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Book Review: Ship It by Britta Lundin

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

Blurb

Claire is a sixteen-year-old fangirl obsessed with the shown Demon Heart. Forest is an actor on Demon Heart who dreams of bigger roles. When the two meet as a local Comic-Con panel, it’s a dream come true for Claire. Until the Q&A, that is, when Forest laughs off Claire’s assertion that his character is gay. Claire is devastated. After all, every last word of her super-popular fanfic revolves around the romance between Forest’s charcter and his male co-lead. She can’t believe her hero turned out to be a closed-minded jerk. Forest is mostly confused thaat anyone would think his character is gay. Because he’s not. Definitely not.

Unfortunately for Demon Heart, when the video of the disastrous Q&A goes viral, the producers have a PR nightmare on their hands, In order to help bolster their image within the LGBTQ+ community – as well as with their fans – they hire Claire to join the cast for the rest of their publicity tour. What ensues is a series of colourful Comic-Con clashes between the fans and the show that lead Forest to question his assumptions about sexuality and help Claire come out of her shell. But how far will Claire go to make her ship canon? To what lengths will Forest go to stop her and protect his career? And will Claire ever get the guts to make a move on Tess, the very cute, extremely cool fanartist she keeps running into? Ship It is a funny, tender, and honest look t all the feels that come with being a fan.

My Thoughts

When I read the blurb for Ship It, I really wanted to fall in love with the characters, the storyline and the whole concept of the book. I felt like there was such good potential for this to be something great.

I can only really sum the book up as disappointing, maybe because I had such high hopes for Ship It that it fell flat.

The lead character Claire has the potential to being a real star LGBTQ character, but I just don’t fall in love with her and buy into her personality enough that she becomes real.

I loved the idea of telling the story through the two different perspectives however this could have been developed a little more as there isn’t just two lead characters so the storyline could have been told from the various perspectives which could have developed each character a little more. I think this could have also helped to keep the pace going in storyline as at times it slowed down a little too much.

Again the idea of including snippets of fan fiction to demonstrate Claire’s writing was a great idea but I think at times it was a little forced.

I would say that Ship It isn’t suitable for a young audience due to the sexual nature of some of the scenes in the book.

Ship it was, for me, a good attempt at an LGBT book but it just lacked a few too many things for me to make the storyline come to life and feel relatable.

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