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I Was Born for This

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  9,966 ratings  ·  2,290 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 396 pages
Published May 3rd 2018 by Harper Collins Children's Books
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Louise No, but you can get it from Bookdepository, Waterstones, the UK Amazon and many other online places (if you don't mind it being British) …moreNo, but you can get it from Bookdepository, Waterstones, the UK Amazon and many other online places (if you don't mind it being British) (less)
Nina No, it isn't. There are characters who are in a relationship, but romantic relationships are definitely not a central topic of the book. …moreNo, it isn't. There are characters who are in a relationship, but romantic relationships are definitely not a central topic of the book. (less)

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chai ♡
How do I mail one million hugs and kisses directly to Alice Oseman?

I feel like this book just dragged me into whatever living equivalent of heaven there is. Alice Oseman’s books have the type of energy that will always add value to the space and lives of those who read them. They get under your skin and before you realize it, they seep into your veins and make your heart expand to make more room for them. Like, if you could chop open my heart right now, you would see that it was actually hundred
Alice Oseman
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I WAS BORN FOR THIS is my third YA novel! It features:
- dual POV between Jimmy, the lead singer of internationally famous boyband The Ark, who is struggling with the level of fame he's reached, and Angel, an extremely passionate fangirl of The Ark
- internet friends bonding over fandom, only to discover that real life isn't quite the same
- three best friends who grew up to be famous together, but now are all struggling in their own ways
- music!
- no romance!
- Lister Bird running around a room sing
daph pink ♡
1 million*you have my heart*stars to this!❤️

Sending all the love I have to Alice Oseman❤️

Right now I am anything but calm plus I have been crying for an hour thinking about this book, "my boys" and everything I have put my heart in for them!

This book hit a bit too close to me , like if I say it's probably going to be one of my favourite books it's going to be a bit of understatement . It has already qualified as my favourite y/a fiction of all time.

"I think the truth is that everyone in
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“I think the truth is that everyone in the entire world is confused and nobody understands much of anything at all.”

Alice Oseman's best book by far.

This book is one of the best examples of queer representation that I have encountered to this day.
Not only are the main characters far from cis/straight/white but so is most of this book's cast. Let's start with Angel and Jimmy.
Angel is an 18-year-old Muslim girl, whose greatest passion is The Ark, a famous boyband. She loves this band, even though s
✨    jami   ✨

Elle (ellexamines)
“Most adults see teenagers as confused kids who don't understand much, while they're the pillars of knowledge and experience and know exactly what is right at all times.
I think the truth is that everyone in the entire world is confused and nobody understands much of anything at all.”

Another day, another fantastic Alice Oseman book. After how much I adored Radio Silence, I hoped I was going to love Alice Oseman’s next book, and… unsurprisingly, it was fantastic.

This book follows Ange
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melanie by: ✨ jami ✨

“Born to survive the storm
Born to survive the flood”

This summer I read Radio Silence by Alice Oseman and it became my favorite contemporary of all-time. I fell so in love with her writing, her characters, and her messages, that I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist picking up something else by her. And I Was Born For This was completely another win for me.

(Art by Alice!) 🌧️

We get to see six characters come together, over the course of a week:

Angel/Fereshteh Rahimi - The biggest fan
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”Most adults see teenagers as confused kids who don’t understand much, while they’re the pillars of knowledge and experience and know exactly what is right at all times.”

It’s kind of funny how much this quote resonates with me even though I’m an adult in every sense of the word. I go to work, I pay my rent, I buy groceries for my family, I have a kid, ... So how come this book was such a perfect read for me? Well, the truth is, I am an adult but that doesn’t stop me from doing the things I love
C.G. Drews
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is honestly just one long mental breakdown and wow if that isn't the most relatable thing. I seriously love Alice Oseman's style of writing! I adore how her books are so focused on love, like this seriously deep and consuming and complex love that isn't necessarily romantic. Radio Silence is definitely an all-time favourite ahhhh.

