Mystic by Jason Denzel

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Now let go of fears. Give yourself the gift of not attaching to your worries. Show…how you give thanks for this precious life…sing me a song about you.

That one quote (edited cuz, well, spoilers) and the scene that went with it was actually a game changer for me, despite my initial feelings. This one was a random Bookoutlet find, and is one among many I picked up while binge buying fantasy series.

Synopsis: In a world of magic welders known as Mystics, and an inescapable caste system that dictates where you must live out your life, Pomella yearns to learn of the magic reserved strictly for nobles. And Pomella, much to her distress, is far from royal. That is until she receives an invitation from the prestigious High Mystic to become her apprentice. Now, with significant handicaps and a dire consequence if she fails, she must compete against 3 other nobles for the right to be the Mistresses apprentice.

Rating: 6.5/10 Unicorn Horns

I was actually pretty conflicted about this one. It’s a pretty good story, and I love the world set up, but the not so great parts stuck out too much for me to ignore. So I’ll break this up and start with the negative, ending on the positive side.

The Negative:

Main Character Pomella. You know there’s an issue when you’re 170 pages in and still trying to find reasons to like a character. I couldn’t help but be bothered by how immature and downright disrespectful she was. While I actually like snarky, and smart-ass characters, Pomella just came off as someone who is completely self-centred. Most of these actions are done under the guise of “independence”, which I was attempting to make the stretch to understand, but then her actions not 2 chapters later completely undermine all that. Which brings me to the second negative.

The romance. Nothing wrong with it in and of itself. I didn’t mind the hints of romance at the beginning, the issue came up later. It all eventually just started to feel really out of place considering Pomella’s situation, and her constant need to make her own way by herself- something she voices throughout the story. A. Lot. 

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The Positive:

The world building was easy to follow, and we learn along with Pomella, which was nice and info-dump free. From the abundant and mysterious spirit-like animals in the forests, to the nature filled settings, their environment is something I loved reading about.

While the story line, could maybe count as both, as it has it’s up and downs, overall I enjoyed it. It was the story and the music centred magic that kept me going when Pomella made me want to stop. Unfortunately the most amazing part of this story is in the last 7 or so chapters, but with some significant character growth from Pomella those chapters alone made me think it was worth reading. 

Lastly there was the other characters.  It was really refreshing to read a straight up fantasy featuring such a diverse cast of characters. While I don’t feel there was much depth to them, they were all undoubtedly more interesting than Pomella.  In fact, one of the major balms to putting up with Pomella was the alternative male POV, Sim. His attachment to Pomella (something that’s put out there from the first couple pages) will forever boggle my mind, but was otherwise the more interesting of the two. But of course there was the game changing character. This is the one behind the above quote who’s existence made me change my mind about writing this book off.  Of course they don’t appear till well into the book, but even if Pomella didn’t show significant growth with their help, this character would have made me want to read more just to hear more about them. 

So, I Will of course be picking up the next instalment July next year. But would only recommend this if you’re more of a story driven reader.

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Dorohedoro Vol. 1, by Q. Hayahida

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Three Words: THE FIRST PAGE 

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umm…okay. So I realize that maybe shouldn’t be my first reaction to such a scene, but I’m fine with just blaming my horror-movie-centered-upbringing. Moving on, I actually came across this one from a Google Image search while looking up a completely unrelated series (Berserk). I saw that one picture, and of course went looking for it. Luckily I was able to pick-up the first volume at my local library.  


A blood-splattered battle between diabolical sorcerers and the monsters they created.

In a city so dismal it’s known only as “the Hole”, a clan of Sorcerers have been plucking people off the streets to use as guinea pigs for atrocious “experiments” in the black arts. 

Rating: I’m actually not sure. 7/10? 9/10? ….Guess I go with 8/10 unicorn horns!

In short, my trouble rating this comes from that fact that this is that it’s a pretty weird story, with an equally strange cast of characters (especially the antagonists). Eventually my interest in the stories many mysteries won out, but it feels like this story and it’s uniqueness are the definition of hit-or-miss. It was sometimes difficult for me to figure out if certain oddities where something I actually liked, or just downright creeped me out. And while I ended up really liking it, I could easily see why others wouldn’t.

