I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman

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I Was Born for This
Cover of I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman
Author(s) Alice Oseman
Published May 3, 2018
Publisher Harper Collins Children's Books
Genre(s) Contemporary Fiction
Age group Young Adult

I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman is a young adult contemporary novel, originally published on May 3, 2018.

Trigger Warnings

Author-Provided Warnings

The content warning given on the author's website:

  • Violence (mentions of blood and injury)
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Smoking
  • Discussions of sexual coercion of a minor (16y/o) by an adult in their 30s
  • Discussions of surgery
  • Discussions of drug usage (cannabis)
  • Biphobia
  • One brief incident of verbal transphobia

Addition Trigger Warnings

  • Abandonment
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Assault
  • Death (mentioned)
  • Depression
  • Outing
  • Parental abandonment
  • Sexual abuse
  • Suicide (mentioned)


An asterisk (*) indicates that the author openly identifies with that identity.

  • Transegender (FTM) and gay main character
  • Bisexual side characters
  • Hijabi Muslim main character
  • Biracial (Indian and Italian) main character
  • Wasian side character
  • Black side character


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