cover image Stranger than Fanfiction

Stranger than Fanfiction

Chris Colfer, read by the author. Hachette Audio, unabridged, 6 CDs, 7 hrs., $25 ISBN 978-1-4789-4046-3

In Colfer’s YA novel, four teenagers, diehard fans of the sci-fi TV show Wiz Kids, embark on a road trip and get the surprise of their life when the star of the show, Cash Carter, accepts their invitation to join them. They are disconcerted when Cash turns out to be more troubled, reckless, and cynical than the heroic character he plays on TV, but his blunt truth-telling brings up secrets the four have been keeping from each other, and his devil-may-care attitude encourages them to loosen up, have more fun, and take more risks. Author Colfer narrates with a lighthearted, engaging tone that brings out the humor and evokes sympathy in the more poignant moments. He deftly differentiates the characters’ voices. It’s a fun listen that will appeal to teens as well as anyone who is involved with online fandom communities. Ages 15–up. A Little, Brown hardcover. (Feb.)