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Ship It

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  3,530 ratings  ·  949 reviews
CLAIRE is a sixteen-year-old fangirl obsessed with the show Demon Heart. FOREST is an actor on Demon Heart who dreams of bigger roles. When the two meet at a local Comic-Con panel, it's a dream come true for Claire. Until the Q&A, that is, when Forest laughs off Claire's assertion that his character is gay.

Claire is devastated. After all, every last word of her super-popu
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Disney-Hyperion
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Mar 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
* I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

It’s truly astounding to me that dozens of people read this book before it got to this final form--agents, editors, trusted friends and loved ones--and presumably not one person thought to compassionately but firmly say, “yeah, no, this probably shouldn’t be published.”

(Naturally, this review is full of spoilers, and no, I won’t tag them. I will, however, tell you that in this review I do mention homophobia and p
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I shade my eyes and look out and see…girls. Women. Moms, daughters, friends. All screaming.

“Fangirls,” I whisper to Rico

Lawd. This book is like Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl but worse (if that's even possible). Y'all know how much I love that book. Holy shit this was bad.

This book is dumb. I know I use that ever-so-eloquent word for many book reviews, but what can I say? It's simple. It's concise. It is (in my ever-so-humble-opinion) accurate. Again, warning, much cursing ahead.

This book gives f
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
1 Star

Fetishization ≠ Representation

There are some reads so poorly constructed I don’t hesitate to slap a one-star on them and move on. But this book has lingered in my thoughts for weeks... because it’s a completely different kind of awful. Because this really, really tried. It really wants to open a discussion about how some girls—especially queer girls find a place in fandom. But this discussion devolves into an incredibly misguided, tone-deaf monologue.

Our main character, Claire, is obsesse
kav (xreadingsolacex)
Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacted my review.


**Note: This is a somewhat ramble-y review that may contain minor spoilers, so read it at your own risk.**

Ship It is young-adult contemporary novel about fandom and queerness, where our main character Claire is a fan-fiction writer who attends a Con and asks one of her heroes if
May 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
I should start out with something at least trying to be witty here like “I don’t ship it” or this book could be called “shit it” instead of what it is but my brain is melted from reading this garbage so here we are.

I’ll get right in to it, this book is riddled with problems. It starts with Claire writing fic and being judgemental to another girl who just asks her about a homework question. But she’s not Claire and doesn’t know fandom so clearly she doesn’t matter here. The bitch.

Anyway, Claire
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Guys, this is one of the good ones.

Blurb to come.
May 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I knew I had to read this book after my favorite gossip site tore it to shreds... and good god, they were spot on. To start, let me just say that it glorifies everything that is wrong with fan culture. It's one of the most infuriating novels I've ever read. …And I wrote 2000 words on this -so buckle up!

This review is full of spoilers. Actually, it's a complete synopsis (with my biased opinion).

There are some batshit crazy fandoms out there (Supernatural & Teen Wolf (for starters)) and this book
May 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: yallwest-2018

Claire is a bitch.

There, I said it. She is an incredibly selfish person who can’t see past her own nose long enough to see how her actions influence others. She successfully hurts Tess, Jamie (whose portrayal as the “villain” is its own issue), and Forest and then REFUSES TO APOLOGIZE TO ANY OF THEM except Tess.

And just because the author chose to have things all work out all nice and pretty in the end, I’m supposed to accept that what she did was right?


She butted in where she wasn
Jaye Berry
Jun 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
I have never hated a book as much as I hate this one.

It's cringey, all the characters are actually awful, and almost every single thing that happens is ridiculous to the point where it doesn't even try to be realistic. Of course while lecturing on and on about things that, you know, the audience of this book knows already.

It shows the awful side of fandom, and the awful side of those teenagers who think they are entitled to whatever they want in a show that they didn't create, and have actually
C.G. Drews
I'm kind of awkward about this one because it contained a lot of messy problematic characters, and yes, there were solid character arcs, but I felt really uncomfortable (and often mad) reading their behaviours.

(However it's really awesome that it's queer #ownvoices and the author writes for Riverdale!)
chan ☆
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
reading the lowest rated books on my goodreads tbr:

was a herculean effort getting myself to finish this... not because it was a hard book to read but because my EMOTIONS were a ROLLER COASTER

this book... has a public outing. has blackmail. has interpersonal boundaries that should not be crossed. it also has important and valid discussions on fan culture and diversity in media.

i really enjoyed the ending of this book but unfortunately it could not make up f
catherine ♡
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Damn. This was amazing.

