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In this raucous psychological thriller, a millennial office worker finds relief from her crippling ennui in the embrace of a cliquey fan club, until she discovers the group of women is bound together by something darker than devotion. Day after day our narrator, a gloomy millennial, searches for meaning beyond her vacuous job at a women's lifestyle website—entering text in In this raucous psychological thriller, a millennial office worker finds relief from her crippling ennui in the embrace of a cliquey fan club, until she discovers the group of women is bound together by something darker than devotion. Day after day our narrator, a gloomy millennial, searches for meaning beyond her vacuous job at a women's lifestyle website—entering text into a computer system while she watches their beauty editor unwrap box after box of perfectly packaged bits of happiness. Then, one night at a dive bar, she hears a message in the newest single by child-actor-turned-international-pop-star Adriana Argento, and she is struck. Soon she loses herself to the online fandom, a community whose members feverishly track Adriana's every move. When a colleague notices the extent of her obsession, she’s invited to join an enigmatic group of adult Adriana superfans who call themselves the Ivies and worship her music in witchy, candlelit listening parties. As the narrator becomes more entrenched in the group, she gets closer to uncovering the sinister secrets that bind them together—while simultaneously losing her grip on reality. With caustic wit and hypnotic writing, this unsparingly critical thrill ride through millennial life examines all that is wrong in our celebrity-obsessed internet age, and how easy it is to lose yourself in it.


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In this raucous psychological thriller, a millennial office worker finds relief from her crippling ennui in the embrace of a cliquey fan club, until she discovers the group of women is bound together by something darker than devotion. Day after day our narrator, a gloomy millennial, searches for meaning beyond her vacuous job at a women's lifestyle website—entering text in In this raucous psychological thriller, a millennial office worker finds relief from her crippling ennui in the embrace of a cliquey fan club, until she discovers the group of women is bound together by something darker than devotion. Day after day our narrator, a gloomy millennial, searches for meaning beyond her vacuous job at a women's lifestyle website—entering text into a computer system while she watches their beauty editor unwrap box after box of perfectly packaged bits of happiness. Then, one night at a dive bar, she hears a message in the newest single by child-actor-turned-international-pop-star Adriana Argento, and she is struck. Soon she loses herself to the online fandom, a community whose members feverishly track Adriana's every move. When a colleague notices the extent of her obsession, she’s invited to join an enigmatic group of adult Adriana superfans who call themselves the Ivies and worship her music in witchy, candlelit listening parties. As the narrator becomes more entrenched in the group, she gets closer to uncovering the sinister secrets that bind them together—while simultaneously losing her grip on reality. With caustic wit and hypnotic writing, this unsparingly critical thrill ride through millennial life examines all that is wrong in our celebrity-obsessed internet age, and how easy it is to lose yourself in it.

30 review for Fan Club

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emma Lord

    This book absolutely FLOORED me. It's going to live in my bones until the day I die. This story is such a deep, thorough, often grim and fucking spectacular examination of so many things I struggle to find words to describe; the strange hopelessness of working millennials just trying to play by the rules they inherited, the addictive allure of fandom, the intensity and desperation of bonds we make in our twenties when we feel like our most formed and least formed selves. Erin's prose is uniquely This book absolutely FLOORED me. It's going to live in my bones until the day I die. This story is such a deep, thorough, often grim and fucking spectacular examination of so many things I struggle to find words to describe; the strange hopelessness of working millennials just trying to play by the rules they inherited, the addictive allure of fandom, the intensity and desperation of bonds we make in our twenties when we feel like our most formed and least formed selves. Erin's prose is uniquely devastating. I can't possibly count the number of times she described specific feelings or phenomenons in this book that I could spend my whole life trying to put into words, but she did in a way that felt like a sneaky knife between the ribs. This story yanked me by the collar from page one and pulled me all the way down. It's going to be a staple of the genre, I just know it in my heart, and I can't wait for it to come out so I can scream about it in good company. Read! This! Book!! But just do it knowing that there are very few out there that will live up to the wild expectations that this one sets. Can't wait for more Erin Mayer books to be out in the world so I can go on a rollercoaster like this all over again.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    The most efficient way to lose yourself is to idolize somebody else. Fan Club turned out to be an exception to just about every “rule” I have when it comes to books. 1. I hate face covers, but immediately fell in love with this one. 2. I was denied an ARC (which happens frequently, I’m not butthurt), but rather than waiting to see what my friends thought I asked the library to purchase a copy pronto months before its scheduled publication date. 3. I 100% knew what the climax was going to be ne The most efficient way to lose yourself is to idolize somebody else. Fan Club turned out to be an exception to just about every “rule” I have when it comes to books. 1. I hate face covers, but immediately fell in love with this one. 2. I was denied an ARC (which happens frequently, I’m not butthurt), but rather than waiting to see what my friends thought I asked the library to purchase a copy pronto months before its scheduled publication date. 3. I 100% knew what the climax was going to be nearly from page 1, but I gave zero shits and never wanted to put it down. 4. And more stuff that I’ll get to in a second. So yeah, I went against my own grain . . . . I’m going to be honest and say that I wasn’t sure if this was going to end up being a 1 Star or a 5 Star nearly the entire time I was reading it. The premise here is that an underemployed millennial finds friends and fellowship with a gaggle of other gals due to their shared superfan status of America’s biggest pop princess. The inspiration behind the superstar was crystal clear – and even included her former fiancé . . . . I spent a whoooooooole lotta time debating whether this was actually a fanfic or . . . . But eventually it became clear that Erin Mayer did what Community did best and “took everything and shoved it up its own ass.” I’m glad I was finally smart enough to get it instead of ruining my own good time with my stupidity. I also really dug the writing, which, once again, was not my usual cup of tea. You know that meme about vegans???? That’s how I feel about authors who have MFAs. While this particular author doesn’t have a full bio on her Goodreads page, I would be very surprised if she didn’t have a degree to brag about. Usually that pretentious sort of elaborate, purple, word vomit is an instant turn off, but Mayer somehow pulled me in. Then there was the fandom itself. My brain kept telling me it was so farfetched . . . Until Taylor Swift released her 10 minute “All Too Well” re-recording and video and yep, if she ever dated Jake Gyllenhaal again this most definitely could happen. And all I have to say about that is . . . . This won’t be for everyone, but it is getting 4.5 Stars from me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amanda McHugh

