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Spoiler Alert
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Spoiler Alert
A Novel

National Bestseller

Olivia Dade bursts onto the scene in this delightfully fun romantic comedy set in the world of fanfiction, in which a devoted fan goes on an unexpected date with her celebrity crush, who's secretly posting fanfiction of his own.

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?

National Bestseller

Olivia Dade bursts onto the scene in this delightfully fun romantic comedy set in the world of fanfiction, in which a devoted fan goes on an unexpected date with her celebrity crush, who's secretly posting fanfiction of his own.

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?

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About the Author-
  • Olivia Dade grew up an undeniable nerd, prone to ignoring the world around her as she read any book she could find. Her favorites, though, were always, always romances. As an adult, she earned an M.A. in American history and worked in a variety of jobs that required the donning of actual pants: Colonial Williamsburg interpreter, high school teacher, academic tutor, and (of course) librarian. Now, however, she has finally achieved her lifelong goal of wearing pajamas all day as a hermit-like writer and enthusiastic hag. She currently lives outside Stockholm with her delightful family and their ever-burgeoning collection of books.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from August 17, 2020
    This clever, creative love story from Dade (Teach Me) explodes preconceptions about what a modern romance heroine should look like. Plus-size geologist April Whittier spends her spare time cosplaying and writing fan fiction for her favorite book series turned TV show, Gods of the Gates. When a photo of one of April’s cosplays goes viral, Marcus Caster-Rupp, the star of the show, asks her out on Twitter to save her from a slew of fat-shaming comments. But readers shouldn’t let this dashing meet-cute fool them: April has a spine of steel and hardly needs saving, and Marcus may look like an alpha, but he has a sweet and vulnerable core. The fanfic that both characters write and the interactions they share online play integral roles in their courtship, and Dade handles both the fun and toxic dynamics of fandom and social media with insight and compassion. Given equal weight are Marcus and April’s difficult family histories, as both work through the damage inflicted by parents who judged them to be “flawed.” The result is nuanced, unflinching, and deeply romantic. Dade’s fans and new readers alike will fall in love. Agent: Sarah Younger, Nancy Yost Literary.

  • Kirkus

    August 15, 2020
    The power of fan fiction becomes the romantic catalyst between an actor and a cosplayer. Actor Marcus Caster-Rupp has shot his final scene as Aeneas in the TV series Gods of the Gates. Though the set has been home to him for seven years, he hasn't been particularly pleased with the direction the showrunners have taken his character. To work out his frustrations, he's secretly been writing fan fiction about his own character, giving Aeneas the storyline he deserves. The fanfic writing community has been a boon to him, leading him to "meet" one of his closest friends, Unapologetic Lavinia Stan, also known as Ulsie. Ulsie is really April Whittier, geologist and secret nerd determined to remain secret no longer. For too long, she's hidden her love of Gods of the Gates and is now determined to be outgoing about her fanfic writing and cosplay projects. April starts by tweeting a picture of herself wearing a costume of Lavinia, a Gods of the Gates character and Aeneas' love interest. Fat-shaming trolls quickly make the picture go viral until Marcus himself sees it. His solution: invite April out for dinner as way to stick it to the toxic fan base. Will their in-person meeting reflect the anonymous connection they have online? Readers (and viewers) of Game of Thrones will undoubtedly catch the parallels, giving a healthy dose of fan service with a quasi fix-it feel. Both Marcus and April struggle with other people's perceptions of them: Marcus knows everyone views him as vapid while April is often first judged on her weight. While this is a sweet romance that unfolds partially through tweets and direct messages and fanfic storytelling, it's also about the way the main characters learn to love themselves. The journey to self-acceptance is never easy, and Dade doesn't shy away from that, but she makes it just as beautiful and gentle as the love that blooms between Marcus and April. One note is that the book is fandom heavy. If you're entrenched in the community, you will feel right at home. If not, there's a terminology learning curve. Geek out with this romantic homage to fan culture.

    COPYRIGHT(2020) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Booklist

    Starred review from September 1, 2020
    April Whittier has come up with some wildly imaginative plots for her fan fiction based on the mega-popular television show, Gods of the Gates, but never in a million years could she have dreamed up a story like this. After posting a photo of herself in her latest show-inspired ensemble, April receives a lot of positive feedback as well as a few body-shaming comments. However, these comments are what prompt Marcus Caster-Rupp, the outrageously hot actor who plays Aeneas on the show, to invite April to dinner. Is this just a PR stunt, or could it turn into something more real and romantic? With considerable empathy and a generous helping of snarky wit, Dade invites readers into the fascinating world of fan fiction while at the same time deftly addressing some serious topics?body image issues and dyslexia?within the context of a scorchingly sexy contemporary romance. This dazzling debut ensures that Dade is going to be a force to reckon with in the romance genre.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2020, American Library Association.)

