By: Danika Stone
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: June 7th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.
Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.
MY RANTS AND RAVES OF ALL THE FEELS
All the Feels by Danika Stone is the perfect summer read. It is relatable, funny, sweet, and swoony! I wish this book had been published when I was in college. All the Feels will definitely take you on an emotional roller coaster, but in the end, you will be laughing and swooning. And if you are a dedicated member of any fandom, you need this book in your life…RIGHT NOW! The whole novel is beautifully littered with literary and pop culture references, and the titles of each chapter are perfection.
While reading All the Feels, I often related to Liv, the main character, even if she is usually pessimistic about things that go “wrong” in her life. But hey, who doesn’t go into panic mode when your life is turned upside down? I found Liv to be very easy to relate to because she is the perfect example of an introvert. When Liv is bombarded by people and stress, social exhaustion overtakes her. Liv is sometimes an emotional wreck, but overall she is raw and headstrong. On top of the strain of college and family stress, Liv is still trying to mold her own identity and figure out her own place in the “real world.” Thankfully, when her favorite fandom Starveil starts crumbling, Liv creates a fandom revolution, #SpartanSurvived, to help save it. I love that her online campaign allows her to break out of her comfort bubble, thus allowing herself to experience the world beyond her computer screen, and even attend DragonCon with her best friend and other fellow Starveil fanatics. In the end, I think Liv truly finds a good grasp at balancing her home life, school, her favorite fandom, and friendships, and more importantly, she discovers who she wants to be.
Additionally, I loved Liv’s best friend, Xander. Xander is the perfect best friend. I am extremely jealous that I have never encountered someone as eccentric as him. I mean, I would totally hang out with someone who constantly wears Steampunk fashion and calls me “dearest.” I love how honest, encouraging, and caring Xander is to Liv. Xander is the perfect friend to help balance Liv’s unstable life, especially when it comes to her fandom obsession and relationship problems. I think it is very important to note that Xander is bisexual, and his actions and words provide a comforting message throughout the novel that there is nothing wrong with loving who you are and being yourself.
All the Feels consists of modern-day interactions between texting, tweeting, fan fiction/creation, pop culture memes, crowdsourcing, and fangirling. Each of these cultural elements are articulately meshed into this book, and they play an important role in Liv’s daily life. Yes, fandoms make us “do the wacky,” but when it comes to Liv, she acknowledges that fandoms are part of her everyday world, and she has a choice: she can either let her fandom dictate her life or she can use her fandom as a means to shape her own future.
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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 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.
The first book in Danika’s upcoming Tathagata series (Edge of Wild) was selected as a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel of the Year Award (2013). Edge of Wild (Stonehouse CA) will be released March 2016. Danika’s YA novel, All the Feels (Macmillan US), will be released June 2016.
Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.