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Book Thoughts: I Was Born For This (Alice Oseman)

★★★★☆☆☆

Title: I Was Born For This
Author: Alice Oseman
Genre: Fiction/Young Adult/Contemporary
First published: 2018
Edition: Kindle e-book

For 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.

I went into this only really knowing it was a boyband/fandom type story and not much else. I did not read the synopsis! It was clear pretty quickly this was not written with adults in mind, but that is fine.

The story definitely reminded me of being young and having (unhealthy?) obsessions with stuff, whether it’s a boyband, a football team or anything of the sort. I liked that this novel looked at both sides of the story, from the point of view from both the band and the fan, and that both parties had a problematic view of themselves.

For me it read too much like fan fiction. I am not sure whether that is something that is avoidable when writing this type of story. I could not help feeling that the bits from The Ark’s point of view were how a fan imagined life in a boy band to be, rather than what it is actually like. It just did not ring true for me.

I think teenagers into fandoms will enjoy this one a lot, but it was clearly not aimed at me and I simply did not care enough. It was a quick easy read and it certainly was not bad, but it was not well enough written to really touch my emotions or be memorable.

This one was just fine for me.

4 out of 7 stars

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