Readers who understand the power of fandom will devour this funny and emotional novel about nerd culture, struggling with college, and falling in love with your best friend.
College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life. When her favorite character is killed off, Liv Just. Can't. Deal. She launches an online campaign to bring her hero back to life. Step one: Bribe her best friend, Xander, into helping by making costumes for his steampunk cosplay. Step two: Balance her booming fandom life with school, parental disapproval, and her (nonexistent) love life. Maybe a trip to Dragon Con with Xander would help?
Danika Stone’s All the Feels, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is a heartfelt and honest look at life, love and what it means to be a passionate fan.
Praise for All the Feels:
"This is an insider’s look into the life of a fangirl. ... Liv’s experiences with fandom will resonate with many teens." School Library Journal
"If you’ve ever been a geek who’s felt out of place, this is the book for you!" Seeking Book Boyfriends
“Well written, funny, with a side of romance.” Mara M., reader on SwoonReads.com
About the Author
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 andCtrl Z) and teens (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.
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All the Feels
By Danika Stone
Feiwel and FriendsCopyright © 2016 Karin Anastasia Goble
All rights reserved.
(THE LORD OF THE RINGS)
The star freighter's hangar lay destroyed in the aftermath of the massacre. Overhead fluorescents flickered on and off, yellow safety lights humming in darkened corners. Blood marred the corrugated panels of the launch floor, and fingerprints marked the last moments of the flight crew. The dead were piled in heaps ... but the room was far from empty.
The hangar echoed with macabre slurping. Alien creatures hunched spiderlike as they fed on the bodies of the dead and dying. Across the deck, interstellar transports were tumbled like children's toys, some untouched, others burning. Electricity buzzed and snapped from exposed wires. Only one escape pod remained intact. Its door hung agape, a forgotten oxygen pack and the remains of what could have been a young man alongside it.
"Dragnat all anyway," a voice grumbled.
From the far corner of the room, a rugged man with sweat-slicked blond hair limped into view, a little girl wearing an oversize freighter captain's jacket a step behind him. Both carried blasters — the jumped-up weapon of the Rebellion — though the child's dragged along the floor, too heavy for her thin arms. The man's broad shoulders were hunched in anger, his expression determined despite the bloody slice across one cheekbone and the bullet wound spreading blood below his right knee. He glanced both ways.
Faint beeping filled the air, the time remaining flashing on panels around the room.
1:32 ... 1:31 ... 1:30 ... 1:29 ...
The child stared up at him with wide eyes. "Spartan?"
He gazed longingly at the escape pod. Perhaps forty feet separated the craft from the mismatched pair, but there were at least twice that many feeders blocking their path. "The bugs are still at it. Gonna be a hell of a fight to get through." The aliens were engrossed in their gorging, but any movement would spark another attack. He knew this from experience.
A small hand tugged at his jacket. "Can we go back and hide?"
He crouched beside the girl, brushing a tangled curl behind her ear. Pain tightened his features, but he forced it away with a confident smile. "Countdown's already on. We've gotta go, darlin'."
The girl nodded. "Is there another way out?" she asked, her eyes drifting to the grisly tableau beyond his shoulder.
"Not this time."
The little girl lifted her blaster. The oversize weapon wobbled in her hands. "You run," she said, nodding to the teeming deck. "I'll cover you."
The man let out a choking laugh and stood. He ruffled her hair. "Next time. All right?" He reached for her gun. "I'll take both blasters. You run to the pod."
The girl let him take her weapon but didn't move. "But if you —"
Spartan cleared his throat. "Get in the pod and blast out of here the second the door's latched. I'll follow you in the next pod." He winked. "Easy as pie."
The child twisted around, searching for the second escape shuttle she couldn't see. Spartan touched her chin, forcing her to look up at him. "When you're free of the ship, punch in the codes for Terra and —"
An ear-shattering alarm blared through every speaker in the freighter, and the child threw her arms around Spartan's legs. "Warning," a woman's electronic voice announced. "Self-destruct protocol in thirty seconds. All personnel in escape pods launch immediately. Twenty-nine ... Twenty-eight ... Twenty-seven ..."
The alarm unsettled the aliens from their meal. The bugs rose on spindly legs, exoskeletons clattering as they scuttled nervously away from the corpses. The clicking of mandibles reached the man and child, still poised in the doorway. It was a warning, the last one they'd get.
"You ready, darlin'?" Spartan asked. His attention was on the bugs, moving in. A blaster would slow them — not stop them — and he knew it.
"Fifteen ... Fourteen ... Thirteen ..."
The nearest bug crouched, its compound legs compressing as it prepared to leap.
"G'bye, Spartan," the girl whispered. "I'll wait for —"
The lights abruptly switched to red, flashing alongside a deafening beacon. "Ten ..." Another flash. "Nine ..." Flash.
The bug hissed.
"Run!" Spartan bellowed.
The girl sprinted across the metal deck, her shoes sliding on patches of blood. The roar of weaponry echoed off panels and girders. The nearest bug flew backward, shot midjump. The girl dashed past. Drawn by the sounds of the attack, the other aliens charged. Light flared from the barrels of both blasters. The closest bugs fell, their crustacean exo-skins torn open, but for every one that stopped moving, two more replaced it. The feeders clambered over the dead and the bodies of one another, focused entirely on the single remaining human who dared attack them.
