“To really be a nerd, she'd decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.” Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl . . Fangirl Review: This book was like the hugest blast to the past, for me. As everyone keeps saying, Cath’s anxiety was SO incredibly similar to my own at that age, that I ended up remembering a lot about my own time in University as I read. The largest similarity being: I was so confused by my dorm Meal Plan, that I literally had over half of it left by the end of my school year … and basically just ate spoonfuls of peanut butter and Nutella for the majority of the first semester and had Tim Horton’s (because the barista person asked me one day in second semester, “Debit or CashCard – which was the name of my meal plan”) after that, until the end of the year. Rainbow Rowell always just nails the Mental Illness rep, and this book was definitely not an exception to that. @rainbowrowell can do no wrong. . *SPOILERS BELOW* I. FLIPPED. WHEN. KATH. WENT. TO. THAT. PARTY. Levi, and all other lovely Book Boys - why you do this to me?! Stahhppp. For real, though - a boy who wants to listen to me read ANYTHING, let alone fanfiction, is literally my idea of heaven. But plot twists and climaxes all aside, all of the characters were lovely and imperfect, and watching Cath’s character grow as she leaves her comfort zone and builds relationships with her roommate, Reagan and then her boyfriend, Levi was just so incredibly satisfying to read. I also adored reading the complicated relationship between the sisters, showing Cath’s co-dependence and then her anger, and finally her forgiveness. Another addition to my Best Book Boyfriends list, as well as Top 17 of 2017. Lastly: isn’t this “Collector’s Edition” just the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen??