Don't Cosplay with My Heart
When Edan Kupferman dresses up like her favorite character, Gargantua, she feels tall and powerful. That's important right now, because her family is a mess, her best friend is gone for the summer, her crush is confusing, and Edan's feeling small and not sure which end is up. When Edan's cosplaying, she can be angry, loud, and not the good girl everyone thinks she is. And when she's at conventions, she feels like she's found her own Team Tomorrow. But when her personal life starts to spiral out of control, Edan has to figure out whether she needs a sidekick, or if she has the strength to be the hero of her own story.

Don't Cosplay with My Heart Details

TitleDon't Cosplay with My Heart
Author
ReleaseJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherScholastic Press
ISBN-139781338125498
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Teen

Don't Cosplay with My Heart Review

  • Stacy Fetters
    January 1, 1970
    "I'm being weird. Or maybe he's being weird. It was only a weird bubble moment. One that will be forgotten. It probably means nothing at all. The feeling is so nice/horrible/wonderful/terrible/floaty/rotten. My heart is on fire. My heart is exploding. My heart is growing. My heart is shrinking. My heart. Is so confused." Have you ever been so in love with a cover before that you started to second guess yourself at picking it up? That maybe the cover will be the best thing and the characters mig "I'm being weird. Or maybe he's being weird. It was only a weird bubble moment. One that will be forgotten. It probably means nothing at all. The feeling is so nice/horrible/wonderful/terrible/floaty/rotten. My heart is on fire. My heart is exploding. My heart is growing. My heart is shrinking. My heart. Is so confused." Have you ever been so in love with a cover before that you started to second guess yourself at picking it up? That maybe the cover will be the best thing and the characters might be bland? Well, this is that time. The cover is stunning. An attention grabber that caught me off guard as I was walking around McCormick place in Chicago. And with nerds to go along with it, I was swooning. That is until I started to read it. I've never been so disappointed in a cast of characters like I was with this. The connection with them was broken instantly and the relationships seemed more fake than Kim K's backside. Nothing fit together and felt broken as they waltzed across the pages. Edan is obsessed with Team Tomorrow. Her favorite comic book series, but her favorite character is Gargantua. A ten feet tall badass once a hero and now a villain. When she hears a comic con coming to town she decides to cosplay her way through the event. While there she meets Kirk, a guy who loves what she loves and has similar feelings towards the world. He's quite the temptation in her relationship with Yuri. At school she heads SEW, which is a superhero cosplay group and they go to events together as they grow in the cosplay department. As time goes on and her feelings get crossed and confused. Other parts of her life spiral out of control as her home life gets crazier and her love life is thrown through a loop. What will a girl with zero personality do!? If you're looking for the cutest story about love, cosplay and comic cons, I suggest picking up The Geeks Guide to Unrequited Love. That story was well planned out and you fall in love with those characters. You'll find none of that with this one. Get your geek on and sashay away!!
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  • lyn straine
    January 1, 1970
    i have mixed feelings about this book. parts of it were strongly affecting, and the basic messages are important for young nerd girls to hear--especially the central theme what makes someone a 'real' fan /geek/etc. but i can't quite tell who the demographic is here--the prose is too simplistic to satisfy the average high schooler, so maybe it's meant for the middle grades? i wouldn't call it a YA book. there's not really an ounce of subtlety in what the book is trying to do, and though one of th i have mixed feelings about this book. parts of it were strongly affecting, and the basic messages are important for young nerd girls to hear--especially the central theme what makes someone a 'real' fan /geek/etc. but i can't quite tell who the demographic is here--the prose is too simplistic to satisfy the average high schooler, so maybe it's meant for the middle grades? i wouldn't call it a YA book. there's not really an ounce of subtlety in what the book is trying to do, and though one of the meta-fictional asides talks about how no one is all good or all bad, the villains of this story are pretty clear cut (and, i mean, they're shitty teenage boys, so that's fine with me, but ...).also, i did read an uncorrected proof, but dang ... hire me as a copy-editor, because this prose is rough as hell. like i said, some sections have solid emotional heft; there are moments when the spare, declarative style really works. but there's a lot of awkward, jarring sections, too--and tons of simple mechanical errors. i assume the latter will definitely be fixed before final publication, but who knows about the former.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Cecil's work always gets me right in the heart. And I wish Team Tomorrow were real--the team FELT real. And important. And utterly wonderful.