"Seven ... Six ..."
Alone and unseen, the child climbed into the pod, slamming her small fist against the door release, and buckling herself into the chair. The only time she looked up was when the sound of the blasters stopped.
"Five ... Four ..."
Tears on her cheeks, she hit the release button and was launched backward from the grip of the dying ship.
"Three ... Two ..."
For a moment, everything hung, unchanged, against the black sheet of night. The ship rippled. With a shudder, fire spewed across the hull in a chain reaction. In a flash, a recoil implosion drew the ship's metal sheathing inward like crumpled tissue. After that, there was only silence.
A solitary escape pod, containing the last remaining member of the once-proud Star Freighter Elysium, crossed the darkness of space, en route to Terra.
* * *
The aisle lighting came on with a faint buzz, and the spray of stars on-screen faded from reality into two dimensions. A young woman in the front row watched, heart in throat, as the credits rolled. Music swelled in a trumpet blare as the Starveil theme surged. Tears filled her eyes. The first and largest name hovered on-screen for an interminable moment: Tom Grander in his final role as Matt Spartan.
"No!" she cried.
The movie theater was oddly quiet. A few people stumbled drunkenly down the aisles, their faces racked with horror. A woman at the back blew her nose with a honk, and someone else cleared his throat. The final credits rolled to a stop, music fading, and those remaining stared at the screen, hopeful.
There was no postcredit clip as there'd been with the previous four films.
The main lights rose, revealing a luminous young woman, with tears streaming down her face, and her companion, a dark-haired man, like a photograph from another century. He had one ankle crossing his knee, a pair of doeskin gloves clutched in one hand, and a pocket watch dangling from his lapel.
The brightness had released the audience, and the exodus from the theater began in earnest. A middle-aged woman did an awkward two-step as she exited in front of the pair. Subdued chatter followed the dwindling crowd, whispers rather than hoots.
"Liv, are you okay?" the young man asked.
Liv shook her head, her long hair falling forward to hide her face. "No," she croaked. Xander would never understand what this felt like: watching your favorite character die. He wasn't a Starveil fan like she was.
The strangely dressed young man glared at the faded screen, eyes hooded in subtle dismay. "That ending was ... not quite what I'd expected."
"He's not dead," Liv said. "He can't be."
Xander ran his hands down his velvet lapels, signet ring twinkling. "But if the girl got in the last pod," he mused, "and the countdown was on four, then by the time —"
Liv spun on him. "He's not dead!" she shouted. "They'd never kill Spartan!"
He opened his mouth, then closed it again. After a moment, he lifted his pocket watch and peered down at the crystal surface. It was nearly 3:00 a.m., the midnight showing of the newest Starveil movie finished. Across the continental United States, countless other fans were emerging shell-shocked from theaters. Liv knew they should go, but she was rooted to her seat. If she left with Xander, then it was over. It was real.
Spartan can't be dead!
Xander dropped the watch back into his pocket. He sat up, pulling on his gloves.
"We should go," he said gently.
"I can't. Not yet."
A vacuum started. Xander stood, flipping the long tails of his jacket behind him and stretching. "Liv," he sighed. "I get that you're upset. But they're starting to clean the —"
A long, uneasy silence followed her outburst. The final patrons filed out the doors. Besides the cleaning crew, Xander and Liv were the only ones left. She knew he was waiting for her, but her long fall of brown hair blocked him from view. She felt the first rush of panicked sobbing about to start, and she forced it down.
Not dead, her mind screamed. Spartan can't be dead!
His hand brushed her shoulder. "You wait here," Xander said. "I'll go get the car."
She nodded. Xander squeezed her shoulder before he sprinted up the aisle.
No! No! NO! This can't be happening.
Liv's hands began to shake, the tremors spreading to her arms and legs. I don't believe it! MRM would NEVER kill off the main character. This is WRONG! She could feel the words bubbling in her throat, rage tipping the balance of her pain. Xander reached the door and glanced back one last time. This isn't real! I can't handle this! THIS ABSOLUTELY CANNOT BE HAPPENING!
He stepped through.
Liv waited until the theater door closed before she surged to her feet. The nearby attendant — a pimply teen sweeping popcorn — looked up with cow-eyed interest.
"This is wrong!" Liv shouted at the screen. "You can't do this to people! Spartan deserved a better ending! It's not FAIR!"
The boy's sweeping stopped.
"Spartan wasn't supposed to die! He had a mission — I believed in that! ... I believed in HIM!" Tears choked her words. "Spartan always makes it through, no matter WHAT! He's the hero of the story! He's the reason the resistance exists! He's ... He's ..."
"Miss?" the boy asked. "Are you okay?"
She turned on him, hands rising. "No! I'm not okay!" she screamed. "I'm ANYTHING but okay!" Liv took a sobbing breath. "Spartan's DEAD, don't you see? H-how is that supposed to be okay?!"
The attendant stared at her. "Miss, I —"
The boy's eyes darted to the other attendant, staring openmouthed at Liv's display. "Miss, I think you should probably leave the theater."
Liv took a few defiant steps forward. "Fine!" She kicked the empty popcorn bag out of her way and stomped up the aisle. The second attendant swung the door for her and jumped out of her way as she passed.
