TITLE: I Was Born for This | AUTHOR: Alice Oseman | NUMBER OF PAGES: 400 | GENRE: Young Adult | PUBLISHED: 3rd May 2018 | PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Children’s Books| PRICE: 8,49 € | ISBN: 978-0008244095|
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’s just a shame that recently everything in his life seems to have turned into a bit of a nightmare.
Because that’s the problem with dreaming – eventually, inevitably, real life arrives with a wake-up call. And when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together, they will discover just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.
Touching, impressively authentic and so lovely written.
Alice Oseman has written this novel as diverse as I have never read it before. An incredible variety of characters become the focus of the story. Their feelings, desires and worries are thematized down to their deepest thoughts. It is touching how authentic and true-to-life Oseman describes her protagonists.
„So… wait… you’r gay, or… ?“, he asks. I laugh. He couldn’t even keep up with what I was saying. „Well, no“, I say, even though I probably would go out with a girl, but I don’t really ever get crushes on anyone, so I just don’t know what I am right now, to be honest.
– Alice Oseman | I Was Born for This | page 43
Self-discovery, the pursuit of happiness, and all the problems, doubts, and thoughts that come over you in the phase between graduation and life are reflected here in a very sensitive way. The two different perspectives the author uses are very extreme and so well chosen: A fangirl of the boy band The Ark, calling herself Angel on social networks, has freshly graduated and is loving The Ark more than her own life. They seem to be the most important thing in her very own existence. On the other hand there is Jimmy, a world-wide famous boy band member who suffers anxiety problems and isn’t as happy as all those smiley faces of him in magazines are making him appear.
I think the truth is that everyone in the entire world is confused and nobody understands much of anything at all.
– Alice Oseman | I Was Born for This | page 80
What makes you happy? What is happiness? What is love? What am I about to do with my life? Do I like boys? Or girls? Or both? Who I am? All of these questions and far more occupy both protagonists. During a couple of days they live through so many feelings and uncertainties. Alice Oseman shows so well that being famous, having all the money in the world and being pretty aren’t the real things that can make you happy. And that you could be the most depressed person in the world although everyone thinks you own everything everyone ever wanted. And how hard it is to open up to someone although you feel like the world is breaking down under your feed.
„Holy shit, are you Angel? @jimmysangels on Twitter?“ I spin round. Hearing someone say my Twitter and Tumblr username out loud is pretty much a spiritual experience.
– Alice Oseman | I Was Born for This | page 82
The power of social media, the way people are using it and how it effects their lives is also a very important topic in this novel. The positiv effects like making friends all over the world and the bad ones like the main problem of people thinking that nobody has the right of having a private life are just a few examples. This novel will let you think a little bit more about yourself and a little bit less about other peoples life.
What’s the point in being in The Ark if we’re going to get stalked, harassed, have photographs leaked, privacy stolen, and never, ever be at peace?
– Alice Oseman | I Was Born for This | page 122
I Was Born this Way is such a lovely and important novel
about growing up and trying to be happy on this planet.