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A social media influencer is shipped off to a digital detox summer camp in this funny coming-of-age story, perfect for fans of Jenny Han's The Summer I Turned Pretty and Love and Gelato . Sunny Song's Big Summer Goals: 1) Make Rafael Kim my boyfriend (finally!) 2) Hit 100K followers (almost there…) 3) Have the best last summer of high school e A social media influencer is shipped off to a digital detox summer camp in this funny coming-of-age story, perfect for fans of Jenny Han's The Summer I Turned Pretty and Love and Gelato . Sunny Song's Big Summer Goals: 1) Make Rafael Kim my boyfriend (finally!) 2) Hit 100K followers (almost there…) 3) Have the best last summer of high school everNot on Sunny's list: accidentally filming a PG-13 cooking video that goes viral (#browniegate). Extremely not on her list: being shipped off to a digital detox farm camp in Iowa (IOWA??) for a whole month. She's traded in her WiFi connection for a butter churn, and if she wants any shot at growing her social media platform this summer, she'll need to find a way back online.But between some unexpected friendships and an alarmingly cute farm boy, Sunny might be surprised by the connections she makes when she's forced to disconnect.


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A social media influencer is shipped off to a digital detox summer camp in this funny coming-of-age story, perfect for fans of Jenny Han's The Summer I Turned Pretty and Love and Gelato . Sunny Song's Big Summer Goals: 1) Make Rafael Kim my boyfriend (finally!) 2) Hit 100K followers (almost there…) 3) Have the best last summer of high school e A social media influencer is shipped off to a digital detox summer camp in this funny coming-of-age story, perfect for fans of Jenny Han's The Summer I Turned Pretty and Love and Gelato . Sunny Song's Big Summer Goals: 1) Make Rafael Kim my boyfriend (finally!) 2) Hit 100K followers (almost there…) 3) Have the best last summer of high school everNot on Sunny's list: accidentally filming a PG-13 cooking video that goes viral (#browniegate). Extremely not on her list: being shipped off to a digital detox farm camp in Iowa (IOWA??) for a whole month. She's traded in her WiFi connection for a butter churn, and if she wants any shot at growing her social media platform this summer, she'll need to find a way back online.But between some unexpected friendships and an alarmingly cute farm boy, Sunny might be surprised by the connections she makes when she's forced to disconnect.

30 review for Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Sunny Song is such a refreshing young adult story! Sunny is a teen influencer having reached over 100K followers. She has a snafu on air that makes her decide to attend a digital detox camp at a farm in Iowa. (Do they really have these places? I need to check!). There’s so much to relate to with Sunny. She’s smart, works hard, and is completely likable. Yes, she is definitely addicted to social media. I loved the witty banter between the characters. Overall, a charming read that addresses importa Sunny Song is such a refreshing young adult story! Sunny is a teen influencer having reached over 100K followers. She has a snafu on air that makes her decide to attend a digital detox camp at a farm in Iowa. (Do they really have these places? I need to check!). There’s so much to relate to with Sunny. She’s smart, works hard, and is completely likable. Yes, she is definitely addicted to social media. I loved the witty banter between the characters. Overall, a charming read that addresses important issues, too. I received a gifted copy. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Well, this is my second book of the same author in two weeks and as far as I can see she’s meticulous writer who can write in both realistic adult and young adult genres so well. This book has interesting plot about sending a popular Youtuber to social media and phone detox program which could also be great concept for reality tv series and reinvention of Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie’s Simple Life show ! Sunny Song is a typical teenage girl who is glued to her phone and obsessed how much dail Well, this is my second book of the same author in two weeks and as far as I can see she’s meticulous writer who can write in both realistic adult and young adult genres so well. This book has interesting plot about sending a popular Youtuber to social media and phone detox program which could also be great concept for reality tv series and reinvention of Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie’s Simple Life show ! Sunny Song is a typical teenage girl who is glued to her phone and obsessed how much daily likes she gets on social media. Having a dreamy summer holiday, making Rafael Kim fall hard for her and reaching 100K followers were her main plans but when a home cooking video turns into PG-13 video which goes viral and traps her into the worst version nightmare, she is advised to be sent on social media detox camp where she can trade WiFi connection for butter churn. But surprisingly this camp life doesn’t seem like her personal hell! She has a crush on camp director’s boy. She already has a cool friend and worst nemesis and her limited wifi connection is still enough for her joining the competition she holds as a big secret! Overall: it’s solid, easy, enjoyable read! I found Sunny a little irritating because of not so shinny and so self absorbed characterization. She was real definition of spoiled brat, self centered teenager. Thankfully nearly end of the book, her character became more mature and tolerable. I’m giving three this is not my favorite book of the author but it’s definitely above the average, interesting, enjoyable reading stars! So many thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest thoughts.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Fun fact: I actually got really pissed off at my digital detox workbook I got because it was assuming I didn't need social media/internet to live my daily life and/or my job (WHICH I DO) I hope this Sunny Song person calls out the privilege that comes with being able to just "walk away" from social media because it really isn't a reality for most people Fun fact: I actually got really pissed off at my digital detox workbook I got because it was assuming I didn't need social media/internet to live my daily life and/or my job (WHICH I DO) I hope this Sunny Song person calls out the privilege that comes with being able to just "walk away" from social media because it really isn't a reality for most people