"Thanks!" the attendant called. "Come again!"
* * *
@LivOutLoud: Spartan can't be dead. I don't believe it. I need brain bleach. Something to UNSEE the last ten minutes of that film. *ugly crying*
@StarVeilBrian1981: @LivOutLoud You got into an early showing too?
@LivOutLoud: @StarVeilBrian1981 Yes-but I wish I hadn't! DON'T GO BRIAN.
@StarVeilBrian1981: @LivOutLoud Too late. Furious with MRM! How could he do this to us?
@LivOutLoud: @StarVeilBrian1981 How? He hates the fans. No question about it.
@StarVeilBrian1981: @LivOutLoud So done with this franchise. We deserved a better ending.
@LivOutLoud: @StarVeilBrian1981 Agreed. I couldn't leave the theater. My heart is broken. :(#RIPSpartan
@JoesWoes: @LivOutLoud @StarVeilBrian1981 Liv? Brian? Just logged on. How was Starveil 5? Tell me ALL the smutty details! MUST KNOW!:D #Spartan
@StarVeilBrian1981: @JoesWoes OMG OMG OMG DON'T SEE THE MOVIE, JOE!!!!!!!! STICK WITH FIC!!!!!!!!!!!! You can't unsee this. :(#Spartan #AllTheFeels
@JoesWoes: @StarVeilBrian1981 @LivOutLoud What happened?!?!? Tell me!
@LivOutLoud: @JoesWoes Search the #Spartan tag. Or don't ... Ugh.
@JoesWoes: @LivOutLoud Searching now.
@JoesWoes: @LivOutLoud This just-NO. It's a hoax. Some troll having fun!
@LivOutLoud: @JoesWoes This is not a hoax, Joe. It's real. I SAW THE MOVIE. MRM deserves a slow, painful death.
@JoesWoes: @StarVeilBrian1981 @LivOutLoud AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
@LivOutLoud: @JoesWoes *gentle hugs* Sorry, bb.
@JoesWoes: @StarVeilBrian1981 @LivOutLoud I can't believe that's real. TELL ME THAT'S METAPHORIC DEATH, NOT LITERAL.
@LivOutLoud: @JoesWoes The credits said "Tom Grander in his FINAL role as Matt Spartan." This is NOT a metaphor. It's real. Spartan's dead.
@JoesWoes: @LivOutLoud No! It can't be! *clings* This is AWFUL!
@StarVeilBrian1981: @JoesWoes @LivOutLoud
@LivOutLoud: @StarVeilBrian1981 If I wasn't crying, Brian, I'd laugh. Your Photoshop skills are amazing. That's EXACTLY how it is!
@LivOutLoud: @JoesWoes *hugs* Sorry, hon. But you should see it prepared. (Bring tissues.) Tom Grander is phenomenal, but ... Ouch!
@JoesWoes: @LivOutLoud MRM killed our unicorn! I will NEVER get over this.
@StarVeilBrian1981: @JoesWoes @LivOutLoud Look at this one. RT: @Veilmeister
@JoesWoes: @StarVeilBrian1981 @Veilmeister It's good, but it doesn't make me feel any better. *sobs*
@LivOutLoud: @JoesWoes @StarVeilBrian1981 Me neither. :(((((I'm heading off to read some fic and cry.
@JoesWoes: @LivOutLoud AU fic, I hope. :(
@LivOutLoud: @JoesWoes AU forever. :(*sighs* This can't be real.
* * *
Liv stared at the empty kitchen table, considering her options. She and her mother had a large stash of plastic cutlery, but tonight she reached for the metal ones. Two glass tumblers followed the forks onto the table. Salt and pepper shakers finished the look. The effect was immediate: real, not pretend. On a whim, Liv considered using cloth napkins rather than paper towels, but she had no idea where to look. Liv couldn't remember the last time they'd eaten anything but takeout. Dad had been the one who cooked.
She moved from one spot to the other, arranging the settings while she replayed the last ten minutes of Starveil Five. She sat in the same position at the dinner table she'd sat at all her life. Her mother, Katherine, always took the place next to Liv, facing the empty spot that no one ever took, not even her mother's boyfriend, Gary, when he stayed for dinner. The chair and untouched place mat were like the artificial flowers in Grandma Fortin's house: sterile, scentless. But year after year, the dusty arrangement stayed.
Liv stepped past the empty chair, her memory full of the other nights in her childhood when her dad had sat there. It was a Thursday, Liv thought. I was setting the table — same as now — and he was already gone.
She pressed her lids closed, breathing slowly until the tightness in her chest faded.
I didn't know he was dead.
Hands quaking, Liv pulled down two plates and closed the cupboard doors. Her mother would be home with dinner soon. She'd be bringing something precooked and easy to serve. Takeout wasn't a question in the Walden household. It was a fact. Another thing that had changed that long-ago Thursday.
