Well, quite honestly, I haven't been reading that many books lately. Actually, I've read three books to be exact and two of them are for my reading co...moreWell, quite honestly, I haven't been reading that many books lately. Actually, I've read three books to be exact and two of them are for my reading course. I picked this book entirely because someone posted a picture of it on Instagram and Rainbow Rowell sounds familiar to me so I came in to my almost-abandoned Goodreads account to check on her. It seems that I have actually heard of the author before and wanted to read another book of her, Eleanor and Park. The review is really good so I didn't hesitate to purchase this book first thing when I'm at the bookstore which I haven't been to in so long (feeling slightly guilty for not getting my money's worth out of my membership). Anyway, I initially wanted to buy two of the author's books since both books have such great reviews but Eleanor and Park was out of stock and so I came home and started Fangirl instead.
I'm giving this book 4.5 stars purely because it gives me the feel-good-and-giggly-butterflies-in-my-stomach kind of feeling which I have missed most about reading young adult romance. One of the reasons why I also haven't finished a single book in ages must have been because there wasn't any books that were good enough to keep me hooked and make it feel possible to finish.
I love the characters, especially Levi, of course. He is such a sweet, nice, genuine guy. You can just feel the warmth and tenderness of his presence through the pages and all you want to do is cuddle up in your blanket and read every words that come out of that guy's lips. However, in the beginning of Fangirl, I wasn't enjoying that much to be honest. I felt like Cath is a little boring for my taste, not to mention I didn't even know Levi is the love interest and not Nick! It took me quite a while to figure this one out! But as I was reading chapters after chapters, I found myself rooting for Levi without even realising that he is Cath's love interest in the book. I thought to myself, "Wow, Levi does come around a lot for a roommate's boyfriend" and the encounter between Nick and Cath was just plain and somehow off. So when it seems that Levi and Cath are going to end up together in the book, I couldn't be more satisfied. I like how the flirting and the chemistry weren't so palpable in the beginning and as a reader you're just left in a haze a little. Then when things start to heat up, you realize Rowell has subtly build up the chemistry right from the very start without you knowing it. Also, hats off to the flirting and all the romance scenes. It really makes me squirm and in a good way!
Overall, I really like this book and would recommend it to all my girl friends who are looking for a summer read that is cute and romantic. I can't wait to start Eleanor and Park and compare which is one is better.
Cath closed her eyes and felt tears catch on her cheeks. “I like your glasses,” he said. “I like your Simon Snow T-shirts. I like that you don’t smile at everyone, because then, when you smile at me.… Cather.” He kissed her mouth. “Look at me.” She did. “I choose you over everyone.”
"I like you here," he said, squeezing her. "With me." She smiled, and her eyes started to drift downward. "Cather..." Back up to his eyes. "You know that I'm falling in love with you, right?" (less)