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!
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?