For Angel Rahimi life is about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are 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.
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.
But 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.
This is the first book by Alice Oseman that I have read, but I certainly don’t think it will be the last. Thank you so much to HarperCollins for sending me this!
The book is split into two POV’s, Angel (Fereshtah) an 18 year old Muslim girl, who is a huge fangirl of a very popular boyband, She literally worships these boys, she believes that there is nothing else good in her world, only her favourite band. The other POV is Jimmy an 18 year old trans member of the popular boyband, The Ark, he’s seen as almost a god by his fans, but behind all that there is so much more.
The study starts with Angel travelling to London to meet up with her internet best friend, Juliet. The girls are meeting up to see The Ark, its the first time they are meeting in real life, I really loved that because it happens so much these days, fandoms are taking over the world, personally I’ve met friends through online fandoms, so the story had already pulled me in by this point.
Angel was a very hyped up fangirl, it was really interesting to read about, a lot of the time I was asking myself if I sometimes or ever did act that way. She has so much passion and love for the boys from The Ark, it’s lovely in a way to be so dedicated, but strange in some other ways, I feel like sometimes I read things or see things and immediately believe whatever it is about celebrities/artists that I admire, more so when I was younger, but Angel really did imagine a completely different situation than what was the boys reality.
Jimmy, the other MC in the book is an idol to many, loved and looked up to so much, but in reality has a lot of issues, anxiety and sometimes even paranoia. Seeing this side of Jimmy, seeing him act his way through the ‘job’ of being in a mega popular boyband was quite sad, I felt so badly for him. His anxieties and worries were portrayed so well, they felt so real and tangible. His relationship with the other two boys were very different, but both so great, the way they were all there for each other through individual struggles was admirable, and they certainly each had struggles and problems, it’s a not so glamourise life after all.
There is a lot of lead up to the main action in the book, but it didn’t make it a hard/long read, it built the background perfectly and set everything up.
When things get messy and worlds collide it gets so intense, I couldn’t stop turning the pages, desperately needing to know what was going to happen to each of the characters. I connected with all of the characters eventually, Rowan was the hardest to warn to, but by the end of it I could see him and where he was coming from. Actually, maybe I never really connected with Mac…
I adored Bliss, she was brilliant.
I found this book so fascinating and hard to put down, I loved how real the characters felt, they way they spoke and interacted with one another, they were slightly older than what I would refer to as teenagers, but they were definitely typical British teens, I don’t think I’ve read a book that portrays this so accurately, the book was very well researched and written!
There was a lot that surprised me in the book, it’s hard to write such a gushing review without including spoilers (and I don’t want to do that), so I’m just going to say to please take my word for it and read this, there is so much diversity included. Different religion, race, sexuality, there are LGBT character, it’s the perfect mix and balance, it created such a wonderful story, the important topics were covered so well, Alice got everything so right.
I think I could read about these characters forever, I haven’t loved a book this much in a while!