My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Don’t Cosplay with My Heart wanted to hit all of the geeky notes in my heart and didn’t quite succeed. Emotionally, I had a fun time with this book but logically it was not particularly well written or thought out. By the end of the book, I had many questions. There were plot points that introduced to the story and never addressed again, which was a little bit frustrating. I wanted to know what happened and I felt like I was missing the final 50 pages of the book, which should have been used to wrap everything up nicely.
Our main character, Edan, is having a rough time at home, as her entire world is flipped upside down and she decides she needs a distraction. What better distraction than attending her first ever Comic Book Convention? She is immediately hooked and decided to create a club at school so that she can share her newfound passion for cosplay and sewing with others. I didn’t feel that any of the characters were particularly well developed. The romance was obvious and needed more depth.
One of my favourite sentiments from the story was that you can be a geek or a nerd or whatever you want to call yourself – if you’re passionate about something, you’re a real geek. It doesn’t matter if you pour over issues of comics, play video games until your eyes blur, watch Anime dubbed or subbed (despite the debate), or anything else – you’re a real geek. Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise, embrace and love your passions. They’re authentic and so are you.
While the plot wasn’t particularly unique or the characters memorable, it was still an homage to geekdom and just an enjoyable, fluffy (nerdy) contemporary read. Don’t expect too much out of it and you’ll enjoy yourself.