If she'd been feeling ambitious, Liv might have picked up groceries and persuaded Xander to teach her another of his "soon to be famous" recipes. With three little brothers and a mom who worked nights, he had taught himself how to cook. As Xander always said, "it was that or starve," but Liv had been proctoring in the audio lab all afternoon — adjusting audio levels for amateur musical performances — and by the time she made it back, she was wiped. Besides, Liv reasoned, whenever Xander cooked, he talked. ... And tonight she wasn't in the mood to hear about his latest cosplay ideas, or — worse yet — his last date with Arden, his bubbly girlfriend. The duo made a striking couple. (Liv could see that as much as anyone.) Arden was light and laughter to Xander's brooding looks, but Liv wasn't in the mood to hear about their evident happiness.
She was grieving.
Liv flopped onto the couch and pulled out her phone to scroll through the latest postings on the various Spartan websites. Almost a week after the Christmas Eve release, there were spoilers everywhere. The entire Starveil fandom was in an uproar over Spartan's death. Liv's throat grew thick and painful, and she searched until she found a fix-it AU, posted just today. She was halfway through reading it when she heard the garage door open. Katherine swirled through the doorway, coat flapping like the sails of a ship.
"Dinner's on!" she called, dropping a moisture-soaked bag onto the floor of the entrance.
Liv popped her head around the corner, snatching up the bag before it could soak through. "Smells good."
"Hope it tastes as good," Katherine said. "Missed lunch because of the presentation. I'm starving."
Liv peeked inside the paper bag as she headed to the kitchen. She groaned.
"Mom, you know I hate fried chicken."
Her mother gave a long-suffering sigh. "I had a coupon, Liv. Two can dine for —"
Excerpted from All the Feels by Danika Stone. Copyright © 2016 Karin Anastasia Goble. Excerpted by permission of Feiwel and Friends.
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Table of Contents
Part One: Boulder, Colorado,
Chapter 1: "My precious!",
Chapter 2: "I am a leaf on the wind.",
Chapter 3: "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.",
Chapter 4: "So say we all!",
Chapter 5: "This is my timey-wimey detector. It goes ding when there's stuff.",
Chapter 6: "My 'people skills' are 'rusty.'",
Chapter 7: "Don't talk out loud. You lower the IQ of the whole street.",
Chapter 8: "I'd just as soon kiss a Wookiee!",
Chapter 9: "Once more, with feeling.",
Part Two: Atlanta, Georgia,
Chapter 10: "Don't try this at home!",
Chapter 11: "Inconceivable!",
Chapter 12: "We're all mad here.",
Chapter 13: "A spark could be enough to set them ablaze.",
Chapter 14: "The truth is out there.",
Chapter 15: "Only one man calls me darlin'.",
Epilogue: "Everything is AWESOME!",
About the Author,
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I loved this book it took me a week for me to read and definitely will recommend it to people.
All the Feels is young adult fiction done right, with all the jagged emotions of love and rebellion, the thrills of obsession and furious fandom, the skills of a girl who really can make it and just needs the world to see who she really is, and the kindness of genuine people, friends and family, helping each other. There’s a college freshman daughter who’d rather work on videos than study, a mother who doesn’t understand but desperately longs for her child’s success, a friend who hides behind clothing and fancy, a clique watching movies and obsessing over plots, and an interconnected internet world where no one is quite what they seem. But this story is so powerfully not what the adult reader might expect. Not a tale of internet danger or familial despair, it’s the story of a girl whose rebellion is very human, a mother whose care is built on genuine love, a friend who hides behind the character he’s built, and a world-wide group of strangers who share a happy cause. There’s romance as well, but romance that draws from a complex love that’s deeper than dance and obsession, and as hard to see as the face behind the mask—the sort of book every daughter should love and every mother should share. Plus there’s the vivid excitement of a real-world sci fi convention. Author Danika Stone brings dizzying crowds to life, lets readers hide for a moment’s respite, then plunges us back inside. Cosplay, internet identities, obsession, movie stars, and dreams come true all blend in an exciting story where romance is a vital thread, well-balanced against the moviemaker’s machinations and lies. The writing is a great blend too, with good storytelling, fun dialog (I love the “Englishness” of Xander’s pretensions), and well-written, well-presented internet chat. All the Feels are there too, from great humor, agonizing despair, unrequited affections and desperate longing, all the way to sweet romance. It’s a great combination and I love it. Disclosure: I was given an advance reader’s edition and I offer my honest review.
What can a girl do when her favorite character dies? In this delightful “coming of age” story set in modern times, Liv is a fangirl hooked on a popular movie series called Starveil. Her world comes crashing down when hero, Capt. Matt Spartan, dies at the end of his latest adventure. She’s depressed. Life is not worth living without Spartan, so after reading a cryptic fortune cookie, she decides to change the ending. Of course in modern times, social media is part of Liv’s answer. She initiates a #SpartanSurvived campaign and convinces her best friend and budding actor, Xander, to perform in a clever fanvid. The vid calls for fandom to find proof that Spartan did not die. When your favorite character gets killed, the shock can be devastating! So what can fans do? After author, Arthur Conan Doyle, killed off Sherlock Holmes, his readers shouted their displeasure in every newspaper. He finally relented and brought the character back to life. The explanation for Sherlock’s survival was hardly believable, but readers didn’t care. Sherlock lived and was all that mattered. The only difficulty I found with this story was reading through the “social media” conversations. It got a bit confusing at times, but I eventually grew accustomed to the fandom conversations. The wacky character Xander, who dressed in Victorian garb and spoke in Steampunk vernacular, really livened up the plot. Liv’s growing crush on the guy was a natural. Of course Xander had a gorgeous girlfriend, so they could only be friends. Or can they? There are so many levels to this story, fandom, obsession, learning to communicate in person, and a budding love story. It was a very satisfactory story, with ups and downs that kept my attention. I loved the descriptions of the DragonCon event. (As a budding sci-fi author, I once attended a similar convention and marveled at all the costumes and characters roaming the streets.) Liv matures during the course of the novel and discovers her true destiny. It was like a fortune cookie coming true, a great read! I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I recommend buying this one.
