ARC Review : I Was Born For This

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★★★★★

I want to thank HarperCollins Children’s Books for providing me with this ARC! This hadn’t influenced my rating or review in any way.

This is the most lovely book I’ve read in a while, it’s also the first book written by Alice Oseman that I’ve ever read and it really didn’t disappoint. Which is a huge thing considering how huge my expectations were!

First of all, I want to applaud the amount of research that went into this book in order to write those amazingly diverse characters in a very authentic way. It was flawless.

The female protagonist, Angel, is muslim, while the male protagonist, Jimmy is mixed race, trans and gay. Rowan is Nigerian. Lister (the cutest boy ever) is bi and also struggles with alcoholism.

There were so many things being tackled in I Was Born For This, for example the stereotype that bisexuals sleep with everyone, which was slammed (thankfully) in a grand way here.

Let me tell you a bit about the characters and the plot. Angel and Juliet are huge fans of The Ark, a band formed by Jimmy, Rowan and Lister. They’ve been talking online for a long time when Angel finally decides to go to The Ark’s concert in London, therefore spending the week at Juliet’s. I Was Born For This gives you the possibility to glance into the world of the fans as well as the world of the celebrities. This was one of my favourite parts of the book, probably, because of how different some events were perceived by the fandom and the guys in the band and you got to see both perspectives. It was amazing.

I loved how friendship and fandom were the main focus of this book, I adored every interaction between the characters, I loved how Oseman brought everyone together and how it all felt so natural despite the strange circumstances in which they met.

Angel and Juliet’s friendship was so complex, I felt like everything about them was so relatable. I’ve had many virtual friends and I’ve always had so many questions about how it would be to meet them in real life. What if it doesn’t turn out as amazing as I hope? What if they are different from their online persona? I found all those questions in the book and so many more. Despite some of their conflicts, Angel and Juliet managed to sort out things and become even closer and that’s such a great thing to read about when our society tries to undermine the ‘depth’ of virtual friendships left and right.

The band and their bond was so unique. I loved the themes in their album, Alice Oseman was so careful at every detail, which made me so much more interested in everything! I think I would have stanned The Ark if it were a real band.

Also, there is barely any romance in this book (yay!), but there were some mentions and I was shipping it, okay, I’m shipping the hell out of it because my babies are too pure. I want a novella, can I get a novella? I know I might never get it, but one can only hope.

I Was Born For This is a love letter to the fandom, but it’s also a nudge to the rather aggressive and obsessed part of the fandom to try to be better and understand that celebrities are also humans.

I would absolutely recommend this book, you’re going to have a hard time putting it down once you start reading!

Also, you can check Marie’s review here. I’m so happy that I got to buddy-read it with her, it was soooo great and I can’t wait for us to do it again! 

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Have you read I Was Born For This? Did you enjoy it?

If you haven’t, have you read anything else written by Alice Oseman? What’s your favourite book from her?

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39 thoughts on “ARC Review : I Was Born For This

    • Marta says:

      The hype around Alice Oseman’s books is huge, but also well deserved because this one was spectacular, I can’t wait to read more of her books! ❤ I hope you get to read it and enjoy it!

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you very much!! ❤
      I can't wait to read Solitaire and Radio Silence because I've only heard great things about them and now I'm 100% convinced that I love Oseman's writing. I hope you love this one as well!

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  1. Swetlana @ The Caffeinated Bookworm Life says:

    I need everyone to stop talking so highly about this book until AFTER I have my hands on a copy. xD I am so impatiently waiting for this book because it sounds SO up my alley! And you definitely just made me even more excited to read this – especially the mention of how it deals with fandom and the more EXTREME side of fandom and how they treat the celebrity! I can’t wait to experience this book myself and find out if/how it reflects my own fandom experience. 😀

    Actually, I’m currently listening to Alice Oseman’s Radio Silence and I’m really enjoying it so far! And she has this talent of integrating diversity into her books and it’s as natural as it should be! I can’t wait to finish this book and then hopefully read Solitaire one day soon too. I have a feeling like Alice Oseman might become a new favorite author for me! 😀

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    • Marta says:

      *hides away* I’m sorry, Swetlana! But it’s really that good, so we gotta talk about it, so everyone gets as excited as we are. I’m really looking forward to more people reading this one because it’s so good, the fangirl in me related to so many aspects in this one.
      I really need to read Radio Silence soon because I’ve only heard great things about it and I need it!!! Same here, she has a great writing style and she puts up so much passion into her work, I adore it! ❤
      Thank you very much! ❤

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  2. Marie says:

    Amazing review ❤ I am so glad we got to buddy-read this one together and you perfectly summed up how I feel about this book. I loved how relatable it was to the whole fandom experience and also really enjoyed how we got to see the celebrities' side of it all. They were all so relatable and I just wanted to hug them all. Also, YES to internet friendships meeting for the first time and everything and well, I don't know, I just had loads of feelings about this book OKAY.
    I hope you'll read ALL of Alice Oseman's books now and will love all of them as much as I did! ❤

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    • Marta says:

      I’M SO HAAAPPY THAT OUR FIRST BUDDY-READ WAS THIS BOOK because it’s so special and I’ll always connect it with you from now on. ❤
      YESSS, I actually screamed all the time when I saw how different Angel's perspective on something was from Jimmy's. It was so cool, I hope we will get to meet like Angel and Juliet one day (maybe without the drama though). I had lots of feelings as well, I'm so happy you convinced me to read this one!!! I saw how excited you were about this and I was like 'I have to check it out, I have to!!!" – so happy I did.
      I did promise after all! I think I might keep them for the summer though, I can't wait!!! ❤

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  3. Shayna says:

    I haven’t read anything by Alice Oseman yet but this one sounds really good and I hope HarperCollins puts it up on Edelweiss :))) I do want to read Radio Silence at some point because I’ve read very few books with ace characters. I’m glad you thought the representation in this one is so well-researched; that is very promising.