    I love Mira's lineup, and this book caught my eye immediately. That pink cover is absolutely stunning the synopsis was right up my alley. I was thrilled to be approved and quickly dove in. When a millennial editor at an internet news site discovers a group of women obsessed with the same pop icon that she is, her mundane life takes a turn to the dark side. Adriana Argento is more than a musician; she is their reason for living, the breath of their existence, and as her new album approaches its r I love Mira's lineup, and this book caught my eye immediately. That pink cover is absolutely stunning the synopsis was right up my alley. I was thrilled to be approved and quickly dove in. When a millennial editor at an internet news site discovers a group of women obsessed with the same pop icon that she is, her mundane life takes a turn to the dark side. Adriana Argento is more than a musician; she is their reason for living, the breath of their existence, and as her new album approaches its release date, the Ivies take their celebrity worship to the next level. I went into this book with very little idea of what to expect and I'm so glad I did. This book is an experience. To start, Mayer nails the narrative voice. So often we see millennial culture portrayed as glamorous, Insta-worthy. And while there are people in her circle who embody these archetypes, our narrator is far from the carefree avocado-toting influencers she encounters. She has a roommate, a budget, a thankless job she readily admits is pointless. She clings to her old friendship until Meghan thrusts herself into her life, introducing her to the Ivies and forcing her to embrace the guilty pleasure that is one, Adrian Argento's music. The execution of the friendships really reminded me of some of my favorite toxic girl groups. The Craft, The Furies, Mean Girls--all those elements of competition and fear of exclusion are there, except in this instance, we also get this delicious commentary on the obsessive and dangerous nature of celebrity worship. Instead of a god and church, we get a cult-like attachment to a celebrity. The ritualistic behavior, the picking apart of every morsel of gossip, pap photo, and social media update is portrayed as both normal and aggressive, both sides of the coin, and the line between healthy interest and extreme obsession is blurred and stretched. I loved Mayer's exploration, even though there were several moments I visibly cringed at the events. You're supposed to feel uncomfortable, and in that discomfort, you question your own level of reliance on pop icons. Overall, Fan Club is an unsettling, insightful, smart exploration of pop culture and millennial identity. Out in October, this one will leave its mark. Thank you to Mira and NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for honest review consideration.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Review coming soon.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Do you ever finish a book and wonder what in the hell you just read? And not in a good way? That’s what happened with me here. My whole experience with this book was bizarre, on the one hand I listened to it in a day so there was definitely something compulsive about it but on the other hand it wasn’t exactly an enjoyable experience. I really liked the premise and found the whole idea of being obsessed with a celebrity fascinating but something in the execution was lacking. The whole thing felt Do you ever finish a book and wonder what in the hell you just read? And not in a good way? That’s what happened with me here. My whole experience with this book was bizarre, on the one hand I listened to it in a day so there was definitely something compulsive about it but on the other hand it wasn’t exactly an enjoyable experience. I really liked the premise and found the whole idea of being obsessed with a celebrity fascinating but something in the execution was lacking. The whole thing felt disjointed, I was missing a solid connection to the plot and the characters, the narrator is never named so I dont think that helped. I will say that had I read instead of listened to this I don’t think I would’ve finished so audio is the way to go but overall this was a miss for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carlene Inspired

