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. When everything is bad, when I wake up and want to go back to sleep and never wake up, you’re there for me.
I know this style isn’t for everyone but I loved the fact that there’s no complete resolution, it felt like real life; there’s no neat little bow tying up all of the characters endings, instead they go off to continue their lives and we’re cut out of the loop. The discussion of fandom in this book is also so painfully accurate, and reminded of my own teenage experience in the tumblr days or yore. This book was a huge shout out to everyone struggling with mental health and trying very hard to work towards recovery and make meaningful changes that no one recognizes because you never let anyone see your darkest moments. Girls scream over them, adore them and throw themselves at the boys, imagine early years One Direction, that kind of fame. It is an interesting reflection of what as fans we can do for those we follow, and the lines we sometimes cross; and how money, spotlights, and fame can be blinding and stressful.I think it showed that it was okay to be a fan of something but it also showed that there are other things in life and that we should not lose ourselves completely into something. Her webcomic Heartstopper has been translated into several languages, and Oseman recently announced she’d sold its rights and that a TV show is on its way. Her stories are contemporary, mostly YA written with a simplicity many authors and editors know is quite hard to find. Right now I am anything but calm plus I have been crying for an hour thinking about this book, "my boys" and everything I have put my heart in for them! Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything – her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world.
Let life surprise you, let your enthusiasm and curiosity guide you into discovering that you are so much more than you thought you were. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. the characters felt so REAL everything was so wonderfully written from the plot, to the characters and their separate arcs. The first-person perspective goes deep beneath the surface of what being a fan — and a member of a boyband — is really all about.
The love they all have for each other is so pure and whole, and the gentleness in the way they interact - soft touches, gentle words - just makes me feel so warm inside. 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). There are two things I like to say when talking about Alice Oseman’s I was born for this: it is not only good trans representation, it has the right amount of chaotic bisexuality I needed in my life. When I first heard that IWBFT (forever titled 'book 3' in my heart) was tackling 'band fandom', I was excited because of how under-explored that theme is. I Was Born for This is a stunning reflection of modern teenage life, and the power of believing in something – especially yourself.
Once we get to the day of the concert, the novel becomes more serious as the characters grapple with the ugly side of fame and the public eye. Angel on the other hand does not care for anything that is truly important when it comes to herself and her future.From this point of view, it perhaps makes sense that teenage fans construct their sense of self around these friendly, smiley, (and maybe in love with you! My biggest problem with this book though does lie with the fact that the fanbase for The Ark (Angel included) really ship Jimmy and Rowan together. There's an unspoken connection between Angel and Jimmy, and a certain calmness to them together that I can only really describe as comforting. Communication–the need to stop, think, and reconnect–are topics that Oseman treats carefully, and it feels fresh and full of relatable emotions.
The sense of community experienced by fans, too, must provide a protective shield against the rest of the world and offers those within something to hold onto amidst the destabilising throes of adolescence. Lister is aware of his problems though so I hope Rowan and Jimmy will help him to find his way back into a life without alcohol.I kinda liked the scene when Mac confronted Angel about being a “fandom celebrity” because *lol* that’s me whenever some of my GR friends claim that I’m popular on here. The dual perspectives really pushed the book forward and the insight into how both parties were feeling was definitely needed! lol* This book reminded me so much of my own youth and my life in general that it almost felt like Alice Oseman wrote it just for me.