  • Nasty Lady MJ
    January 1, 1970
    To see review with gifs click here.Ugh.I don’t know how this book got published. Actually, I probably do. It’s likely that Castelluci either had connections or knew someone that allowed this garbage to get a contract while someone else’s work was ignored.But still it flummoxes me that books like Don’t Cosplay With My Heart exist. This book read more like a skeleton outline of a story than an actual book. The characters were cardboard flat, the story didn’t have any unexpected pothole. And honest To see review with gifs click here.Ugh.I don’t know how this book got published. Actually, I probably do. It’s likely that Castelluci either had connections or knew someone that allowed this garbage to get a contract while someone else’s work was ignored.But still it flummoxes me that books like Don’t Cosplay With My Heart exist. This book read more like a skeleton outline of a story than an actual book. The characters were cardboard flat, the story didn’t have any unexpected pothole. And honestly, I was kind of insulted reading it.The general premises of the book is about a girl who finds herself through cosplay. Okay, not that original of a premises but it could work. Good contemporaries don’t have to have the most original of plots if they have good characters.Unfortunately, the characters in this book are even weaker than the plot itself which is saying a lot. The main character, Edan, sounds ridiculously young.It’s YA. I get that the characters are going to sound young at times becuase they’re young, but I wasn’t exactly sure how old Edan was suppose to be. And by the time I finished the book, I realized it wasn’t her sounding ridiculous naive so much as being completely undeveloped.It’s really quite pathetic.There are a lot of things going on with Edan’s personal life that should’ve made her an interesting character to watch grow and develop. Her dad is being investigated and later tried for embezzlement (though, it was probably one of the most unusual and ridiculous investigations I had ever seen), her mom is having what appears to be a nervous breakdown, and her grandmother is just one of those obnoxious characters who thinks you’re having a complete meltdown if you’re not being an ultra perky extrovert.Seriously, there is a random fight where the character barely says ten words and she’s sentenced to having to volunteer at the grandmother’s hospital.It’s a lame plot point at best, let alone one that makes me roll my eyes.Every character though is sort of shitty. I mean, the best friend completely overreacts and betrays Edan with very little evidence. One of the guys that Edan is interested with turns into a total misogynist. In fact, he’s a misogynist from the get go, but he does stuff that should at the very least get him suspended from school but doesn’t. Instead, everyone vilifies Edan and she’s surprisingly okay with it. The love interest is bland with a backstory that is suppose to get us to cry but instead has me rolling my eyes.Honestly, the best bits of the book were those that talked about the fictional comic book hero/villainess that Edan idolized. I would’ve much rather read her story than Edan’s. That’s how bad Edan’s story was.Look, I’m okay with younger YA books. I think they’re needed. While I do like more mature YA books, the younger audience obviously needs something to read, but this one was just insulting. I think there’s often that fine line between a “young” voice and just a quite frankly “bad” voice and this falls into the latter.Edan was unrealistic. The rest of characters were unrealistic. The plot was insipid and boring and it had potential. It had so much fucking potential and failed so epically.Castellucci tries to brings in some deeper parts to the novel-some brief discussions of sexism but they’re hardly a blip on the page count that they’re barely worth mentioning. It’s like she was like oops got to add something in here and added that and a major supporting character is mentioned to be a lesbian like 3/4 of the way through the book for the first time.It’s like really, you’d think that the MC would say that before since she is so close to said character but nope. It’s was like that supporting character’s sexuality was merely thrown in there so that the author could claim that her book had some diversity in it.I just cannot in good faith recommend this one. If you like geek culture or books about cons check out Eliza and Her Monsters or Geekerella both books don’t have extremely complicated plots, but what they have they make the most of it. The characters in those books are well developed and you are interested in them. Not so much here.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I know books for younger people tend to be a bit more heavy-handed in their messages on purpose, but this book had no subtlety of message at all. Like the message was being shouted so loud, I lost the characters and the story.As I was reading, I just felt like the author wanted to tell a story that hit on all the bad parts of geeky convention experiences. People complaining about “fake” nerds/geeks...people who have just jumped on the bandwagon as geeky properties become more mainstream popular. I know books for younger people tend to be a bit more heavy-handed in their messages on purpose, but this book had no subtlety of message at all. Like the message was being shouted so loud, I lost the characters and the story.As I was reading, I just felt like the author wanted to tell a story that hit on all the bad parts of geeky convention experiences. People complaining about “fake” nerds/geeks...people who have just jumped on the bandwagon as geeky properties become more mainstream popular...especially guys who complain about “fake geek girls”. Guys treating girls who cosplay like objects and getting mean if said girls don’t want to pose for pictures, etc.Not the fun, cute read celebrating geekiness that I was hoping for.
