Book Review – I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

I was born for this.jpgFor Angel Rahimi, life is only about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything – her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world.

Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark too. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band is all he’s ever dreamed of doing. It’s just a shame that recently everything in his life seems to have turned into a bit of a nightmare.

Because that’s the problem with dreaming – eventually, inevitably, real life arrives with a wake-up call. And when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together, they will discover just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.

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My rating: Cyan-Full starCyan-Full starCyan-Full starCyan-Half starNo-Star

Well I wanted to love this, and I *did* in places, but it also didn’t work for me in others. The discussion of fan culture was amazing and totally hit the nail on the head. I loved Angel and Juliet, especially early on. The highlighting how internet friendships are awesome was great! And I loved seeing both sides of the fandom from both Angel and Jimmy. They both get to see ups and downs from very different perspectives. The reaction of the fans to Bliss in particular, especially at the meet and greet, definitely shows that really well.

I also loved Bliss and her overall relationship with Angel and Juliet. And I loved that she wanted to be her own person. Also I love a girl who drinks milk in a pub. For this she is my hero.

Jimmy is a fantastic character – I like that he is trans but while it’s a huge part of his life, it’s not relevant to his music (as he puts it! I loved that thought). And I loved his friends and especially his grandpa for how they were with him. So much love for those relationships. Jimmy is hard to read though, especially when he is anxious or panicking. And his eventual relationship with Angel is so hard to parse. I get it from his side, and I get her wanting to help, but she goes so overboard in that and then definitely stays too long lol.

And while I loved the boys, both Rowan and Lister are hard to read at times – Rowan more at the end. Lister is a little all over the place and it was very hard to tell what was due to Jimmy’s MH and what was due to Lister’s MH / alcoholism.

So yeah. Really great in places, and some amazingly good insights into life but with a couple of off key notes for me. 3.5 stars.

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Buy I Was Born For This from Amazon UK.

2 thoughts on “Book Review – I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman

  1. wait, a book that’s positive about internet friendships and portrays it convincingly? hot damn! I was infuriated by this book I read earlier in the year where the blurb suggested it would examine the main character’s internet lifestyle, but instead just shrugged it off as worthless and those friendships meant nothing, aaaargh!

    too bad the rest of the book wasn’t as spot on and ended up being a bit iffy, but at least there were bright spots!

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