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From number-one New York Times best-selling author Chris Colfer comes a funny, heartbreaking, unforgettable novel about friendship and fame.

Cash Carter is the young, world-famous lead actor of the hit television show Wiz Kids. When four fans jokingly invite him on a cross-country road trip, they are shocked that he actually takes them up on it. Chased by paparazzi and hounded by reporters, this unlikely crew takes off on a journey of a lifetime - but along the way they discover that the star they love has deep secrets he's been keeping. What they come to learn about the life of the mysterious person they thought they knew will teach them about the power of empathy and the unbreakable bond of true friendship.

In this touching novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Chris Colfer takes us on a journey full of laughter, tears, and life-changing memories.

©2017 Chris Colfer (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Fun reading for fangirls

Really enjoyed the story. Narration was perfect.
Want to know what happens next for Downers

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Love it love u Chris

I have been a fan for ever and when u started writing books I started to like reading and listening to them thank u

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Certainly fascinating, and cute, if not cliche

It's kind of cliche YA fiction, kinda twee, the use of epithets is a little amateur, sure, and the plot is formulaic to the point that it stretches the suspension of disbelief. And yet... there's so much heart behind it the technical glitches of a new writer are easy to overlook.
As a big consumer of stories about fans and fan culture, it's incredible to see a fictional account by somebody on the other side - the adored, instead of the ones doing the adoring. It kind of comes down to Colfer and what we know about him, either through cultural osmosis or as fans of Glee (in my case, full disclosure, I was a fan in early high school, but never particularly devoted), and I believe in the sentiment behind most of the tough conversations in the book. Emotionally, it's all there, and it's pretty well representative of what fandom means to us, but also, I hope, what fans mean to actors - not pulling punches on the disrespect sometimes given, but not ignoring the heart and love involved. I could speculate more on Colfer's relation between his life and the events of the novel, sure, but it's pointless to the story and would probably border on that sort of disrespect.
While it's not the primary focus, the story's main cast includes gay, trans, and PoC characters, and I would just mention (again, because by the nature of the story, one is forced to think about Glee) that they're all pretty respectfully represented. Nothing much to fear of that old mid to late-2000s TV's 'progressive, but only, like, compared to the literally nothing we've had before'. Just to allay concerns I would have had going into it, as a now young adult gay who grew up with Colfer's Glee character.
Beyond how intriguing those parts of it is, it's a pretty standard, but pleasant YA road trip story, and if you like those, you'll probably like this. And if you're in a fandom, that too. Or if you just like stories about the power of stories, and role models and heroes, or that rough almost-adult coming of age summer between high school and whatever comes next. There's a little of all of it and though it's technically imperfect, the characters and sentiments are really strong.
Colfer's narration performance is strong, the dialogue is well acted, and the recording quality is pretty top notch.
Recommended at like a 4.5/5 for fans and big YA readers. Maybe like a or 3/5 for everybody else.

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Awesome

the book was great definitely a YA book but overall amazing and I loved it!!

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AMAZING

It was brilliant. I haven't listened tomany audio books but this was by far my favorite one and will listen again no doubt.

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Amazing

Amazing book that everyone can relate too and never gets boring no matter how many times I listen

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Just as Awesome as reading it

While I could listen to Chris Colfer read to me from the phone book, this was much more fun. Chris makes all the characters come alive with the different voices and wonderful narration. I had read the book first, which was great, but listening to it being read by the author really makes it one of the best. I love how we can know exactly how he envisioned the scenes and inflection of the dialogue because the actual author is reading it to us. great job

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Fantastic!!

I had chills the last two chapters! I really loved this book from start to finish. Chris Colfer never disappoints!

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Fabulous story!!

I officially adore Chris Colfer. This is an amazing story that manages to invoke a range of emotions, ideas and feelings that I will probably be processing over the next couple of days. I've read most of Mr. Colfer's stories and there is a sincerity across all of them.

The story is dedicated to his best friend, who he says has better memory than him and will remember what of it actually happened - so of course, I found myself wondering how much of it was 'real' and came away with the feeling that, like all good stories, it had the ring of truth in every moment. It is empowering and affirming and deeply sad, like a kaleidoscope of the beautiful and tragic of life.

I hope he writes a lot more for years to come!

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A story to remember and think about.

This book had me feeling different ways about these characters throughout the whole thing. I didn't think the under tones of Gay and Trans acceptance would be a huge part of the story but when I learned about the characters and lives they lived without anyone else knowing was fun and exciting. There are issues like passing was a bit odd at times and there are some times where a character is out of character but there small issues in an otherwise great story. One last mention the narrator was great (besides when a character cried that was off sounding.)