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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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Review: So before we start lets lay out a few trigger warnings there’s alcohol abuse, panic attacks, and discussion of depression and suicide; mental illness is a key feature of the book.

I loved Radio Silence by Alice Oseman, that book definitely had an incredible message that touched me. Alice has a way of writing personal relationships that make them so real, and I can't help but have emotionally charged reactions to them. This book is told in alternating perspectives of Angel and Jimmy and we truly get to see the difference between what the fans see and what the band feels. Being part of The Ark's fandom has given her everything she loves - her friend Juliet, her dreams, her place in the world. This is a book about obsession and hero worship and an internationally famous trans musician, it's about a girl going to london for the first time to meet a friend she's known for years but never met, it's about three boys who started from nothing and became gods, it's about teens who sit in bed reading fanfic and dreaming of being rich and famous and in love, dreaming of a life that is something beyond what they have.I still loved it though and I do think that it gets a lot right about fandom and human relationships! Alice can usually be found staring aimlessly at computer screens, questioning the meaninglessness of existence, or doing anything and everything to avoid getting an office job. But this book, for me, really was a love letter to mental health awareness and how important it is to always put your mental health first. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. So many YA novels point out clearly when a character is not white and British, however Angel’s faith was blended in to the story so well.

The lyrics are written in five different languages, taken from various historical documents and works of poetry; [1] the title itself is the English translation of a quote attributed to Joan of Arc during her trial. I would still recommend this with my entire heart, and I feel like if you have been a part of “boy band culture” you will relate even more than I did. In her latest novel, it follows some current burning topics which are part of young readers day-to-day lives. Unknown to Angel, she makes more friends than she expects and has a very different experience with The Ark than she ever imagined. Let life surprise you, let your enthusiasm and curiosity guide you into discovering that you are so much more than you thought you were.

It was not everything I had hoped, but I applaud the representation of so many important things which can be found in this book. Angel, 18 and finishing up secondary school, collects merch, memorizes songs and videos, and proclaims to genuinely love the members of the band. Fereshteh/Angel and her online friends congregate together in London ahead of the concert to gush over the minutiae of online content of the boy band, specific lines of their back catalogue of songs, and the subtlest of flicks of their hair in YouTube videos of their concerts.

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. Angel is similarly obsessed with “The Ark”, a three-member boy band from England who are just starting to become internationally recognized in this novel. Books That See Us is an ongoing series of book reviews where Salt and Sage Books editors and sensitivity readers share representation done well.Summary: So this is apparently a well written book that deals with some heavy objects and diversity. But teenagers must learn these lessons on their own; relentlessly telling them that they’re silly will only create a schism in your relationship.

Even if the only thing that makes you happy is a boy band that none of your friends understand your passion for. The Ark is a three-man band: we have Rowan, the dad friend and main emotional pillar, and Lister, the charismatic chaotic bisexual that isn’t that reliable. None of these characters end the book feeling totally okay, but they ended this book just a little better, and there’s something rather valuable.

Alice was named the Attitude Person of the Year 2023, and The British Book Awards Illustrator of the Year.

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