Published by Swoon Reads on June 7th 2016
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.
This book is for the fangirl in all of us. Liv, a college freshman, is heartbroken after the latest film in her favourite franchise. What ensues after is her attempt to write the wrongs that the film, its star, and director have (in her mind) so obviously committed. This one is part chick-lit, part romance, and ALL geek (and I say this with total love). Stone is really quite clever in how she presents her novel with text exchanges, and great twitter conversations – I loved it!
This novel explores the worlds of fandom, and cosplay. (And although I have only a passing knowledge of the latter, I thoroughly enjoyed becoming more familiar with it.) Liv, and her best friend (and sometime crush) Xander, navigate being freshman at college, the changing
nature of their friendship, and what it means to be fans without losing themselves. Though I thoroughly enjoyed “All the Feels”, some of the story loses itself in the pacing, and the relationships between some of the characters as they are ever so slightly underdeveloped. (But really that’s just me being nitpicky.)
This is the perfect summer read – particularly for a slightly older teen (or adult) audience. I can see sitting on the deck, or on some beach and picking this one up, and not wanting to put it down. Light-hearted and cleverly done, “All the Feels” strikes all the right notes.
Side note: All the chapters begin with sweet geeky fandom quotes. I was immediately in love.
“This isn’t real! I can’t handle this! THIS ABSOLUTELY CANNOT BE HAPPENING!”
“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.”
“I think I’ve been ready for this forever.”