The only two thoughts I’m having right now are:
a) Why in the goddamn hell did I put off reading this book for so long?, and
b) OHMYGOD NO IT’S OVER
I feel like a little lost child over here, what am I supposed to do with myself now?? There’s never going to be any new Levi ever again!! Just the thought makes me cringe! I’m honestly suffering right now, what am I meant to do next? Please send help! I like drank the ambrosia and now everything’s going to taste like ash in comparison.
I read Fangirl in one sitting, picked it up about 2:30pm or so and read straight through till about 1am only having a couple of food and conversation breaks in between. I kept telling myself to go to sleep now and then you’ll have more of it to read in the morning but nope my fangirling (punny) self could not (would not) put the book down.
Cath, suffering from crippling anxiety, has locked herself away behind impenetrable walls and the only one who is allowed inside is her Father, her twin, Wren, and her favourite book characters Simon and Baz. This book focuses a lot on Cath growing up, on her learning to join her best parts of being a child and intertwining them with her new adult life, with her new priorities and relationships.
“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t Google.)”
I connected and could relate to Cath so much that it was freaky! To escape her problem instead of dealing with them Cath writes fanfiction for her favourite book series The Simon Snow series, she is extremely famous in the fanfiction world. Escaping into fiction words to avoid situations in life is a copping mechanism I know well. Being a twin myself I found it really easy to see where Cath was coming from when she would think she was barely a candle against her sister’s bonfire. Every person with a twin feels like this sometimes to have another you walking around sharing same parents, friends, teachers and experiences, it’s sometimes hard not to question whether you’re the lesser one, especially because to us our twins the best people ever!
Levi – beautiful, charming, happy Levi – is my soulmate (it official). I just can’t do words! I have fallen in love with a fictional character. There’s not one thing that’s cliché contemporary romance about him. He’s always smiling because he’s always happy! How dumb that that’s a unique quality in a contemporary read, just simply he’s always smiling and happy and wanting to make others just as happy. Levi is patient and understanding about Cath’s insecurities. He doesn’t mock or judge about her fanfiction, in fact he really likes it and thinks it’s awesome that she wrote it. Levi is my new book boyfriend and we’re going to be happy forever and ever.
“You look so blindingly cute right now, I feel like I need to make a pinhole in a piece of paper just to look at you.”
The Simon Snow series and Cath’s Carry On fanfiction extracts where fantastic. They were used as parallels into Cath’s life at the time. I loved that the Simon Snow series is meant to be a spoof of the Harry Potter books, and I LOVED Simon and Baz. Who doesn’t love a little hate into love relationship? When I realised that Rowell’s next book is actually Carry On I had a little happy dance. I love that even though we don’t get a sequel to Fangirl it still going to continue on in a way.
Rowell addressed the twin’s father being a manic in such a great way, she didn’t write his illness over the top, she gave an realistic interpretation of a person who is a manic – a balance of eccentric and exciting and normal, until the scales tip just a bit too far.
Overall I loved this book! I want this book to continue on forever like how Cath feels about her Simon Snow books. This book has just became one of my all-time favourites!