- Down with This Ship by Katie Kingman
- Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
- Publishing Date: June 8, 2021
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.
Thank you to TBR and beyond Book Tours and the author for providing me with an arc copy of this book. Today I bring to y’all review and moodboard!
Books on fanfiction are somehow always amazing to read and this book went right up that alley. This book had so much passion which I loved to read about. The main character, Kole, has so much dedication and love and inspiration for her writing that I honestly absolutely loved to read about. Not to mention the fact that this book satisfied the geekiness I usually seek in life and books!
The book had adequate mental health representation, showing it as it is without romanticizing it for which I was equal levels happy and joyful. It is so important to not romanticize mental health representations and at the same time show them as a part of the daily lives of individuals rather than a whole separate thing existing in them. The plot was very unique and it was purely centered around fanfiction. I generally don’t read fanfics but oh boy it really made me want to give them a full try someday. There have been a handful of books that I have read around fanfiction and gladly it was totally different from the ones I have already read! The character development was an amazing one as well and I liked how plot and character development worked hand in hand.
The only thing I would say I disliked would be the fact that the book had love triangle and *surprise* I don’t really enjoy reading books based on love triangles. I would literally do anything else if I have choice. But I am glad how it didn’t technically take the main stage in the plot development, and most of the focus was on Kole.
- 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.