Hello everyone! Today I’m bringing you a review for an amusing, young adult book about letting go of technology, trying new things, and finding your passion. Happy book birthday to Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous!
This review will be spoiler- free, so feel free to read it and figure out if it’s something you would enjoy!
This book was an ARC given to me from the publisher and author through NetGalley in return for an honest review. Thank you for this opportunity, and know that all thoughts are my own and do not reflect the author or publisher in any way.
Title: Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous
Author: Suzanne Park
Publication Date: June 1, 2021
Genre: Ya Contemporary
Sunny Song has worked for years to become a true social media influencer after she was rocketed to fame as a child with a viral video where she was known as “Goggle Girl.” Now, years later, Sunny has continued striving for social media stardom by putting all her effort and energy into getting 100K followers. When a video about making brownies accidentally goes viral for less than ideal circumstances, Sunny’s parents send her off to a digital detox camp in Iowa where she must disconnect her brand to connect with others.
Full of farm jokes, romance, and lots of introspection, this book shows Sunny Song trying to balance her chance at social media fame with real personal connections with others.
This is a hard book for me to review because while I enjoyed aspects of it, I had difficulty connecting to the characters or the plot. I felt like all the characters were underdeveloped, and it was hard for me to see Sunny’s perspective on some things. I thought the idea of sending teenagers to a digital detox camp was interesting, but I felt like I didn’t actually get to know anyone at the camp very well because I was stuck in Sunny’s head.
Some parts that I enjoyed about the book were the scenes with the people from the elderly home. These characters were precious, and I really liked seeing Sunny work with them. Also, I liked that we got to see Sunny grow during this book as her priorities changed, and this also was reflected in her relationships with her parents and friends. Theo was sweet, and I wish we got to know him better.
Some of the challenging parts of the book for me were the writing style, the stereotypes, and Sunny’s relentless need to find WiFi. These aspects really pulled me out of the story, and some parts just felt so over the top that they were hard to read seriously. Also I thought the whole brownie mess that got her in trouble was ridiculous!
Overall, I thought this was an entertaining book. While I don’t think this story was for me, I do hope that other readers enjoy it. I recommend this book for anyone looking for an easy, fun summery read full of social media, romance, character growth, and life on a farm.
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