I enjoyed the first half and Jane's family very much, and laughed out loud more than once. However after a certain point (probably the hospital visit)I enjoyed the first half and Jane's family very much, and laughed out loud more than once. However after a certain point (probably the hospital visit) I started to find all of the action a bit dull and repetitive and the question of whom to trust pointless.
My main other quibbles would be that Jane tends to sound much older than 15, and that I would have preferred more character development with the love interest....more
**spoiler alert** I looked at this book a little while ago (probably based on a review on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books) but didn't read it at the time.**spoiler alert** I looked at this book a little while ago (probably based on a review on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books) but didn't read it at the time. Then over Xmas a friend talking about all of the ridiculous vampire-themed YA literature she had been reading mentioned that she had enjoyed Fang Girl. Oh, I said, I think I've seen that. Does she have a friend or a sister or something? And my friend said, she has a brother. But I couldn't get that through my head, so I borrowed Fangirl from the library anyway.
I enjoyed reading the book, with some reservations.
I liked the writing style of the main text but was bored by the Simon Snow interpolations. In fact I eventually started just skipping over them, because they went on for too long and they weren't enhancing the main story for me. (I think I did notice at one point that maybe Cath echoed Abel's breakup phone call in her fic, but that was the only example that jumped out at me and it took me too long to realise why it sounded familiar.) I do however award points for making the styles of the main text, the official Gemma T. Leslie sections, and the fanfic by Magicath (with or without Wrenegade) distinct from each other. I didn't pay enough attention to note whether the style of Magicath without Wrenegade was obviously different from the style of Magicath with Wrenegade, although the main text specifies each of their strengths.
I was extremely disappointed in the Fiction Writing class. Seriously? I can maybe forgive the extravagant praise of Cath from day one, and the scolding for plagiarism which was actually probably trademark infringement, and maybe even that Cath completed the big assignment (for which she had received an entire semester's extension after being given an incomplete despite herself) brilliantly at the last minute, but I cannot believe that the professor insisted that they meet regularly just to chat and didn't insist on seeing the writing in progress during the semester. I did like the section where the prof explained to Cath that she could use the real world as a basis for fiction. (Full disclosure: I am not against fan fiction in theory but I don't read it and have mostly only ever been embarrassed by any of it I have seen. And I don't think that Cath had to give up fan fiction, but assuming that the point of the class was to help her grow and spread her wings as a writer, it was good advice.)
The rest of Cath's education was pretty well glossed over, and I was a bit puzzled when Cath's father, reprimanding Wren, claimed that Cath had a 4.0 when we already knew that she had incompletes for more than one course in her first semester.
The characters were generally quite vivid to me, although I had an easier time picturing Reagan than I did Levi (I couldn't reconcile the description of the forehead/receding hairline with the mention of bangs), and I would probably have liked a little bit more interaction with Wren, or at least more of a sense of what her demons were. Levi is patient, Levi is kind, etc. He may walk the line of being a bit of a cipher onto whom I can project all of the virtues, but on the other hand he is allowed to be wrong about chivalry and isn't always portrayed as doing exactly the right thing in every case, so that isn't a big issue for me (and I should probably admit that in the couple of days after I finished reading the book I went back through and reread the sections with Levi).