.
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