Fanfare by Renee Ahdieh

Fanfare by Renee Ahdieh

Published: May 31st, 2011
Publisher: Revolution Publishing
Rating: Adult/YA 14+
Format: eBook
Source: Sent from Publisher

Cris Pereira hates starring in a cautionary tale. Alas, her recent heartbreak relegates her to this unbecoming fate. The only good thing about being dumped a foot from the altar is the newest layer to her punchy sarcasm. All she wants is a do-over, but this is not your average fairy tale, and wishes don't come true in the real world. One Sunday afternoon, she meets a movie star. Tom Abramson is intelligent, charming, and impetuous. In other words, he plays the role a bit too well. She isn’t falling for it. She knows better. All British men are not descendants of Fitzwilliam Darcy, and movie stars are genetic mutations gone awry: X-Men with statistical disadvantages and emotional handicaps. Keep your knight in shining armor. A modern girl can rescue herself, thank you very much. After all, dreams are for the foolhardy, nightmares are just a part of life, and . . . this is not your average fairy tale.

**This Review is based on an ARC (Advanced Reader's Copy). The final text/cover may be different.**

Everything can change when you lose an iPod.

Fanfare is a sweet story about the blooming love between a Puerto Rican Social Worker and a famous British actor. It's funny, enjoyable and definitely qualifies as an A+ Chick-lit fit for teens and adults!
This book is cleverly told in the form, of course, of personal narrative (Cris) as well as texts, emails and such. Renee Ahdieh has added such amazing detail to her work that it's impossible not to dive into the story! The humor is crisp and never misses a beat, and the heart-break is profound with so much emotion.

Cris' character is sharp, and sarcastically hilarious, and Tom is swoon-worthily to DIE FOR. I found that really stuck out, is that there's a lot of nationalities in this book, with Cris being Puerto Rican, Tom British, Hana is half-Korean, and Gita is Indian. It's nice to see a variety of backgrounds and not sticking to the usual, "one race only" thing. All characters really added up to the drama and wackiness of the novel, it's just all planned out so well! But, of course, I hate Ryan....eughhh.

I have to admit, when I first read the book summary, I thought it would be heart-wrenching, sad, full of melancholy (yes, I'm testing out big vocab words), and would be the type of book which would make people cry. NOT. AT. ALL. I was really surprised how many times I giggled at the funny dialogue and excitedly smiled at pop references I knew. The cover looks also pretty serious, I know, but this is one of those times when "don't judge a book by it's cover" applies. You never know what's gonna be behind it!
Nothing really surprised me through this book though. No hidden secrets, nothing huge that makes your heart-jerk and eyes pop out of your head. Which is probably why it's a chick-lit book, and one considered "fluffy" and easy to read.

Fanfare is a mix between Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita and The Guy Next Door by Meg Cabot-- both also fabulously hilarious! I found myself thinking what it's really like to live the life of the rich and famous, and maybe, it's not all cut out to be what it seems like.

Renee Ahdieh has written a fabulously quick-and-never-dulls novel with amazing characters, plot and settings that go from LA to London! Dive into the world of glam and... not-so glam with Cris as she takes on what her heart wants most. Amusing, witty and a happy ending, Fanfare will keep you star-gazing from beginning to end.

**Thank you so much to Revolution Publishing for sending me Fanfare for review!**

If you like this, try...


  1. This sounds like my kind of book, especially if it reminds you of Meg Cabot's more adult books.

  2. Thought you'd like to know it's going to be available as an audiobook by the end of the year from and iTunes. Check out the trailer:


Thank you for taking the time to comment! I'll try to visit your blog (if you have one) and comment back!