Cover image for Ship it / Britta Lundin.
Title:
Ship it / Britta Lundin.
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9781368003131
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Los Angeles : Freeform Books, 2018.

©2018
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375 pages ; 22 cm
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Told from two viewpoints, Forest, a television actor who needs more fans, and Claire, a teen fan fiction blogger, are teamed to raise his profile despite their disagreement over whether his character is gay.
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Summary

From Riverdale screenwriter Britta Lundin, Ship It is a funny, tender, and honest look at all the feels that come with being a fan. CLAIRE is a sixteen-year-old fangirl obsessed with the show Demon Heart . FOREST is an actor on Demon Heart who dreams of bigger roles. When the two meet at a local Comic-Con panel, it's a dream come true for Claire. Until the Q&A, that is, when Forest laughs off Claire's assertion that his character is gay. Claire is devastated. After all, every last word of her super-popular fanfic revolves around the romance between Forest's character and his male frenemy. She can't believe her hero turned out to be a closed-minded jerk. Forest is mostly confused that anyone would think his character is gay. Because he's not. Definitely not .
Unfortunately for Demon Heart , when the video of the disastrous Q&A goes viral, the producers have a PR nightmare on their hands. In order to help bolster their image within the LGBTQ+ community-as well as with their fans-they hire Claire to join the cast for the rest of their publicity tour. What ensues is a series of colorful Comic-Con clashes between the fans and the show that lead Forest to question his assumptions about sexuality and help Claire come out of her shell. But how far will Claire go to make her ship canon? To what lengths will Forest go to stop her and protect his career? And will Claire ever get the guts to make a move on Tess, the very cute, extremely cool fanartist she keeps running into?


Author Notes

Britta Lundin is a TV writer, novelist, and comic book writer. She currently writes on the hit CW show Riverdale. A longtime fanfiction reader and writer, she can track her life milestones by what she was shipping at the time. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives with her wife and their lime tree in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter @brittashipsit.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Claire Strupke, a high school junior from Pine Bluff, Idaho, spends her time writing fanfiction reimagining the relationship of the male leads of her favorite television show, Demon Heart. Claire "ships" Smokey (played by an actor named Forest) and Heart. Already famous within the fan community, Claire's platform increases when she and Forest get into an argument at the Boise Comic-Con over whether or not the Smokey-Heart ship is part of the canon (i.e., the official version) of the show. Concerned over a possible backlash from the LGBTQ community, and recognizing the power that Claire has among fans, the show's PR executives create a contest for Claire to win; her prize is to join the cast for the rest of their tour. While Claire hopes to show the cast what she sees in the program and change the canon, she ultimately learns about the people behind her favorite characters. Through the alternating perspectives of Claire and Forest, debut novelist Lundin, a television writer, gives readers a peek into what it's like to be a fan and to have fans, while underlining what the two characters have in common. Though at times a bit inside-baseball, the story explores fandom while weaving in themes of first love, sexual identity, and acceptance. Ages 14-up. Agent: Jim Ehrich, Rothman Brecher Ehrich Livingston. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.