‘I Was Born For This’ by Alice Oseman

/5 stars

Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books!

To Angel Rahimi, The Ark is her whole life. As one third of the pop-rock band, for Jimmy Kaga-Ricci The Ark is his life. Thrust into the spotlight at a young age, Jimmy deals with the hangover of invasive fans, his anxiety and missing home. Meanwhile, Angel owes everything she has to the band. Friends, life aspirations and a purpose. All that comes under threat. In the run up to the meet and greet, the moment in which The Ark will become tangible beings in Angel’s life, things begin to unravel — both for the fandom and the band itself.

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The month of February

Let’s give it up for February. February was good. Surprisingly good. It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve had a solid month where I haven’t been suddenly swamped by heaviness. Throughout February I felt really in-tune with myself. Physically, mentally. I was kind to myself. It was a good month. I went on a date, I had a great girly night complete with hilarious, somewhat terrifying face masks. I reunited with some of my favourite people in the world. And it didn’t drag, which isn’t altogether surprising. As the shortest month, it’s there and gone in a second. I like new months. Although it’s just time passing, a new month always feels like a mini refresh. March, be kind.

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What my dating profile should say

I’m going to come right out with my grandma statement and just say it: everything is online these days and I can’t stand it. Actually, that’s a lie. I love social media, I love the internet. But I don’t love online dating, if you can call my own attempts dating. And that’s part of the problem. I have a very jaded view on the prospects of finding anyone to date in my very small, not-a-lot-happening area. I also hate the concept of dating apps, even though I get it. It’s the future. It’s where we’re at.

And although I can’t say I did much in the way of dating before Tinder and Bumble came along, I liked the fact that to get in a position where you could date someone, you had to have already had some kind of face to face action. That you had even the smallest glimpse of who and what they were about, even if it was literally what they actually looked and sounded like. Not to be shallow; my concern is actually how they’d respond to me IRL having met through a dumb app. Because none of us look exactly like our selfies. And, I know for me personally, a confidence otherwise unknown talking to icky boys can be found behind a screen e.g. I am a bumbling, rambly, word vomity mess in person when I’m riddled with nerves and not 100% comfortable.

Even though I detest it all, I’ve decided to more actively online date. Beyond swiping through and getting a short term ego boost when cute people match with me, that is. So I thought we’d get all cards on the table. Here’s what my dating profile would actually say (to fade out all the pointless nobodies who aren’t in it for the long haul and for your amusement, obviously).

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The a-z bookish survey

May all the tags I never got around to doing rest in peace and my deepest condolsences to those who were kind enough to tag me in the first place. I am awful when it comes to these kinds of posts, even though they always look incredibly fun. And, let’s be real, they’re easy bits of filler content when you’re not feeling so inspired, which is me most of the time. But, looky here! I’m doing this one! The lovely Hollie of Hollieblog tagged me to do the A-Z Bookish Survey. So I A’d some Q’s and I’ll tag some folk at the end!

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