I picked this book up off NetGalley for free in return for an honest review.
As previously noted, I picked the book up off NetGalley as I was interested to see what it would be like. I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction, but thought as this subject covered things I could relate to a little bit, I would give it a go. I am so glad I did!
Seventeen-year-old internet video star Fit is on a mission to become famous at all costs. She shares her life with her fans through countless videos (always sporting some elaborate tinfoil accessory), and they love her for it. If she goes viral, maybe she can get out of her small casino town and the cramped apartment she shares with her brother and grandpa. But there’s one thing Fit’s fans don’t know about her: when Fit was three-years-old, her mother, suffering from postpartum psychosis, tried to kill her.
Now Fit’s mother, River, has been released from prison. Fit is outraged that River is moving in with the family, and it’s not long before Fit’s video followers realize something’s up and uncover her tragic past. But Fit soon realizes that the only thing her audience loves more than tragedy is a heartwarming tale of a family reunion. Is faking a relationship with River the key to all Fit’s dreams coming true?
I will admit the start of this book is a little slow. This story follows the relationship between a mother (River) and her daughter (Fit) through the ups and downs of Fit’s social media/influencer career. The only problem is, is that River herself does not enter the story until a good chunk of the way through the book. As a result the start feels a little stilted as it feels very one-sided. It is only when River comes in with her point of view chapters that the story really gets rolling. Fit is forced to open up, making her easier to empathise with and River shows the other side of the story in a way that also makes here a good person.
It’s not fake. It’s art. And isn’t that the realest thing?
While this book does explore fame and what people will do for money and a chance to make the lives of the people they care about better, that is only a surface level exploration. What this book is really about is mental health (River’s postpartum psychosis) and the effects of trauma on both the victim and the perpetrator, as well as what it feels like to have a more uncommon family situation and the effect that that can have.
I give this book four stars.