I decided to pick up "Fangirl because I wanted to take a break from another (fantasy) book I'm reading. Going into it, I knew I was probably going to like it. If not a lot, at least a little. As it turned out, I was right---about liking it. ^.^
One thing that made this book stood out to me is the fact that I could relate to Cath, the main character, even though I'm not in any of the exact/same situations(s) as her. And although I don't really write that much fan fiction (nowhere near not as much as Cath did/does xD), I understood how she felt about being in a world that's apart from your own---apart from your own reality, and wanting to be in it, in whichever way possible. I do admit though, I wish she trusted herself more, with having to try and create her own original story. However, I also knew where she was coming from.
(Some spoilers ahead.)
Moving onto the side characters. I really like Reagan, Levi, Wren (but not so much when she was distant and unfriendly toward Cath---I still don't get why she would ignore her like that) and Arthur (Cath & Wren's dad, Mr. Avery).
I'm gonna start with Reagan. Let me just say: she was absolutely hilarious. I would crack up whenever she says something sarcastic or funny. xD Sometimes, I'd even re-read those passages, which always never fail to make smile. Sure, I didn't like how she acted sometimes, but it's like that with every character. They all have their flaws, and that's fine. That's what makes them, well, them. ^.^
Now, onto Levi. He's so sweet and cheery. How can anyone NOT like him? I mean, come on! He's like the light to a gloomy, dark day. I always smile when he appears. (Cath is so luck. And Reagan too.)
Shifiting over to Wren. I sort of already went over my thoughts about her, so there's nothing much else to say. Adding on, though, I guess, I just wished Wren was there for Cath when she needed someone to talk to. Going back to what I commented before, I don't understand why she abandoned Cath like that... It was as if all of a sudden, she wanted to go off on her own, without Cath at all. That didn't make sense to me because from the past dialog/memory scenes of her & Cath, Wren was so close and caring toward Cath. What made me like her, even a little, was that she stood by Cath AFTER their dad punished her, and made her go back every weekend. I kind of wanted them to make up on their own. But I guess in a way, they did---which was good.
And last not least: Arthur (or Mr. Avery, aka Cath & Wren's father). I admit, even though, he's a little looney in the head, I still really liked, and quite frankly, admired him. That scene when he was hugging Wren & Cath in the hospital... Man, I couldn't help but say: Aww! He didn't say much, but somehow, I felt like he did. He's just such a loving father. Especially when he realized that in order for Cath not to worry about him so much, he got to start taking care of himself. (Or get some help taking care of himself, aka asking for Cath & Wren's grandma.) I mean, I'm not sure if he did completely, but it seemed like he did, somewhat.
Out of all of the main female protagonists, I would say that Cath is one that I found myself connecting to the most. That's also probably why I was always rooting for her. I wanted her to finish her story---for Fiction-Writing as well as Carry On, Simon. I wanted her to talk it out with Wren (and vice versa). I wanted her to make up with Levi. I wanted her to be happy with where she was. I still do.
(Spoilers end here.)
All in all, I really enjoyed reading "Fangirl." It made me want to make more progress with my writing, and perhaps, meet more new people. ^.^
***This book is also posted on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/941035690?book_show_action=falseshow more