Friday, October 29, 2021

Review: Fan Club by Erin Mayer

Fan Club
by Erin Mayer

Publisher: Mira
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Day after day our narrator, a gloomy millennial, searches for meaning beyond her vacuous job at a women's lifestyle website—entering text into a computer system while she watches their beauty editor unwrap box after box of perfectly packaged bits of happiness. Then, one night at a dive bar, she hears a message in the newest single by child-actor-turned-international-pop-star Adriana Argento, and she is struck. Soon she loses herself to the online fandom, a community whose members feverishly track Adriana's every move.

When a colleague notices the extent of her obsession, she’s invited to join an enigmatic group of adult Adriana superfans who call themselves the Ivies and worship her music in witchy, candlelit listening parties. As the narrator becomes more entrenched in the group, she gets closer to uncovering the sinister secrets that bind them together—while simultaneously losing her grip on reality.

Kritters Thoughts:  An unnamed narrator has a job at a fun trendy women's website and when a new co worker joins the company, her minor obsession with a pop star named Adriana develops and becomes a major life altering obsession.  

I was drawn in by this synopsis and was intrigued as this narrator is probably around my age, maybe a bit younger, if you make me admit it and I always love a book that takes a closer work at the impact on one's work life on their greater life.  BUT this book took a turn and went downhill and fast along with the character.  I started having a hard time following the narrator as she was tumbling downhill.  I couldn't tell where her conscious thought and the plot were happening and when I get confused, I get frustrated.  

If you like a book where the main character unravels and you can just watch the train wreck, then this one is for you.  It may have been the difficulties going on in my personal life that affected my ability to have the patience for this read, but this one wasn't for me.    

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 133 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from HarperCollins.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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