I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and honestly it was the most boring and disappointing book ever - and I've read some that are similar and I never found a book that accurately described what it was like to be a fangirl. This book gets pretty darn close.

I'm not going to sit back and pretend that the main characters were without fault - in fact, everyone was downright annoying and horrible at times. But I don't know, I kind of liked that at the end, everyone made up for it
May 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018, lgbtq, tlb, ya, apl, lady-lovin
1.5* for this toxic & questionable read.

I'll start by saying I admire Lundin's decision to write about a topic that isn't talked about much in fandoms, the downsides. This is NOT a cutesy feel-good read like FANGIRL; I kind of wish the cover depicted that, because this was so much heavier than I expected.

We have Claire, whose obsession with the TV show Demon Heart leads her to a panel where she'll get to see the lead actors, Forest & Rico. Claire is obsessed with the concept that their characte
Gray Cox
“…there’s a healthy debate roiling about whether I’m the hero fandom needs or the loudmouth millennial activist that represents the worst of entitled internet culture.”(pg. 267)

Yeahhh, Claire, I’m going to have to agree with the latter. ^

Let’s let the fact that a tree died for this book sink in…

This is the worst book I’ve read in 2019 so far, and that isn’t a stretch at all.

So, I went to my local library a few days ago and this book was on the new YA bookshelf, I took one look at it, and knew
Sleepless Dreamer
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book isn't as bad as everyone makes it out to be but it's not great either. 

So Ship It is a split narrative book. On one hand, we have Claire. Claire is obsessed with shipping two characters from a tv show that is essentially Supernatural. On the other hand, we have Forest, who plays one of those characters. Forest is terrified of his acting career ending, almost irrationally so. 

One thing leads to another and Claire joins the tv show's team on a tour of conventions. Claire's main mission i
M.K. England
Folks, this is the book I've been waiting for. Fandom is so close to my heart, especially the kind of fandom depicted in this book, and I've so wanted someone to give us a voice in a way that is honest, powerful, and authentic. THIS IS THAT BOOK. I always worry with fandom books that they'll have a sort of outside-looking-in perspective that doesn't quite get or fully respect fandom, but SHIP IT is definitely not like that. Every word of it reads so authentically that I kinda wonder if Britta Lu ...more
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
Oh my goodness, I love everything about this book! I really needed something fun and this was just perfect, and surprisingly nuanced as well. Ship It is in many ways a love letter to fangirls and to awkward teenagers who are trying to figure out who they are. Claire is a 16-year-old girl who is kind of a loner but writes slash fan-fiction based on her current favorite TV show Demon Heart. But when she attends a convention panel and asks about her "ship" of the two male leads (wanting to know if ...more
Nov 03, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: reviewed
NOTE: 5/9/2018: I have not read the book yet. Below is my expectation of the book based on the summary.

So basically it's a book validating the whiny, entitled shippers who throw a bitch-fit whenever their slash pairing isn't made canon and the actors and crew-members refuse to validate their fictional pairings.

I know something like this happened in real life, and Demon Heart makes me think it may have been the Supernatural fandom (which, incidentally, has a huge host of female fans who harass ac
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears

I hated Claire. I honestly wanted to smack her with my trusty Clue Bat.

Claire is the fictional example of EVERYTHING wrong with fandom these days. She reminded me of the whiny fanchildren who are getting their shit-stained Darth Vader underoos in a bunch over the recent Star Wars films.

I know what it's like to be in a beloved fandom and write fanfiction. I've written Robotech fic (Claudia/Roy), Jane Austen (Darcy and Elizabeth), Lord of the Rings (both Aragorn/Faramir/Boromir and RP slas
May 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
I can't say I expected something else when I finished Ship It by Britta Lundin. I got exactly what I expected when I first read the synopsis for a book about a '16 year old fan girl who is obsessed with the show called Demon Heart', who meets an actor from the show at a panel and asks him about her favorite slash pairing from that show. Everything after that is handled poorly, from how Forest handles himself, to how Claire handles herself, to the the far fetched plot that just wouldn't quit.

A copy of this novel was provided by Hachette Australia for review.


1) How much Britta Lundin got fandom

I really like reading stories about characters with fandoms they’re passionate about because they hit very close to home. I have fandoms I’m passionate about, and ships I ship. And the way Lundin wrote about fandom and shipping… it was clear that it was something she understands. She wrote the feelings that come along with loving something so much, and wanting a ship to happen so bad incre
Jul 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is exactly the thing that gives fangirls a bad name.
I was so excited to read it. It started out really good and it was super promising but it turned out so so SO bad.
I rolled my eyes so much that I almost saw my brain.

