Parents' Guide to

Stranger Than Fanfiction

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sloppy narration mars moving, funny, profane road trip tale.

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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

People are just never satisfied .

"A major eye opener" is what I use to describe anything Chris Colfer writes. Critics attack a YA book for not appealing to them, not realizing that it's not about them. Parents don't need to be keeping their children from books like this. Does anyone realize how risky it was for Colfer to expose fame and Hollywood this way? This man has used his platform, yet again, to spread awareness! The characters are labeled "cliche", but in all honesty? I've never read a book in which every character had traits or problems that kids today can relate to. I mean, I wouldn't be able to write a bio of each character either, if I didn't want my book to be as long as the entire "Harry Potter" series. No matter how uptight you are, this man deserves credit, because as an 18 year old, going into my first year of college, I needed this book, and so did the millions of young fans. Also, your kids probably swear ten times as much as the characters in this book. Well done, Chris Colfer.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1):
Kids say (7):

Few clichés go unmined in Chris Colfer's teen road trip saga, which slaps together appealing characters, relatable issues, poignant moments, hilarity galore, and carloads of foul language. In the author's now-trademark fashion, you never get to ponder a point or savor a moment due to the constant barrage of wisecracks, cartoonish developments, and random weirdness. While the storytelling is often undisciplined and superficial, it also has moments of sheer comic (and useful) brilliance, as here, where the teens are preparing to watch a video with a fellow fan in Saudi Arabia:

"'Wait!' Huda objected. 'They censor my s--t over here -- I don't get YouTube. Can't you play it on your iPad and hold it up to your camera for the rest of us? Pretty please?'

"'Works for me,' Topher said, and loaded the video onto his iPad.'"

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