This didn't quite live up to RS for me, just because I'm not super into boybands and fandoms that intensely. Like there aren't any fandoms I worship so much??? I
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

Alice Oseman does nothing but FILL ME WITH LOVE and create characters for me to WORRY ABOUT ALL THE TIME
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer
*hugs myself* I adored this. Reminded me of what it’s like to be a part of a fandom in the best way. Also that there are always two sides to a fandom and you never really know what anyone is going through (which is v cheesy but also v true so HUSH). My heart is so happy after finishing this one 🧡
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Hamad by: Kai
“I think the truth is that everyone in the entire world is confused and nobody understands much of anything at all.”

🌟 This is my first novel by Alice Oseman and I did not know what to expect. I heard great things about her books but I finally understand why is she such a successful person.

🌟 The writing was good, I read the whole thing in almost 1 day and I think this kind of prose works best for contemporaries where it is good but not too poetic as to be distracting. I always read contempor
“They felt like the reason I was born was to . . . love them.”

You know when your favourite writer comes up with a new book, you always get both excited and terrified, because what if this book isn’t what you had expected it to be? But then it turns out even better. Because of course it’s better than expected, your favourite writer wrote it. I think Alice Oseman is brillant. I think her books are out of this world. And I cannot wait to read all the books she will write in the future, because if t
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
I generally really enjoyed this book! It wasn't quite as good as Radio Silence in my opinion, that one is still my favourite of Alice's!
But the book was still really well written! She's such a talented author

What I liked about this book:
- Hijabi main character, half indian main character, Nigerian supporting characters (poc all around!)
- Bisexual, trans male, and Gay characters
- Great portrayal of anxiety
- Alice just writes such great characters that just feel so real
- I love how the char
Lucy Tonks
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
"That's why people get into fandom and bands and stuff. They just want to hold on to something that makes the feel good. Even if it's all a big lie."

This was not as good as Radio Silence or Solitaire, but still a solid book. Alice Oseman never fails. This was a really good book. It's not one for everybody, though.

TW: anxiety, panic attacks, smoking (more in depth trigger warnings on Alice Oseman's website)

I love the overall plot of the story, although I feel like if this was just from Jimmy's
may ➹
I still secretly want to marry Alice Oseman and/or her writing so jot that down

not quite sure if this is 4 or 4.5 stars, and Radio Silence was better for me, but I really liked this and all the characters!

// buddy read with the Alice Oseman BR squad
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ by: Laura
4.5 stars. I didn't know that listening to I Was Born For This in the train would annihilate my resting bitch face but even though I've spent hours smiling and tearing up and giggling in PUBLIC, (and can we acknowledge how WORST it is when we're listening to a book because people literally do not know what the fuck we're doing) it was so, so worth it. For a book dealing with masks, who we really are and where we belong, it seems fitting somehow^^. Highly recommended (and the audio performance is ...more
unknown pokemon
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia
"I was born for this, born to survive the storm, born to survive the flood”



I wonder if Alice Oseman will ever write a bad book. Seriously, it’s the third book I’ve read of hers, and each of them are unique and raw and fuzzy. I Was Born for this tells the story of Angel, a fangirl who’s about to meet her favourite band, the arck, for the first time. Through the story, we see her engage with ot
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Probably more of a 3.5 but I suspect that has a lot to do with my total disinterest in contemporary novels. It's always the same. It was the same with Sandhya Menon's lovely When Dimple Met Rishi. Like this one, it was a very nice, soothing story with great characters, but just not 100% my jam. I just don't think it's fair to rate a novel lower because I personally cannot be arsed with the contemporary genre. That's not on the book; it's on me.

But this was a very sweet, heartful little book, an
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it

this was so much darker and so much more intense than i thought it would be!! it spoke about a lot of major issues which was really interesting, and the representation was amazing.

i'm so glad my babe Ash made me read this, it was really influential and made me consider things i hadn't before. thanks hon!
No rating.

