Hey guys! This is my review for my most recently finished book titled as so. I'm so excited to jump into this review because, surprise!, I absolutely loved this book so much with every fibre of my being. (Though...not as much as The Book Thief, but that's understandable. No other books will ever take over that one for me)
You could say that this book was one of those books that YA's have about 'coming of age' or 'coming to understand yourself in the world' type of book that I never particularly read because I never connect to them. I don't have divorced parents, I don't have many friends who do drugs or drink or have one night stands (But that's not to say that I don't have any of those friends at all, it's just not a major influence in my life), I'm not depressed or suicidal, I don't have many boy troubles (Mainly 'cos I don't make audible connections with the opposite gender except for a few guys who I was forced to and it resulted in friendship), so those books are not my go-to whenever I run wildly through bookstores, stroking book spines and smelling the new book smell like a frantic dog. But Fangirl was the one YA book about finding yourself that really struck a cord with me. Besides the Fanfiction/Fandoms aspect of the book, Cath (Main Character) deals with social anxiety and being introverted like myself. She often struggles in the book with going out to eat lunch with no one, and doesn't like to eat in front of others (WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN TO ME?), she comes off across as abrasive and apathetic towards new people because of her social ineptness, and that's something I could really connect to in my own life. When she first meets Levi (the other main character), she brushes him off and quickly dismisses him. As I read that passage, I just kind of laid the book onto my chest and laid there, looking up at the ceiling and realising that everything she does is what I do whenever I go to social outings. As I read on, I connected more and more with Cath because of her mannerisms and odd habits, which is fantastic!
I also really connected to the parts of Cath being scared to do new things. Her hesitant nature towards College, new people, new atmospheres, is something very familiar. She escapes by hiding in bathrooms, her bedroom, or the library. She is an absolute brilliant character, and one that I found myself actually loving and understanding completely (Which happens rarely when I read. There is always something that really bugs me about the main character)
One of my favourite quotes from the book is beautifully captured in this fan art from a fan of the book series, and is something I've been feeling and thinking but haven't been able to put into words, oral or written.
The only thing that I didn't...particularly like, was what happens after the relationship forms. It's solidified, and it's canon now...but for me that's where relationships really drop the ball, and I find myself despising the two characters I loved immensely turning into this 'We, us' type of relationship, and way too sexual with no more development. That's my only critique though! And it's not even a very big one, it's just a really annoying tick that bugs me with every YA book with romantic interests, for ANY of the characters.
Now to the fun stuff!
I absolutely loved the way they talked back and forth with each other, the playfulness and trust they had with each other. It was so real, and just beautiful, and it hurt so much at certain points during the book that I just smooshed my face into the book multiple times while squealing and rolling around in my bed and completely wrecking any makeup I wasn't wearing.
Overall...this book was fantastic, one of my favourites but probably top 5. The relationships that Cath had with her friends, and her twin sister, and her family was amazing and felt truly real. I would honestly read it again in probably 6 months, just to relive that feeling of feels. I totally recommend it if you want a good laugh, a few feels about family and friends and what it means to grow up and face your fears with the help of your friends. And fanfiction.
...And I may still be upset about fictional men...
I'm rating this book an 8 out of 10. It didn't make me cry, but I laughed and I just wanted to die from the sheer cuteness but also the feeling of being understood.