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  • Rebe
    January 1, 1970
    Note: My review is based on an ARC.We are fourteen people hanging out after school, resplendent in spandex.Yay for free goodies at book festivals! I picked this one up almost by accident—I was looking for something else entirely at this year's YALLFest in Charleston, and the booth I happened upon was giving away ARCs. (YALLFest, incidentally, turned out to be a fantastic reading opportunity, because a lot of your time is probably going to be spent waiting in line for stuff.)Don't Cosplay with My Note: My review is based on an ARC.We are fourteen people hanging out after school, resplendent in spandex.Yay for free goodies at book festivals! I picked this one up almost by accident—I was looking for something else entirely at this year's YALLFest in Charleston, and the booth I happened upon was giving away ARCs. (YALLFest, incidentally, turned out to be a fantastic reading opportunity, because a lot of your time is probably going to be spent waiting in line for stuff.)Don't Cosplay with My Heart (and I'm not even going to TOUCH that pun) is essentially your standard YA contemporary nerd-culture story. As our protagonist, Edan Kupferman, gets more and more involved in her school's cosplay club, she also angsts a lot about family drama (mostly her dad's upcoming trial for embezzlement and her mom's depression) and plunges into a love triangle (*TIRED SIGH*). On the plus side, there are also some cool passages sprinkled throughout about the backstory of Edan's favorite comic book series and how it functions as a commentary on society. It's a neat little glimpse into how gender politics and the world of comics intersect. This book also has racial diversity (kudos!), including a Latino teenage boy who's a feminist and pursues a traditionally feminine hobby (sewing) without ever being shamed for it or anything, which was cool. There's also a Japanese lesbian character, Kasumi, who is Edan's BFF—although I don't feel like it was super fantastic representation, since she's not a main character and her queer romance happens off-screen.So, why the 2-star rating?This novel certainly entertained me, although not always in the way I suspect the author intended. I had to laugh at descriptions like this one of Mr. Perfect's Kirk Gomez's eyes:I still am just standing there... Noticing his dark eyes and how they are like drops of chocolate and how you can fall right into them and go swimming. I am swimming in his eyes. They go down very deep, like right down inside of him. I've been looking up close at Yuri's eyes for two weeks now, every time we kiss before I close my eyes, and they don't go that deep. How do eyes go that deep? How do they go so far down?Okay, then. I'm weirded out. He sounds like an alien. That is not normal human anatomy.Moving on from writing style... The characters often annoyed me or simply amazed me with their bad behavior. I can tell Castellucci is trying to capture the difficulties of being a female fan by having so many of Edan's friends and her boyfriend be sexist, gate-keeping jerks throughout the book, but here's the thing: They're blatant jerks from Day 1. They say something terrible (usually several somethings) about Edan or girls in general in every scene. And yet what does Edan do? She hangs out with them anyway, and she even dates one of them because he's "cute," even though he's a total dirtbag. I got annoyed. (Also got annoyed at just how much of a flat character Yuri was—he's a cliche, just there to stand in the way of Edan/Kirk and be a dirtbag. Castellucci clearly ships Edan/Kirk so hard that unlike with Kirk, she never makes much effort to develop Yuri's character. You can especially tell she feels this way because she lovingly describes every iota of Kirk's appearance while just summarizing Yuri as "cute." Ugh. Even if Yuri is a dirtbag, I want him to be a complex dirtbag. Since he isn't, you can't ever empathize with why Edan stays with him, and you get frustrated at her for liking him at all.)On that note, I got especially annoyed with Edan's obliviousness to her own feelings. She jumps right into a relationship with Yuri at the start of the story because he's "cute," and then she spends the whole book having a crush on Kirk and not admitting it to herself. I just cannot.Meanwhile, Edan angsts at every opportunity. There are some fun and relatable moments that come of it, like this one when she realizes tickets to Comic Con are sold out:"You really have to plan for these things," he says. "Comic Cons are very popular.""Well, I am figuring that out. And now that I have, my day is ruined," I complain. I blink a few times, because when I say my day is ruined, I mean I feel as though my life is ruined. "So I'm just going to leave and go back to my evil lair."But for the most part, it gets old fast. Hello, melodrama.Edan also makes some life choices that just made me go, "???" For example... Okay, so technically this is a spoiler and I'll hide it as such, but it's not that surprising.(view spoiler)[Towards the end of the book, Edan FINALLY decides she likes Kirk and needs to dump Yuri. Only thing is, she decides this on the same day that Yuri tells her he's buying them tickets to Universal Studios for her birthday. She then proceeds to NOT tell Yuri she's going to dump him, because, well, might as well enjoy the theme park first, right? Incidentally, she has already made out with Kirk in Kirk's basement at this point, while still dating Yuri.The following chapter was literally so amazing in the worst way that I was tearing up from laughing so hard at the ridiculousness. It starts like this:After walking through Universal Studios, after he buys me a wand and some butterbeer, after riding three roller coasters, I break up with Yuri while we're eating sushi.Excuse me, what?So Yuri is like, "This is crap." True. Then, understandably, he's like, "Why'd you let me waste these tickets on you?"And you know what she says? YOU KNOW WHAT SHE FREAKING SAYS?"I didn't think it was a waste," I say. "It was my birthday. I wanted to come."Wooooow. Yuri was an asshat in this relationship, but never let it be said he was the only asshat. (hide spoiler)]I gotta say, I also did some serious judging of Kasumi. She's supposed to be Edan's BFF, but towards the end of the book, she 1) fails to defend Edan when someone is insulting her to her face, and then 2) essentially shuts Edan out of her life at a time when Edan's entire world is going to shit... and she does it because of things that were not Edan's fault, and for allegations against her that Kasumi later admits she never believed. She literally tells Edan later, "I know that it wasn't you. I was just so mad." What??? What kind of stupid logic is that? There are just a lot of frustrating characters and questionable decisions in this book.So... Should you read it?Tough question. I enjoyed parts of this book and judged others, but ultimately I found it forgettable and mostly bland. Can't say I'd recommend it, but if you're bored and like cosplay books and someone hands you a copy, you might be entertained.
