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Mini ARC Review: Idol, Burning

Idol, Burning

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars

Title:               Idol, Burning

Author:           Rin Usami

Publisher:        Canongate

Format:           ARC, ebook

Publication:     03rd of November 2022

Akari, a high school student, is an author of a popular blog about Masaki Ueno, a member of the J-Pop band Maza Maza. Her interest verges on obsession, as she spends hours looking for information about her idol and trying to understand him. When rumours emerge about his assault on a female fan, social media becomes divided between his defence and condemnation. The situation profoundly affects the lives of his loyal fans…

Idol, Burning is a short and fast read. Written by a young author, only a few years older than her characters, the novel sheds light on the darker side of fandom— the obsession, unreasonably strong emotional involvement, manipulative marketing or toxicity of social media. It is a harrowing portrait of the emotional void in teenagers’ lives and how easily it is filled up with admiration for their idols. I would recommend it to all those involved in any form of fandom.

Thank you, NetGalley and publisher, for providing the arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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