Saturday, June 15, 2013

REVIEW: WHEN FANGIRLS LIE BY MARIAN TEE

Sapphire “Saffi” March used to be known as an eccentric genius, the girl who had made a laughingstock of her illustrious family. But she’s reinvented herself since then. Now a post-graduate honor student, Saffi is determined to be a dutiful daughter, with no one in her world ever supposed to know she’s also the most diehard fangirl of Sweden’s #1 Sex God.

It’s her greatest secret, and the times she watches the sex god sing and dance are the only times she could just breathe…and be herself.

Handsome like a classical statue but earthy and sexy like a pagan god, Staffan Aehrenthal is the most wildly successful rockstar that ever came on stage. He should be celebrating being on top of his world, but a woman’s betrayal had Staffan forging a path to self-destruction instead.

Life no longer meant anything – until serendipity introduced him to a beautiful and funny girl with an adorably unique fascination with fishes.

When their worlds collide on one fateful weekend, Saffi is disguised as a gum-chewing hardcore groupie while Staffan pretends he hasn’t been trailing after her all over the Internet. It’s a recipe for the most hilarious and heartbreaking of disasters because when fangirls lie, the craziest things can happen – like a rockstar falling in love.

Kindle Edition
Published May 9th 2013 by Blue Ribbon Books
Received from author in exchange for honest review

Where to Find When Fangirls Lie

Where to Find Marian Tee: 

Let me start by saying that if you are not into the whole erotica thing, then you may not want to read this book because the sexual episodes start very early in the book and they continue, often, throughout.

Sapphire March AKA Saffi is a very young postgraduate school genius (she's 19), the daughter of a senator, and promised to be engaged to someone who is guaranteed to help her father's political career. By all appearance very studious, proper, and good--right? She is, except this one weekend when she decides to just throw caution to the wind and live the life of a groupie/fangirl to Staffan. Staffan is THE uber star...apparently known for his sex god /love 'em and leave 'em ways. 

I was super glad that it was clarified how Saffie was a postgrad student at 19. That coupled with her flat out online obsession with this "sex god" rock star painted a very confusing picture of who she was. She's very young and innocent and tries to play with the big boys and tries her hardest not to get burned. She spent most of the book doing things for others and never, ever looking out for herself so that was a big turnoff for me for this story. Not that all heroines always have it figured out, but Saffie for sure takes the cake for making horrible decisions. 

Anyway, Saffi has the opportunity to meet her ultimate crush, Staffan, and decides to do everything in her power to get as close to him (in EVERY way possible) as she can. And she does but only because he's manipulated the situation to get close to her. 

Here is where I really got turned off. I for sure have no issues with a steamy read, and that was okay, but when they get together (and it is obvious he gets with a lot, and I mean a lot of people) and he says he doesn't have any condoms and she says "it's okay, I got on the pill for you"...I was pretty much done. I'm sorry, just No. I could not wrap my mind around it...where you meet a rock star that just picked you out of a lineup of girls like you were a cow and then you aren't actually with him and trust him, and then still don't use protection. Stu-to the-pid. I suspend reality a lot, because that is what fiction is for and it is great, but this was not for me. 

As the weekend commences we see that Saffi is awkward and clumsy and trying too hard to be the ultimate fangirl/groupie (pausing here to say: I had no idea there was a hierarchy of fans/groupies and that they went to such ..ahem.. lengths to bed a star) and it amuses everyone around her. While she may be an epic failure at being a seductress, her attempts only endear her to Staffan and he feels compelled to make her his (even if he's been torn to shreds by his last serious girlfriend). 

After I spent a lot of time cursing Saffie for being stupid about protecting herself from something such as say, gonorrhea (Sorry, it's the nurse in me...or just the adult in me) and then she let's all of this people be really really mean to her, including Staffan, all for the love of a rockstar that she just does not know. Fangirl or not, she does not know this person. Maybe for her being so incredibly smart, she just didn't have street smarts? But I'm not sure it makes me feel better.

By the end of the story we get the sense that we might have a happily ever after until we see the sneak peek of the next book. 

This novel is a short 123 pages and everything moves at a rapid fire pace-- the action and relationships formed would, I don't think, actually happen but since this is a fictional world, anything goes. And it does. There are private planes, expensive hotel, wealthy parents, fist fights, and most of all deception and lies. Oh and sex. Lots and lots of sex. 

I am a goodreads obsessor, so in doing so I do obviously value the opinion of others and we've seen that When Fangirls Lie has gotten many a star of love. While I don't think it worked for either of us, I do commend Marian Tee for writing the story that she wanted to write, and put a piece of herself out there for all of us to read and that is always a beautiful thing. 

So--this is the book for you if you like the idea of a rockstar/groupie girl whirlwind romance, you like erotica, and you want a quick read.


Shelley: 1 Star

Courtney: 1 Star

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