Author: Danika Stone
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Pubilsher: Swoon Reads
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 all fangirls and fanboys alike. I spent 2 days and 300 pages reading., relating and laughing along with the story of Liv and Xander. This cute, fluffy, quirky, romance is perfect for all types of readers.
When I had first found this book, I knew that I had to have it. It screamed fangirl overload! I know that everyone is able to relate, whether it is which a certain television show, or a book series, we are all fans of something. Now, imagine that the last episode or book ended wrong, what would you do? Fight it of corse! (Well, first cry, and then fight it) This is exactly what Liv does when her favourite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off. Liv refuses to accept this and decides to take the Captains life into her own hands. With her good friend Xander, some computer software and lots of cosplay, anything is possible.
By pursuing her dreams, Liv is able to make herself known. Although she made be engrossed in the fandom, it has helped her. Without ruining the story, this book is the cutest thing out there.
I did find that Liv’s mother and Gary, the mother’s boyfriend, did not try and understand Liv. They seemed to only think that it was ruining her life, which is how many parents view the fandoms that we are a part of. With that in mind, parents should not want to rid of it completely, but try and understand it a little. These skills can be used in the future, whether it is photoshopping pictures, drawing ships or writing fanfictions. All of these skills can lead to a profession in the future. For example, myself. I started writing an Avengers fanfiction on Wattpad in grade 7. My family is not the biggest superhero fans, but that did not mean that they were completely against my writing. Now, 6 years later and I am in my first year at University for English. You never know where out obsessions will take you.
I love how each chapter is titled with a quote from other fandoms, such as Doctor Who, Supernatural, Sherlock, Hunger Games and even Mythbusters. This makes the reading experience all the more fun.
But, my overall love would have to be to my new book boyfriend, Xander. He is a giant cosplay nerd, always dressing in 1900s clothing, such as top hats and whatnot. His speech is literate and fancy, not being affected by the slang that is in everyday language today. He has a way of switching between a British accent when angered, which happens to me sometimes as well. Now, if Xander was real, I need to find him and become friends with him ASAP!
In the end, I loved this book. There are not enough words to describe my love for the incorporation of fandoms and books, two of my favourite things.