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  • Aletha
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book, it was a fun read - though not my fav Castellucci book. I could really relate to the awe of experiencing my very first comic book convention just as Edan had. There isn't anything too complex about the the plot but I really appreciate that the book brings up a lot of the negative of being a geek/nerd/fangirl - having to prove your geekiness, being ignored, being harassed for dressing up a certain way, etc. Yuri and his little a-hole cronies embody the crap that women in have I enjoyed this book, it was a fun read - though not my fav Castellucci book. I could really relate to the awe of experiencing my very first comic book convention just as Edan had. There isn't anything too complex about the the plot but I really appreciate that the book brings up a lot of the negative of being a geek/nerd/fangirl - having to prove your geekiness, being ignored, being harassed for dressing up a certain way, etc. Yuri and his little a-hole cronies embody the crap that women in have to deal with just by loving the stuff they love. The way they treated Edan throughout the book made it really difficult to read through at some points. It pissed me off so much. Why? Because it's not fiction, that kind of crap really happens. So I'm glad it was in the foreground of this book. This was not some idealized geek love story - don't get me wrong, I love those too but what I love about Cecil Castellucci's books is that there is some aspect of bittersweet, characters are flawed, people make mistakes, and not everything is tied up in a neat little bow at the end.Of course there were other things I would have liked to see in this book like Yuri and the jerk squad get his comeuppance and maybe more of SEW being involved with the hospital visits. That was adorable.Seriously, I think Yuri is the most evil villain you've written to date Cecil. Kudos to you for stomaching writing such a jerky mcjerkface.
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  • Lily
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed reading this book very much! My English teacher gave it to me knowing I am a big nerd for cosplaying and I was overjoyed. I enjoyed the lessons that Edan learned along the way and how she dealt with each situation. I also liked the wide range of emotions that were present during the story and how Edan described them to feel like. Over all I think that this is a great book for teens to read, especially if they are as nerdy as me!
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  • Christine H
    January 1, 1970
    My last new read for 2017 is Don’t Cosplay with My Heart by Cecil Castellucci, and you’ll love it if you’ve ever felt like any fandom universe is sometimes much better than the real world.Squinklethoughts1. The cover and title totally hooked me. I love the girl’s pink hair and purple mask – they drew my attention right away. Also, there’s a popular song that I grew up with called “Please Be Careful with My Heart”, and the title of this book made me remember the lyrics of the song, so I wanted to My last new read for 2017 is Don’t Cosplay with My Heart by Cecil Castellucci, and you’ll love it if you’ve ever felt like any fandom universe is sometimes much better than the real world.Squinklethoughts1. The cover and title totally hooked me. I love the girl’s pink hair and purple mask – they drew my attention right away. Also, there’s a popular song that I grew up with called “Please Be Careful with My Heart”, and the title of this book made me remember the lyrics of the song, so I wanted to see how many parallels the two would have.2. Edan Kupferman, the heroine of our story, is going through so much. I just feel for her. What’s great (for the reader, not for her) is that she’s in an unusual quandary, so it’s not like I could have predicted how things would turn out. In fact, I was quite surprised at how the problems within her family ultimately develop. (All the more interesting for me is that there’s a bit of Hollywood and behind-the-scenes allusions to Tinseltown in the story.) I like that Edan has a hard time telling her best friend, Kasumi, what’s really going on with her parents. She tells the audience right away how close they are, but there are some secrets that are difficult to share even with best friends, and this felt really realistic for me. I don’t know that I would have allowed things to develop the way Edan does, but her choices about this make the rising action more interesting. I also love that Edan’s family is comprised of three strong women who are tested to the core.3. Yuri. Ugh. I did not like him right away. I see why he might have been interesting for Edan, but I just felt like she fell under the whole sunk-cost fallacy. She spent so much time pining for Yuri that she can’t see how terrible he is for her. I mean … just his friends are hard to hang around with, and even Edan can see that clearly. I wish there were more just deserts for Yuri, but I suppose Castellucci leaves that to the reader’s imagination.4. Just as Yuri is so ugh, I felt myself rooting for Kirk almost right away. It’d have been great to have had a friend like Kirk in high school, though I’m sure I would have been just as emotionally invested in his home life as Edan eventually is. Edan and Kirk work well for me because even though they have their own really difficult dilemmas to deal with, they both have enough compassion in them to help one another out. This doesn’t always happen (and, for sure, I wish this had happened when I was in school), so to read