No giving the book a star rating is rare for me and I'll get to whys in a minute, but first I need to say this.
I Was Born For This is exceptional contemporary novel about teens and fandom and music. Alice Oseman just gets it, the fandom and this culture in all its glory and pain and struggles. She created a masterfully written novel, the writing, the plot composition, the realness of the events! The protagonists are 18 year old hijabi brown girl who's a fan of The Ark and 19 year old b
lily ☁️
2 1/2 stars

I still adore Alice Oseman, and she is still one of my favorite authors, but while I have good things to say about this book, to my dismay, I had a lot of issues with it as well, and just never really, wholly enjoyed reading it. (rtc)

// buddy read with 🌻 & 🌷

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Elizabeth (Lizzy)
"That’s why people get into fandom and bands and stuff. They just want to hold on to something that makes them feel good. Even if it’s all a big lie."

IWBFT is now one of my favorite books of all time and my fav of the year. I love all the topics addressed in the book, and the fact that we have dual POV is even better.

Everything that I loved:

* Fandom Culture
* Boyband
* Online friends
* Diversity
* Anxiety rep

Basically I just love this book so much and everyone should read it!

"‘Anxiety,’ I say. ‘
Apr 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
I actually really really loved this book?

I'm not sure why that fact makes me so surprised considering Alice Oseman is one of my favourite authors, but for some reason I was honestly expecting this book to be mediocre. Maybe it was the fandom element (which I often find cringey in books), or the boy band thing (which I was never really into), but I lowered my expectations significantly before picking it up. Turns out there was no need because Alice Oseman can do no wrong.

I listened to this book
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, my-heart-hurts
bless Alice Oseman for helping me get over my book hangover
LOOK WE HAVE A COVER!!!!!!!! i'm honestly so freaking excited for this book, i love Alice Oseman with all my heart and i watched all of her Book 3 diaries last year so i'm emotionally INVESTED in this book. this is one of my 3 MOST (!!!) anticipated releases of the year (next to R
Lauren James
I cried, I laughed, I fell in love. and this is just the first draft! pretty sure this is gonna slay me when it's edited.

Alice Oseman was born to write this novel. A dark and funny look what happens when online fandom collides with real life in messy, bittersweet detail. Exposes the reality of being a fan - and being famous - without holding back any punches.
Lizzy Reads
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
If someone can make me read an almost 400-page book in two days, while also going on lectures the second day, it's Alice!
I got all of the feelings and fandom goodness, plus a great and diverse cast of characters.


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OMG!! I WON AN ARC ON TWITTER!! First time in my life I get to read the book early and it happens to be by one of my favorite authors!!💜😭💜😭💜😭🎉
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing

guys... I fucking loved this.

Truly, I haven't connected to a book like this in a LONG time. I'm lucky, I get to see white girls in books a lot, and even recently get to see "pansexual" and "demisexual" pop up here and there, but I'm also a person who my race/sexuality isn't something that super defines who I am - its just a part of me that's there rather than at the forefront.

But shit son, the fangirl of a boy band thing hit me harder than when i've seen my sexuality pop up in books li
Zitong Ren
Edit: So I reread this as part of Between the Pages bookclub for June's BotM. I'm not changing anything from my original review, most of my points still very much stand. There are some things that I would change, as I was still relatively new to reviewing at that time(still sort of am, tbh) and I had read very few contemporary at that time. The closest I read got at that time was urban fantasy such as The Mortal Instruments. I don't like how I worded some things, but hey, I suppose that's me rea ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-releases
I was sent an ARC copy of the book by the publisher HarperCollins, thank you so much for sending it to me!

This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, with Radio Silence being one of my all time favourite contemporaries. I was a little hesitant going into it as I saw it was centred on a boyband which I'm usually not interested in, but I trusted Alice to deliver and I was totally right to do so. I think Radio Silence will always be my favourite and have a special place in my heart,
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Alice Oseman is an author/illustrator and was born in 1994 in Kent, England. She has written four YA contemporary novels about teenage disasters: SOLITAIRE, RADIO SILENCE, I WAS BORN FOR THIS, and LOVELESS. She is also the creator of LGBTQ+ YA romance webcomic HEARTSTOPPER, which is now published in physical form by Hachette Children's Books.

Alice’s first novel SOLITAIRE was published when she was

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“Most adults see teenagers as confused kids who don't understand much, while they're the pillars of knowledge and experience and know exactly what is right at all times.
I think the truth is that everyone in the entire world is confused and nobody understands much of anything at all.”
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