Ok, a bit of background:
This book is basically based on one specific moment from a Supernatural JerseyCon Panel in 2013.
A fan asked Jensen Ackles about sexy vibes between Dean and Castiel and Jensen told her not to spoil the show for everyone.
The girl run away in tears, J
Larry H
May 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5, maybe 2.75 stars.

Sometimes a book has the best of intentions but loses its way trying to get there.

Sixteen-year-old Claire lives a fairly lonely existence in her small town in Idaho. She doesn't quite fit in with anyone; her one "friend" is the girl she sits next to on the school bus who reads her bible the whole ride and doesn't say a word to her. Claire's one source of comfort is the fantasy television show Demon Heart .

She is so obsessed with the show that she writes fan fiction, or m
So great! Super adorable girl/girl teen romance that also feels very real and flawed (with an on-the-page pansexual identified character!). I really liked how Lundin resisted the urge to make her characters 'good.' Not only does this book deal beautifully with fandom, shipping, fan fic, and geek culture (the good, bad, and ugly), it's also a thoughtful exploration of a questioning teen. You have to suspend your disbelief a bit with some plot points, but this didn't bother me at all.

Perhaps my fa
Dec 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
In 2013, Jensen Ackles, who plays Dean Winchester on Supernatural was asked a question. The question was about Dean being bisexual, and possibly being in love with Castiel- who is the friend of this character. Jensen Ackles, who had spent years being harassed sexually and emotionally by slash fangirls, responded very negatively to this question.

Whether Jensen should have been more diplomatic to this fan or not is still arguably up for debate, but this convention question, unfortunately, did have
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: publisher-sent
I absolutely loved this book! The characters were great, and loved books about fandoms. Claire was a great and interesting protagonist going through a clear arc about friendship, love, and discoveries about her own sexuality. Forest, the other protagonist, is the hero of the show that Claire writes fanfic about, and he has a lot of growth to do as well. I loved the side characters, Forest's cast mate, and the adorable love interest for Claire. Claire's mom was another great character. The pacing ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: hell-no
Actual rating is 0.2 out of 5.

The only two things I liked about this book:

1. Love interest was a pansexual WOC

2. There was some cute banter.

For a spoiler-heavy review that outlines the rest of this garbage novel, I will now refer y'all to this BRILLIANT review

TL;DR: Don't waste your time. This book is terribs wish fulfillment with gross fannish entitlement on top
Hannah Woycik
May 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jenni Frencham
A story of fandoms, fanfic, and finding yourself.

Claire is obsessed with the show DemonHeart; she has watched each episode multiple times, reads all the fanfic, and even writes some of her own. She couldn't be more excited when she finds out that the actors will be at the local ComicCon. When Claire uses the Q&A time at the panel to ask about a possible relationship between the two main characters - both male - she couldn't be more disappointed by the actor's reaction. Now Claire is determined t
Kit Frick
Mar 02, 2018 added it
Shelves: ya-lit, lgbtq-ya
Britta Lundin's SHIP IT is absolutely delightful, and hoooboy does it break all the YA rules in a really exciting way. First off, I learned so much about fandom, and you can tell right away you're in fantastic hands with Lundin--she knows the world of TV writing and fandom culture inside and out, and she's absolutely the right creator for this book. Things I never see done in YA (and I read *a lot* of YA) that Lundin pulls off seamlessly in SHIP IT: 1) the book is dual-POV (Demon Heart megafan a ...more
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Britta Lundin is a TV writer and author. She has written for Riverdale and Betty. A longtime fanfiction reader and writer, she can track her life milestones by what she was shipping at the time. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives with her wife and their dog and lemon tree in Los Angeles.

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“Of course I know what she means. To make art in fandom is to follow your passion at the risk of never being taken seriously. I've written dozens of fics-put them together and you'd have several novels-but who knows what a college admissions officer will think of that as a pastime. Where does 12,000 Tumbler followers rate in relation to a spot in the National Honor Society in their minds? Every week I get anonymous messages in my inbox telling me I should write a real book. Well, haven't I already? What makes what I do different from "real writing"? Is it that I don't use original characters? I guess that makes every Hardy Boys edition, every Star Wars book, every spinoff, sequel, fairy-tale re-telling, historical romance, comic book reboot, and the music Hamilton "not real writing". Or is it that a real book is something printed, that you can hold in your hand, not something you write on the internet? Or is "real writing" something you sell in a store, not give away for free? No, I know it's none of these things. It's merely this: "real writing" is done by serious people, whereas fanfiction is written by weirdos, teenagers, degenerates, and women.” 15 likes
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