... deftly captures how celebrity gossip culture has been completely democratized by armchair commentators, unverified and viral rumors, and eager influencers hinting at conspiracies across platforms like Instagram and TikTok. While the novel serves to give a pulpy retelling of @deuxmoi’s supposed origins, there’s also a smart thematic inflection on anonymity that makes it stick out more than any usual 'novelization' does ... Writing anonymously avails a writer the ability to be incautious and unfiltered. It also gives readers an immediacy and frankness, which the anonymity seemingly affords—these books have hidden their authors because their truths are sometimes too powerful. Even though the key celebrities featured in Anon Pls are fictional, there’s enough mentions of real-life stars, like Sydney Sweeney and the rebooted Gossip Girl cast, to remind us of the real insider trading the real @deuxmoi has about stars to share on the internet.
Evocative if underwhelming ... While the authors examine important themes—sexism, power imbalances, and enabler culture—there’s often too much exposition, and Cricket’s character development feels forced. It offers some insights on what makes an influencer tick, but not much else.
Both an ad for the real deuxmoi, a pseudonymous celebrity-gossip Instagram account, and a surprisingly good read ... For deuxmoi fans, this novel will be a solid extension of the brand's coming-of-age story, and they'll especially enjoy the inside jokes and liberal quotes from the real-life account, which helps create the tantalizing-yet-relatable tone ... A candid, unexpected critique of celebrity, hanger-on, and enabler culture.