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Paige McKenzie

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 Novel, Cara Delevingne From international supermodel-turned-actress, known for…

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The Haunting of Sunshine Girl–a metaphor for a media-savvy world

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As both a reviewer and an author, sometimes I wonder: are books ever just books anymore? There’s a huge trend lately to create multimedia works, turning novels interactive, or creating books out of blogs. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not complaining. As a lover of all things pop culture, I’ll take my stories served to me any way I can get them. Which is why I was so intrigued when I discovered Paige McKenzie’s The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (Weinstein Books, 2015). Even just as a book it sounds intriguing: the tight bond between sixteen-year-old Sunshine and her mother, Kat, is tested when they move across the country and into a house that Sunshine is sure is haunted. Kat doesn’t…

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