about two characters who could think beyond themselves, even for a little while every so often, was quite refreshing for me.5. I’ve been to many cons and conferences (though none as big as SDCC), and I love that world. I love being immersed in a fish tank of like-minded individuals for a few days. Even though I don’t cosplay myself, I do wear tailored tees and other paraphernalia to show my fandom love. It was particularly interesting for me to read about some of the rules, expectations, and backstage info about what happens in other cons (even the fabricated one here). Castellucci writes about Disney bounding and ticket lotteries with an authority that makes me think she’s been to a fair (faire, ha) few cons herself. If you are a “real nerd” (used in quotes because, well, read the book to find out why), you’ll love these bits in the novel.6. I loved all the back stories on Team Tomorrow, Edan’s fandom of choice. These were the parts of the story that I thought were so well written, and I wonder if the author first thought of the Team Tomorrow backstory and just sort of built Edan’s story around it … which is so cool to speculate. There are lots of details about the made-up characters (Gargantua, Green Guarder, Lady Bird, etc.) and real comic-book life (ashcans, story arcs, writer-illustrator-creator-producer relationships, etc.), and I really wanted to learn more. Plus, there are tons of allusions to real fandoms that my Disney-Harry-Potter-Doctor-Who-Sherlock/Elementary-Murdoch-Mysteries-loving heart just eats up. I guess I’m all about the behind-the-scenes stuff. Anyway, the Team Tomorrow BTS pages were my favourite parts of the whole story.7. There’s one part though that I wasn’t too fond of, which is the constant references to boys objectifying girls and Edan being super feisty (or thinking about doing something super feisty) every time it happened. I one-hundred-percent believe that girls should be treated with respect and should never be made to feel uncomfortable. But I felt, more times than not, that the way the author presented this was unrealistic. When Yuri’s friends are talking about how great a girl looks, Edan sometimes gets upset right away. Maybe it’s because people who talk poorly about girls like they do wouldn’t stay my friends for very long, or maybe it’s because I think commenting on someone’s looks is not always demeaning nor are those looks mutually exclusive of a person’s intelligence. I just can’t see myself getting as steamed as Edan does (and still being with Yuri … ugh again). Either way, I think this would make a great starting point for discussions among my students.This review originally appeared on my blog, Squinklebooks.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to like this book. The cover is AWESOME. and the premise isn't so bad either. I'll start with the things I did like: diversity in the characters' races, sexuality, and socio-economic statuses; some of the social/political issues discussed. An extra star for those things. But it was a close call, and here's why: the MC is INSUFFERABLE. At first I chalked it up to teenage angst and turmoil, and maybe that just wasn't what I wanted to read about at the time. I was willing to forgive I really wanted to like this book. The cover is AWESOME. and the premise isn't so bad either. I'll start with the things I did like: diversity in the characters' races, sexuality, and socio-economic statuses; some of the social/political issues discussed. An extra star for those things. But it was a close call, and here's why: the MC is INSUFFERABLE. At first I chalked it up to teenage angst and turmoil, and maybe that just wasn't what I wanted to read about at the time. I was willing to forgive. But then I realized that the characters are supposed to be sophomores in high school. They are written like eight graders. You cannot tell me this isn't a middle grade book because I will not believe you. Now, don't get me wrong, I know that 15 isn't the height of maturity, but c'mon. Castellucci does 15 year olds a disservice with the interactions and dialogue in this book. The characters are utterly one dimensional--almost no growth occurs, except for maybe the MC at the end (and her wet noodle mother, if you're being generous). Additionally, the drama was so cliched--especially with the boyfriend. Now, don't get me wrong. I am all about portrayals of strong females, acts of consent, and positive female friendships. But not when the read like a re-hash of your most popular gamer girl blog rants. I mean, I get it. The interactions/drama are things that can and do happen in real life (like your boyfriend and his friends being insufferably sexist) but my problem is that there isn't necessarily a resolution for these things. You don't have to tell ME the injustices that occur to gamer girls--I am one. I KNOW. What would be better is to demonstrate scenarios where these boys get put in their place. Teach me how to respond to the BS that I know happens IRL, don't just rehash the fact that it's happening. Also, eff that make up with her friend at the end. The friend embarrassed her in front of everyone, helped throw out a club that SHE created, and refused an apology because,what? the MC didn't confide her personal, horrible home life? This is a horrible message to send. Children, we are not our parents and we should not be punished for the crimes of our fathers. I expected a better resolution than "hey come sit with me, I guess I'm not mad about what your dad did to my dad that neither of us had any control over." Please, if you are on the fence, go read Geekerella by Ashley Poston instead.