The world of “the Hole” is still largely one big mystery by the end of the first volume. It seems like the sorcerers and the people in “the Hole” live in separate dimensions, with the former preying on the latter, but that’s just a guess. Even so, I really liked how my many questions about this unique world were answered slowly, in bits and pieces over time.

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While I can’t say I liked it all, overall the strangeness of this world/story was a plus. There were quite a few scenes that had me doing double takes thinking, “did a man’s head really just pop out of lizard-head dude’s stomach to talk to someone?”, and “did this dude really just turn his enemies into mushrooms then talk about eating them?” I thought that last one was a joke, but nope. No it was not. 

As for the characters, the ones that had me so conflicted were the antagonists (the sorcerers). They are an interesting bunch, but the five introduced in this volume are on such a different plane of weird I don’t know what to think about them.

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Though the main characters Nikaido (the girl executing that headlock-see 1st pic) and Caiman (lizard head dude) were a different story. I was, for obvious reasons, surprised to learn that these two are the main characters. But with their unexpected mildly inappropriate humour, easy banter, and the overall mystery surrounding them it didn’t take me long to like them. Nikaido is one talented and strong woman, and I can’t help but wonder what her story is, and what made her join Caiman on his quest. And as for Caiman, it was his duality and humour (he has the feel of an anti-hero) that had me interested. I couldn’t help but be drawn into his ruthless, and often bloody, quest to find the sorcerer who cast a spell on him (the spell that changed his head into a reptile, and gave him the unique power to withstand magic).

It’s all these mysteries, like the strangeness of “the Hole”, the magic system, where the sorcerers come from and why they have no qualms about committing horrible experiments on people (really, they seem to lack some serious morals in general) that drive me to want to learn more. And, of course, there’s the bit about the unknown man living inside of Caiman….And..well, okay, all the gory action is part of it. 


Needless to say, this manga definitely isn’t for everyone. Though the scenes do serve to progress the plot, or give readers a better idea of the dark type of environment these guys are in, there is quite a bit of violence, and it doesn’t dial back on the explicit images to go with it. Which reminds me…I absolutely LOVE the artwork! It’s quite detailed, especially the facial expressions and eyes!

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Injection Vol. 1, by Ellis (story), Shalvey (art), & Bellaire (colour)


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I’ve done a novel and manga/anime review this new year, but realized it’s been quite a while since I’ve done a graphic novel review, so why not? Came across this one, once again, at the local library (I thank God every day for it’s existence). Of course, the cover is what made me pick this one up, no surprise there. But the title and a quick flip through the first couple pages also had me wanting to take it home with me. 


Once upon a time, there were five crazy people and they poisoned the 21st century.

That little blurb pretty much sums things up better that I could. The story starts with a meeting at Sawling Hospital where we meet one of five major characters, Professer Maria Killbride. It’s clear from the get go that Killbride is there for a good reason, but despite that a company known as the FPI (Finest Production Industries) is in need of her brand of genius and are quick to contract her help.  From there we go on to meet the other four main characters Brigid Roth, Dr. Robin Morel, Vivek Headland, and Simon Winters, each with there own problems. 

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My Rating: 9/10 Unicorn Horns!

So far this diverse group of characters and the mysterious story has me hooked. We get a snippet at the beginning that shows how these five characters met- as the new found Cross-contamination Unit brought together by a university, the Ministry of Time and Measurement, and FPI in, I assume, England. Though the faces shown in that past are completely different (with one exception) from the faces shown in present day.

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Present Day (pg. 8)

There isn’t a single character I didn’t find myself liking or interested in. We get to know a bit about Brigid, Robin, and Simon, though Vivek is still a bit an interesting mystery. Their back and forth intertwining story-lines had me confused for a second, but seeing the contrast in their personalities, past to present, made me hella curious to see what the heck they did/created to make them look like hell (something we finally catch a tantalizing glimpse of towards the end).