    Find this review and others at Carlene Inspired and Bookstagram. Oof, do I have thoughts about this book! A millennial editor with little hopes to ever meet her dreams, not that she has any, discovers the world of celebrity obsession when she hears the magical voice of one Adriana Argento. Our nameless, faceless narrator is anything, but the usual insta-filtered women you might think of. She's stuck in a nowhere job, she lives in a dream world of pretending it might be better while doing nothing, Find this review and others at Carlene Inspired and Bookstagram. Oof, do I have thoughts about this book! A millennial editor with little hopes to ever meet her dreams, not that she has any, discovers the world of celebrity obsession when she hears the magical voice of one Adriana Argento. Our nameless, faceless narrator is anything, but the usual insta-filtered women you might think of. She's stuck in a nowhere job, she lives in a dream world of pretending it might be better while doing nothing, at least until Adriana. A love of music turns into something as important as air, what starts as just a scrolling of feeds and listening to interviews turns into The Ivies. The mean girls, the new Heathers, the women who accept her adult-age and love of the bubblegum pop princess. The Ivies aren't just a fan club though, they are something more, something much more. With unexpected intensity and tabloid-esque fervor, Erin Mayer takes readers onto a journey into celebrity obsession. Fan Club reads like the cacophonous sounds of a night club at 1 AM; blurry with alcohol, messy with streaked eyeliner, and lusty like the kisses of strangers. It's an all-consuming read, it's accurate and creepy and the kind of thriller, with a tinge of cult-like love, that just cannot be predicted. I loved the deep dive into millennial fandoms, the desire to be loved and to love in return. I liked that our narrator wasn't this dream of success kind of girl, that she was struggling and trying to hang on, all while slipping into this dreamy world made up of Adriana music and pink clouds. I can relate to Mayer's critical view of flawed women making poor choices in an attempt to fit in anywhere. With lengthy descriptions, thoughts that border on hallucinations, and inserted chapters from the perspective of Adriana herself, Fan Club borders on too much. I'd be lying if I said that didn't work for me, it takes you down a road just as twisted as the yellow bricks Dorothy walked, but I can see how it also won't work for everyone. It's a thriller that is a little bit adult fiction and a little bit literary fiction. Mayer uses words that your average reader won't know, see the use of cacophonous above. I loved that though, this was my cup of tea, however I did not love that Adriana is a spitting image of Ariana Grande. I am a fangirl of hers, she does no wrong, but it cheapened the experience of Fan Club. It's impossible not to picture her, despite the constant references to Adriana's bleached blonde hair, and in turn it makes all those around Adriana blend in with those in Ariana's past and present. I could have done with a unique singer, a mish mash of several personalities and styles, but alas, Ariana or rather, Adriana, is who we get and I ended up just listening to her music the entire time I read. What starts as a slow, day-to-day subway ride to a boring job turns into a fever dream, a truly disturbing set of events that somehow are both believable and unbelievable all at once. On any given page you will ask yourself is this real or is our narrator losing it? It is somehow both and it is addictive like sugar. I recommend this one, I think it's the kind of book you'll love or you'll hate and I love a good polarizing read. ARC provided. Lines I highlighted: (view spoiler)[ "The algorithms have erased choice." "This is how the most dangerous nights start, giddy and loose." "It disturbs me, how regularly I slide in and out of my own life." "Obsession, as defined by me, is the itch under my skin, the unrelenting shiver ticking up my vertebrae, then back down when I'm waiting in line to buy lunch or ringing Veronica's doorbell or opening a mysterious package." "He wants girls to be innocent or else they can choke." (hide spoiler)]

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    I am so present for a book about fans gone wild

  8. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Muenter

    Want a thriller about the millennial experience? Love writing that makes you feel like you're actually IN in the story instead of just passing by? This book is for you!!! As someone who's worked in digital media myself, this book hit VERY close to home and it was 100% accurate. Such a fun read and made me think differently about millennial/celeb culture. Highly recommend! Want a thriller about the millennial experience? Love writing that makes you feel like you're actually IN in the story instead of just passing by? This book is for you!!! As someone who's worked in digital media myself, this book hit VERY close to home and it was 100% accurate. Such a fun read and made me think differently about millennial/celeb culture. Highly recommend!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)

    Have you ever just been OBSESSED with a celebrity? Like tracking them online everywhere, listening to their music over and over again, etc... and then find a group that is equally as obsessed (if not more) and you just end up spiraling out of control? Yeah, me neither but our unnamed protagonist is excessively nuts.. and while I do enjoy crazy, this one just didn't quite work for me. Maybe if the celebrity in question wasn't who I think she was? *shrug* Mayer does a good job showcasing how celebr Have you ever just been OBSESSED with a celebrity? Like tracking them online everywhere, listening to their music over and over again, etc... and then find a group that is equally as obsessed (if not more) and you just end up spiraling out of control? Yeah, me neither but our unnamed protagonist is excessively nuts.. and while I do enjoy crazy, this one just didn't quite work for me. Maybe if the celebrity in question wasn't who I think she was? *shrug* Mayer does a good job showcasing how celebrity obsession is a real thing - and it truly is unbelievably crazy. Remember reading about celebrity deaths at the hands of their stalker/#1 fan? Yeah - I'm not sure if the perks would outweigh always being watched. For me, this started quite slow... and yet I understood where the main character was headed - daily trudging of life at a desk just to get home, shove some food down the throat, watch a little tv, avoid the roommate and then wake up to do it all over again. How mundane. But once you find yourself involved with some absolutely insane women... well, life sure isn't boring anymore but you may regret your decision making. Unfortunately the ending kinda killed the whole shebang for me. I have a love/hate relationship with these kinds of endings and this one clearly fell on the latter side. If they adapted it would I watch it? Absolutely - I think this particular kind of read would resonate better for me on screen.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I think you should read it ;)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alix

