Fangirling: Check. Romance: Check. Sci-Fi: Check. Steampunk: Check. Angst: Check. Nerdy McNerdersons: Check.
Super fun book? Check.
Title: All the Feels
Author: Danika Stone
Source: Raincoast Books for Review
Description (from Goodreads):
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.
What I Liked:
All of it? Can that be a thing?
This book checks off every must-have for a fangirl YA novel. But it didn’t feel trite! Stone presented a fabulous look at what it means to be a nerd. (Probably because she’s a giant one herself!)
I loved Liv’s relationship with the ever-dapper Xander. He always knew the perfect way to help her feel better and get her out of her funks. Their slow burn romance definitely had me hooked!
The pace kept things moving along nicely and made for such a fun read. I don’t remember the last time I smiled so much while I read a book. I basically read the entire thing with a big stupid grin plastered on my face. It’s been a while since I had picked up a YA novel like this one so it was an entertaining change from where I’d been.
Stone showed the excitement and hubbub of a con wonderfully. I’ve never been to one but it almost feels like I have now! I loved the total acceptance the super-nerds had for each other. It gave me hope that no matter who you are and how alone you feel, somewhere out there are your people. All you have to do is find them!
Stone included things like the manips and fandom chats. It added that extra level of realism to the book and really helped me enjoy it that much more. (And check out the extras at the bottom of this post. You won’t be disappointed.)
Oh yeah! And the fortune cookies! So cute. Read it. You’ll see.
What I Didn’t Like:
There were a few times I got pretty frustrated with Liv. And a couple instances where I wanted to reach through the pages of the book and say, “Agh! Liv! Come on!”
One of my biggest hang-ups was how much Liv hated Arden, Xander’s girlfriend. I won’t give anything away but Arden consistently goes over and above in trying to be nice to and help out Liv, and Liv just kinda hopes Arden will get vaporized by a ray gun. C’mon, Liv. C’mon.
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