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Once More With Lots Of Feelings

Fandom meets “reality” in Danika Stone’s All the Feels.

Once More With Lots Of Feelings

BOOK REPORT for All the Feels by Danika Stone

Cover Story: Con Swag
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Fact Meets Fandom
Bonus Factor: Geek Culture
Anti-Bonus Factors: Sassy Best Friend, Unrealistic Expectations
Relationship Status: Online Acquaintances

Cover Story: Con Swag

When you go to a comic convention, you end up with a lot of swag. Some of it good, some of it stuff you find in your junk drawers years later with no recollection of what show or movie it’s for.

I love the Just Ship It pin, though. I would definitely wear that.

The Deal:

Liv has been a member of the Starveil fandom since she was little and her father made it their “thing.” So when, at the end of the fifth Starveil film, the main character dies, Liv feels like she’s died right alongside him.

But Liv isn’t content to take the death of her favorite character lying down. With the help of her best friend Xander, she sets out to heal herself—and the fandom—with an online campaign.

BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh

I understand fandom sadness, truly I do. I lived through the death of Wash in Serenity, the death of Rue in The Hunger Games, those deaths in The 100, that death in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (Sorry for bringing up all of those feels again.) I know what it’s like to grieve for fictional characters, and I know how it feels to have your heart broken for someone who doesn’t exactly exist in real life. I know Liv’s pain. But even I, who can get absolutely ridiculous about fandom, felt like Liv was taking things a bit too far. She let fandom screw with her high school success, and, were it not for her Mom’s ultimatum, would have let it do the same to her college career.

She’s also kind of a jerk to anyone who’s not Xander, her flamboyant best friend. She thinks ill about her online friends when they meet in real life and can’t stand Xander’s girlfriend because she’s “too nice.” I get that sometimes expectations don’t live up to reality, but really.

Swoonworthy Scale: 4

Liv doesn’t really have a great track record with guys, but she’s willing to try. That is, if she can get through a conversation with one without hyperventilating.

Talky Talk: Fact Meets Fandom

Danika Stone is obviously familiar with being a fan of something so hard that it hurts, and Liv’s angst over the death of her favorite Starveil character feels painfully real. As a fellow fangirl, I appreciated the gravity Stone gave to Liv’s pain, and I loved reading about someone who I recognize parts of in myself.

Bonus Factor: Geek Culture

Stone opens every chapter of All the Feels with lines from various nerdy pop culture properties, from Buffy to Supernatural. And on top of the fictional Starveil franchise, there are references to such franchises as Star Trek and Star Wars throughout the book. Liv also attends Dragon Con, one of the largest and most well known comic conventions in the country. It was fantastic reading about these geeky things, many of which have a special place in my heart.

Anti-Bonus Factor: Sassy Best Friend

I typically wouldn’t include a sassy best friend as an anti-bonus factor, but in the case of Xander, I was more frustrated than adoring. He’s a very interesting character, but rarely felt like a real person. And as a possible love interest he was hard to take seriously, offhanded mentions of his bisexuality aside. I wanted to like Xander, I really did. I think I would have had his character not felt so shoehorned into the role he ended up playing.

Anti-Bonus Factor: Unrealistic Expectations

I can’t really go into why I’m adding this factor—because spoilers—but what happens to Liv at the end of the novel was unbelievable enough that it took away some of the realism of the rest of the novel.

Casting Call:

Ariel Winter as Liv

Hale Appleman as Xander

Relationship Status: Online Acquaintances

I don’t think we quite hit it off IRL, Book, but I’m sure we can still connect online. We have too much in common to completely go our separate ways.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Swoon Reads, but got neither a private dance party with Tom Hiddleston nor money in exchange for this review. All the Feels is available now.

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.
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