- Page Count: 336
- Release Date: June 7, 2016
- My Rating: 3 stars
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.
I think this book will appeal to people who are super intensely involved in fandoms! But the story definitely would’ve worked better if the main character were in middle school or early high school instead of college. She just read as incredibly immature to the point where I wanted to stop reading halfway through I was so annoyed.
Liv’s favorite character dies at the end of a movie, so she whines for weeks about it. Her mom tells her maybe it’s time to let the fandom go and… get a life? Liv bombed her SATs a few years ago and didn’t sleep much in high school because she was so involved in the fandom. Like she has no other interests and her obsession actually gets in the way of her hygiene and basic LIFE. It’s unhealthy and weird. I’m a pretty intense fan of a lot of things and totally love nerd culture, but Liv is definitely not a relatable character. I did not enjoy reading through her POV at all.
The main story is about how Liv starts this movement in the fandom to influence the writers to bring back the character who died. She casts her friend she has a crush on in some of her videos, but he has a girlfriend…
Aside from Liv, the story was kind of fun at times. Her best friend Xander was interesting with his steampunk cosplay vibe going on, but I really wasn’t feeling the romance. But I did appreciate that he was bisexual and the author did a great job of treating that like no big deal.
I also liked the general quotes at the top of each chapter that referenced Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, and other nerdy things. And Comic Con is fun, so I always like stories that show that culture!
I mainly appreciated that the writing was good and had realistic texting dialogue (like it didn’t sound like an adult trying to be a kid). I never got particularly into the story, but it was still fine. Nothing was necessarily bad — I just didn’t connect with the main character at all. So I think I just wasn’t the right target audience for this one is all.