I Was Born for This, by Alice Oseman

Synopsis

For Angel Rahimi, life is only about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything – her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world.

Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark too. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band is all he’s ever dreamed of doing. It’s just a shame that recently everything in his life seems to have turned into a bit of a nightmare.

Because that’s the problem with dreaming – eventually, inevitably, real life arrives with a wake-up call. And when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together, they will discover just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.

Genre

Contemporary – Young Adult – LGBTQ


My thoughts

I received this book for my birthday (thanks Morgane 😘) and I was so happy to finally be able to discover this author I had heard so much about. I was also really intrigued by the synopsis of this book and looking forward to reading about such current topics.

If I had to describe I Was Born for This in one word, I’d say surprising. This book caught me off guard and was quite different from most of the contemporaries I’ve read so far. It was refreshing to read this novel, and overall I truly enjoyed it. It definitely made me want to read more from this author.

However, there were a few things I didn’t really like and for once I’d like to start with these. First off, like I said this novel was different. Which is a good thing, but it also means that it took me a while to really get into the story and fully appreciate it. Furthermore, I had my issues with Angel. Indeed, I get that she’s a fangirl and that’s a big part of who she is, but it was simply too much for me at times.

“I think the truth is that everyone in the entire world is confused and nobody understands much of anything at all.”

I’m no stranger to fangirling myself, but this was taking obsessional love to a new level, which felt exaggerated and a bit ridiculous. That being said, I am fully aware that this describes a real phenomenon. But, as it’s not something I’m a part of (at least not to that degree), it was difficult for me to process. What I did enjoy was the dual POV which allowed for a better understanding of the boys’ bands & fandom relationship.

Moving on to the many things I loved about I Was Born for This. First and foremost, the diversity. So much of it in so many ways and on so many topics. It was truly beautiful. What I loved most about it was that it was never too much nor too on the nose. It never felt forced, it was simply there, like the most normal thing ever and I loved that.

I also adored Jimmy… he is such a sweet, endearing character and he really moved me. I loved his story and his vulnerability. Through him, the author deals with the difficult topic of anxiety with a lot of tact. It’s really well done and feels extremely real which makes it one of the best things about this novel.

“In an otherwise mediocre existence, we chose to feel passion.”

Finally, I loved that this book is contemporary in the truest sense. We tend to get contemporaries and romances mixed up, but this is really a book depicting our time and the life of a teenage girl nowadays. It’s well ancred in our days and our current culture. I especially enjoyed the many pop culture references (Brooklyn Nine Nine 👌).

Long story short, I highly recommend you check out this wonderful novel for yourself if it sounds like something you might enjoy. I’m sure you won’t regret it.

My rating

4/5

Gaëlle

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