    Fan Club is a book that highlights the obsession we have with celebrities. How we spend all our time following them on social media. How they consume our lives and we lose ourselves in the fandom. I definitely related to that aspect of the book since I am quite obsessed with Lana Del Rey lol. The celebrity in this book, Adriana Argento, is clearly a stand-in for Ariana Grande. The main character, a millennial who is unhappy at her job but doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life, slowly b Fan Club is a book that highlights the obsession we have with celebrities. How we spend all our time following them on social media. How they consume our lives and we lose ourselves in the fandom. I definitely related to that aspect of the book since I am quite obsessed with Lana Del Rey lol. The celebrity in this book, Adriana Argento, is clearly a stand-in for Ariana Grande. The main character, a millennial who is unhappy at her job but doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life, slowly becomes obsessed with Adriana Argento and gets involved with a cult-like fan club. I really liked the message of this book, but it got too crazy and far-fetched for me in the end. I also wouldn’t classify this book as a psychological thriller as it was labeled on my ARC, but rather it’s more in the vein of contemporary fiction. Overall, an interesting book but the ending was a bit of a let-down for me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    Fans gone feral and cults and fictional celebrities? It's literally a book that's made for me. However, this book just didn't click like I'd expect it to. writing The writing was generally good, and it achieved the fever dream feeling that the author probably wanted to achieve. However, it just wasn't really engaging or made me feel the thrills that a psychological thriller should make me feel. characters The narrator's sudden interest in Adriana is a bit unrealistic for me, and unfortunately, that Fans gone feral and cults and fictional celebrities? It's literally a book that's made for me. However, this book just didn't click like I'd expect it to. writing The writing was generally good, and it achieved the fever dream feeling that the author probably wanted to achieve. However, it just wasn't really engaging or made me feel the thrills that a psychological thriller should make me feel. characters The narrator's sudden interest in Adriana is a bit unrealistic for me, and unfortunately, that (in addition to other unrealistic elements) just hindered my enjoyment in the rest of the book. And I don't know if this is an intentional choice, but the narrator just felt like they had no personality and was boring. Also, the celebrity was just modeled too much from Ariana Grande and that distracted me. plot The bulk of the problem is that this is mislabeled as a psychological thriller. The plot was pretty interesting at first, but by the latter part of the novel, things just dragged too much for me to be engaged. And the ending was also quite underwhelming. Some of the things that the Ivies did were also just too unrealistic for my taste. thank you to the author for the ARC!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kori Potenzone

    I have always been a fan of trying out new authors. Doesn't everyone deserve to have the light shined on them after completing their first novel? Erin Mayer, is going to be a household name after this one! I absolutely loved the cover . Yes, I am totally one of those "judge a book by the cover" , people. This novel read like a tabloid, filled with juicy gossip and some well developed characters, this book is nothing short of ADDICTING! I could not stop reading! I picked this book out because the I have always been a fan of trying out new authors. Doesn't everyone deserve to have the light shined on them after completing their first novel? Erin Mayer, is going to be a household name after this one! I absolutely loved the cover . Yes, I am totally one of those "judge a book by the cover" , people. This novel read like a tabloid, filled with juicy gossip and some well developed characters, this book is nothing short of ADDICTING! I could not stop reading! I picked this book out because the cover but I walked away with a lot more than that. This is a made for tv novel, and I am sure Netflix is going to gobble this one up. This needs to be added to everyone's pre-order pile! Do not miss this one!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Today I have a cracking debut novel for you, written by former Bustle editor Erin Mayer. Fan Club is a sharp, witty commentary on stan culture, how we view fame, and the risks we take in order to find some kind of meaningful relationship. The term "stan" comes from the song of the same name released by Eminem in 2000. It's written from the POV of a man (named Stan) so deeply obsessed with Eminem that he writes letters to him detailing his descent into anger and rage when Eminem doesn't reply. Hi Today I have a cracking debut novel for you, written by former Bustle editor Erin Mayer. Fan Club is a sharp, witty commentary on stan culture, how we view fame, and the risks we take in order to find some kind of meaningful relationship. The term "stan" comes from the song of the same name released by Eminem in 2000. It's written from the POV of a man (named Stan) so deeply obsessed with Eminem that he writes letters to him detailing his descent into anger and rage when Eminem doesn't reply. His actions get increasingly more dangerous as he begs for his idol's attention. The term entered the Oxford English dictionary in June of 2018, listed as "an overzealous or obsessive fan, esp. of a particular celebrity." In this book, our main character isn't named. Which seems fitting, as she feels like she doesn't really exist in any great sense of the word. She uses the term "every-father" in the opening paragraph of the book - she herself is the "every-office-worker". She's anybody, she's nobody, she's everybody. She works at a job she hates, editing articles she doesn't care about for a website she doesn't read, lives with a roommate she doesn't really know, and doesn't have many friends. She craves love, intimacy, friendship, excitement, and she has all but given up - until she finds Adriana Argento. Adriana is a pop princess, loved the world over, who is on the brink of releasing her first album after a hiatus due to a tragedy at one of her shows. If this all sounds a bit familiar - you too, may believe God is a Woman. Adriana becomes more and more important to our main character, and as so often happens, the fans find each other and our gal becomes deeply involved with a very intense branch of the Adriana fandom, to the detriment of her and the people around her. But it's exciting. This really didn't go the way I thought it would, but I found it to be a really engaging read. The whole world of standoms and fandoms is equally terrifying and intriguing to me - I find it a little sad sometimes and one of the lines in the book really summed that up for me: "The most efficient way to lose yourself is to idolise somebody else" It's scary to me how much access people have to celebrities now. Of course as long as there have been celebrities, there have been stans - but I feel like with advances in technology and the ways we use social media, celebrities have gone from being untouchable to being dangerously reachable. Stan Twitter honestly scares the bejaysus out of me, but I've no doubt had I been born ten years later that I'd have absolutely been bang smack in the middle of it. I can see the allure - finding your tribe is one of the hardest things on this earth to do, and many people go through life without ever finding that kind of comraderie or a group of people with whom they can truly be themselves. Fandoms seem like ready-made families, ready and waiting to accept you with open arms - until you step out of line. I ate this book up in one sitting - I was gutted when it ended, because I could easily have read another hundred pages. It takes celebs, fans, cults, social media, jaded millennials, capitalism, and spins it into a cautionary tale about living vs existing in a world full of online obsession. As a species, we've never been more connected - so why aren't we more connected? I didn't adore the ending, but I really enjoyed the journey there. Thank you to Justine at Harper Collins for having me on the Blog Tour, I really appreciate it. You can read the first chapter on my Blog Tour spot at www.behindgreeneyes.com

