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DNF Review: The Fandom by Anna Day

The Fandom by Anna Day
Genre: Dystopia | Young Adult
Length: 402 pages
Published on 4th January 2018 by Chicken House
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Anna Day: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
ARC picked up at YALC 2017

Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con.
They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands …

Okay so I wasn’t going to post this DNF review here but as its become a bit popular on GoodReads I decided hey why not?

I will say the following I wrote when I was angry because of how frustrated this book made me, and I think its important to remembed I had an ARC so maybe things were different in the final. I only read a few pages so maybe it gets better?

However I did not have the time or energy for it to maybe get better. Maybe there is character developement.

Here is the review:

okay wow.

dnf @ 18 pages because of toxicity.

girls can be cute. ur best friend can be cute and have great boobs. cosplayers can have skin on show.

stop being derogatory towards other girls. we do not need this. girls supporting girls is great and what we should be striving towards. i am sooooo done. i am rolling my eyes at this main character too much.


i mean i have an ARC so maybe these are changed but hey lets get to know alice – her best friend.

When Alice is first mentioned:

“Come on you know you’re hot”
I laugh, “Yeah Im sweating like a pig after that car crash”
“Just because you’re not six foot and blonde like some people”
She means Alice. I don’t reply. It’s hard when your best friend looks like Britains Next Top Model.

When we first meet Alice:

“…. Here comes Alice.” The smile never leaves Katies mouth but it slips from her eyess” Like me, she’s learnt to tell when Alice approaches by reading other people. Every male glances over his shoulder, every girl falls silent, brow knitted in a tight frown.
Sure enough, the crowd parts like the Red Sea but this Moses has long bronzed legs that swallow up the tiled floor as she strides towards us. A smile lights up her perfect, oval face. She’s always had that smile, ever since I met her on our first day at primary school – the kind of smile that makes you forgive her for being so beautiful.

& on the way to the con:

“I suddenly feel very overdressed” I say, unable to avert my eyes from the acres of exposed flesh. Princess Leah, Wonder Woman, Daenerys Targaryen – all thighs and cleavage and fake bake. I study my pale forearms and supress a sigh. “And by overdressed, I mean not nearly naked enough.”

“Like you should have come as Lara Croft” Alice says “Seriously girls – and boy – how am I the only one who owns a Wonderbra?” she puffs out her impressive chest and winks

AHHHHHHHHH. I’m just so frustrated!

1 stars / 5 stars
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21 thoughts on “DNF Review: The Fandom by Anna Day”

  1. Yikes. That does NOT sound like a good way to represent fans at all. You’re right, very toxic. I was all set to think Alice might be the nice one and they were piling these horrible views upon her, but nope, just as bad as the rest of them. This is only 18 pages in? I’m not sure I could stomach the time it would take to get these characters to any place resembling better, considering it’s 400 pages. You have to want to see them redeemed and from the quotes you’ve pulled, they just sound so terrible.

    1. The comments I’ve received on goodreads tells me she doesn’t even redeem herself so I’m glad I didn’t waste my time. I kept being tempted but the more comments I got telling me this continued throughout the happier I was I dnf

  2. Thanks for sharing your dnf review! I was considering of getting it from my library but this doesn’t sound good. Only 18 pgs in and there’s so much toxicity?? I don’t think this is for me either so thanks for saving me some time 😊👌

  3. I think this one might literally drive be bananas. I hate it when characters are self-deprecating and constantly negative. I think I’ll be skipping this one!

    Oh! I do a feature at the end of every month called DNF&Y. I save all my DNFs from the month for a single post and list the reasons they didn’t work for me. I think it really helps, because something I didn’t like about a book might be something you enjoy! There’s always a linkup at the bottom, so if you do a post, or just want to add some DNF reviews, feel free to jump in!

    — Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

  4. oh wooow i’m shocked. this book was on my tbr because i’d heard good things about it but now…ooo sis. might have to take it off. thank you for the insightful review 💕

      1. sis there is nothing wrong with being picky! details matter!! i’m glad you’ve shed some light on it🌟

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