I liked the book. The romance between the best friends was sweet. I thought the language was a bit excessive and the implied sexual references, unnecessary. Over all I thought it was a delightful and thoroughly charming book and I'm glad I read it. I loved the old fashioned parts of it. Danika Stone did an excellent job in the writing of this book.
This book is oh so cute and very relatable for a fangirl like me, especially after reading that it's dedicated to the Coulson Lives movement. Agents of SHIELD is my favorite TV show and probably wouldn't exist without that social media movement. This book was so fun to read because it showed how much of an impact fans can have on a fandom. Also the characters were just really loveable! I have felt how Liv felt before, so it was nice to read about a relatable character! A fun read! Check it out!!
Good book. I enjoyed the plot and fandom aspects immensely, but I felt the writing was inconsistent.
Very fun read. Very enjoyable and relatable for anyone who is or has been involved in fandoms and has mourned the loss of beloved characters. Loved the details of Liv's trip to Dragon Con, they make you want to be there and be part of the all the fun!
Danika Stone has written a great and modern book with All The Feels. The story line is easy to read yet covers a multitude of issues that concerns younger readers. In short a great and enlightening read for any age. http://tinyurl.com/hkzm6cs
As soon as I heard about this book, I knew it was perfect for me, and I was so right! ALL THE FEELS totally gave me "all the feels" (seriously, it has the most fitting title EVER!)! I loved absolutely every single second, and even though the Starveil fandom isn't real, I still felt like I was part of it, and I loved that! If you're a big fan or fangirl over anything, I think you'll relate to ALL THE FEELS. You might not be able to relate to how involved Liv is in the fandom, but if you're a big fan of everything, you'll definitely understand how much Starveil means to her. It made me think back to how obsessed I was with a few of my favourite fandoms, and luckily my favourites have always seemed to survive, but I could totally relate to how passionate Liv felt about Spartan dying, and I loved that she did something about it! Now onto Liv herself! I absolutely LOVED her! I could relate to her late night fandom binges, and her reluctance to let the fandom go. I also loved her friendship with Xander, and I thought that Xander himself was fantastic! He was such a wonderful and unique character, and I loved how supportive he was to Liv. I loved their friendship, but I really, really loved seeing how their friendship progressed throughout the story, and I shipped them so, so so much! Overall, I thought that ALL THE FEELS was fantastic! It was fun, hilarious, and as a self-professed fangirl, it was extremely easy for me to relate to! Just thinking about this book has me grinning like a fool, and if you like romantic comedies with some fandom nerdiness thrown in then I think this is the perfect book for you, too!
4.5 stars Liv Walden of Boulder, CO is a huge fan of Starveil. The latest movie is out and one of the main characters dies and everyone in the fandom is devastated including Liv. As Liv tries to mourn the death of one of her favorite characters, people around her are giving her a hard time. Can't a girl mourn about a beloved character in peace? I totally know how Liv feels when people make it a big thing that she is too old for the fandom. There is no such thing as that. It's great to see her passionate about a fandom whether it be on the big screen or through fan fiction. I am a huge fan girl of Harry Potter so I can relate to Liv fairly well. I connected with Liv right from the start. She is a promising character with growth who knows what she likes. Although her mother and her mom's boyfriend tells her let go of the fandom, Liv can't let go. Starveil means so much to her. So instead of wallowing in misery for the whole book, she starts a revolution with the help of fellow best friend, Xander Hall, not knowing how it will change the Starveil fandom. All the Feels is a fangirl's dream book! Not only do I love seeing passionate people fangirling over a fandom but I like how the fandom love spreads beyond canon. I love how people are writing fan fiction, setting up campaigns and cosplaying at conventions. I feel like Danika Stone is writing a story for all the fangirls out there who are misunderstood. It's like she knows how we feel about fandoms. She just gets it! Stone describes fandoms to a tee. Although the pace of the novel is consistent for the most part, I find the summer being only a couple pages quite short. I wish the transition from one school year to the next was a bit more fluid. I enjoyed reading about Liv's first experience at a convention and seeing her meet other Starveil fans. The banter between Xander and her is perfect too. Although Xander isn't a fan of Starveil, he supports Liv. Stone weaves instances of social media conversations within the book. She includes tiny urls, twitter handles and forum posts. Stone even includes chat bubbles. Her chapter titles are brilliant! Each chapter title has a quote from a popular fandom which I found unique and very fitting. All the Feels is a must read if you are looking for a cute contemporary! It's a fun, coming-of-age story for all the fangirls, geeks and nerds that is unforgettable.