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tori

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was really looking forward to this book but ended up let down. First and foremost this book is NOT a thriller. That is not a deal breaker for me at all as I will read most any genre, but there was nothing truly exciting or suspenseful. It was very obvious who was crazy from the start, and I’m not saying it’s obvious in that snotty way some readers say “oh I saw that coming” when it’s a twist 99% of people didn’t expect. There just was no twist. It was very straightforward that the fan club was I was really looking forward to this book but ended up let down. First and foremost this book is NOT a thriller. That is not a deal breaker for me at all as I will read most any genre, but there was nothing truly exciting or suspenseful. It was very obvious who was crazy from the start, and I’m not saying it’s obvious in that snotty way some readers say “oh I saw that coming” when it’s a twist 99% of people didn’t expect. There just was no twist. It was very straightforward that the fan club was off their collective rocker. At first I thought the main character’s millennial anxiety and general ennui was somewhat relatable. I was reminded of the book Sweetbitter because of how disjointed the stream of consciousness thoughts were, kind of like a fever dream. But eventually the writing just ended up pretentious in an angsty way. It’s like the author used a broody teenager’s 2002 Live Journal blog posts to come up with the most convoluted, dramatic metaphors and adjectives for every single thought the MC had. It was like she consulted a thesaurus made specifically for Lydia Deetz cosplayers for every single sentence. All the dramatic descriptions of the mundane got to be really exhausting after a while. I felt like I was listening to someone with a charmed life telling me all about their experiences with slam poetry as an outlet for their “issues.” I also was kind of annoyed by the descriptions of drinking and drugs. It definitely seemed like the author had never partaken. The descriptions of what one sip of wine or one Xanax pill could do instantaneously were nonsensical. The main character was immature and had a bad attitude/superiority complex despite her massive insecurities so I never really rooted for her. Additionally, it was so painfully obvious that Adriana Argento and Nolan Lynch were based on Ariana Grande and Mac Miller. Considering Mac Miller died of an overdose, it was pretty tacky that the Nolan character was fresh out of rehab. Adriana may have had blond hair, but all the mentions of the high ponytails and whistle tones and former Disney channel stardom took you out of the story and you only saw Ariana Grande. As far as the fan club itself, there was no buildup at all for the main character to get sucked in to her Adriana obsession so quickly. It just came out of nowhere and she was a die-hard after hearing one song. The pacing was totally off, with some chapters being 3 times as long as others, and the chapter jumped days at a time and switched perspectives from the main character to Adriana without any flow that made sense. Then the ending is left open-ended for you to guess what happens. I can’t say that this is one I would recommend.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Shields

    I wanted so much to love this book...a great cover, a tantalizing blurb, and a fascinating premise...but it just didn't work. I hated the fact that the protagonist was unnamed. I guess it was supposed to represent she could be anyone stuck in a tedious, dead-end job just waiting for something exciting to happen. We are indeed a culture obsessed with all things celebrity, so when our unnamed narrator becomes obsessed with pop star Adriana Argento (I'm assuming she is loosely based on Ariana Grand I wanted so much to love this book...a great cover, a tantalizing blurb, and a fascinating premise...but it just didn't work. I hated the fact that the protagonist was unnamed. I guess it was supposed to represent she could be anyone stuck in a tedious, dead-end job just waiting for something exciting to happen. We are indeed a culture obsessed with all things celebrity, so when our unnamed narrator becomes obsessed with pop star Adriana Argento (I'm assuming she is loosely based on Ariana Grande?) A co-worker notices her obsession and invites her to an adult fan group, and this is where things should have really taken off. Unfortunately, the action never picked up, and the plot was pretty dull and tedious, just like the narrator's day-to-day life. I was hoping for a salacious, juicy, tabloid-like read, and this one was pretty disappointing. Nevertheless, I thank the publisher and NetGalley for my ARC.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Oriana

    Honestly this is enough of an endorsement for me! https://twitter.com/Gaby_Moss/status/... Honestly this is enough of an endorsement for me! https://twitter.com/Gaby_Moss/status/...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Agnes

    What a fun, trippy, intense ride. Such vivid and relatable imagery, captures the corporate millennial and super fan experience perfectly. Can't wait to see what's next from Erin. What a fun, trippy, intense ride. Such vivid and relatable imagery, captures the corporate millennial and super fan experience perfectly. Can't wait to see what's next from Erin.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ary

    Well written and made me extremely uncomfortable in parts but I'm not sure I'd actually recommend it to anyone because it was not an enjoyable read. Plus what's up with that ending? Well written and made me extremely uncomfortable in parts but I'm not sure I'd actually recommend it to anyone because it was not an enjoyable read. Plus what's up with that ending?