  4. 4 out of 5

    Creya

    Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and Edelweiss Plus for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This was a super enjoyable read. The book opens in the principal’s office on the last day of Sunny Song’s junior year in Los Angeles, California. The school’s parents are complaining that Sunny is posting social media content during school hours. The administration is asking her to stop because her posts make it appear that the school is allowing too much free time to its s Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and Edelweiss Plus for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This was a super enjoyable read. The book opens in the principal’s office on the last day of Sunny Song’s junior year in Los Angeles, California. The school’s parents are complaining that Sunny is posting social media content during school hours. The administration is asking her to stop because her posts make it appear that the school is allowing too much free time to its students. She agrees to abide by this new rule during the upcoming school year. Sunny then starts her summer break by filming a live streamed one-pot brownie tutorial. She signs offline, then removes her stained shirt and starts cleaning up the kitchen in her sports bra. She receives a text from her best friend, Maya, that the camera is still rolling. Mortified, she tries to save herself by performing a live exercise routine. She hits almost 100,000 followers on YouTube, and the video goes viral with the hashtags #BrowniePorn and #BrownieGate. Sunny’s parents receive a call from the principal about the #BrowniePorn video. They are mortified and quickly identify that Sunny’s devices have seemingly taken over her life. Sunny’s parents and the school’s principal come to an agreement that Sunny will attend a digital detox camp at Sunshine Heritage Farms in Iowa. If she does not successfully complete the camp, she will be expelled from school and unable to complete her senior year. Sunny learns a lot about herself at Sunshine Heritage Farms. She befriends a fellow camper, meets her nemesis, and even forms a summer romance. I think a lot of young readers will connect to Sunny’s attachment to her devices and social media accounts.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tijana

    Thank you, Sourcebook Fire, for this book's ARC. It sounds so interesting, I'm already positive I'll love it! ----------------------------------------- Actual review (after struggling with this book for almost 3 months): Ouch, ouch, ouch...the way this novel crushed my excitement and foolish optimism actually hurts. I'm trying to find one thing about Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous I genuinely liked and I can't. Almost all the characters besides our heroine were flat and underdeveloped, while she, ev Thank you, Sourcebook Fire, for this book's ARC. It sounds so interesting, I'm already positive I'll love it! ----------------------------------------- Actual review (after struggling with this book for almost 3 months): Ouch, ouch, ouch...the way this novel crushed my excitement and foolish optimism actually hurts. I'm trying to find one thing about Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous I genuinely liked and I can't. Almost all the characters besides our heroine were flat and underdeveloped, while she, even though not necessarily unlikable, sounded as if she were 13. I also found myself bored by being inside her head. There was just too much pointless rambling going on. And when it came to the romance, it felt very juvenile and unbelievable. Couldn't have cared less about what'd happen to the lovebirds in the end. The only thing I actually cared about was finding out why the main mean girl hated our MC and the writer never really explained it. I had high hopes for this one, at certain points even tried forcing myself to love it, but eventually I had to accept reality and disappointment and rate this 2 stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    Hilarious Entertaining Addictive I enjoyed and loved ‘Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous’ by amazing author Suzanne Park. This is a story about 17yo Sunny Song from Los Angeles, whose life has been taken over by her addiction to social media and her goal of hitting 100k! A live stream goes viral when the camera continues to roll at the end of her show when Sunny takes off her top and continues to film with only her tattered sports bra on! #brownieporn #browniegate! The only way to save herself and to Hilarious Entertaining Addictive I enjoyed and loved ‘Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous’ by amazing author Suzanne Park. This is a story about 17yo Sunny Song from Los Angeles, whose life has been taken over by her addiction to social media and her goal of hitting 100k! A live stream goes viral when the camera continues to roll at the end of her show when Sunny takes off her top and continues to film with only her tattered sports bra on! #brownieporn #browniegate! The only way to save herself and to finish her senior year in her high school is to sign up for digital detox camp at Sunshine Heritage Farms in Iowa. While there, Sunny realizes that sometimes giving up something means gaining something else unexpected. This was such a fun read that I found myself enjoying and cracking up so much. Super relatable while also addressing important themes such as micro-aggression and racism, growing up in an Asian household, and of course addressing social media and finding the right balance as a young adult in this amazing coming-of-age story. The writing was fun, addictive and super cute! Pick this up for a great young adult read that is funny, light-hearted, and heartwarming.