To be honest, I wasn’t even sure how to classify this series. It’s set in modern day with a blend of biology/physics, computers science, folklore, and, I guess, magic. The five geniuses (specializing in a broad range of fields) were put together to create and invent something that would inspire the future. So their creation has a bit of each of their diverse types of intelligence in it (hence my difficulty to classify things). This all just made me that much more interested in the story as a whole. The action, mystery, eerie atmosphere, and the sometimes unexpected humour were very well done (more than a couple unexpected jokes had me going).

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Then there’s the artwork which was, overall, pretty eye catching. The otherworldly feel and downright eeriness of the story came to life with the images and colouring. I can’t say there wasn’t some awkwardness here and there, an oddly flowing scene here and an oddly drawn panel there, but didn’t come across it enough to be bothered by it in the face of all the usual beauty.

All in all it was a very good start to what looks like a promising series. I’d recommend this series to any paranormal fiction, mystery, or science fantasy. Just a heads up, like with most Image comics I’ve read they don’t shy away from swearing, and there are a couple scene with some mild gore (never thought there’d come a day I could classify gore levels). Though if that doesn’t bother you I hope you’ll give this one some time. I’ll defiantly be keeping up with this series, and look forward to reading more! 

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Barakamon by Satsuki Yoshino

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This post is going to be a bit different from my usual style and content, as I’ve finally- for those that have been suggesting it for quite some *cough* decided to also write a little on anime. Now this doesn’t mean I’m turning this into an anime site, I’ll still be doing the regular bi-weekly book review posts (excusing times where things get busy and there isn’t any *ahem*). This just means I’ll occasionally be doing an extra post here and there on anime, or something like this one- where it’s mainly a manga review, but I add in some of my thoughts on the anime adaption if I’ve watched it. 

Last year I decided to go outside of my comfort zone with anime and tried out a few shows in the Slice of Life genre (similar to but not quite contemporary for those of you who don’t know). Some went more or less like I was expecting- I was bored out of my mind- but a few others were gems and made me change my mind about Slice of Life in general. Barakamon, not to be confused with Bakuman (am I the only one that did this?), was one of them.


Barakamon follows the life of a 23-year-old professional calligrapher, Seishuu Handa, after he moves out to the booneys on a small island. The calligraphy bit got me interested, but so did his reason for moving in the first place: as a much needed getaway following a… let’s call it “mishap” with the Exhibit Hall Director at a showing over some publicly dished out criticism.

Exhibit A:

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Naturally this all led to him having some…issues in his work and social life, so he readily agreed to being sent off to the middle of nowhere. But, of course, his hopes of getting some peace and quiet to focus on his work are quickly crushed by one trouble making first grader: Naru.

Exhibit B:


My Rating (for both): 9/10 Unicorn Horns!

The hilarious interactions between main characters Handa and little Naru are definitely the selling point of this series. I found myself bursting into laughter every chapter/story at their antics, the many resulting misunderstandings, and Handa’s often immature reactions to Naru’s actions and logic. The characters and humour are part of what made this series so enjoyable for me. Even the side characters that make small appearances had their place and made themselves memorable in some way. 

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In the first volume, along with a handful of villagers, we only meet Naru, a couple of her classmates, the two middle schoolers Miwa and Tama, and high school senior Hiroshi. Things don’t get too in-depth with them seeing as this is the first volume, save for maybe Hiroshi, but there is just enough to get a grasp on each character. I was taken back by how well Yoshino was able to make a cast of characters with such varying ages work. And equally surprised I didn’t find the kids really annoying. Of course the anime goes further than what I’ve read, but I’m seriously looking forward to going through all the craziness again in later volumes (especially the bits when Tama’s secret hobby and future dream come to light).

Then there’s the out-of-nowhere-gut-punching (a.k.a metaphoric life messages that really hit home). They’re nothing incredibly mind blowing, just some words about everyday life and hurtles most (meaning me) have forgotten had such simple answers somewhere along the way. Naru and Hiroshi did this very well through their interactions with each other, often giving insightful advice and encouragement just by being themselves. Coupled with the humour this made it become a solid and unforgettable series for me, which was unexpected considering my strong preference for an overarching plot. 

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Since this story takes place on a remote island, the inhabitants actually speak a different dialect (Kansai dialect). In the manga the translator used an old country sounding accent for all the characters living on the Island to represent this, save city raised Handa of course. While the anime does the same, reading it in the manga was a slightly different experience. This wasn’t a negative thing, just took some getting use to. 

