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Daily Helping for June 14th, 2021 – Spoiler Alert – Olivia Dade

A close up photo of the cover of Spoiler Alert. It is a vibrantly pink colour.

This book was just a pure delight from beginning to end. Which is saying something, because in general, I don’t like romance novels. I have nothing against them, and considering that sales of romance novels almost singlehandedly prop up the entire publishing industry, I actually quite admire them. They’re just not for me. But when I heard the premise of Spoiler Alert, I knew I would be buying this book. Let’s just say it did not disappoint.

In a nutshell, this book tells the story of April, a woman who writes fanfiction about a wildly popular TV show called Gods of the Gates, and Marcus, one of the stars of Gods of the Gates who also writes fanfiction about the show as a way of anonymously voicing his complaints about it. April and Marcus, under their fandom pseudonyms, are best friends in their online fandom community. But when one of April’s Tweets about the show goes viral, she unexpectedly finds herself going on a date with Marcus, unaware of the fact that they’ve already been corresponding for years.

It’s a delightfully sublime premise that had me hooked from page one. Spoiler Alert is fun and hysterically funny, but it also has so many smart things to say about fandom, the entertainment industry, and the many biases found within them. As an added bonus, the extremely thinly veiled commentary on the spectacular implosion that was the final seasons of Game of Thrones was particularly on point. And it was glorious.

All in all, I loved this book and I devoured it in two days. I love it when that happens.

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