  7. 5 out of 5

    B | crumbledpages

    First reviewed on https://www.crumbledpages.com/categor... This was such a fun read, perfect for the summer time! I enjoyed it way more than I expected. This was such a cute and light hearted read. It was also a very easy and fast read, I flew threw this book. I liked the whole concept of going to a summer detox camp on a farm. It was really fun to see Sunny, a city girl, amongst chickens and cows. It was nice to see her transformation from being a social media obsessed person to someone who was n First reviewed on https://www.crumbledpages.com/categor... This was such a fun read, perfect for the summer time! I enjoyed it way more than I expected. This was such a cute and light hearted read. It was also a very easy and fast read, I flew threw this book. I liked the whole concept of going to a summer detox camp on a farm. It was really fun to see Sunny, a city girl, amongst chickens and cows. It was nice to see her transformation from being a social media obsessed person to someone who was not obsessed with it as much as before. And how she started to value her relationships near her even more by the end of the camp. The love story was sweet as well. I was a big fan of Sunny’s love interest, Theo. Him and Sunny seemed to have a chemistry and looked good together. I did not think this love story was cliched or too cheesy like other YA love stories. The other side characters were also likable and entertaining, and added richness to the story. I appreciate the main character was Korean-American. I really liked Sunny, she was likable and entertaining. It was fun seeing her struggle to get a signal on her ‘contraband phone’ and trying to participate in an online social media competition when she has no way using internet or phone in the camp. Additional perk is that the cover is eye catching and stunning! This was my first Suzanne Parks book and I’d love to read more from her. I’d highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a fun summer read. Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for the review copy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Park

    This might be my favorite book about a Los Angeles-based Korean-American teen influencer getting shipped to digital detox camp in Iowa!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Trisha Tomy

    Blog Review: https://trishadoeseverythingbutstudy2... I received a free e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! I really enjoyed it! It took me so long to start writing this because I had a duplicate edition in my shelves, and I despise having duplicate editions, so I spent nearly 15 minutes figuring out the best way forward. The crux of this paragraph is that this book has been on my shelves since April 22. Thank you, and let's move on to the review. Let me start out by saying that Blog Review: https://trishadoeseverythingbutstudy2... I received a free e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! I really enjoyed it! It took me so long to start writing this because I had a duplicate edition in my shelves, and I despise having duplicate editions, so I spent nearly 15 minutes figuring out the best way forward. The crux of this paragraph is that this book has been on my shelves since April 22. Thank you, and let's move on to the review. Let me start out by saying that though this was a very enjoyable book, I still didn't think it was amazing, somehow? It was great, but nothing very special somehow? Like, I really loved the whole insight into YouTubers, social media in general, what social media has done to us, how we can be better handling it, making time not only for our hobbies but enjoying life as well along the way, and all, but some things didn't completely sit right with me. My main criticism of this book would be that the dialogue in some places was very clunky somehow? I don't know how exactly to say this, but it was as if some of the dialogues sounded scripted, and nothing like someone would actually open their mouth and say spontaneously in a conversation, and most of these kind of dialogues were the kind where we're expressing progressive opinions or something, which is great, but I'd have liked it to sound more natural. Another thing I didn't completely like was that it was only one month. One. It's really not that much of a time to go without internet and phones (or maybe I'm biased saying this because my addiction is books, which does not primarily involve social media and internet, though the two are intimately connected the way I use it.) Edit: Right after I almost finished this review draft, my parents did the whole addiction crackdown and told me I could have no more breaks till I was finished with my boards, which is at least 8 months, and now I feel like a hypocrite when I read the last paragraph, because here I am, doing the exact same thing I was judging. End of edit. One other thing was that this seemed like a very whimsical, unrealistic, somehow just not very plausible scenario somehow? In some places I would go it's really not that serious, god, get some priorities, while in others I would completely relate to the character's' outlook on everything. It's a great way to write fiction, but with the serious issues that were being addressed, the writing would seem a bit out of place. I will say this, none of my issues are really very serious issues, and didn't even affect my enjoyment a lot, just a few times. I loved Sunny's character since I saw quite a bit of myself in her...the addiction, somewhat with the not knowing your sorta mother tongue (or at least what everyone assumes you should be able to speak fluently), her insecurities, her handling of social media (though I will say this, I'm glad to be in not as much of a sticky situation as she was). I liked the way the romance wasn't really the main point of this book, especially since this only took over a month, so the decision to not have love declarations of any kind was much appreciated by me (looking at you, Kasie West) Other than that, there's really not that much in this. The escapism is pretty enjoyable, and the whole hiding phones and dealing with people at summer camp shenanigans made for a very entertaining read. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys teen romances (though not exactly),, a non-pandemic summer, summer camps, farms, and animals, and want to see what it's like having a social media addiction.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jesse bowtiesandbooks

