“Dating’s stressful. I’d have to dress up.”
All the Feels is another fandom related book about what it’s like to be a fan. Not just a fan, but an active fandom member and everything that comes with it. Liv, our main character is a huge Starveil fan and when Spartan, her favorite character dies in the last movie, Liv is crushed. So she channels her rage towards making sure that the fandom riots against Spartan’s death by creating the hashtag #SpartanSurvived anonymously and watching it take off.
So far, the premise of the story was amazing, for someone that’s been into way too many fandoms, I get the pain from having one of your favorite characters die (plus, Game of Thrones is responsible for more than half of those deaths, so yeah, I get her.) but Liv’s life is way too complicated for someone that doesn’t really have a life outside of the fandom apart from her best friend Xander who is into steampunk cosplay – which I think is so damn cool but also this is the first time I’ve read a book with it mentioned, so yay!
Liv’s mom doesn’t get her obsession with the fandom, Liv’s mom’s boyfriend is giving her shit, Xander’s girlfriend is getting so much hate for simply being and all the boys in Liv’s life are assholes.
More than once Liv mentions Starveil as being something she did with her father but for it to be so popular (Liv’s mom’s boyfriend keeps calling it Star Wars/Trek) no one else in the book that Liv interacts with in real life is into it. Fandoms bring people together, it’s a weird force but it leads to friendships that transition from online to real life, whether two people life in different cities, there’s always a chance you’ll meet someone that likes what you like and yet Liv is utterly alone, her entire obsession with Starveil is online, nothing in her real life includes it apart from the endless chats online and vidding. I found that hard to believe, that a college girl with a friend that like to walk around like a movie extra did not make any real friends based on this very popular and old movie franchise.
“She was determined to keep her promise of ‘no fandom’ to her mother. Trouble was, fandom was more than a hobby, it was a support system. Without it, Liv had no one to talk to when she was lonely. She had nothing to look forward to after school, and no outlet for creativity. Liv found herself spiraling back into melancholy.
She got up.
She went to classes.
She came home… And then did it all over again. Sleep became the escape that fandom had once been.”
And then, more than half way into the book, Liv goes to Dragon Con and she discovers that if you get out of your comfort zone and try to interact with other people there’s a chance you’ll find someone who gets you. But that was a little too late into the book and it didn’t make me go aww so cute, more like, you think, Liv?!
When I first started I wondered if this was going to be the next Fangirl. It’s not. Why? Because the two main characters are so unlike. Liv is a whiner. She whines about everything, she closes into herself and she mopes for months, she hates her best friend’s girlfriend with a passion and at times it made me unease to read about such girl on girl hate. Whenever Liv was online it was like she was a completely different person from when she interacted with other people in real life.
Overall, All the Feels had the potential to develop into another awesome book about fangirls – it did include a special mention of a lot of fandoms in every chapter which I loved, and it did portray the average’s teen’s life with their parents which is hard to be found in YA but somewhere between the whining, the cliches and the hate, it didn’t get its message across.
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Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both adults (The Intaglio Series, Edge of Wild and Ctrl Z) and teens (Icarus, and All the Feels). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.
Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.