I have to admit; I read this in a day. Not because I was rushing it, but I had one of those days where I didn’t feel like doing anything besides reading. And this was perfect for those days.
I absolutely loved Fangirl, so I don’t know how review-y this is going to be (it’s probably going to lean more towards the rant-y side).
First of all I would like to point out that I really enjoyed the overall writing style of the book. It was fluent, it had a certain degree of personal style, and the overall composition of the book was absolutely beautiful. I absolutely loved the fanfiction breaks, and when Cath read fanfiction out loud.
The characters in the story was amazing, not only for a standalone novel, but also as literary characters generally. The only thing that irked me a bit was that amongst the tens of thousands of characters on campus, there were very few people who were actually mentioned. Yes, I get that the book is about Cath and her friends, but I like to read about “the quirky neighbour who always wears floppy sunhats.” We got a few at the end, with Levi’s room mates, but not particularily much.
Cath was a very believable and relatable main character. I thoroughly enjoyed reading what is undeniably her coming-off-age story. There is a great character arc, and even though she isn’t a completely changed person – which so many girls are in stories like these – she is clearly evolved from her anxious-filled state of the first few chapters. What I loved the most about Cath though, is the way she was with Levi. Yes, she was completely and utterly crushing on him, but she wasn’t all lovey-dovey and desperate because of it. At one point, I even thought she was going to end up with Nick! She acted exactly the same towards Levi as she did with the other characters, and didn’t make him up to be very special. At one point, she even tells herself that he’s not even that cute. I think I made my point here: Cath is awesome.
When it comes to Wren I’m sort of in the middle? I don’t know really what I think about Wren, because in the beginning of the book she’s a real horrible bitch. At one point I thought “wow, I hate her more than I hate Clary Fray” – however, Wren got her redemption. Towards the end of the book, I saw what Cath saw in, and had missed in Wren. In the beginning of the book, Wren has her obvious mommy-issues, but what annoys me the most is that she invalidates Cath’s feelings so much. How is that helping Wren?
Levi. Levi. Levi. I think Levi is one of the best love interests I’ve ever read. He isn’t overly gooey, but he isn’t rude and sarcastic either (not so much that it bugs me, at least). He’s competing very much with Will Herondale on the hotness-scale. I love Levi. And what I love the most about Levi, is that he is far from perfect. He is flawed, and he has his quirks, and even Cath can see that Levi isn’t perfect. I just have a lot of feelings towards Levi.
The plot wasn’t overly exciting, but it was still very important. The book takes up the important issues of a broken home, but it doesn’t necessarily make it the real focus point. Yes, their dad is sort of broken, and we see Cath calling him quite a few times, but he isn’t all we hear about. And of course their obvious mommy-issues, which are turning Wren into a total and utter bitch, but I mean, still not the focus point. The main focus point in this book is simply Cath’s coming of age story, and I absolutely loved it.
One thing I find very amusing was the very clear Simon Snow = Harry Potter references. And gay fanfiction between Simon(Harry) and Baz(Draco). It’s basically Harry Potter fanfiction she’s writing, and she’s not even trying to make it subtle. Baz smells like apples for Christ’s sake. How much more clear do we need it to be? I’ve written Drarry fanfiction who centres around Draco smelling like apples.
Ah, but yes. Fangirl is definitively one of my favourite books of 2014, and I will probably re-read it again(and again, whatever). I fell so in love with the characters, and there is so much I haven’t mentioned. If my university experience could be so cute, I would be lucky.