‘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.
Here I am, five starring yet another of Alice Oseman’s books. There’s something about her stories where I feel like she just gets me, and this story of a transgender teen struggling with anxiety and panic attacks is no exception. The second POV, Angel, and her obsession with the band that she feels saved her is also something I can relate to, having been there myself (hey Blue October).
This book is so raw, and heartbreaking. The idea of a girl getting to meet her favourite band sounds fun, but you should never meet your heroes, and Angel realises that the boys she has been idolising are human too, and are at breaking point. Jimmy is such a broken, hurt character that I could relate to, and wanted to protect at the same time.
Of course, we get plenty of diversity, with Muslim, Gay, and Transgender characters. I really liked that both Jimmy and Angel believe in God, although in different forms, and frequently pray and seek his advice, and it’s just a part of their overall lives, as I’ve read a lot of books which focus instead on questioning your faith.
Naturally, Alice has knocked it out of the park again for me, and I can’t wait to read the rest of her collection and all future releases. I believe the only book I need to buy to complete my collection is Radio Silence! I’m so, so happy to find a favourite author in 2020, it’s not happened in many years.
Have you read this book? Loved it / hated it? Let me know in the comments!
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