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    What an unexpected, thrilling ride. Really lays bare the mundanity of millennial work life, the strangeness of being a young woman, the intensity of female friendships, and the all-consuming, eat-you-alive experience of fandom. So pleased I had a chance to devour this early, and can’t wait to see more out of Mayer.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Eule Luftschloss

    trigger warning (view spoiler)[ mention of abortion, mention of suicide, mention of drug addiction, ableism, sexual harassment, recreational drug use (hide spoiler)] Our protagonist leads a boring, unfulfilled life. She's trying to numb the pain with whatever means possible, but then she gets adopted by a new group of friends who obsess over a pop star. I am glad I stuck to this book despite the boring start. Yes, it was meant to be boring, but this doesn't mean I have to like it, right? Gradually, trigger warning (view spoiler)[ mention of abortion, mention of suicide, mention of drug addiction, ableism, sexual harassment, recreational drug use (hide spoiler)] Our protagonist leads a boring, unfulfilled life. She's trying to numb the pain with whatever means possible, but then she gets adopted by a new group of friends who obsess over a pop star. I am glad I stuck to this book despite the boring start. Yes, it was meant to be boring, but this doesn't mean I have to like it, right? Gradually, things change, until she realises she doesn't want to go back to a life without the Ivies, as the Adriana Argento fans call themselves. I can't tell you if it's just my usual problem of forgetting protagonist's names as soon as I close a book or if we're not told it; we have a first person narrator so it would not be the weirdest thing in the world to not have a named protagonist. She is not the most reliable narrator, as she goes with the flow. She outright says she craves somebody to do the decision making, so she can follow. She's been craving intimate platonic relationships like those she had as a teen, and she has the one person she considers to be her friend at the beginning of the novel. When we meet Stephanie, we see that both don't really get along anymore, they only meet out of some obligation. Apparently Stephanie simply doesn't listen and wants to tell her friend what she's supposed to do, which our protagonist hates, despite saying that this is exactly what she wants. We have a deeply flawed person doing deeply flawed things. She's aware of how far she's sliding in when she bother to do some reflecting, and the question which makes this novel a thriller is how it will go with the Ivies - will she start to make her own decisions again, like she did with Stephanie, or will she be drawn in until there is no chance of getting out? And how far are these fans willing to go to "help"? Don't let the frequent use of the term millenial frighten you away. It feels like a marketing ploy to show that this book is oh-so-relevant, when the story is something that reminds me a lot of Dionysos cults and bacchanalia, and thus of the Secret History. The people in the book think they're too modern to fall for all that old, boring stuff, ignoring that gossip and party and cults are that old. I can't say if I would read more by the same author. I feel like this book only works once, so it really depends on what the next story is going to be. The arc was provided by the publisher.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alyson Stone

