Hello everyone! I am so excited to be hosting a spot on the Down With This Ship blog tour!! I just want to say a big thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours for giving me this opportunity! Please check out the other amazing bloggers participating in this tour! ——->>> *tour schedule!*
Today, I come to you with my review for Down With This Ship and a fun playlist I currated based on themes in this book that I think will enhance your reading experience! Let’s jump right into this!
Down with This Ship by Katie Kingman
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing Date: June 8, 2021
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/down-with-this-ship-katie-kingman/1137464634
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Down-with-this-Ship-Katie-Kingman/9781635830675?ref=grid-view&qid=1602180183663&sr=1-2
Content warning: Light bullying
Kole Miller does one thing really well: write fanfiction for the show The Space Game. Everything else is a struggle: like managing her anxiety, frequent crushes, and plans after high school. But when her blog, Spacer, wins a major fanfiction contest, her traffic soars.
With massive readership comes criticism Kole isn’t prepared for, including getting stuck in the heated ship wars surrounding the show. And then an invitation to speak at The Space Game’s official convention arrives in her inbox.
When the most competitive kids in her Creative Writing class discover Kole’s writing Spacer, her blog is taken hostage and she risks them hitting ctrl+A+del on Spacer. To win it back, Kole must face both her inner demons and the ones at Crystal Lake High before they make the drama not just about The Space Game, but about Kole herself.
Including snippets from Kole’s fanfic, emails, and text messages, Down With This Ship is sure to bring out the inner fangirl in anyone.
About the Author
Katie Kingman has wanted to be a writer since freshman year when her English teacher read her story out loud. The experience was mortifying, but it led to a lifelong love of classic literature and writing fiction. She now lives, teaches, and geeks in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband, two kids, and five cats. When not writing, she can be found gardening and scrolling Netflix for a new OTP.
my rating: ⭐⭐⭐.5 /⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Y’all this book is every fangirls dream! If you grew up blogging your obsessions on tumblr, you must go pick up a copy of this book!
This follows a very anxious fangirl named Kole who has created a huge following on social media with her fanfic portrayal of her favorite ship. The only thing is, up until this point, no one really knows who’s behind the famous blog. This book is all about what happens when someone threatens to leak your identity and the lengths you’ll go to protect yourself and others.
Firstly, I loved the fangirl aspect of this book. If you don’t know, I was so into Tumblr (this book has Stumblr) way back in the early 2010s! I was into Doctor Who and Harry Potter and all the bookish fandoms you can think of which is really my way of saying that I was one of those CRAZY Divergent/Hunger Games people. I totally understand Kole and her obsessions with her favorite show, The Space Games. I also love how this author portrayed ship wars because those can be intense, I’m speaking from experience.
Secondly, I also loved all the side characters within this world. They all had their purposes and their own individual personalities. I would absolutely love to see a spin-off novel about Michaela, who is Bisexual I believe. Please correct me if I’m wrong! She was just a wonderful little cinnamon roll and I want to learn more about her. Also, Colin who is one of our love interests. He’s the best, he’s such a doll, I love him with my whole being. He’s nerdy and funny and I just want to protect him forever!
On to the thing I didn’t love because I think it’s important to be honest with y’all. I didn’t love the drama. It felt a little childish for 16/17 year old’s to be taking part in. It was still fun to read and I think it would work for it’s intended audience but for me, a 22 year old woman, it was a little too unbelievable at times.
Other than that, I thought this was a solid read. I loved kind of revisiting my teenage self and remembering fandom moments I would rather not haha. This was a super cute and fast read and I highly recommend you read it. It deals with anxiety and bullying and parental acceptance and I think all those things are really important so go check this out.
These are all songs I would listen to if I was a teenager and some of these are actual songs I used to have on repeat so I hope you enjoy this!
Thanks so much for reading! Down With This Ship released yesterday so go out and buy a copy today! Comment below if you’ve read this book and what you thought of it! And if you haven’t already, check and see who’s next on this blog tour HERE! Until next time! BYE!!