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  • David
    January 1, 1970
    Don't Cosplay with my Heart By Cecil CastellucciThe Rating 4.5/5The ReviewThis book really spoke to my nerdy little heart. A Cosplaying YA contemporary... yes please!!! This was the first book of my most anticipated books of 2018 and it doesn't disappoint at all. The characters Edan and Kirk are adorkably perfect and watching them grow as they struggle with everything thrown at them is one of the many things I love about this book. Adam's struggle to find who she is and her inner strength while Don't Cosplay with my Heart By Cecil CastellucciThe Rating 4.5/5The ReviewThis book really spoke to my nerdy little heart. A Cosplaying YA contemporary... yes please!!! This was the first book of my most anticipated books of 2018 and it doesn't disappoint at all. The characters Edan and Kirk are adorkably perfect and watching them grow as they struggle with everything thrown at them is one of the many things I love about this book. Adam's struggle to find who she is and her inner strength while her whole world is being turned upside down. While most people won't go through what she does, we are all faced with people who try to tear us down all while acting like they are our friends. I enjoyed the Comic Con portions too. I'm a pretty big comic fan myself and really connected to using characters as an escape from our troubled lives. The only reason and I mean only reason that it only got 4.5 is because the Yuri story line didn't get a conclusion and I would have enjoyed the smiley little creep to get what was coming to him. I would really love for Castellucci to write a sequel to this book.Who Should Read It:Needs and GeeksSuperhero FansContemporary FansYA Romance [email protected] #dontcosplaywithmyheart #cecilcastelucci #scholasticpress #youngadultreader #youngadultbook #youngadult #ya #adrianoreads #followme #booknerd #bookworm #booklover #bibliophile #bookstagram #booksarelife #bookblogger #bookstagramfeature #bookaddict #bookstagrammer #bookaddiction #bookaddicted #bookaday #booklove #booklovers #bookobsession #goodreads #bookobsessed #readmorebooks
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  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    January 1, 1970
    Castellucci, Cecil. Don’t Cosplay with My Heart, 273 pgs. Scholastic Press (Scholastic Inc.), 2017. Language – PG (5 swears, 0 “f”), Mature Content – PG13; Violence – PG;Nerds come from all fandoms and passions imaginable, and Edan is a Team Tomorrow nerd—mostly focusing on the antihero Gargantua. Edan draws strength from Gargantua’s character and from the similar situations they face when Edan’s life starts falling apart and she struggles to find the will to keep moving forward. While Gargantua Castellucci, Cecil. Don’t Cosplay with My Heart, 273 pgs. Scholastic Press (Scholastic Inc.), 2017. Language – PG (5 swears, 0 “f”), Mature Content – PG13; Violence – PG;Nerds come from all fandoms and passions imaginable, and Edan is a Team Tomorrow nerd—mostly focusing on the antihero Gargantua. Edan draws strength from Gargantua’s character and from the similar situations they face when Edan’s life starts falling apart and she struggles to find the will to keep moving forward. While Gargantua and cosplaying cannot undo the mistakes Edan’s father has made or the mistakes that Edan herself makes, the idea of being able to be powerful and confident like Gargantua gives Edan hope.Edan’s voice comes across very clearly and relatably throughout the book, and I especially love that she, as the narrator, continually makes references to Team Tomorrow for the reader alone to hear. My nerdy sister makes similar asides all the time, and this real element of Edan helps readers come to understand Edan’s obsession with Team Tomorrow and the relevance of Gargantua in her life. Castellucci also does a great job highlighting the reason we become passionate about books, movies, shows, comics, and anything else: we find parallels of ourselves and make connections with characters (and other fans) that help life make sense. Warning: nerdy jargon is used frequently; googling the references is a fun addition to the story but not necessary.HS – ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Carolina Herdegenhttps://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2017...