It's just great to see more books fandom-related! Before this one, I've only read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, but if you think about it a little, it doesn't feature a lot of fandom situations, only the fangirling part and the fanfiction Cath writes. Only by reading the synopsis of All the Feels, I knew I'd relate to Liv so much more than I did with Cath, and I'm really happy that I got a chance of reading this book! :) All the Feels is just great! I mean, a book that features fandom basic situations is already good, but great when it is done like this. ;) The author managed to make me think all the characters were just like my friends, because I have bookish and non-bookish friends, and both were perfectly pictured here. The writing style made it all very belivable, because we have normal text, description of Liv's life and all, and we have chats and texts. We have abreviations, such as TBH, and other things I tell my friends all the time! The book is very descriptive too, I could actually believe I was at Dragon Con with Liv and Xander. And all those fandom references! Every chapter starts with a different quote, but especially on part 2, at the con, we get more details about other fandoms. However, I think I liked part 1 more! That's where we get to know most of the characters, Liv's project begins there as well, and all those fandom activities are mentioned, like fanfiction, videos, manips, etc etc.Liv is an excellent main character. It was very easy to relate to her; first, because she's a fangirl, of course, but, second, also because although she's an introvert, she doesn't have as much issues talking with people as Cath from Fangirl did. I couldn't relate that much to Cath because of that - I'm not an introvert at all -, but Liv made things easier for me to love her. The only aspect in what I couldn't relate to Liv was the fact that she puts fandom before school. I understand that sometimes we don't really want to study, and I love reading and blogging and I could do this for the rest of my life, but if my grades weren't very good because of my hobby, I'd need to stop and reconsider my needs. Liv had some problems at college, and even had some arguments with her mom, and I have to admit those were very overwhelming scenes, because her mom puts a lot of pressure over Liv and I think we all already had some of these arguments with our own parents: about school, the amount of time we dedicate to fandom and the "internet friends are not real friends" conversation. Xander, Liv's best friend, is also a very interesting and unique character. He has his own style, language and personality and he's the kind of friend every fangirl wants to have. Although he didn't care about the movies Liv loved, he helped her with her project to bring Spartan back, just because it would make her happy. But my main reason why I didn't give this book five full stars is because of Xander as well - I read somewhere else about one of Xander's peculiarities and I was already thinking about it when I got to this book, and as I don't want to "put ideas" on you, I'll leave that on my spoiler section below. I really really liked this book, it certainly ruined my feels! It was predictable at times, yes, but still very enjoyable and definitely a light read, so I'd still recommend it :D READ MORE HERE: https://thebookmermaidblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/20/book-review-all-the-feels-by-danika-stone/
If you're a part of any fandom, this book is for you. Romance books/movies your thing? Read this book. From beginning to end, this book is like candy on paper, you will not want to put it down!
A really cute, really fluffy book that was just what I needed right now, and I loved the way it explored fandom culture! (Also, major points to Danika for not only having a bisexual character, but actually letting him say in the text that he's bi and that he's kissed both boys and girls. We are truly blessed)
This was such a fun book to read! I really enjoyed this peek into "cons" and the amazing world of freedom that they present to people. Liv is obsessed with Starveil and when her favorite character dies, she falls into a deep depression. Her bestie, Xander (Steampunk lover) isn't able to get her out of it. Liv is living through her online world and decides to use her skills with technology to launch a campaign to bring her favorite movie character back to life. With the help of Xander, she sneaks around behind her mom's back to spend all of her time on the project. When mom finds out, Liv needs to find a new way to get herself out of the depressed state she is in. Xander and his girlfriend try to encourage dating, but things don't work out the way she hoped. In a twist in the story, Liv finds herself at DragonCon and face to face with the online community that has grown into her family. She must face the movie hero she has cared for for such a long time and she must deal with the feelings she is having for her best friend. The section at DragonCon was fantastic. I have always wondered what it would be like to attend one of those events and I feel like Stone paints a picture that is clear and realistic. This was a fun read because it took me into a new and different world; one that is relevant to a lot of people in society today. I look forward to more from Danika Stone!
I was pretty iffy during the first half, but I ended up really enjoying it! It was cute!
Are you a fangirl? Is Fandom an important part of your life? Do you mourn when your fav fictional character dies? (I'm looking at you Augustus Waters) Then, this book is for you. We all know that moment of disbelief and pain when the main character of a book, movie or show yoy love just dies. And in that moment you'd do anything just for them to be not dead. Liv is the same as us. Things I love about this book: The characters are so relatable and likeable. You just can't hate them. Liv is so like me. Some people might hate or dislike the obsession, she has for StarVeil and how it affects her, but I totally understood it because I am like that sometimes. And Xander, the charming gentelmanly best friend every girl should have. I Love him. The plot is basically just Liv trying to deal with THE TRAGEDY (Fictional character death) and in the meanwhile discovering herself. It's not too complex, there aren't any plot twists or something but it's a contemporary book, so deal with it. Also, the quotes on top of every chapter! (From different fandoms, you've got Harry Potter, Hunger Games and so much) The writing style of Danika Stone is quite easy to read and like. It isn't heart-touchingly beautiful but it's quirky and nice. Read this book: When you're having the feels and you don't want to be alone When you need something light and nice to read. When the fangirl in you feels lonely. Or just pick it up right now
Another SwoonReads success! I LOVED this book. So much to love, so much fun, would have finished in a day if I'd had the time. Couldn't put it down. Why is it so good? Well I relate to Liv's angst about Starveil (my Firefly, and there are others). I could relate with her character in a lot of ways. I've never been to Dragoncon but I know someone who has. I could totally see it - feel it - and immerse myself in it and picture my friend there too. It was a lot of fun. Also, I want Xander's style! I've never cosplayed either but more than ever want to. I'm not a young adult (try 51) but I would have loved this book back then as much as I did now. Total fangirling over it. Light, fun, easy read - just as it should be for the nature of the story.
