Published by Swoon Reads on June 7, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
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.
All the Feels is a young adult standalone by Danika Stone. I think this is a book that fandom lovers, of any fandom, will love completely. All The Feels just made me squirmy with happiness. I really, really loved this one. If you like cons, if you like fanfiction- if you know what terms like AU and shipping and OTP are, this is the perfect book for you. It is a whole lot of fun. It is about a girl that completely loves Starveil, and in particular one character from it. And when they kill that character off in the movie, she takes it pretty hard. And yes, I do know that she takes it a little to the extreme, but if you are going to sit there and tell me that a death in your favorite series or movie or show didn’t make you unreasonably upset…ever. I am going to call you a liar. (you might want to check your pants, because I think they are on fire.)
I loved Liv. I loved the lengths she went to, to start a revolution online about bringing her character back. And she didn’t go about it in the conventional ways. She tried to turn it into cannon that he never died. The geek in me just loves that idea. She is quirky, and adorable and so, so much fun. And Xander is just as quirky and adorable as her. I really, really liked him. He is different than Liv, but they are just so perfect together. I loved their friendship. Xander is always there for Liv. All the Feels is light on the romance, but what romance is there, I completely adored.
Another one of my favorite things about All The Feels is that each of the chapters starts off with a quote or tidbit from some kind of fandom. And then it tells you what book or show or comic it was from. I played a game with myself where I tried to guess them all before I looked at the answer. I am proud to admit I got almost all of them right. (That darn Dr. Who stumps me again…I should be shunned for never watching that.)
All the Feels is a great book. It is about a college freshman, so it bridges the gap between young adult and new adult. I think it will easily appeal to both age groups. I would classify this as upper young adult, even though it takes place in college. I liked that we got to see Liv balance her internet life with her blooming real life. It was really great. All the Feels is a book that is bound to put a smile on your face. It will make you laugh and giggle like a maniac. And it will live up to its’ name. It will give you All the Feels. You can tell that Danika Stone knows her way around the things she was talking about in the book. She is a shipper and a fan too. And I love that about her. All the Feels makes me want to go back and read some of my go-to favorites Harry Potter fanfiction again. (Dramione, anyone??)
Bottom line: Read All The Feels. Just do it. You will love it.
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