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  • Carro Herdegen
    January 1, 1970
    Language – PG (5 swears, 0 “f”), Mature Content – PG13; Violence – PG; Nerds come from all fandoms and passions imaginable, and Edan is a Team Tomorrow nerd—mostly focusing on the antihero Gargantua. Edan draws strength from Gargantua’s character and from the similar situations they face when Edan’s life starts falling apart and she struggles to find the will to keep moving forward. While Gargantua and cosplaying cannot undo the mistakes Edan’s father has made or the mistakes that Edan herself m Language – PG (5 swears, 0 “f”), Mature Content – PG13; Violence – PG; Nerds come from all fandoms and passions imaginable, and Edan is a Team Tomorrow nerd—mostly focusing on the antihero Gargantua. Edan draws strength from Gargantua’s character and from the similar situations they face when Edan’s life starts falling apart and she struggles to find the will to keep moving forward. While Gargantua and cosplaying cannot undo the mistakes Edan’s father has made or the mistakes that Edan herself makes, the idea of being able to be powerful and confident like Gargantua gives Edan hope.Edan’s voice comes across very clearly and relatably throughout the book, and I especially love that she, as the narrator, continually makes references to Team Tomorrow for the reader alone to hear. My nerdy sister makes similar asides all the time, and this real element of Edan helps readers come to understand Edan’s obsession with Team Tomorrow and the relevance of Gargantua in her life. Castellucci also does a great job highlighting the reason we become passionate about books, movies, shows, comics, and anything else: we find parallels of ourselves and make connections with characters (and other fans) that help life make sense. Warning: nerdy jargon is used frequently; googling the references is a fun addition to the story but not necessary. Reviewed for http://kissthebook.blogspot.com/
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    This was a Goodreads giveaway win.I so much loved this book. I could seriously identify with Edan, feeling like an outsider, being put in a place where no one wants to be your friend anymore. But also with being that geek girl, having to prove yourself in the "man's world," which can actually refer to any part of society these days. Gargantua seems to be a great role model for anyone, but especially for a teenage girl who needs someway to feel big when they really feel small. This book also foll This was a Goodreads giveaway win.I so much loved this book. I could seriously identify with Edan, feeling like an outsider, being put in a place where no one wants to be your friend anymore. But also with being that geek girl, having to prove yourself in the "man's world," which can actually refer to any part of society these days. Gargantua seems to be a great role model for anyone, but especially for a teenage girl who needs someway to feel big when they really feel small. This book also follows multiple teenagers dealing with things that are not their fault and are out of their control. One character deals with possible incarceration of a parent, another with a family illness, and another whose parents are having financial trouble. We also deal on a minor level with inappropriate advances, which can be a common thing in the cosplay world. The book shows the basic day to day of teenagers, but how it is complicated by things that we have no choice in, which is something most teens can relate to. I would highly recommend.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Fun premise, underwhelming execution. Almost entirely predictable, with a boyfriend who was obviously horrible from square one. He and his buddies seemed to be working off a checklist of "things geek misogynists do." Maybe if I weren't already aware of these things it would have been more interesting, but as it was, it felt very ham-fisted. Likewise boyfriend Yuri's "nice guy" behavior when Edan finally breaks up with him. These are important things to be called out and explored, but there was n Fun premise, underwhelming execution. Almost entirely predictable, with a boyfriend who was obviously horrible from square one. He and his buddies seemed to be working off a checklist of "things geek misogynists do." Maybe if I weren't already aware of these things it would have been more interesting, but as it was, it felt very ham-fisted. Likewise boyfriend Yuri's "nice guy" behavior when Edan finally breaks up with him. These are important things to be called out and explored, but there was no nuance in this story.The writing itself is generally refreshing in its simplicity, although inconsistency in the way contractions are used (or, more often, not) is distracting, and there are a number of idioms so cliche I wonder how they made it through editing (watch like a hawk, eat like a bird, hit me like a ton of bricks, etc.). I do appreciate that the book is short and simply written; those qualities, along with the premise, should make this book an attractive choice for reluctant teen readers.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Edan is just getting into the Cosplay scene and learning how to make her own costumes. She needs the distraction because her father is being investigated for a white collar crime and may end up in jail. Her mom is completely distraught and near a nervous breakdown. High school is hard enough without all the family drama. Cosplaying becomes Edan's outlet. She forms a club at school and her crush joins the club too. Soon, they are dating, but it does't always feel quite right and she finds her tho Edan is just getting into the Cosplay scene and learning how to make her own costumes. She needs the distraction because her father is being investigated for a white collar crime and may end up in jail. Her mom is completely distraught and near a nervous breakdown. High school is hard enough without all the family drama. Cosplaying becomes Edan's outlet. She forms a club at school and her crush joins the club too. Soon, they are dating, but it does't always feel quite right and she finds her thoughts moving more towards another boy in the club, when she's not thinking about her dad going to jail. I enjoyed this story for it's solid tension, high emotional conflict, subtle but satisfying romantic angle with the added plus of a view of the cosplay world. I recommend it to readers 14 and up.
