Title: Spoiler Alert
Author: Olivia Dade
Published: October 6, 2020
Marcus Caster-Rupp has a secret. The world may know him as Aeneas, star of the biggest show on television, but fanfiction readers call him something else: Book!AeneasWouldNever. Marcus gets out his frustrations with the show through anonymous stories about the internet’s favorite couple, Aeneas and Lavinia. But if anyone discovered his online persona, he’d be finished in Hollywood.
April Whittier has secrets of her own. A hardcore Lavinia fan, she’s long hidden her fanfic and cosplay hobbies from her “real life”—but not anymore. When she dares to post her latest costume creation on Twitter, her plus-size take goes viral. And when Marcus asks her out to spite her internet critics, truth officially becomes stranger than fanfiction.
On their date, Marcus quickly realizes he wants more from April than a one-time publicity stunt. But when he discovers she’s Unapologetic Lavinia Stan, his closest fandom friend, he has one more huge secret to keep from her.
With love and Marcus’s career on the line, can the two of them stop hiding once and for all, or will a match made in fandom end up prematurely cancelled?
I absolutely loved this book!! It was so sweet and the relationship between April and Marcus felt so real and beautiful. I was so happy to read a book with a fat character who not only gets a happy ending, but also isn’t ashamed or shy about her body. She’s sexy and beautiful, and she knows it. I absolutely love this! As someone who grew up reading and writing fanfiction in the early 2000s, I find that books recognizing and having the characters be a part of fandom life both weird and lovely. It’s great to see my own self reflected, but it feels so weird as when I was growing up, you never mentioned fandom life outside of the web. Oh, how times have changed.
Marcus is absolutely adorable, and I want to wrap him in a blanket and give him hot cocoa. He’s so precious to me, but I have to say, I was extremely frustrated with him as well. Just talk to April about how you are Book!AeneasWouldNever instead of avoiding it. I get it’s hard to be vulnerable and reveal yourself, but after a while, it just became way too frustrating. I totally understand April’s frustration after having lunch with her parents and how Marcus “abandoned” her, but I’m glad that Dade didn’t have April be upset with him long. I understand her wanting Marcus next to her, but she didn’t explicitly tell him that. I was so afraid this was going to be a bigger issue then it became.
I definitely have to give a shout-out to my local bookstore and one of the booksellers who told me about Olivia Dade, in particular Spoiler Alert, and I immediately bought the book because of her recommendation. When I finished, I went and bought All the Feels, who’s review will come up probably later today or tomorrow.
Happy Reading Darlings!