Rachel has flown under the radar for most of high school, exactly as planned. She'd rather focus on getting to New York City, where being the arty playwright is a bonus, not a drawback. Her googly-eyed crush on Kyle Bonham is embarrassing, but unimportant. After all, there's no way she'd ever end up with the King of Apple Prairie High, anyway.
Kyle does make a grease-splattered Burger Barn uniform look dreamy. But aside from flipping patties—and riding the tide of steady drama from his on-again, off-again girlfriend—everything about his life is fairly predictable.
So when Rachel's jokey picture of Kyle winds up going viral, they're both taken by surprise. Suddenly Kyle is insta-famous and everyone on the planet knows about Rachel’s silly crush...including Kyle.
Just when they think their lives couldn’t get any more complicated, their fifteen minutes of fame spirals out of control. And what starts out with an innocent photo becomes a whirlwind adventure full of fangirls, haters, and french fry bouquets that forces them both to question whether fame—and love—are worth the price.
Told in alternating points of view, #famous is a modern day love story about the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone.
And here's the cover of #famous!
Jilly's thoughts on the cover:
I adore the cover for #famous, because it completely captures the feel of the book: quirky, funny, and utterly adorkable. Beyond that, I love covers with one focal point--for #famous, the incredible illustrations of Kyle and Rachel.
I was lucky to be really involved in the cover process. My editor and I had a few long conversations about what I did and didn't love in cover design (which were probably better served by the Pinterest board we shared), and when I wasn't thrilled with my first cover comp, we went back to the drawing board to see what might better capture the feel of this book (and hopefully draw in the kinds of readers that would love it).
I'm so glad we did. To put it in very Kyle terms, this cover: dead on.
Jilly Gagnon has lived in Boston and Chicago since graduating from Harvard, but she'll always be a Minnesota girl at heart. When she's not writing, she's probably either deep in a video-game rabbit hole, talking to her cats like they understand her, or practicing her violin, which for some inexplicable reason (masochism) she took up very recently.
Jilly's short humor, personal essays, and op-eds have appeared in all kinds of places that it's too tedious to list. She also writes adult comedy books; her Choose Your Own Misery series, co-authored with Mike MacDonald, launched in 2016.
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