Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous by Suzanne Park
Publication Date: June 1, 2021
Sunny Song is an aspiring influencer, but those plans come derailed when she accidentally makes an inappropriate livestream, AKA #BrownieGate. Her parents respond by sending Sunny to a technology detox camp at a working farm. There Sunny is supposed to be learning how to live without technology. She still tries to boost her social media following and win a coveted spot on a team of content creators, thanks to a secret illegal phone that she snuck in with her. However, Sunny feels conflicted as she grows close to the son of the camp owner and may just be convinced to take the whole digital detox camp more seriously.
Sunny’s story feels very relevant to a world full of distraction due to technology and social media. She is a likable character but has her flaws and makes mistakes, which makes her more relatable. The plot is nicely paced, with a fun hook right at the beginning that pulls the reader into the story.
For more stories of social media influencers, try The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby, about a girl who denounces the fake life she portrays on social media and gets back to nature by hiking the entire John Muir trail. Readers may also enjoy Follow Your Arrow by Jessica Verdi, which explores what happens when two social media influencers in a relationship suddenly break up and have to figure out which parts of their lives are private and public.
–Jayna Ramsey, Lakewood, CO
Other Nominated Titles
- Love is a Revolution by Renée Watson (February 2, 2021)
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