    Does anyone else also really love books about bloggers? A refreshing, comedic debut about a Korean teenager who wants to be a cyber star. BUT after a viral video goes wrong #BraGate, Sunny is hauled off to a social media detox camp where she is forced to explore herself, navigate industry competition, and maybe even fall in love. Sunny Song is a book that will make you cringe from the relatable awkwardness. There were so many times where I shared in Sunny's embarrassment and this endeared me to h Does anyone else also really love books about bloggers? A refreshing, comedic debut about a Korean teenager who wants to be a cyber star. BUT after a viral video goes wrong #BraGate, Sunny is hauled off to a social media detox camp where she is forced to explore herself, navigate industry competition, and maybe even fall in love. Sunny Song is a book that will make you cringe from the relatable awkwardness. There were so many times where I shared in Sunny's embarrassment and this endeared me to her. I liked this book a lot and chucked so many times. Sunny is a character that I would genuinely love a serious from. I would kill to follower her post-high school as she navigates her career. The book does a satisfying job exploring the lives of kids who aren't exactly thrilled about college and want to take a different path. We don't get to see that often and it was really really well done. 3.75/4 stars!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    SUNNY SONG WILL NEVER BE FAMOUS is a perfect example of why I love teen/YA novels. I sooooooooo relate to Sunny, a teen whose social media addiction leads her parents to send her to digital detox summer camp. Sunny is ambitious and smart, with nearly 100,000 online followers, and despite her addiction, I found her totally likable. While at camp, she finds romance and learns that real life connections mean much more than any she might make online. The plot keeps you rapt, the narrative is witty, SUNNY SONG WILL NEVER BE FAMOUS is a perfect example of why I love teen/YA novels. I sooooooooo relate to Sunny, a teen whose social media addiction leads her parents to send her to digital detox summer camp. Sunny is ambitious and smart, with nearly 100,000 online followers, and despite her addiction, I found her totally likable. While at camp, she finds romance and learns that real life connections mean much more than any she might make online. The plot keeps you rapt, the narrative is witty, the character development sure, and I devoured this charming book in one afternoon. A joy to read! 5 of 5 Stars Pub Date 01 Jun 2021 #SunnySongWillNeverBeFamous #NetGalley Thanks to the author, SOURCEBOOKS Fire, and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Remarkablylisa)

    I was just bored with this one. Le sigh.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    Sunny Song is banished to digital detox camp in Iowa for a month. No devices, no apps, no texts, no phone, period! How long could you go without your phone and its connectivity to the bigger world? Do you use it responsibly? Or is it a source of wasted time and ambition? One thing this book tackles head on is the double-edged sword of the smartphone (Apple or Android). It is easy for each generation to point the finger at the other regarding phone habits when what we really should be doing is ma Sunny Song is banished to digital detox camp in Iowa for a month. No devices, no apps, no texts, no phone, period! How long could you go without your phone and its connectivity to the bigger world? Do you use it responsibly? Or is it a source of wasted time and ambition? One thing this book tackles head on is the double-edged sword of the smartphone (Apple or Android). It is easy for each generation to point the finger at the other regarding phone habits when what we really should be doing is maximizing the opportunities to connect. Even old dogs can learn new tricks. Right, Mr. Fuller? The fact that I am an Iowa girl certainly added to my enjoyment of this book. The cell phone debate is a a compelling core to the narrative while there is also lots of humor and fun included. For me this was a better book than The Perfect Escape. Hand this one to fans of Emma Lord and Kasie West. Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous was so much fun to dive into. It was just really cute and easy to listen to. In it, you will meet Sunny. She's spunky (in a way) and completely adorkable in others. I'll also admit that she tends to dive into her bratty side from time to time as well. In other words, she's like a regular teenager. Definitely obsessed with social media and likes. So it's no surprise that she wants to have the I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous was so much fun to dive into. It was just really cute and easy to listen to. In it, you will meet Sunny. She's spunky (in a way) and completely adorkable in others. I'll also admit that she tends to dive into her bratty side from time to time as well. In other words, she's like a regular teenager. Definitely obsessed with social media and likes. So it's no surprise that she wants to have the best summer ever.. and for her ideal summer list to go out the window. Mostly because one of her home cooking videos goes drastically wrong and she's now off to camp. Social media detox camp. Which, yes, I did laugh about this because I didn't think this camp was a thing. I mean.. it still might not be but who knows. While she thinks this camp is going to ruin her life and summer.. it actually ends up being a lot of fun. I think I liked Sunny a bit more after she went to this place because she was actually having fun and not stuck to her phone. She's meeting new people and developing new crushes - which, yes, I totally agree with. I wanted more from them. In the end, Sunny definitely became more likable to me and it made this book a lot more fun to listen to. Definitely happy that I got the chance to dive into this and look forward to my next book by Suzanne!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    3.5* a super cute, quick and easy read that oddly gave me hannah montana movie vibes which, of course, I was 100% there for.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Fanna

    September 14, 2020: After loving The Perfect Escape so much, there's no way I'm not SUPER EXCITED FOR THIS,,, also that cover color is uff September 14, 2020: After loving The Perfect Escape so much, there's no way I'm not SUPER EXCITED FOR THIS,,, also that cover color is uff

