Have you ever wanted to be internet famous? Follow Claire as she struggles with a secret that she’s been forced to keep hidden despite her entire life having been in the spotlight. When she discovers her mom’s been keeping an even bigger secret from her, and the rest of the world, Claire starts to second guess everything that has happened in her life.
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Just for Clicks
Release Date: February 19th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Mommy blogs are great . . . unless the blog happens to belong to your mom.
Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they’re expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as “just Claire”? And what should Claire do about Mom’s old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don’t sound like Mom’s perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham . . .
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This book was a great look at how fame can effect a young person, especially when it’s been their entire life, and the struggles to find ones true identity within the spotlight.
Claire doesn’t want to be famous but isn’t sure how to tell her mom, the person who has documented her whole life for the world to see, and her sister Poppy who lives for the spotlight. She starts to struggle internally with the decisions she’s going to have to make once graduation takes place and when they are offered a deal of a lifetime all Claire wants to do is run and hide. She wants her own life, outside of the spotlight. Then one day she comes across her mothers journal that reveals a secret bigger than she’d ever have imagined.
Rafael was a the perfect opposite of Claire in so many ways. He didn’t even have a cell phone until Claire convinced him he needed one. I liked that despite learning about Claire’s life and how public it was he wasn’t afraid of it. He lived a somewhat quiet life, traveling the world with his father, and being unknown that he was intrigued by the life Claire had. I think they balanced each other out very well.
Kara McDowell did a wonderful job of highlighting themes such as cyberbullying, PTSD, and identity. I think that many young people struggle with each of these things as the digital age continues to evolve and take over society. So many people communicate via the internet and I think that many young people are effected by cyberbullying the has continued to rise over the years. It was good to see these in a YA Contemporary like this because it allows young readers to feel like they are not alone, and that they can stand up for themselves.
I really enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to see what Claire has in store for us in the future!
About the Author
Born in the mountains and raised in the desert, Kara McDowell spent her childhood swimming, boating, and making up stories in her head. As the middle of five children, Kara entertained her family on long road trips by reading short mystery stories out loud and forcing everyone to guess the conclusion. After graduating from Arizona State University with a BA in English Literature, Kara worked as a freelance writer. Now she writes young adult novels from her home in Arizona, where she lives with her husband and three young sons.
JUST FOR CLICKS is Kara’s debut novel.
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