Sunday, November 20, 2022

Book Review: "I Was Born for This" by Alice Oseman

Meeting her favorite band is far more than she ever expected.

Angel’s favorite band is The Ark. She loves them more than almost anything, much to the chagrin of her parents, who want her to focus more on school. But she’s kind of obsessed, and spends tons of time online communicating with fellow fans, dissecting the latest gossip.

Jimmy loves being part of The Ark, making music with his best friends. And although success is all he’s dreamed of, it also exacerbates his anxiety. Fame is amazing, but it’s come with a price—he was forced to come out as trans sooner than he would’ve liked, and while most of the fans have been accepting, they also love imagining he and his best friend and bandmate, Rowan, are in a relationship. But that isn’t the case.

When Angel gets to attend a meet-and-greet with the band, who are just on the cusp of international stardom, the last thing she’s expecting is to connect with Jimmy. It turns out they understand each other far more than they’d imagine.

Alice Oseman is so good at creating diverse casts of characters without it seeming forced or fake, and each character has their own issues they’re dealing with. This is a sweet story but one which also addresses heavier issues like anxiety, parental pressure, addiction, and more.

It’s interesting: this was featured as a new release at my bookstore a month or two ago but it turns out this was from 2018, so if you’re an Oseman fan, this may be familiar to you already!

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