Thursday, June 22, 2017

All the Feels by Danika Stone - OPTIONAL

Stone, Danika All the Feels, 295 pgs. Swoon Reads (Feiwel and Friends), 2016. $9.99 Language – R (95 swears, 7 “f”), Mature Content – PG13; Violence – PG; 

Life is built by where you invest your passion. But what happens when the object of that passion dies—or, at least, ends without warning? Liv breathes the Starveil movies and is deep in the fandom that orbits them; when the fifth movie surprises its viewers with the announcement that it is the last one, Liv’s world comes unhinged. Without Starveil, Liv doesn’t know who she is. To right herself from this gross interruption of the world as she knows it, Liv heeds the wise counsel of a fortune cookie: It’s up to you to make your happy ending.

The bittersweet taste of this book comes from how contemporary it is. Bitter because of the uncommon jargon that I had to search the urban dictionary to understand or else lose out on key details of the story; sweet because of the utter uniqueness of the circumstances. I loved reading about the influence we the people have on the media in a way that has never before been possible, and I loved how the unprecedented circumstances of our day helped Liv discover herself and her future. While the vulgar language caused me to flinch as it popped up, Liv’s modern adventure was one worth reading.

HS – OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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