Title: Spoiler Alert
Author: Olivia Dade
Page Length: 320
Publication Date: Oct. 6, 2020
Synopsis: Olivia Dade bursts onto the scene in this delightfully fun romantic comedy set in the world of fanfiction, in which a devoted fan goes on an unexpected date with her celebrity crush, who’s secretly posting fanfiction of his own.
Marcus Caster-Rupp has a secret. While the world knows him as Aeneas, the star of the biggest show on TV, Gods of the Gates, he’s known to fanfiction readers as Book!AeneasWouldNever, an anonymous and popular poster. Marcus is able to get out his own frustrations with his character through his stories, especially the ones that feature the internet’s favorite couple to ship, Aeneas and Lavinia. But if anyone ever found out about his online persona, he’d be fired. Immediately.
April Whittier has secrets of her own. A hardcore Lavinia fan, she’s hidden her fanfiction and cosplay hobby from her “real life” for years—but not anymore. When she decides to post her latest Lavinia creation on Twitter, her photo goes viral. Trolls and supporters alike are commenting on her plus-size take, but when Marcus, one half of her OTP, sees her pic and asks her out on a date to spite her critics, she realizes life is really stranger than fanfiction.
Even though their first date is a disaster, Marcus quickly realizes that he wants much more from April than a one-time publicity stunt. And when he discovers she’s actually Unapologetic Lavinia Stan, his closest fandom friend, he has one more huge secret to hide from her.
With love and Marcus’s career on the line, can the two of them stop hiding once and for all, or will a match made in fandom end up prematurely cancelled?
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Spoiler Alert is a fun and refreshing contemporary romance. I love April’s character! She is sassy, strong-willed, and intelligent with a fantastic sense of humor. Marcus is interesting, as well. Talented, smart, and honorable, he is often misjudged. Marcus and April have a lot in common. Both have difficult family lives and deal with insecurities, yet they both persevere. Marcus is thought of as a shallow, handsome star, but no one takes the time to learn who he really is, not even his family. April is generally confident but is often harshly judged because of her weight. Both characters are judged by their appearance and are hurt by people’s misconceptions, which connects them even more.
The romance between April and Marcus is fantastic! It is both sweet and steamy, which I love. Marcus hates being judged for his appearance or his name, and he identifies with April, who is looked down on because she is overweight. They both put up walls to protect themselves from the harsh judgment of others, especially their awful parents. However, Marcus and April are real with each other. They both let down their guards and accept each other without judgment or reservation.
One other aspect of the book that I like is the use of online conversations and interactions as well as scripts. Being able to read past chats between Marcus and April adds depth to the story and characters and makes you see how connected the couple feels.
The story also highlights the power of social media. Early in the story, April is fat-shamed after posting a cosplay picture of herself. The cyber-bullying she endures is malicious, and, sadly, realistic. Conversely, the story also demonstrates how social media connects people that wouldn’t otherwise know each other. I like that the good and bad elements of social media are equally examined.
Spoiler Alert is a great story for readers who enjoy contemporary romance with well-developed characters, fan fiction humor, and a steamy love story. Though it is a fun read, the book also tackles serious issues like fat-shaming, bullying on social media, body positivity, dyslexia, and more with delicacy and realism. Thanks so much to Netgalley and Harper Collins Publishers for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
- The romance, of course. Team April and Marcus!!!
- I love how the book pays homage to fandoms and fandom culture.
- The strong messages about body positivity, standing up for yourself, and being true to who you are.