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I received an ebook ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Sunny Song will do anything to be internet famous. She spends all her time creating content and growing her social media presence. All the adults in her life think she has an obsession, but Sunny is perfectly fine. Or so she thinks... When a baking livestream goes wrong and causes her mishap to trend (#browniegate), her school threatens to kick her out. The only way to stay in school is to go I received an ebook ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Sunny Song will do anything to be internet famous. She spends all her time creating content and growing her social media presence. All the adults in her life think she has an obsession, but Sunny is perfectly fine. Or so she thinks... When a baking livestream goes wrong and causes her mishap to trend (#browniegate), her school threatens to kick her out. The only way to stay in school is to go to a digital detox summer camp at a farm in Iowa, while her friends enjoy their summers in California. While at camp Sunny has to decide what’s really worth her time. Is spending her life trying to become internet famous really bringing her joy? She gets the chance to join this elite internet group of content creators, but will she take it or forge her own path? Sunny may be pleasantly surprised to what the world outside of social media has to offer. From friendships with other campers to the cute farm boy who’s caught her attention. This was super cute! The beginning was a little over the top for me, but I could definitely see it happening to someone. I really related to Sunny and her need to feel liked. Also, how she’s so confident online, but struggles with real life conversations. The romance between her and Theo was adorable! I also loved the connections she formed with her friends at camp, as well as the tough decision she had to make. It was great to see her internal thoughts with this, especially with something so relevant to teens today. Social media really has overtaken our society and our need for instant gratification has risen exponentially. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that social media likes aren’t equal to worth and this story was a great reminder of that.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Look, it doesn't matter what it says on that cover. Sunny Song is famous to me. Thank you to Raincoast Books for the ARC! Full review at A Book Shrew Sunny Song is a teenage influencer working her butt off her to grow her social media platform. After school and on weekends she is working hard at getting videos and content together to post and reach that elusive 100k follower benchmark. She schedules all her posts, but the frequency of them has not gone unnoticed. After her LA school expresses conc Look, it doesn't matter what it says on that cover. Sunny Song is famous to me. Thank you to Raincoast Books for the ARC! Full review at A Book Shrew Sunny Song is a teenage influencer working her butt off her to grow her social media platform. After school and on weekends she is working hard at getting videos and content together to post and reach that elusive 100k follower benchmark. She schedules all her posts, but the frequency of them has not gone unnoticed. After her LA school expresses concern and a filming mishap goes viral, her parents sign her up for a one month social media detox camp at a farm in Iowa. It's a bit of a knee-jerk reaction, if you ask me, but holds the makings of a great story. Sunny was a fabulous star for this story with so much depth to her. Given that the premise centers around a young woman absorbed wholly be her phone, social media, and the number of online interactions she has, I was expecting someone rather vapid and gross. Sunny was a very likeable character with a great sense of humour, real teenage concerns and wants, and an overall sweet personality. I definitely laughed a few times at her voice in here, but also understood her dreams and fears. She's an independent woman making her way in this off the rails world the best she can and I could only admire her for it. I will admit that her character took a bit of a hit for me at the end when she had the opportunity to stand up for someone in trouble for something that wasn't theirs, and did not. Like Sunny, I found this to be a surprising story overall. I didn't quite know where it was going to go, but I enjoyed the themes it leaned into. A young woman choosing her future on her own terms, whether that is going to college or going into business for herself. Making meaningful relationships and how social media can help enhance and benefit those. Even Sunny's identity as a Korean-American, how she chooses to embrace that amongst touches of racism, whether intentional or not. It was nicely thought out and had a great ending. The character growth for Sunny alone was worth the read, and it had me reflecting on my own social media and phone use. This book was not perfect, though. I found that the writing sometimes went into the minutiae of certain tasks, describing every little movement needed to complete it when it was not necessary. It dragged the story down, especially when that word count could have been used to build out the story more. Even some of the characters could have used some beefing up. The book was far from boring, but I do wish we could have gotten more of the camp activities and the hijinks that came with them. Even the things described on the cover as her summer goals were barely given enough notice. I really enjoyed this! It's a quick read that's super cute and fun!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anne - ReadingfortheWeekend

