Cath and Wren are identical twins and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more- she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not easy for Cath. She would rather bury herself in the fanfiction she writes where there’s romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.
Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experience, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible…
I’ve read Fangirl many times but this time I decided to try annotating it a bit. (Ariel Bissett and Books With Chloe have great videos about annotating). I have tried annotating in the past but writing on the actual book is so hard for me, not only is it writing on a book but for some reason my handwriting always looks worse on book pages. However I really wanted to try it again, so I dug through my collection of sticky notes and found some the appropriate size and instead of writing on the actual book I wrote on those and then stuck them in the appropriate places. It was so much fun and now I think I’m kinda addicted.
Even though I’ve never written fanfiction (unless you count the one time I had to rewrite a key scene from The Lightning Thief from a different character's point of view, but it was for school so it doesn’t really count) I still relate to Cath a lot. I definitely prefer to spend my time in fictional worlds over real ones and have a hard time with new people especially if there’s a lot of them. There’s a part where Cath says “I don’t want to kiss a stranger… I’m not interested in lips out of context.” under which is a sticky note that simply says same.
Also, this time while Cath was procrastinating doing her writing assignments I was too, it made me feel better about myself (don’t worry, after I finished the book I did go back to it and got the draft ready to submit to my teacher.) Also, Levi is a massive nerd and dork, but he’s so adorable and just… can I please have one?
Can we just take a moment here to appreciate Reagan and Cath’s friendship, I really like seeing positive girl friendships in fiction, and I don’t think we can ever have enough especially since the media in the past has been so committed to pitting girls against each other?
Fangirl for me has just become a book that I can disappear into when I need to laugh and even though it’s not always about happy things I know that I will feel better when I finish it.
I absolutely love this book, five out of five stars.