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I WAS BORN FOR THIS: TikTok made me buy it! From the YA Prize winning author and creator of Netflix series HEARTSTOPPER

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The book also acknowledge how adults kinda mock and not coincide with the idea of fangirling but this thought wasn't shoved in our faces by author she handled it really well. But teenagers must learn these lessons on their own; relentlessly telling them that they’re silly will only create a schism in your relationship.

As a Muslim girl living in the 21 st Century, I can’t convey how important it is to have a book about a Muslim teen facing normal teenage problems (questioning her sexuality, finding her identity, friendships/family problems, and fangirling over a band, meeting online friends, etc. One of the important theme of the book was fandom culture and I want to acknowledge that because Alice Oseman did a brilliant job presenting merits and demerits of a fandom which we all are aware of but we don't accept because we all love our fandom. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. The cherry on top is that her best friend Juliet, whom she met online, has meet and greet tickets and they will see each other for real for the very first time.Summary: So this is apparently a well written book that deals with some heavy objects and diversity.

Alongside writing and drawing, Alice enjoys playing the piano semi-proficiently, Pokémon games, and purchasing too many Converse. Perspectives switch between Jimmy Kaga-Ricci, the lead singer and frontman of The Ark, and Angel Rahimi, a die-hard fan of the band. We went through thick and thin and even though our band doesn’t exist anymore (he moved to Germany) and we both have a family and lives that keep us busy, we’re still close and stay in contact.Indeed, my favourite part of the novel was the intelligent discussion of fandom, which sits at the novel’s very core. I used to try to get people to talk about The Ark with me – my school friends, my parents, my older brother – but no one really cared. The way these are written are so respectful to teenage girls that still are experiencing this love, yet are shedding some light on the fact that a fandom isn’t always going to be your one and only love, an important fact that i definitely wish i’d have learned when i was a teenager. The writing was good, I read the whole thing in almost 1 day and I think this kind of prose works best for contemporaries where it is good but not too poetic as to be distracting. All these biracial and LGBTQIAP+ representation fills my heart with so much joy and not to forget the fact that Alice thanked a lot of people from biracial and trans background who helped her giving a clear presentation for her book.

When I closed the last page of this book, I had a million more questions than the entire time while reading. Communication–the need to stop, think, and reconnect–are topics that Oseman treats carefully, and it feels fresh and full of relatable emotions. Now I have officially booked Lister as my guy bestfriend because every minute I will spent with him I know I will never fail to laugh ! If you’re unaware, the story follows Angel (if you don’t want to know anything about the plot, stop reading now).I would still recommend this with my entire heart, and I feel like if you have been a part of “boy band culture” you will relate even more than I did. Juliet Schwartz - Eighteen and Angel’s best friend that she was introduced to on the internet and is meeting for the first time to see The Ark together.

The books ending felt too abrupt after what happened in the last couple of pages and I would have liked it to be a bit different and perhaps another chapter or two would not have hurt the story. A lot of the time, people will expect to take more than you are willing to give, and this book really shines a light on the importance of learning and knowing your limits. There’s a huge thread around what we demand of celebrities, especially in terms of privacy and mental health.When she finally tells her new friends her real name at the end of the book, it is such a wonderfully honest moment of Fereshteh being true to herself after so much effort to fit in with her mostly white peers. It was his escape from the things he had to deal with but it certainly wasn’t a healthy way to handle the pressure. This is a style of storytelling that tends to appeal to me somewhat less, and despite knowing this is the point, I admit to wishing for more. Alice is the author of several YA contemporary novels about teenage disasters: SOLITAIRE (published when she was 19), RADIO SILENCE, I WAS BORN FOR THIS, and LOVELESS (a New York Times bestseller).

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