    Sunny Song may never be famous, but this book needs to be! In true Suzanne Park fashion, this book is AMAZING and I was laughing more and more as the story progressed! I absolutely enjoyed the characters and how the pacing of the story flowed! I also enjoy how the author is able to blend topics like family relationships, societal pressures and micro aggressions with regards to race in such a real and relatable way. This is a YA book that can be read by anyone. It is not cheesy nor over the top. It Sunny Song may never be famous, but this book needs to be! In true Suzanne Park fashion, this book is AMAZING and I was laughing more and more as the story progressed! I absolutely enjoyed the characters and how the pacing of the story flowed! I also enjoy how the author is able to blend topics like family relationships, societal pressures and micro aggressions with regards to race in such a real and relatable way. This is a YA book that can be read by anyone. It is not cheesy nor over the top. It’s a great contemporary story that has 17 year olds in the spotlight. I read this via audiobook and the narrator was perfection with bringing the story to life. I completely recommend!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view. For Sunny Song, her first foray into social media fame was when a video of her as a child went viral, and she became known as Goggle Girl. Since then, she has cultivated a fair following, but her parents start to worry about her internet usage, and reliance on social media, especially after she accidentally live streams a video in her bra, and her school threatens to expel her if she doesn't sort it out. So, I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher. This in no way impacted on my view. For Sunny Song, her first foray into social media fame was when a video of her as a child went viral, and she became known as Goggle Girl. Since then, she has cultivated a fair following, but her parents start to worry about her internet usage, and reliance on social media, especially after she accidentally live streams a video in her bra, and her school threatens to expel her if she doesn't sort it out. So, her parents - more her mother's really - plan is to send her to a digital detox camp in Iowa, on a rural farm, with no technology for at least a month, or else she has to delete all her socials, immediately. But, she is in with a shot of making it big, and gaining a lucrative collaboration with a big platform, so she needs to find a way to connect online, while also coming to terms with her growing feelings for the farm owner's cute son. This was a lovely summer read, perfect for a rainy Sunday morning, and once I had started it, I couldn't put it down! Sunny was such a relatable teen, who liked being on her phone a lot, and fought with her parents over her screen time, but also cared about her friends, and only wanted to be good at what she did. Yes, she made some mistakes - like not checking the camera was off before taking off her dirty shirt, or referring to classmates in derogatory terms online - but she wasn't vindictive or really hurting anyone. So, being sent to what basically surmounted to prison in her eyes, was a bit too harsh, and she smuggled in a burner phone to try and keep up with her socials, with the help of best friend Maya autoposting content for her too. However, after a few days of no signal and being unplugged, Sunny started to see the positive side to not always being online, and even used her technical know how to help the residents of a nearby retirement home too. I loved seeing Sunny's growth, and the way she came to terms with her reliance on technology, but in a way that was suitable for her. There's also the romantic aspect of the book which was really enjoyable too. The synopsis mentions Rafael, who is one of Sunny's friends from home, but he hardly appears in the book - seeing as it mainly takes place in Iowa, not LA, and it's Theo, the farm hand, and all around handyman, who makes Sunny's heart flutter, and helps her see things in a different way. Both she and Theo were very stubborn people, but they start to see life differently, and though their story isn't all smooth sailing - with an extremely cringe worthy piece of miscommunication that made me have to put my phone down for a few minutes with secondhand embarrassment - they find their places together, and I liked how open ended the book left their story. This was my first book by this author, but definitely won't be my last.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Powell

    I’m going to preface this review by saying that I am probably not the authors typical audience or even their chosen demographic. That being said, I still did enjoy the story even though it was not necessarily relatable to me. In this ever advancing social media obsessed world, Sunny Song is a teenage influencer who is working hard to grow her online presence and platforms despite the fact that her traditional Korean parents don’t agree with her thoughts on making this her future any not going to I’m going to preface this review by saying that I am probably not the authors typical audience or even their chosen demographic. That being said, I still did enjoy the story even though it was not necessarily relatable to me. In this ever advancing social media obsessed world, Sunny Song is a teenage influencer who is working hard to grow her online presence and platforms despite the fact that her traditional Korean parents don’t agree with her thoughts on making this her future any not going to college. One day Sunny makes her most viewed video to the dismay of her parents and they decide to send her to a detox camp in the farmlands of Iowa for the summer to get her off her phone-which for an LA girl is the worst possible thing. Sunny dreads it, especially since it means she will be miles away from her crush all summer, the summer that she had planned on making him finally go from a friend to a boyfriend. While at camp, Sunny makes in real life friends, stars a little bit of romance and meets her fellow competitor in a social media contest being held by one of the major websites. By the end of the summer, despite all her attempts to the contrary, Sunny realizes that maybe the online life isn’t all its cracked up to be. Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and Netgalley for this Arc in exchange for my review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Siofra

    Thank you to SOURCEBOOKS Fire, NetGalley & Suzanne Park for allowing me to read one of my anticipated reads of summer! Below are all my honest thoughts and opinions on this book. Trigger Warning: substance abuse mentioned, social media addiction, bullying, online bullying & racism. Sunny Song does not have a social media problem. Yeah, she spends a lot of her time on her youtube channel, and yes, she accidentally showed herself in her bra online, but she turned it around. It was fine. But not fine Thank you to SOURCEBOOKS Fire, NetGalley & Suzanne Park for allowing me to read one of my anticipated reads of summer! Below are all my honest thoughts and opinions on this book. Trigger Warning: substance abuse mentioned, social media addiction, bullying, online bullying & racism. Sunny Song does not have a social media problem. Yeah, she spends a lot of her time on her youtube channel, and yes, she accidentally showed herself in her bra online, but she turned it around. It was fine. But not fine to her parents, as they have shipped her off to a media detox camp for the summer, which means; no phone, no youtube and not chances at winning a social media spot in a popular social media group. How is Sunny meant to get famous without her phone now? *Spoiler Alert* * * * Even though Sunny is spoilt and a bit of a brat initially, she shows who she really is so fast, and she is a driven sweetheart! I really adored her from the start because I understood that a lot was generation bias about technology. However, saying that, I am happy that it was brought up how social media and technology have forced many ideas into young people's minds; about their self-esteem and how they should act and what they should always do to grow more popular. I loved the simplicity of this plot and how well it works for the generation and world today. However, there wasn't enough peril for Sunny personally towards the end, even when the phone was found, which she wasn't meant to find. Plus, one or two things were skipped over, which I really would have loved to read; getting the book to be longer is less a con and more pro, though, I will admit. Overall I really did enjoy this book, and I will be adding it to my shelves because the sweetness is overpowering!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn

