Fanfare by Renee Ahdieh
Came out: May 31, 2011
Age Group: Adult
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.
I wasn't expecting to like this book but I actually found myself loving it. I saw that Revolution was asking for people to review it by Monday, and I'm a really fast reader in need of reading material, so I thought "Why not?". Once you get past the slightly stilted language, you will find yourself laughing so hard at the sarcastic cynicism buried in this book.Cris has possibly made her way onto my "best heroines" list. She didn't let any guy take control of her and knew her limits. She was a loyal friend and refused to let anybody influence her values and stuck to her morals. I admired her for her strong sense of self and her passion for what she believed in. Plus, she was hilarious!I mostly liked Tom. The only time I didn't like Tom was in the scene with the Latin dance club and the surprise party. I thought he was wimpy at the dance club and kind of a jerk at the surprise party for not asking for her opinion before exposing her to the rest of the world as his girlfriend.I hated Ryan, but I was supposed to. I loved Hana and Gina and thought that they were the perfect characters for Cris' best friends. Renee's characters added great flavor to the story.And the romance? Flawless. There was the friendship, and the trust, and then the love. It slightly reminded me of The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale. I loved them flying back and forth to see each other and I loved how a tiny bit of their cultures/countries kept creeping into conversations. It was very heartfelt. I really liked it.Recommended for anybody who loves: The Actor and the Housewife; LA Candy; romances; movie stars; multicultural relationships; etc,.Possible book club questions:Discuss Cris' reply to Tom's father on "would she love him if he was poor." What would you have responded like? How did that response put Tom's father in his place?Why do you think Tom didn't tell Cris about where they were going to the party?Ryan immediately wants Cris back after he hears that she is with Tom. Why is this typical of books like this? What other romances can you see this pattern in (Size Twelve is Not Fat, Top of the Feud Chain, etc,.)How do you think Cris' little cousins reacted to this news about their romance?etc,.