The titel of this book perfelctly explains how you feel while reading this book, it literally gives you All the feels. I must confess that I was a little scared when I first started this book, most of the time fangrils are described as crazy and let’s be honest yes maybe we are a little crazy but not as crazy as that. I really felt like I gained a friend while reading thsi book, I had a hard time putting it down when I needed to. The thing about fangirls in books, is that most of the time you see them running around after that one hot actor like some mindless girl. But there is so much more to being a fangirl and this book gets it. You see friendships forming online and offline, people come together because they love the same thing, or just because they know how it is to love the geeky stuff. That’s the beauty of fandom it brings people togehter. This book shows you every side of fandom, the good, the bad and the ugly. The feels, the squeals and the love you can have for a movies, series or comics. It let’s you see how it is to be a fangirl, to visit your first con and to finally meet the people you’ve been looking up to and the friends you’ve been talking to online. This book just gets it! So Liv is the kind of girl I could be friends with, she’s the type of girl that can loose herself in her fandon and I love it! I wouldn’t put my life on hold for a fandom but just like her I love losing myself in it. She goes through a lot in the book, she has a lot of growing up to do and she does it in her own way. And then there is Xander, I could feel myself falling in love with him. He’s such a sweetheart and I would love to have a boyfriend like him. He’s there as a friend and helps Liv through everything, he’s a wonderful character! As I said before I couldn’t put this book down, it’s so amazing and it’s such a sweet and funny story. I really hated reading the last page because I didn’t want it to end!
This is actually the first book I’m reviewing that I’ve actually reread for fun! It’s kind of shocking, seeing as I don’t really have time to reread a book when there are so many other novels out there. But trust me, this book is worth the reread! For those of you who don’t know, All the Feels is about a fangirl named Liv, whose obsessed with the movie franchise, Starveil, and its protagonist, Matt Spartan. When Matt Spartan is killed off and the movies end, Liv starts an online revolution to bring them both back! Really cool concept for a novel and I loved see the grassroots movement! When I first read this book, it was offered for a limited time only on Swoon Reads. While most of the revised novel had the same content, there were a few key differences. Some of those changes made were actually for the better, because some actions didn’t really make an impact to the novel. Other corrections made me miss the old text, since the ARC laid more emphasis on certain issues, like Liv’s relationship with dad. Sure, the end was more realistic and less dramatic in this newer version of All the Feels, but I feel that the older version acknowledged something incremental to Liv and her behaviour, while the new one barely mentions it. I guess it was to make the story a lighter read. If that was what it was trying to achieve, then it definitely succeeded. Other than that, All the Feels was a really great book to read, and you wouldn’t notice the difference if you haven’t read the ARC version of it. Then there were the characters! Liv stays pretty true to the socially awkward fangirl, with her devotion to Starveil as well as how she interacts with people online versus in real life. There were times where I just wanted to hug Liv and tell her not to worry. Maybe because I found her really relatable in certain circumstances, like in the university setting or when dealing with parents. I, for one, wish I had half of her passion for anything! Xander, on the other hand, was really sweet! From his steampunk outfit to his attitude towards actors (even though he is one), Xander’s the type to keep it real without being too overbearing, which is a really important skill to have. And their relationship was pretty nice to read about. From page one, you could tell that they’d support each other no matter what! Also, it was really refreshing to see a different side to fandom. Not just fan fiction writing (which was there a bit of), but other forms were represented as well. Like Liv’s vidding or Xander’s everyday use of cosplay. I think vidding might be less thought of than fan fiction because it’s using past videos to make a new one instead of creating new content from an established world. The way Liv and Xander brought vidding to their cause, however, was spectacular and shows the practical uses of knowing your way around video editing. And I loved reading about those YouTube video descriptions, imagining them in my head like a separate narrative. Even if it wasn’t real to Liv and Xander, it was real to me!:) So that’s all I have to say about All the Feels. For anyone who liked Fangirl, This Song Will Save Your Life, and The Improbable Theory of Amy and Zak, this book is for you! Thank you all for reading! -Sumaya
I'm a fangirl. It's how I identify. My fandoms are my escape, my therapy, my connection with like-minded friends, my favorite part of most days. I love the fangirl life so much, I'm on staff at DragonCon, which is how I heard about All The Feels. The second I read the description of this book, I was intrigued and excited to read this story. This story, Liv's story is every fangirl's story or dream. The writing was phenomenal. Stone got so many details so perfect, it's obvious she knows the fangirl life. The author nailed the lingo; from the book title to the chapter titles, I felt like I was reading a tweet or Tumblr post from a friend/fellow nerd that spoke the same language as me. There were shout-outs to my favorite fandoms and my favorite (and least favorite) parts of Con life, most specifically DragonCon. If you've ever been to that convention, or any geeky/nerdy fan convention, you'll have many, "OMG, same!" moments while reading All The Feels. This book gives us a glimpse into the irl joys, pains, confusion, and elation of what happens when you ship, when you flail, when your OTP becomes canon, when your favorite character is killed, and when your fandom world collides with your real life. All The Feels puts you in the middle of fandom and convention life, so those that live it can relate to it and those that wonder what it's like can get a look inside. I hope I haven't gone overboard with the praise for this book, but I also don't think this book will disappoint. All The Feels delivers completely on its promise, you will absolutely have all the feels.
