Internet friends Angel (a huge fan of the boyband the Ark) and Jimmy (its lead singer) bond over music, fandom, and their complicated lives offline. Both narrators talk to the reader like a friend, with familiar language and inside jokes that will resonate with those who grew up online. Oseman explores themes like anxiety with gravity and compassion, making her endearing characters and their relationships more and more real. Nick and Charlie are reading this book on the cover of the upcoming Heartstopper novella!— ISAAC
For Angel Rahimi life is about one thing: The Ark -- a boy band that's taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark's fandom has given her everything she loves -- her friend Juliet, her dreams, her place in the world. Her Muslim family doesn't understand the band's allure -- but Angel feels there are things about her they'll never understand.
Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark. He's their frontman -- and playing in a band with his mates is all he ever dreamed of doing, even it only amplifies his anxiety. The fans are very accepting that he's trans -- but they also keep shipping with him with his longtime friend and bandmate, Rowan. But Jimmy and Rowan are just friends -- and Rowan has a secret girlfriend the fans can never know about. Dreams don't always turn out the way you think and when Jimmy and Angel are unexpectedly thrust together, they find out how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.
A funny, wise, and heartbreakingly true coming of age novel. I Was Born for This is a stunning reflection of modern teenage life, and the power of believing in something -- especially yourself.
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