About the book:
Title: Katie Cox Goes Viral
Author: Marianne Levy
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, middle grade
Goodreads Netgalley Synopsis:
Everybody’s watching Katie Cox…
Katie Cox is used to going unnoticed- by her mom, her dad, even her best friend. But when a video of her singing in her bedroom goes viral, she becomes a superstar overnight. As the views skyrocket and a recording contract beckons, the real world starts to feel very far away.
It isn’t long before Katie starts riding high on her newfound fame. But the higher she flies, the farther there is to fall…
Source: Thanks so much to Sourcebooks Jabberwocky for providing me with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley!
How I Found Out About It: Netgalley
I have always wanted to read a book about a tween or a teen going viral. It’s always interested me to see how it happens, so when I found out about this book, I just knew that I would love it!
And love it I did! I could not put it down. It was even better than I was expecting it to be, especially considering that it’s a middle grade book. It was soooo adorable and fluffy, I just can’t…😍😍
For a synopsis, this book centres around Katie, a middle schooler, who really enjoys writing songs. Her family is full of avid musicians- and since her parents have just gotten divorced, she has been writing a ton of songs to vent out her emotions. When her friends pressure her to sing one of the songs she’s written, she is hesitant, but she does… and ends up becoming a viral singing sensation!
Katie was such a cute and awesome character. She developed a lot during the story, that’s for sure! Reading the book, I could tell that she had a passion, and that it was totally shining through. Even though she was a bit shy at first, I feel like she definitely broke out of her shell by the end of the story. She went from an unsure songwriter all the way to a viral sensation in a matter of seconds, which is freaking amazing!! Katie was also a sweet and loyal friend, which I really admire.
Katie’s friends were so fun and spontaneous! Yes, there was quite a bit of drama going on, but what friends don’t experience that? They were super supportive and totally had her back. Seriously, they are SQUAD GOALS👌.
I loved the fact that this book had zilch romance in it. Almost all of the books I’ve been reading lately have a ton of romance included in the plot, so I felt like this book was an awesome break from it. Guys, I know that you know how much I love romance books, but sometimes I just need a break from all that love! (And for the record, this was the perfect one💜)
Aside from the fact that there’s no romance, I also really liked the family aspect in this book. Despite the ‘broken up families’ trope, I felt like it was done really well and that it was pretty realistic. It gets two thumbs up from me👍👍
Overall, this was just an adorable, make-me-happy read, with relatable characters and great morals. I’d honestly recommend it to anyone, especially those looking for a cute story focusing less on the romance and more on the family and friendship ties. I know that fans of middle-grade and probably even young adult will DEVOUR this book! When the clock strikes 2017… get your wallets ready!
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars!
*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*