Even though I’d heard so many wonderful things about this book — and people kept recommending it to me — I was afraid I wouldn’t like it. When you choose to read something outside of your comfort-zone genre(s), I think it’s normal to wonder if you’re actually going to like it. But Fangirl was such a pleasure, from start to finish, and it’s the first book in a long time that I honestly couldn’t put down. (I stayed up until one o’clock in the morning to finish it. And if you know me, you’ll know I’m definitely not a night owl! 😄)
Not sure what this book is about? You can find a short synopsis in my August TBR post! 🙂
What I Liked: Can I just say EVERYTHING? Because seriously… I loved this book. ❤️ I will say, however, that I really appreciated the (in my opinion) realistic depiction of severe anxiety. As someone who struggles with anxiety, it was incredibly refreshing to see a protagonist deal with some of the same things I’ve dealt with over the years. Of course, anxiety is different for many people, so some readers may not see themselves in Cath as much as I did. But I think Rainbow Rowell did an excellent job of describing how severe anxiety can affect your day-to-day life. As for other things I liked: The dialogue was brilliant, the coming-of-age story worked well (and we were able to see Cath change throughout the story), the relationships — from Wren and Cath, to Cath and Levi — were complicated and messy and real, and the ending wasn’t cliched or overdone. Oh, and Levi was a total babe. I could honestly read about his hair all day. 😆
What I Disliked: I can’t think of much that I didn’t like. I guess one tiny thing is that, as much as I liked the ending, it felt — to me, at least — abrupt. But it’s possible that I just wanted the book to go on and on forever, so any kind of ending was going to feel like waking up from a wonderful dream.