    After her viral video goes wrong, Sunny Song gets herself sent to a camp for the summer in Iowa by both her parents and her principal—a camp where every teenager must endure a social media detox. There, she not only attends workshops to discuss her "addiction" but takes on responsibilities, such as dressing up as a pioneer to welcome tourists. Unexpectedly, too, she meets Theo, the charming and friendly son of the farm's owner, and Delena, a content creator known for her mukhbangs. Sunny Song Wil After her viral video goes wrong, Sunny Song gets herself sent to a camp for the summer in Iowa by both her parents and her principal—a camp where every teenager must endure a social media detox. There, she not only attends workshops to discuss her "addiction" but takes on responsibilities, such as dressing up as a pioneer to welcome tourists. Unexpectedly, too, she meets Theo, the charming and friendly son of the farm's owner, and Delena, a content creator known for her mukhbangs. Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous was overall a cute and light story—the audiobook was just not for me. I really wish I liked this a lot more, but I found it difficult to stay focused and connect with Sunny as a character because the story was not as exciting as I thought it would be. There were moments that the book could easily do without, and the ending was a little unrealistic. The narration was also a little off, but that's the thing with YA books especially in audiobook form. They're usually a hit or miss with me. However, I did like listening to Sunny's experiences with racism because these are often not discussed in YA books and because I was able to finally find a point of connection between myself and the protagonist. Sunny's relationship with Theo was also super sweet, and I liked how it played a role in her development especially at the end. If you're looking to read a book by an AAPI author and are into seeing how social media can affect you, this would be a great addition for your shelf. Thank you NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for this ARC audiobook! Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous releases today.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jenna | JennaStopReading

    Well this was just a fun little YA summer camp romance! This was my second book my Suzanne Park and I liked it a LOT more than the first one. This story dove into the positives and negatives of social media in a very digestible way. 3 things I really liked about this novel: 1. Our main character, Sunny! She was relatable, funny, and honest. 2. The descriptions of the settings. I felt like I was at the farm, sweating and struggling with Sunny. 3. The whole concept of giving these teens a social media Well this was just a fun little YA summer camp romance! This was my second book my Suzanne Park and I liked it a LOT more than the first one. This story dove into the positives and negatives of social media in a very digestible way. 3 things I really liked about this novel: 1. Our main character, Sunny! She was relatable, funny, and honest. 2. The descriptions of the settings. I felt like I was at the farm, sweating and struggling with Sunny. 3. The whole concept of giving these teens a social media detox. Something a lot of us need! 2 growth points for this book: 1. I think this story would've benefitted from a dual timeline. I would've enjoyed being in Theo's head! 2. I think not delving further into the dangers of social media (bullying, specifically) was a bit of a missed opportunity. That is something all readers can benefit from, even myself, a relatively seasoned social media user. Overall, I think Sunny and Theo will capture the hearts of many! 3.5 stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    The lead-up to Sunny being shipped to digital detox camp is a little far-fetched -- she's seen as addicted to tech because she filmed some privileged kids* at her private school and then made brownies wearing a sports bra -- and some of the details are inconsistent -- there's a whole scene at the airport where she's got a bag of tampons with her, but then later in the book it's a big deal someone gave her a tampon -- but overall, a fun story about a Korean American girl learning how to let go of The lead-up to Sunny being shipped to digital detox camp is a little far-fetched -- she's seen as addicted to tech because she filmed some privileged kids* at her private school and then made brownies wearing a sports bra -- and some of the details are inconsistent -- there's a whole scene at the airport where she's got a bag of tampons with her, but then later in the book it's a big deal someone gave her a tampon -- but overall, a fun story about a Korean American girl learning how to let go of being online all the time in order to find meaning and joy offline. The Iowa setting does service to some of the real challenges of modern rural midwest life, particularly the challenges of small family farms. There are a couple of fun romance threads throughout as well. I'm not sure I'd compare this to Jenny Han, as the swoon factor isn't there, but it is cute, light, and funny. *Sunny herself is privileged, so some of the reviews mentioning it's a privilege to be offline like Sunny's parents want her to be maybe missed that? The book's message isn't about one or the other, but about the power of real relationships and striking a balance between maintaining an image and being who you truly are.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ms. B

    3.5 stars, Junior Sunny is sent from LA to Iowa for a four week summer digital detox camp. Along with the challenge of giving up devices, social media and the internet, Sunny meets Theo, the teenage son of the owners. Could there be a mutual attraction between them? Could it be first love? Or a summer fling? Cute read for tweens and teens who are looking for a light romance or like rom-coms.

