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Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous



by
Suzanne Park

Edition
Paperback
Publisher
Sourcebooks
Imprint
Fire
ISBN
9781728209425
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
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A social media influencer is shipped off to a digital detox summer camp in this funny coming-of-age story.

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 ever

Not 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.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Strong Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

352

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2021

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

Topics

Social media. Summer camps. Korean Americans. Coming of age. Romance.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–This is an #OwnVoices story about Sunny Song, a Korean American rising high school senior living in Los Angeles. Sunny had been known as Goggle Girl thanks to a video that her mother, who used to be a mommy blogger, posted of Sunny dancing in swim goggles and a bathrobe. Now Sunny has a YouTube channel with nearly 100,000 followers, but when her clumsiness results in her accidentally removing her top while baking during a livestream, the incident becomes known as #BrowniePorn. Sunny’s parents send her to Sunshine Heritage Farms in Iowa for a digital detox session. Along with other teens there, all of whom are supposed to keep their online identities a secret, Sunny will have no access to the internet or electronic devices. Sunny’s best friend Maya, who is Black, sees a contest to join Starhouse, “a collective of content creators,” and volunteers to admin Sunny’s channel while she’s gone. Readers will chuckle as Sunny encounters rivalry and romance with the camp owner’s son, all while sneakily trying to film her contest entry. With a diverse cast, the main characters are vivid and Sunny’s arc is particularly satisfying. Throughout the story, Sunny navigates her Korean American identity and her online persona, as well as her relationship with her family. Park addresses casual racism when Sunny is taken off historical reenactment duty because the camp director believes having a Korean American pioneer confuses children. The subplots ultimately tie together in an ending that feels almost too neatly resolved. Brief drug and alcohol use make this story a better fit for older readers. ­VERDICT For collections looking to add a humorous ­romance.–Liz Anderson, DC P.L.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–This is an #OwnVoices story about Sunny Song, a Korean American rising high school senior living in Los Angeles. Sunny had been known as Goggle Girl thanks to a video that her mother, who used to be a mommy blogger, posted of Sunny dancing in swim goggles and a bathrobe. Now Sunny has a YouTube channel with nearly 100,000 followers, but when her clumsiness results in her accidentally removing her top while baking during a livestream, the incident becomes known as #BrowniePorn. Sunny’s parents send her to Sunshine Heritage Farms in Iowa for a digital detox session. Along with other teens there, all of whom are supposed to keep their online identities a secret, Sunny will have no access to the internet or electronic devices. Sunny’s best friend Maya, who is Black, sees a contest to join Starhouse, “a collective of content creators,” and volunteers to admin Sunny’s channel while she’s gone. Readers will chuckle as Sunny encounters rivalry and romance with the camp owner’s son, all while sneakily trying to film her contest entry. With a diverse cast, the main characters are vivid and Sunny’s arc is particularly satisfying. Throughout the story, Sunny navigates her Korean American identity and her online persona, as well as her relationship with her family. Park addresses casual racism when Sunny is taken off historical reenactment duty because the camp director believes having a Korean American pioneer confuses children. The subplots ultimately tie together in an ending that feels almost too neatly resolved. Brief drug and alcohol use make this story a better fit for older readers. ­VERDICT For collections looking to add a humorous ­romance.–Liz Anderson, DC P.L.

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