This is a wonder book about how the determination to live out a fantasy can change one girl's very real. I was proud to beta read this before it was posted to Swoon Reads. I'm even prouder to have just re-read it. Anyone who enjoys and has enjoyed fandom of any kind should rush to read this.
“Alright. I’m over on the dark side. You’d better have the cookies I’ve been promised.” –Danika Stone Thank you to Nori, of ReadWriteLove28 and the Sunday Street Team, and Ashley, of Macmillan Children’s Publishing, for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. From the minute I read the synopsis of this book I knew I was going to love it. This was one of the first reviews I signed up to do waaaayyy back at the beginning of the year, when I joined the Sunday Street Team. I am a total fangirl. I may not know every little detail about every fandom I like, but I am a fangirl. Half the reason I chose this book was because it revolved around fandom. In a couple ways it reminded me of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I loved the way this book started. Opening with the ending scene of the “final movie” for the franchise that this novel centers on was the perfect beginning. It reminded me of being in the movie theater and watching all the movies I love so much. The characters were great. Liv is a very likable character. I found myself identifying with her from the start. She would rather be online and part of the fandom than try and be social with people she doesn’t know in real life. And then there’s her friend Xander. He lives every day in cosplay. He’s Liv’s bestfriend, her only friend really. He may not be interested in the fandom she’s part of, but he accepts her anyways. I really like Danika Ston’s writing. Her characters and storyline were really believable. I felt so involved in the story. I could picture everything that was happening. I was so hooked I finished it within 24 hours. If you enjoyed Fangirl, I highly recommend this novel to you.
A TV show, a book, a game, a sporting event... Most of us have had moments that have consumed us well beyond what logic could explain. For Liv, it's a series of movies she shared with her father. And it takes her to places she never imagined. All The Feels captures so much of what I've personally experienced in fan-culture, from the role of technology in our relationships to the genuine connections bred by our shared interests. When that is added to Stone's well-paced writing and flare for dramatic suspense, the result is an ultimately light and upbeat story that pulled me in from the very first page.
This book follows Liv as she learns that her favorite character from the movie franchise Starevil dies in movie 5. In her mind the series can’t continue and now it is over. She is devastated to say the least and comes up with an idea on how to get other devastated fans to join her by creating an online persona of #SpartanSurvived. Liv didn’t really think it would take off, but then the hashtag and subsequent videos become and overnight hit. Starevil fans unite and want to bring the franchise back. The storyline is super easy to follow along and is a quick read. The author did a great job keeping the story moving and not really going into to many crazy fandom tangents about the actual movie Starevil, which made it easy to follow along. It really focused on Liv’s journey into figuring out what is real life and what is fiction. I loved Xander as a character, he was my favorite. Xander is Liv’s best friend in the book who is into acting and dressing uniquely. He works at a local coffee shop that Liv always visits to see him; the one issue is Xander has a girlfriend. The reason I love Xander is that he is honestly always there for Liv even when she is jumping off the deep end he stands by her side. She took the death of a character in a movie a little too hard, but he was there to pick her back up. Xander to me is perfect best friend material and had a lot of characteristics I look for when making friends. I also love that he goes along with Liv’s crazy plans about #SpartanSurvived. Also, I love that Xander would send out so many compliments to Liv that is what helps to boost self-esteem and is key! Another thing I loved in the book was Xander’s girlfriend’s attempt to set her up with as many guys as possible. I saw this as a version of jealous girlfriend, but she was trying to go about it the right way. It really opened Liv up as a character and we got to see another side of her. She felt like she just couldn’t talk to people, but after going out with these guys she was able to open up and talk more. Liv’s confidence went through the roof in my mind. She still felt very self-conscience throughout the book, but after that portion of the book it seemed less in my mind. The one thing that I just didn’t love in the book was the author repeatedly mentioned about Liv’s father passing away and him really bringing Liv into the Starevil world. I felt like this could have been a major portion of the book about losing a parent so young and finding ways to cope, but it felt more like an afterthought than anything else. It was only mentioned a handful of times and we really didn’t get a lot of details till the middle/end of the book when we learn where she got the posters in her room from and who took her to see her first Starevil film. It was as if when the main character in Starevil died Liv was losing her father again. I felt like it was a large topic brought up about losing a parent and it just wasn’t handled well in my opinion. I would suggest this as a perfect beach read! I read it pretty quickly, but it could have been stretched out over a few beach sessions during the summer!! It is easy to follow along and easy to pick up and put down without getting totally lost. I received a copy of this book from The Fantastic Flying Book Club for the purpose of providing an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book.