All the feels by Danika Stone
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Synopsis: College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.
Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.
My opinion on the book:
All i knew about the book when i started it was that it’s about fangirling. Now, as many of the people in the internet, i know a little about being a fangirl myself… (i’m lying, i’m total trash) So basically i wanted to read this book because i felt i would see myself reflected in the main character (finally).
I actually didn’t.
It’s not that the books don’t show the life of a fangirl, it’s just that it shows a single style of it . All the books about it have the same image of a fangirl, the one that everyone likes the stuff she makes because she is incredibly talented, which it’s a truth, there are a lot of talented people that the different fandoms like. But i think, many of the people in the fandoms are people trying their best, there aren’t all that famous. Anyway, that’s a conversation for another day…
The story has a very good pace, it works smoothly, which i really enjoyed.
I think the main character was pretty well presented, she seemed and suffered as a real fangirl, although she kept calling “fandom” instead of “the fandom” but that might be a pet peeve of mine.
As for the rest of the characters, the only one we get to know good enough is Xander. He is a nice guy if not a little of a Gary Stu (man, i keep finding them everywhere). He was totally funny with his steampunk and the way he talked.
There isn’t much character development on the story, just a few little things that happen to the main character.
To be totally honest, i was expecting a little more of the story, not that it wasn’t a fun ride, it’s just that… i don’t know, i thought it would go a different way. Still, it got me some ideas on how to get back a specific character that died and everyone want back (just kidding, the actor really doesn’t want to come back himself).
There were some topics that were really interesting but in my opinion they weren’t developed enough, especially the storyline featuring the actor of the movie, i wanted to get a little more about it or a closure.
I may sound very negative in this review… to be honest, the book was fun and i enjoyed reading it overall, for a debut novel i think it was pretty good. The ending was super sweet and i liked it very much.
And so, if you are looking for some easy reading about fandoms and fangirling in real life, i recommend it to you!