(EN) Review: Alice Oseman – I Was Born For This

A few months back, I came across ARC reviews of I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman. These reviews were all glowing which made me decide to buy this book. Did this book meet my high expectations?

(EN) Review: Alice Oseman – I Was Born For ThisI Was Born for This by Alice Oseman
Published by HarperCollins on May 3, 2018
Pages: 395
ISBN: 000824409X
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four-half-stars

'I'm gonna die. I'm literally gonna die.''Wouldn't recommend that,' says Juliet, as if she's been on a two week holiday to Death and gave it a two out of five on TripAdvisor.

For Angel, 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 friend Juliet, her dreams, her place in the world.

Jimmy owes everything to The Ark. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band with his mates is all he ever dreamed of doing.

But dreams don't always turn out the way you think, and when Jimmy and Angel are unexpectedly thrust together they find out just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.

Funny and wise, I Was Born for This is a stunning reflection on the power of believing in something - especially yourself.


In this book we read from both Angel’s and Jimmy’s point of view. Angel is a massive fan of The Ark and Jimmy is the band’s lead singer. Throughout the story you discover how events effect both the fans and the band. Therefore, these POV’s were a really strong element.

All characters in I Was Born for this are diverse. There’s Angel, a muslim girl. Then there is Jimmy, a mixed-race transgender boy. And then there are some more diverse characters, but i won’t tell you in which way they are diverse since that will be a major spoiler. Anyway, the diversity of all characters comes naturally and does not feel forced at all.

I Was Born For This is a 400 page book, but I finished it pretty quickly. Alice Oseman’s writing style is inviting you to continue reading and makes it hard to put the book down. I have to admit that this is my first read by this author. However, i’m planning on reading Radio Silence too.

This book was a nice quick read with very diverse characters. This diversity comes naturally and does not feel forced at all. This book just did not hit the 5 star rating, because I really save those precious stars up.

four-half-stars

3 gedachtes over “(EN) Review: Alice Oseman – I Was Born For This

  1. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity zegt:

    I cant believe I still haven’t read this book! I adored Radio Silence when I read it last year, and when I found out about this one I was instantly keen. But I’ve never seen a copy in a bookstore and for some reason I always forget to add it to my online orders, haha. I really do love the sound of it. And I agree that Oseman’s writing gets you to keep on reading. Radio Silence is quite long, but even when I got to the end I wanted more. I think that’s a sign of a good writer. I’m glad you liked this one! I really have to try and remember to find a copy somehow. I hope you like Radio Silence, as well!

  2. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity zegt:

    I’m sorry if this is a doubled-up comment but it doesn’t look like my first one is showing up >.<

    I cant believe I still haven't read this book! I adored Radio Silence when I read it last year, and when I found out about this one I was instantly keen. But I've never seen a copy in a bookstore and for some reason I always forget to add it to my online orders, haha. I really do love the sound of it. And I agree that Oseman's writing gets you to keep on reading. Radio Silence is quite long, but even when I got to the end I wanted more. I think that's a sign of a good writer. I'm glad you liked this one! I really have to try and remember to find a copy somehow. I hope you like Radio Silence, as well!

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