  27. 5 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous intrigued me because of its Simple Life vibes. This one contains just as much mayhem as I was expecting as it follows an influencer who spends the summer unplugged at a farm. The plot is unique, and the main character is perfectly sarcastic. I also enjoyed the audiobook narration, which brings each of the characters to life. Those looking for a fun and quirky summer read will not want to miss this one. After a live stream gone wrong, Full Review on The Candid Cover Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous intrigued me because of its Simple Life vibes. This one contains just as much mayhem as I was expecting as it follows an influencer who spends the summer unplugged at a farm. The plot is unique, and the main character is perfectly sarcastic. I also enjoyed the audiobook narration, which brings each of the characters to life. Those looking for a fun and quirky summer read will not want to miss this one. After a live stream gone wrong, Sunny’s parents send her to spend the summer at a digital detox program at a farm. She is reluctant to give up her entire life online, so she smuggles a phone in with her. What follows is an entertaining series of mishaps as Sunny attempts to apply for a content creation house with limited access to the internet, while getting to know a farmer who shows her what she’s been missing offline. Some of the anti-social media messaging does come off as a little preachy, but this one is still such a fun read. ❀ ENTERTAINING VOICE Sunny has an entertaining voice, and she really develops throughout the book. When we first meet her, social media is her entire life, and she spends every moment trying to become internet famous. However, there is more to her than the spoiled influencer stereotype, and, at the farm, Sunny starts to discover who she really is and makes some friends along the way. As she faces complicated choices and is forced to re-evaluate what she wants, she realizes social media might not be everything after all. ❀ NARRATION IS IMMERSIVE I listed to this one as an audiobook, and I really enjoyed the narration. Joy Osmanski brings the story to life, and her voice captures Sunny’s sarcasm well. I also enjoyed the way she captures the personalities of each of the side characters, especially the old couple who comes to visit. This narration ultimately makes for an immersive listening experience, and I would definitely recommend this format. ❀ UPBEAT STORY Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous by Suzanne Park is an upbeat story of self-discovery with a side of chaos. I enjoyed reading about Sunny’s misadventures at the farm, and she has an engaging voice. In the audio version, the narrator does a fantastic job capturing the energy of each of the characters. I’m sure fans of The Simple Life will really enjoy this one.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is a sweet, charming read. It does give off summer vibes with Sunny being sent to summer camp. While Sunny is younger by more than half my age, I can relate to the social media obsession that she had with trying to gain followers and the best content. I have gotten a little obsessed with Instagram. When I do take some breaks, I realize that it was great not to be so attached. Luckily, I am not at the point of needing to attend a detox summer camp. I did like Sunny and her summer crush, Theo This is a sweet, charming read. It does give off summer vibes with Sunny being sent to summer camp. While Sunny is younger by more than half my age, I can relate to the social media obsession that she had with trying to gain followers and the best content. I have gotten a little obsessed with Instagram. When I do take some breaks, I realize that it was great not to be so attached. Luckily, I am not at the point of needing to attend a detox summer camp. I did like Sunny and her summer crush, Theo. Theo is a sweetheart. I am still laughing when I think back to the moment that Sunny met Theo and found out who he was named after. In regards, to the other campers; I did and could not really form a bond with them. This is a little where my age comes into play but also because to me the other campers did come off as juvenile. I am not saying that Sunny was not that way too in the beginning but Theo's non social status rubbed off on her. Overall, I still did like this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Omg this was cuuuuuute!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Thanks Netgalley for an arc of this book. I hate to say this but I didn't like this as much as I'd like to. It's not bad. But just not as good as I wished it to be. Things I liked: - the bickering old couple. They were adorable. - the scene where people were casually racist towards Sunny and she just straight up quit. - the book is funny and made me crack up a few times. Things I didn't like: - the overarching theme of how Internet fame is toxic and how people should focus on "real and meaningfu Thanks Netgalley for an arc of this book. I hate to say this but I didn't like this as much as I'd like to. It's not bad. But just not as good as I wished it to be. Things I liked: - the bickering old couple. They were adorable. - the scene where people were casually racist towards Sunny and she just straight up quit. - the book is funny and made me crack up a few times. Things I didn't like: - the overarching theme of how Internet fame is toxic and how people should focus on "real and meaningful relationship" while using media. This really implies that you cannot make "meaningful connection" online, when that can be further away from the the truth. People find friendships online that are meaningful even more than their real life ones. Especially a lot of teenagers go online (esp LGBT+ Ones) find supportive creators and community that they don't have in real life. When their real life community is toxic and bigoted, online community provide a safe haven from that. This book could have been a nuanced discussion on online community but instead all we get is "online fame is meaningless and only using online to promote real life relationship is meaningful" message. - the juvenile writing style. I don't really feel like Sunny talks like her age at all. She feels more like 13 to 14 instead of her actual age. It's jarring. - the flat characters. I feel like I didn't connect to any characters at all and I couldn't care less about the romance.

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