Secrets of a Fangirl by Erin Dionne was a great read that followed the trials and triumphs of being a 21st century middle schooler. From maintaining a popular exterior to suppress a beating fangirl heart, Sarah Anne is a protagonist that will take readers by the hand. With Sarah Anne, you'll find yourself wandering through the halls of her middle school years as she tries to navigate her own sense of self in the midst of societal pressure. Overall, this was a great book about embracing who you are even if it is contrary to the popular opinion of your peers.
Erin Dionne brilliantly captured all the enthusiasm of a true fangirl through Sarah Anne's interactions with the MK Nightshade series. I found myself smiling and nodding as I remembered some of the authors and series that took hold of my bookish heart at that age. Erin's enthusiasm for Secrets of a Fangirl shone through with an infectious zest that will certainly call to every reader who has harbored a fandom love.
About the Book
Secrets of a Fangirl
by Erin Dionne
Release Date: May 28th 2019
Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Sarah Anne loves lacrosse, and the MK Nightshade series that everyone was obsessed over in grade school. The problem is that she's still obsessed, which is way too nerdy for a popular kid like her. So she hides her geekiness with a set of rules meant to keep her geek and jock selves separate.
Except when she's offered a spot in a Nightshade fandom contest, where the winner gets to see the new movie premiere in LA. No one seems to think Sarah Anne can win, since she's up against a pair of guys in high school--but the more she's called a fake fan, the more determined she is to wipe the floor with her competition. As long as none of her friends or anyone at school knows what she's doing.
Can she keep her geek identity a secret, win the contest, and manage to keep her friends even though she's been living a lie? Sarah Anne is going to have to make some choices about what's truly important to her and which rules she's going to break to stay true to herself.
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About the Author
Erin Dionne’s latest book for tweens is Lights, Camera, Disaster (Scholastic 2018). Her other novels are Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies, The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet, and Notes from an Accidental Band Geek.
Her novel Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking: A 14 Day Mystery, is based on the real-life Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art heist and was a 2014 Edgar Award finalist. The series continues with Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting. Her first picture book, Captain’s Log: Snowbound, illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler, was released in 2018 and received a starred review from Kirkus.
A graduate of Boston College (BA English & Communications) and Emerson College (MFA), she teaches at Montserrat College of Art and lives outside of Boston with her husband, two children, and a very indignant dog.
Prize: 1 copy of Secrets of a Fangirl by Erin Dionne