"I Was Born For This" is Alice Oseman's third book, which was published on May 3, 2018. It's about a band called The Ark and their fandom. It's narrated by Jimmy Kaga-Ricci, the lead singer and frontman of The Ark, and Angel Rahimi, a die-hard fan of the band. It takes place between August 21st, 2017 and August 27th, 2017.[1]

In March 2018, signed ARCs were given away in a competition. Each week had a different theme, and the winners were either chosen at random or by Alice herself.


For Angel Rahimi, life is only about one thing: The Ark - a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. By being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything - her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world. Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark too. He’s their frontman - and playing in a band is all he’s ever dreamed of doing. It’s just a shame that recently everything in his life seems to have turned into a bit of a nightmare. Because that’s the problem with dreaming - eventually, inevitably, real life arrives with a wake-up call. And when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together, they will discover just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be. A funny, wise and heartbreakingly true coming-of-age novel, I Was Born For This is a stunning reflection of modern teenage life, and the power of believing in something - especially yourself.

Plot Edit

"this is a book about obsession and hero worship and an internationally famous trans musician, it's about a girl going to london for the first time to meet a friend she's known for years but never met, it's about three boys who started from nothing and became gods, it's about teens who sit in bed reading fanfic and dreaming of being rich and famous and in love, dreaming of a life that is something beyond what they have. it's my best book yet and i hope you enjoy it."

-Alice's comment on the Goodreads page

Characters Edit

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Trivia Edit

  • The book was originally going to be called "The Ark", but the publisher rejected that title.
  • The books contains an accidental reference to Solitaire: Jimmy says "It's funny because it's true". This sentence is a motif in the other book.[2][3]

Sources and References Edit

  1. chronicintrovert (given that Jimmy's birthday happens in the book, the rest of the dates can easily be found)
  2. Page 229
  3. chronicintrovert
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