"Fangirl" wasn't one of those books. It was better. It didn't just remind me why I love to read. It reminded me why I love to write. For the first time in months, I felt that thrumming pressure in my fingertips, that itch to just lay them over a keyboard and type away.
So, if you're a writer, an aspiring one or you just like to write the occasional short story or fanfiction, read it. If you've ever been in a fandom, read it. If you don't, if you haven't, read it anyway.
It's good. It's fantastic. The characters are great, believable, flawed in a way that doesn't make them unlikeable. I can see where they're all coming from, so I can't hate any one of them, not even the ones who hurt Cath, not even her mother.
The romance is sweet and heartwarming and I just rooted for these guys. But mostly, I rooted for Cath.
I closed this book caring for her, for her friends and for Simon and Baz and their world, and I think that's amazing. I didn't just care for a bunch of fictional characters. I cared for a bunch of fictional character that are seen as fictional in a fictional world, that I got to know just from snippets and one single complete fanfiction.
So, read it. Whoever you are, wherever you are, read it. Chances are, you'll love it as much as I did.