The taste of small town life was another surprising enjoyment, and actually made me want to give it a try sometime. That and of course my introduction to the world of professional calligraphy. Naturally I won’t be taking this as a how-to-guide, but it did get me thinking, and also broaden my world by making me stop and really take it in as an art form. Especially a particular scene in the anime…which I can’t actually show cause it would definitely count as a spoiler. 

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Lastly, I never say much about it in any of my reviews unless I found it mind-blowing, but will say I like the art style. It’s good as far as I’m concerned and easy to follow, but noticeably changes (in a good way) from the first chapter to the last. 

I watched the anime a few months ago, and have only just read the first volume so can’t compare them much without spoilers. But so far the adaptation did a very good job. I’d recommend checking out either one since the anime seems to have done a fairly good job at capturing the essence of the manga, and the characters in it. Both were hilarious, charming, and overall very enjoyable.

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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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In this novel we are introduced to main protagonist Salvador (Sal) Silva. He’s always been content and happy with his life as the son of a gay father and as a part of a loving Mexican-American family. Although Sal was adopted by his father Vincente, he was never made to feel excluded or unloved within his family, but lately Sal has begun to become angry, conflicted, and confused about who he truly is. Through Sal, his best-friend Sam, friend Fito, his father and his Mima the author takes us on an exploration of themes revolving around identity, loss, grief, and family.


My first Benjamin Alire Sáenz novel was Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and unfortunately I had not read any other novels by this author since then. So, I was excited as all heck when I discovered that he would have a new release in 2017 and read it immediately following the release. I promised myself that I would never review Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe because I am incapable of being even remotely critical of that novel. Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s novels (that I have read) are incredible and I am finally able to share that through this review of The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. It’s safe to say that I’m excited for this review….so, let’s get this show on the road.


One of the most impacting aspects of Saenz’s novels is family dynamic. He writes so beautifully and truthfully about family and the people we choose to consider family. Sal, Sam, Fito and Vincente end up being their own family unit which you don’t necessarily anticipate going into reading this novel. Sal’s grandmother, affectionately referred to as Mima, is a grandmother to all. She is able to quickly and wholeheartedly embrace someone into her family. She is the epitome of the nurturing, caring matriarchal head of family character and is notorious throughout the story for showing her love through cooking for and feeding her loved ones.


I told you that there were only two things you needed to learn in life.

You needed to learn how to forgive.

And you needed to learn how to be happy.


Sal being adopted in no way affects his place within his family. He is not ‘othered’, seen as any less significant and/or an integral part of their family unit. Sal’s father is just amazing! Saenz’s does a fantastic job of writing parents that are supportive and role-models for their children. Parents who accept their children for who they are and help to guide their children to develop themselves in positive ways. Unfortunately, all too often in YA fiction the parent(s) and/or parental figures are absent. It is even more devastating because POC parents are very often written as an Antagonist and/or a negative aspect of their child’s life. Maybe because this novel contains own-voice POC representation, the novel in does not fall victim to this trope.


Another major theme within this story is loss/grief. Although, death is not the only thing that causes characters in this story to grieve, it is the most prevalent and obvious source. With the exception of some deaths that occur throughout the duration of the novel, not much else happens in terms of plot. The Inexplicable Logic of My Life is a character driven story….a verrrrry character driven story. If you are looking for a story that is going to have a lot of major plot points, this is not the novel you are looking for.


That’s the way it was when you loved someone.

You took them everywhere you went—​whether they were alive or not.


I recommend The Inexplicable Logic of My Life to readers looking for a coming-of-age young adult contemporary novel that has a strong focus on family and that explores themes of identity, belonging and grief. If you are sensitive to story lines that include people passing away and having to read through multiple character’s grieving process then I would not recommend that you pick up this novel. I give The Inexplicable Logic of My Life  a rating of 7.5 Unicorns out of a possible 10.