  • Library Journal

    Starred review from October 1, 2020

    This latest from Dade ("There's Something About Marysburg" series) delves into the world of fandom, in which superfans attempt to wield the weapon of fanfiction to right the wrongs perpetuated in a universe that has jumped from book series to TV show. Geologist and cosplayer April (aka Unapologetic Lavinia Stan), and actor and secret fanfiction author Marcus (aka Book!AeneasWouldNever), are good friends in the online community dedicated to shaping the wildly popular internet couple Aeneas and Lavinia. What no one in the fandom realizes--since it could cost him his job--is that Marcus is Aeneas. Or at least, he plays him on TV. When April's latest plus-size Lavinia costume goes viral, Marcus asks her out to dinner to quiet the internet trolls but soon figures out their virtual connection. He can't admit who he is online, but that's not the only thing he's hiding, and April is immediately suspicious that the Marcus the world sees is nothing like the real man. Can a relationship begun online survive in real life? VERDICT Even those new to online fanfiction will find this a charming and engrossing read. Issues of body positivity, dyslexia, and found families are among the topics addressed with sensitivity and realism. The between-chapter segments of fanfic server chats, fanfic synopsis, and truly horrible screenplays add to the fun.--Rebecca Moe, Alden Ewell Free Lib., NY

    Copyright 2020 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • New York Times Book Review "...Dade delivers and then some. This book frolics through fields of fannish allusion and metatext... It takes a skillful writer to juggle so many elements, yet the emotional through-line shines clear and strong at every point."
  • USA Today bestselling author Jenny Holiday "Spoiler Alert is a delight. April and Marcus will melt your heart."
  • Mia Sosa, USA Today bestselling author of The Worst Best Man "Spoiler Alert is a gentle, funny, and sexy romance that captivated me from the first page and kept me enthralled to the very (happy) end. I adored these characters and every moment of their journey to love. Olivia Dade has crafted an unforgettable story, one that's earned an immediate spot on my comfort-reads shelf."
  • Washington Post "It's a path of self-discovery, healing and growth, punctuated by scorching chemistry, whip-smart dialogue and sidesplitting humor."
  • Publishers Weekly (starred review) "[A] clever, creative story...Dade handles both the fun and toxic dynamics of fandom and social media with insight and compassion. Given equal weight are Marcus and April's difficult family histories, as both work through the damage inflicted by parents who judged them to be "flawed." The result is nuanced, unflinching, and deeply romantic. Dade's fans and new readers alike will fall in love."
  • Booklist (starred review) "With considerable empathy and a generous helping of snarky wit, Dade invites readers into the fascinating world of fan fiction while at the same time deftly addressing some serious topics—body image issues and dyslexia—within the context of a scorchingly sexy contemporary romance... a force to reckon with in the romance genre."
  • Library Journal (starred review) "Even those new to online fanfiction will find this a charming and engrossing read. Issues of body positivity, dyslexia, and found families are among the topics addressed with sensitivity and realism. The between-chapter segments of fanfic server chats, fanfic synopsis, and truly horrible screenplays add to the fun."
  • BookPage (starred review) "Indie publishing favorite Olivia Dade's Avon debut, Spoiler Alert, is a funny and poignant triumph that defies expectation... Dade has gifted readers with a thoughtful, swoonworthy and emotionally satisfying contemporary romance that has the added benefit of a realistic, multilayered and relatable portrayal of the digital world. If you're into fan culture and practices, it will be an even greater pleasure. Loyal Olivia Dade fans and new readers alike will love it."
  • Lucy Parker, author of Act Like It "I was engrossed from page one of Spoiler Alert until the very happy, sigh-worthy ending. Olivia Dade is consistently one of my favorite authors. Her writing is warm and witty, frequently funny and often achingly poignant."
  • Jen DeLuca, author of Well Met "As funny as it is sexy (and boy is it sexy), Spoiler Alert is a love letter to fandom in all its many forms, and was an absolute joy from the first page to the last. Reading it felt like a hug to the heart from someone who wants you to know that you are perfect and deserve to be loved exactly as you are."
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