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Ship It Hardcover – May 1, 2018
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"I can't stop smiling about this book--a winsome, emotionally rich joyride through the parallel worlds of fame and fandom and self-discovery. This is the perfect story for our current moment, as vibrant and funny as it is thoughtful and political, and packed so full of heart that it made mine skip a few beats. SHIP IT is utterly irresistible."―Riley Redgate, author of Noteworthy
"This debut charmingly explores fan culture, internalized perspectives, and the importance of representation."―Booklist
"Lundin... effortlessly speaks the language of conventions, fandom, and social media... Escapist fun. Skillfully interwoven are explorations of media representation and the line between fan and creator... This ship does more than just sail--it soars."―Kirkus reviews
"A love letter to fandom and to anyone who wished the world could be a gayer place. I stan for Britta Lundin!"―Maggie Thrash, author of Honor Girl
"Can I ship myself with this book? Britta Lundin captures the heightened emotions of both teenagerhood and fandom with two pitch-perfect characters approaching the world of ships, slash, conventions, and cosplay from opposite sides of a cult TV show, finding a way to meet each other in the middle, and getting to know themselves better along the way. SHIP IT catapulted me back to my own years of being an obsessive teenager discovering pieces of herself in the fanfiction she read in secret on dial up internet. I love this book so much I literally can't even."―Mackenzi Lee, New York Times bestselling author of A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
"Ship It punches you right in the feels. Britta Lundin gives us a story about the OTPs we want--and the ones we need. I ship it. #SmokeHeartForever."―Ashley Poston, author of Geekerella
"Much like its indefatigable fangirl heroine, SHIP IT is by turns prickly and charming, tender, vulnerable and brave. As smartly savvy as it is deeply heartfelt: this is the book that fandom has been waiting for, and the lived-in, fleshed-out portrait it deserves."―Zan Romanoff, author of Grace and the Fever
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I loved it as a person who loves fandom. The love and care with which Britta approaches fandom is rare and special. She knows the good and bad of fandom and she does an excellent job of bringing that to life.
I loved it as the mother of a queer teenager. Knowing there is a book out there with such sweet, relatable, confused, queer narrator is a gift.
I loved it as the mother of a child that loves fandom. My daughter and I both read this book and squeed over it together. It’s unusual, in my experience, to be able to share a book with my teenager meets us both at an intersection of interests. While my daughter was reading it I got constant updates on the state of her feels. While I was reading, she would grill me on which parts I had reached. It was such a fun bonding experience.
Finally, I loved it as someone who enjoys watching talented, creative women succeed! I’m excited to watch all the places Britta goes in the future!
Although there is definite drama -- like, major drama -- the Demon Heart fandom is an idealized one. There are no ship wars, no racism that we see among the fandom (the central ship is IR -- brown Latino and white -- and the entire fandom loves it, which is honestly fantasy), and, without spoiling too much, the ship isn't entirely in the girls' heads.
It's also fun because you, the reader, start shipping the protagonist, Claire (who hasn't figured out her sexuality yet), small-town white fangirl, and Tess, a slightly more down-to-earth pansexual fangirl who is the personification of "Black girl magic." As a Black fan myself, I appreciated the representation, and the fact that Tess brought up fandom issues that Claire -- who doesn't have an overtly racist bone in her body -- had never considered, like the lack of Black representation on her favorite show.
I thought about giving it 4 stars for being soft on the fandom racism issue, but you know what? It's a kind of fantasy, and I couldn't put it down.
This novel is a story told with the tenderness that only comes from knowing. Britta clearly has two hands in fandom, and her story is crafted from a caring and empathetic standpoint. She's not writing about something she finds interesting from the outside in. Her fandom details rang so, so true for me.
This story has such a richness, both in detail and plot, but most importantly emotion. Our hero, Clare, is certainly on a journey of her own, and it's so incredible to watch her grow. Plus, the ending was amazing. This book will spend a very long time in my heart.
The author writes for one of the current popular shows on the CW, so she knows her Hollywood. But I wasn't at all surprised that she wrote fanfic and had a real sense of community in various fandoms. I hope people outside the fan world read this and get a better understanding of our communities.
But most of all, the book is fun.