Hello everyone! Today I will be reviewing Don't Cosplay with my Heart by Cecil Castellucci! I hope you enjoy this review!
Release date: December 26, 2017
Hardcover page count: 288
My rating: 2/5 stars
Don't Cosplay with my Heart tells the story of certainly, a young girl obsessed with the half superhero half supervillian Gargantua, her favorite character. When she wears her mask, she feels tall and powerful, something that she seems to be unable to do recently. When she cosplays, Edan feels like she can be her true self, but as she begins to descend into a downward spiral, she will soon have to decide if she needs help or if she can help herself.
Boy, was this one hot mess of a book. But first, let's start with the good. For one, the author brings a very feministic feel to the comic-book-inspired-YA genre, something that is not very often touched upon. The author does this by puting in tidbits of information one might find on the superhero Gargantua, which tells the comic book tale of her existance. This mixes well with the story itself as the main character existence constantly has to defend herself through sexist claims.
Another thing the author did well was the world building itself. I loved the character of Gargantua (even though I hated her name), and I definitely feel as though I would read those comics if they were real.
But now to the bad. I feel like the author attempted to do to much with this book. For one, the book often seems to go all sunshines and daisies up until something small happens and the main character suddenly turns depressing and bored. It is during these moments, the main character seems to don the plastic hero mask that 'she didn't even realize was there', that she absolutely needs to keep on to keep her sanity. Another failed attempt was the intregation of the cosplay. What I thought would be the main point turned out to be not that important in the end as long as the main character had a man at her side. I appreciated the attempt to intregate it into the novel, but I felt like it was just not well done in the end.
Overall, this book was a poorly written hot mess with a fickle main character and contradicting points. Though I enjoyed the comic cons and the feminist aspect of it, the plot was WAY to predictable to keep me interested and too weak to keep me going (though I struggled, I did finish it though). Overall, I am not sure I would recommend this to anyone but a younger reader interested in a super-powered feminist read.
I hope you all enjoyed this review! This book was integration a tough one to get through, but let me know in the comments if any of you have had a chance to come across this book.
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