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  • Stacey Browne
    January 1, 1970
    What was that. The ending sucked. This book was altogether a disappointment. The cover and title are so good I just had to get it and read it and when I did I was just so disappointed. I don't even understand how or why this happened. The characters were bad. Especially Yuri and company. The plot was bad. Nothing interesting happened. And the best part about the whole book was when she broke up with Yuri and saw his true colors. For me the biggest disappointment in this whole book is that we nev What was that. The ending sucked. This book was altogether a disappointment. The cover and title are so good I just had to get it and read it and when I did I was just so disappointed. I don't even understand how or why this happened. The characters were bad. Especially Yuri and company. The plot was bad. Nothing interesting happened. And the best part about the whole book was when she broke up with Yuri and saw his true colors. For me the biggest disappointment in this whole book is that we never actually found out whether Yuri was actually the one who stole the money or not. I mean I know he did but still I would've liked if the book actually said "IT WAS YURI WHO STOLE THE MONEY FROM THE CLUB" or something like that.Anyway the book was incredibly predictable and well... I'm kind of mad at how bad it was.
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  • FloeticFlo
    January 1, 1970
    It look me awhile to get into this one at first. I wasn't connecting with Edan. Yes, she is going through a hard time, but when we meet her she is still in the "feeling sorry for myself" phase, and that is fun for nobody. However, I kept on going and I'm so glad I did. For the last 100ish pages, I stayed in bed reading because I just didn't want to put this down.I liked how the story was set up -- there are four sections, each revolving around a con, from small to large (starting with Los Angele It look me awhile to get into this one at first. I wasn't connecting with Edan. Yes, she is going through a hard time, but when we meet her she is still in the "feeling sorry for myself" phase, and that is fun for nobody. However, I kept on going and I'm so glad I did. For the last 100ish pages, I stayed in bed reading because I just didn't want to put this down.I liked how the story was set up -- there are four sections, each revolving around a con, from small to large (starting with Los Angeles and ending with San Diego.) Read the full review on Book Nerds Across America:http://www.booknerdsacrossamerica.com...
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  • Gerard Villegas
    January 1, 1970
    The premise sounded cute. Teen girl who idolizes a female superhero joins a cosplay group, becomes romantically involve with one of the members, and finds more about herself in the process. This ARC pretty much covers all the teen clichés from complicated romance to teens knowing more than the parents but falls into the trappings of simplistic storytelling. Don't get me wrong, the book is fun but not much in the way of substance. It was just okay.
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    Don't Cosplay with My Heart is a fun book with some problems. I liked the geek and cosplay culture in it. There was passion behind this book. The one problem I had with this book is the writing style. Sometimes, I'm fine with a simple writing style but with this, it was way too simple and some sentances didn't make sense. Like the writing, the characters are too simple. They were one note but I still liked them. Overall, I liked the book but felt like my life hasn't been changed.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    It was only ok. It's hard to believe that such a bad cast could make it as main characters yet they do. There's some big family upheaval's in Edan's life but very little impact appears to happen after everything gets done. And I don't recall anything happening with Yuri after the events near the end of the book. I wasn't expecting a lot from a book like this but I was hoping for something better all the same.
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  • Darla
    January 1, 1970
    GREAT read indeed! The sideline story of Team Tomorrow pulls this story together. Our hero, Gargantua/Edan is one powerful young lady! Her family is flailing, her BFF is away, her boyfriend is questionable, her story is real. Castellucci is spot on with the cosplay scene and it comes across in this page turner of a story
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  • Alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    Though I was yelling at the main character the entire book I feel akin to her flaws and spectacular failures. The end was a little rushed, however it drew together all the strings to weave a pretty solid storyline complete with cosplay! Would've favoured a view or two from the 'other man's' perspective.
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  • Tracey
    January 1, 1970
    teen fiction (8th-11th grade? cosplay, comic cons, romance--kissing only, also touches on consent issues)The plot is fairly predictable but who doesn't love a good cosplay meet cute? And with a diverse cast, too (Edan's friends are racially diverse and her bestie is also lesbian).This was the first of C.Castelluci's teen books that I've read, but I am a big fan of her geekery.
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  • Mcw
    January 1, 1970
    This was a cute book that had me hooked until the end, I just wish she wasn't the girl that got so hooked on the guy that she didn't see what was happening under her nose until she was in trouble. I am glad it was all resolved in the end but at the same time that kind of girl just peeves me.
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  • Carmensutra
    January 1, 1970
    I put this down about two weeks ago and lack of interest is making me DNF it for the moment. Maybe I'll come back to it.
  • Camille
    January 1, 1970
    Like a badly written rip off of Geekerella. I did appreciate the feminist touches though.
  • Rachel Sharpe
    January 1, 1970
    I called every plot "twist" before it happened.
  • Caroline
    January 1, 1970
    So sweet! Great story with good ethical quandaries, believable characters and super fun comic element. I read it in one sitting and had a blast.
  • Jaymie
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. Loved this - the Team Tomorrow pieces, the characters, and the comic convention parts. Seeing Edan’s story through her Guargantua references was terrific.
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