    Book: Fan Club Author: Erin Mayer Rating: 1 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher, Mira Books, for providing me with an ARC. I just think there is an example of not having the book being correctly marketed. This one has been marketed as a thriller and it doesn’t really read like a thriller. I was expecting something with super high stakes and for me to be on the edge of my seat. That just didn’t happen here. We follow an unnamed character as she starts this obsession with a celeb Book: Fan Club Author: Erin Mayer Rating: 1 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank the publisher, Mira Books, for providing me with an ARC. I just think there is an example of not having the book being correctly marketed. This one has been marketed as a thriller and it doesn’t really read like a thriller. I was expecting something with super high stakes and for me to be on the edge of my seat. That just didn’t happen here. We follow an unnamed character as she starts this obsession with a celebrity. However, this obsession goes further than that. We see this character become almost consumed by this person in a way that should have been terrifying. Again, I really felt nothing for it. I should have been all consumed by the idea of a person stalking another-I know that sounds wrong. There was just something missing about the whole affair. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I had this deep disconnect with the characters. I just felt like I really couldn’t connect with the character. They just didn’t seem real to me. I know this is a work of fiction, but I just want to feel something when it comes to my characters. I think it is this sense of disconnect throughout the whole book is what made it very difficult for me to form any kind of bond with the characters and what was really made this a miss for me. I just would have liked to have been given a reason to care about what was going on. I would have liked to been given a reason as to cheer for the characters and what was going on. Like I’ve said so many times during the course of this review, I just felt like there was something missing. I felt like I needed something more to really drive the whole point home. I guess the whole thing is that I need a reason. I need a reason to be invested in the story. I need a reason to care about what is going on. Anyway, this was a miss for me. I do see why so many people do enjoy this book though. This book comes out on October 26, 2021.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Read this if…subscribe to People Magazine. A nameless millennial, lonely and simply existing, finds herself sucked into a group called “The Ivies.” This fan club of sorts consists of a handful of young women who basically worship Adriana Argento, a child TV actress turned famous pop star. At first the protagonist simply enjoys Adriana’s music as any normal listener would. Readers get to know her at her job as a low-level producer for a website and see her mingle with friends, coworkers, and the o Read this if…subscribe to People Magazine. A nameless millennial, lonely and simply existing, finds herself sucked into a group called “The Ivies.” This fan club of sorts consists of a handful of young women who basically worship Adriana Argento, a child TV actress turned famous pop star. At first the protagonist simply enjoys Adriana’s music as any normal listener would. Readers get to know her at her job as a low-level producer for a website and see her mingle with friends, coworkers, and the occasional date. Influenced by her fellow Ivies, however, she soon becomes obsessed with the songstress to the point where her every waking moment is dedicated to studying Adriana’s life. What begins as innocent fascination eventually leads to murder as the main character tries to decide where her true loyalties lie. I thought this book, pitched as a “psychological thriller,” sounded really interesting and unique. I enjoyed reading about a realistic, albeit lost, young woman who was just floating through life without any real drive or destination in mind. Her character seemed pretty authentic to me. Where the novel fell flat, however, was in its pacing. This was far too much of a slow burn to really qualify as a thriller, in my opinion. The beginning was interesting and then nothing really happened to peak my interest again until the final chapter. While the author’s writing was solid, it did annoy me that the character of Adriana was clearly modeled off of Ariana Grande. (I don’t know much about Ariana, but what I do know matches up exactly with Adriana’s character except for the blonde hair.) I think this could have been a bit more compelling if the star at the heart of the Ivies’ obsession was more original. I’m still processing the ending, but can say with a fair amount of confidence that this one just wasn’t for me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rach

    This story follows an Millennial (who is never name) who is bored with life and job who works at women's lifestyle website, entering text into a computer. One night a few members of staff go out and end up in a dive bar. The narrator (POV) hears a message in a song by Adriana Argento, who is currently a international pop-star. She then finds herself on online fandom for the star and whose members love Adriana's and follow her every movement. A new colleague joins her work place and turns out the This story follows an Millennial (who is never name) who is bored with life and job who works at women's lifestyle website, entering text into a computer. One night a few members of staff go out and end up in a dive bar. The narrator (POV) hears a message in a song by Adriana Argento, who is currently a international pop-star. She then finds herself on online fandom for the star and whose members love Adriana's and follow her every movement. A new colleague joins her work place and turns out the colleague is also a fan of the star. She is invited to join the colleagues fan group called the Ivies who are superfans of the star. She learns sinister secrets about the Ivies and slowly starts to lose herself in the group and reality. I liked some parts of this book and some parts I didn't. We have one main narrator who never actually find out their name (which is quite usual for the main narrator). This book is labelled a thriller but i would defintely say it is more psychological. This book puts the spotlight on people's obession with celebrities and how it can begin to become more than a obession in people's lives. It defintely shows the dark side of fandom. I liked that the author addresses this topic in the book because in the end behind social media etc celebrities are human and do deserve privacy. I did find parts of the book a bit slow to start and the narrator wasn't the most engaging narrator. Also the ending was a bit abrupt for me. As I said above some parts I liked and some parts I didn't but it is worth picking up as it gives you a insight how celebrities, social media, fandoms are part of our lives. I received a ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher for an objection review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    I have to admit at first I was just caught by the super cool cover of this book and the blurb on the back sounded somewhat interesting. Once I opened this book however my jaw dropped to the floor and I couldn't get enough. This is the exact type of book that keeps a reader hooked. The book starts out with our main character who is a producer for a large magazine. Her life is alright but she doesn't seem to get pleasure out of anything anymore. She sees her life passing her by in a cloudy haze of I have to admit at first I was just caught by the super cool cover of this book and the blurb on the back sounded somewhat interesting. Once I opened this book however my jaw dropped to the floor and I couldn't get enough. This is the exact type of book that keeps a reader hooked. The book starts out with our main character who is a producer for a large magazine. Her life is alright but she doesn't seem to get pleasure out of anything anymore. She sees her life passing her by in a cloudy haze of depression. It isn't until she comes across a new pop artist called Adriana Argento. Things start to look up suddenly however what should be just an interest soon crosses the line to obsession as our narrator becomes more detached from reality and sinks further into the secrets and compulsion that the new group brings her over their mutual desire for Adriana Argento. Our main character was super interesting and you really wanted to learn more about her. I super enjoyed watched the little ways that she lost touch of reality because the author wrote it so well that you can see how this happens to people in real life. This thriller had me hooked from the beginning and while I had to know how it was going to end I never wanted it to at the same time. This is the type of book that gets a reader hooked on a genre for the rest of their lives. Great read and the only negative thing that I am able to say about this one is it set the bar awfully high for future thrillers and I will never be able to experience reading this again for the first time. If all of Erin Mayer's books are as good as this one I can't wait to see what she comes out with next.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I almost gave this book 3 stars. I was right there, even though it felt a bit disjointed, and was unbelievable much of the time. It was fascinating to see into the minds of the rabid fan cult. To see deep into the people who become so obsessed with a famous person, that they think they OWN that person. Erin Mayer mentioned more than a few times that these types of people want to crawl into the skin of their idol. Make their life their own. That they feel they have full power over that person's l I almost gave this book 3 stars. I was right there, even though it felt a bit disjointed, and was unbelievable much of the time. It was fascinating to see into the minds of the rabid fan cult. To see deep into the people who become so obsessed with a famous person, that they think they OWN that person. Erin Mayer mentioned more than a few times that these types of people want to crawl into the skin of their idol. Make their life their own. That they feel they have full power over that person's life. Truth be told, since I entered the world of KPop fandoms I understand how this can manifest. It's not hard to cross the line from fan, to obsessed. Despite how slow this felt at times, and how much I wanted to shake some sense into our unnamed narrator, I carried on. I guess I kind of understood where she was coming from. To have nothing, to belong to nothing, and then to suddenly find meaning and belonging is a feeling that is too easy to sink deeply into without much thought. Even when she discovered that the people she was spending time with were terrible, she kept choosing them over and over. It's sad, but it's not beyond the realm of reality. I will saw though, it was so very frustrating. If that's what Mayer was going for, then it worked well. The ending killed it for me though. All that time invested, and then the ending was just so lackluster. I almost rated this three stars, but I couldn't forgive that ending.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan Ballard