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    • Marta says:

      It’s amazing, you have to read it!! ❤ I'm not sure if they are going to put it up on Edelweiss because it's published by HarperCollins UK, but I really hope they do and get accepted for it! ❤
      The diversity was amazing and so natural, everything felt right! I can't wait to read more books by Alice Oseman because she has a huge potential to become a favourite author of mine.

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you very much, Margaret! ❤
      AHHHH, I'm so happy that you read Radio Silence and loved it so much, it's probably the next book by Alice Oseman that I'm going to read!!! So excited. I hope you love I Was Born For This if you get to read it!

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  4. Aimee (Aimee, Always) says:

    I’m actually one of those weird readers who want romance in ~all~ the books, so I’m a bit sad that this one only has a little, BUT HOORAY FOR AWESOME DIVERSITY!!! *throws confetti* I love the sound of the relatable friendship in this book, too. ♥ Awesome review, Marta, so glad you enjoyed this!

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    • Marta says:

      Ahhhh, I totally understand, though I’m very happy with no romance too. I like my ships, but this one has so many brotps that I just can’t complain. So maybe try it at some point???
      I adored it so much! ❤ Can't wait to read more from this author!
      Thank you very much!

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  5. Lia says:

    I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK
    I’ve read both of Alice Oseman’s and though I didn’t like Solitaire much I have a feeling I’m going to love this one! Plus, the cover is gorgeous! Now I kind of need the other two in the same edition to have them match haha

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    • Marta says:

      YOU SHOULD BE EXCITED ABOUT THIS, LIA, BECAUSE IT’S GOING TO BLOW YOUR MIND!!!
      I’m sorry to hear you didn’t like Solitaire all that much, I want to read all her other books now because they seem so amazing and she writes about such exciting things, wow. I know right??? Those covers are heaven!!! *heart eyes*
      Thank you very much! ❤

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    • Marta says:

      I hope you get to read it soon enough!! ❤ I can't wait to read Radio Silence and Solitaire too, I feel like Alice Oseman has so much potential to become one of my favourite authors because of good this book was!!! ❤

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  6. Shanti says:

    Aaaah yes I finished this yesterday and it’s just excellent! I need to go write my review actually. I thought it was a really nuanced contemplation of fandom, though it was a little hard out with the messages sometimes. I loved Angel as a main characters JUST SO MUCH honestly. She was so relatable. Also it was just dramatic enough to be fun/fictional.

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    • Marta says:

      I agree with you so much, it’s such an amazing book and the contemplation of fandom was really well thought!! ❤ ANGEL IS SO PURE, I WANT TO HUG HER A LOT.
      Good luck on writing your review, can't wait to see it! ❤

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you!! ❤ I hope you get to read it soon because it’s absolutely amazing and so important 😍
      Yesss, we both got our ARCs at the same time almost and decided to read them together. Same here!!!

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  7. Olivia-Savannah says:

    I haven’t read this book before or anything by this author, but I am going to have to check this one out now. I love that the author has put so much time and effort into making sure she got the research down to pat. The diversity sounds wonderfully done and I am all about character reads. So I am really looking forward to giving this one a try.

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    • Marta says:

      YES, check it out right now!!! ❤ It's so lovely and I can't wait to read more books written by Alice Oseman, she's such a great writer! I hope you enjoy it once you get to read it!

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  8. Camilla @ Reader in the Attic says:

    The funny thing is that I really want to read this novel because I loved Radio Silence and I related a lot with Frances, but about this novel I’m not into – at all- the relationship between people and their fans. But I loved the characters, how they’re portrayed. And also no romance! PLus I know the author is going to be at YALC and I would love to meet her

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    • Marta says:

      Hmm, I thought the relationship between the fandom and the stars was really cool – the author didn’t present only the good side, but also the more obsessive side 😶
      What aspect you don’t want to read about when it comes to the relationship between stars and their fandom? 😊

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      • Camilla @ Reader in the Attic says:

        Is not that I don’t want to read it completely. I was saying that from my perspective, as someone that may like something (songs, films and so) I really have little time to follow artists and creators, so I end up being quite outside the fandom. So, the general topic, as much as someone else is going to find it really relatable, is not the same for me and I don’t feel so attracted. I think that an interesting topic (also because I think that not so many books talk about it) but is not what is calling me toward the book. If I make sense.

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      • Marta says:

        Ohhh, okay, that makes total sense!! I’ve never been a huge part of any fandom either, I’m more of a silent fan, usually just contributing with fan-arts or things like that 😂 so I see where you’re coming from.
        Well, you can totally skip this one if you don’t feel interested 😊 though all those friendships, omg. Okay, I won’t try to persuade you 😂

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