Overnight Celebrities: Flipping Social Media Fame Into Bestsellers

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Social media has been the new route to fame and celebrity for nearly a decade.  Following the path led by the Kardashians, a bumper crop of internet famous celebrities have also parlayed their newfound popularity into something more.  If pink is the new black, then books are the new market for social media stars to conquer.  Our favorites from YouTube, Instagram, and other platforms have not only started writing books, they are turning these books into bestsellers.  Poignant reflections, riveting horror, laugh-out-loud funny, and tough coming-of-age stories abound in this list of fresh and exciting books by the social media famous that are soon-to-be all the rage online and in stores!


Mirror, Mirror: A NovelCara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne Mirror Mirror
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From international supermodel-turned-actress, known for her Instagram videos, eyebrows and honesty about mental health, comes a gripping book about friendship and identity. Red, Leo, Naomi and Rose are best friends, and at sixteen, are all still trying to figure out who they are. While life is uncertain, they are united by music, and have their own band, ‘Mirror, Mirror’. But when Naomi goes missing, only to be found unconscious in a river, everything changes. Left in a coma with the police wondering if it was a failed suicide attempt, Rose distracts herself with partying, while Leo descends into black moods, leaving Red behind to try and find out the truth of what really happened. A story about lies, identity, friendship and honesty, this coming-of-age book is set to be a powerful read.


Mirror, Mirror: A Novel will be available on October 10th, 2017.

The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl series)Paige McKenzie

Paige McKenzie The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl
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Star and co-creator of Youtube channel hit show The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Paige McKenzie has written a book series based on the show! The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl is the final installment of the beloved trilogy, following Sunshine Griffith and her brainiac boyfriend Nolan all the way through to the end. Filled with sacrifice, betrayal, love, and a world of ghosts, demons and the supernatural, this book is a perfect end to the series. We don’t want to give any spoilers away, but we can guarantee that this book will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #3) was released on April 4th, 2017.

Girl Online: Going Solo (Girl Online series)Zoe Sugg

Girl Online: Going Solo Zoe Sugg
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Better known by her Youtube handle Zoella, Zoe Sugg has released the latest book of her Girl Online series. The series made headline news when the first book broke records of highest first-week sales for a debut novelist, becoming the fastest selling book of the year. For Penny, who started out as anonymous blogger only known GirlOnline, life is now going back to normal – she’s back home, and musician Noah has gone completely off the radar. Going to visit her friend Megan’s performing arts school, she makes new friends – ones that she can really help – which also seems like the perfect distraction. But when she meets charming photographer Callum, it still seems like the memory of Noah is haunting her. A book about love, anxiety, and friendship, Girl Online: Going Solo is another successful addition to the much-loved series.

Girl Online: Going Solo (Girl Online #3) was released on November 17th, 2016.

Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of)Arden Rose

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From the social media star best known from her Youtube channel and Instagram, comes a hilarious yet oh-so-true survival book for almost-adults, failing-adults, and other adults, about how to be an adult (sort of). This book candidly intersperses discussions of mental and sexual health, body image and being your own best friend, with other discussions of how to not meet creepy people on the internet, how to eat enough protein to balance out microwave mug-brownies, and dressing like a socially acceptable adult when you have $0.00. Funny and honest at the same time, this survival guide is a must from us for everyone in that awkward stage between coming-of-age late teenage-hood, but still definitely not ready for serious adulthood.

Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of) was released on March 28th, 2017.

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just MeLily Collins

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Journalist, model, and Golden Globe-nominated actress Lily Collins has grown up in the spotlight, and with her debut collection of essays, is starting a discussion about body image, eating disorders, relationships, being dependent on other people, and self-worth. From the first page, Collins instantly draws you into her world and takes you on deep, personal subjects with an openness that invites readers to look at the way they think about themselves and their lives, but without judgement or shame. Endlessly encouraging, grounded firmly to earth, and tackled with absolute honesty and sincerity, this memoir is an essential read, and one we could not possibly recommend more.

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me was released on March 7th, 2017.

Bonfire: A Novel, Kristen Ritter

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From actress Kristen Ritter, know as the title character of Netflix’s Jessica Jones, but also for her knitting ability on Instagram, comes her first book! A riveting psychological drama, Abby Williams is working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, no trace of the small-town Indiana roots she came from ten years ago. But when a case forces Abby back home to investigate the company at the economic heart of the town, Abby starts to find connections between the company and a ten-year-old scandal that Abby’s friend Kaycee was involved in – right before she went missing. Desperate to find out what really happened to Kaycee, the more Abby uncovers, the less people she can trust. Ritter is a natural storyteller, and Bonfire is full of complex characters, and an intense plot. We can’t wait for this thrilling debut.

Bonfire: A Novel will be released on November 7th, 2017.

How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering LifeLilly Singh

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From Youtube star Lilly Singh, also known by her handle IISuperwomanII, comes a guide about how to be a boss – and if you want to take advice on this from anyone, you want to take it from her. Number one of Forbes’ Top Influencers List of 2017 for entertainment, and with her very own red lipstick from Smashbox (very appropriately called BAWSE), Singh’s guide is witty and fun, but make no mistake, if you want to be a boss, you have to work hard at it. Full of helpful advice, endlessly encouraging, and with fifty rules to live by, Singh’s bold voice carries perfectly across the page. She is determined to make you love yourself, your life, and to carry you all the way to the top.

How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life was released on March 28th, 2017.


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Rachel Fogle De Souza was born and raised in Connecticut, and traveled extensively throughout Europe, parts of Asia, and the United States, before attending college at the University of California, Davis, where she received a B.A. in Comparative Literature, with a double minor in Women, Gender and Sexualities studies, and Middle Eastern/South Asian studies. When she's not writing, she's reading, boxing, or thinking about traveling.

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