    3.5 / 5 What is a fan? A fanatic, a person with an obsessive interest in or an enthusiasm for something or someone. Our narrator is a millennial who works as a web producer; she is, as she puts it, “an expert in nothing, a master of the minuscule fixes.” Although she works in a very mod and hip office, she’s bored with it all. A new co-worker notices that they both love the same pop-star phenomenon, Adriana Argento; suddenly, her life gets more interesting. She’s invited to come to the meeting of th 3.5 / 5 What is a fan? A fanatic, a person with an obsessive interest in or an enthusiasm for something or someone. Our narrator is a millennial who works as a web producer; she is, as she puts it, “an expert in nothing, a master of the minuscule fixes.” Although she works in a very mod and hip office, she’s bored with it all. A new co-worker notices that they both love the same pop-star phenomenon, Adriana Argento; suddenly, her life gets more interesting. She’s invited to come to the meeting of the “Ivies” a small fan club for Adriana. Our girl realizes these are hard-core devotees; they literally worship Adriana. As she is being sucked in, she realizes there is a dark secret that bonds this group. And once you’re in, it’s your burden to bear. I wouldn’t call this a thriller; it has more of a creepy cult feel to it. The ending left me wanting for more, but 𝐅𝐚𝐧 𝐂𝐥𝐮𝐛 is a frightening look at how easy it is to become obsessed with celebrities in this day of multimedia. As you watch their lives under a microscope and you want to be like them, dress like them, it’s easy to lose reality. It also speaks to how desperately we want to be a part of something, to feel like we belong. Thank you to @_mira_books_ and @harpercollins for an invite to the tour and a gifted copy.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Savanna 🌻

    This book was very well written and made me uncomfortable at times. We follow our protagonist as she’s navigating her way through her boring life and her new friends who are obsessed with a pop star. The author did an amazing job putting a spotlight on people’s obsession with celebrities and how it can turn dark real quick. There was so parts throughout the story that was slow and lost on attention but overall, I still wanted to find out what happened at the end. Also, the pop star in this story This book was very well written and made me uncomfortable at times. We follow our protagonist as she’s navigating her way through her boring life and her new friends who are obsessed with a pop star. The author did an amazing job putting a spotlight on people’s obsession with celebrities and how it can turn dark real quick. There was so parts throughout the story that was slow and lost on attention but overall, I still wanted to find out what happened at the end. Also, the pop star in this story seemed a lot like Ariana Grande so there’s that. Overall, I enjoyed my time reading this book. It will definitely keep you hooked until the very end. Thank you so much to the publisher and Netgalley for the chance to review this book!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Devon

    I can honestly say I haven’t read a book quite like this before. Aspects of it, yes (celebrity fandom culture, cult-like obsession, millennial work culture, unhealthy female friendships etc. etc.), but all together.. it was a bit much. The “pop star” of this was laughably and undeniably Ariana Grande- I’m seriously surprised the likeness was OK’d and will go to print. Wow. It read quickly overall, and had potential at times, but I wish I’d skipped it. Thank u, next. Thanks to NetGalley and Harle I can honestly say I haven’t read a book quite like this before. Aspects of it, yes (celebrity fandom culture, cult-like obsession, millennial work culture, unhealthy female friendships etc. etc.), but all together.. it was a bit much. The “pop star” of this was laughably and undeniably Ariana Grande- I’m seriously surprised the likeness was OK’d and will go to print. Wow. It read quickly overall, and had potential at times, but I wish I’d skipped it. Thank u, next. Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Trade Publishing for the chance to read this ARC prior to release.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Belle

    An underemployed millennial finds friends and fellowship with a group of women harboring a cult-like obsession with America’s biggest pop princess. Whip smart and darkly comedic, a creepy deep dive into millennial ennui and superfandom in the modern era. One of my Top 5 New Releases for October ’21.

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