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Ship It ~ Britta Lundin

October 11, 2018

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Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Freeform
ISBN: 9781368003131
384 pages
Source: Barnes and Noble

Y’all, it took me way too long to read this because grad school ate (and is currently eating) my life. My friend recommended it right before school started and I thought “Oh, sure! Geeky, queer fiction about fan fiction? I’ll finish it in a day!” And really, I should have. But I didn’t. And I’m glad I didn’t because there are so many layers to think about that it is almost one of those books one NEEDS to read slowly.

The entire story is set around fan fiction and comic convention culture, weaving in the world of social media and a healthy dose of queer, color, gender conversation that absolutely needs to be had around this genre.

The story is told in two (well, three, if you add in a sprinkling of fan fiction) voices, pitting the big booming voice of Hollywood against the small but mighty world of fandom.

Although I’m not exactly known for my stoicism, my spontaneous sobbing at the end caught me quite off guard. I’m not usually someone who cries over books (puppies and sunsets, maybe). Britta Lundin writes obnoxious white dudes, as my friend Kate put it, “frustratingly well” if that gives you any sort of idea as to where the book started and where it ended up.

I have to go, now, before I tell you something top secret (just know that there are a LOT of twists and turns). Just read this. Read it in an hour or take your time but just read it. I promise you’ll love it.

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