More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

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Aaron Sato, lives in the Bronx with his mother and older brother, he also has a loving girlfriend and friends in his complex. Thomas, enters Aaron’s life through the most mundane circumstances and the two quickly become close friends. As Aaron finds himself drawn more to Thomas, he discovers that his feelings for his newest friend aren’t strictly platonic. As others in the area, and his so-called friends, begin to notice the shift in the chemistry between Aaron and Thomas it becomes a problem. Due to the ignorance and hate filled experiences that Aaron is faced to endure he turns to the Leteo Institute to hopefully be able to undergo a memory-relief procedure and be able to forget his gay feelings.

Let me try to not have two word-vomit laden reviews in one week. Where Tuesday’s review was a frustrated rant, this review may well turn into an unabashed gush fest lol. The story is set in the not-so distant future where a facility called The Leteo Institute exists and performs a memory overhaul procedure. Leteo is able to remove unwanted memories and thoughts. Although this sci-fi element is very much present throughout the story it absolutely does not detract from the story. I half-expected for this aspect of the story to feel forced and arbitrary, but that wasn’t the case. The Leteo Institute and the procedure serve a purpose and lend themselves very well to the tone of the novel. More Happy Than Not, for a large part, is a story about being in a place where you aren’t allowed to safely be you, a place where you don’t want to be yourself, and what you would do if there was an option to change the things that have been deemed unacceptable about you.

It is widely known that Adam Silvera’s books don’t have happy endings. They don’t have the endings that you root for while you’re reading the story, but they are able to make you think, and they’re not ‘sad’ just for the sake of being tragic. This story is absolutely not “tragedy porn”. More Happy Than Not is an authentic, real, believably heart-wrenching story. Interesting, complex, well-developed characters enrich this novel and honest conflicts arise for many of them. Conflicts that explore the age old debate of nature vs. nurture, that delve into identity and show complicated family dynamics. Although Aaron’s developing romantic feelings for Thomas are a catalyst for many events in this story, it isn’t the dynamic of their relationship that stands out most. The friendship that blossoms between them provides a space where they both can talk about the uncomfortable things, the things that they aren’t otherwise supposed to bring attention to.

More Happy Than Not is a great novel with features racially and sexually diverse main characters. The characters are multi-dimensional and there’s a complexity and often times duality within each character. The plot is well executed and the conclusion leaves you wanting more. The ending is somewhat open-ended, but it feels methodical and adds another layer to the conclusion of the novel. I would recommend this novel to any reader that is looking for own-voices lgbtqia+ contemporary fiction. I rate More Happy Than Not 8.5/10 Unicorn Horns! Happy Reading! 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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“Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.”  Goodreads


This novel is an absolutely beloved gem and is among a lot of book reviewer’s favorite books of all time. I always intended to read this novel, but I wanted to wait until the hype would not impact my reading experience and I could be sure that I wouldn’t have overly high expectations.

One thing that I was not expecting, was for this novel to be ableist AF! It took me completely off guard because I have heard/read reviewers reference the ‘amazing’ anxiety representation in this novel. Cath legitimately made my skin crawl numerous times and angered me to my core. The word “crazy” is used so loosely in this novel and with derogatory connotations NUMEROUS times and in reference to Cath, her father and her outlook on various habits people have.  The way that Cath’s father is written is so aggravating. Her father has bipolar disorder and the representation of this disorder is laughable at best and vomit-inducing at worst.

A little manic was okay. 
A little manic paid the bills 
and got him up in the morning, 
made him magic when he needed it most.


"No," Cath said, "Seriously. Look at you. 
You’ve got your shit together, 
you’re not scared of anything. 
I’m scared of everything. And I’m crazy. 
Like maybe you think I’m a little crazy, 
but I only ever let people see 
the tip of my crazy iceberg. 
Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy
 and socially inept, I’m a complete disaster."


And she thought about winning. 
About how she was letting this win, 
whatever this was—the crazy inside of her. 
Cath, zero. Crazy, one million.
Well, golly…I never knew that was how “crazy” worked. On top of the fact that “crazy” is used as a blanket term for any mental illness or disorder is deplorable in and of itself. What type of message are these snippets of the story/inner monologue/dialogue (these were just ones that I could find on Goodreads) sending to readers. At a certain point I’ve begun to wonder if it’s just me. Am I being overly sensitive and overly critical of something that isn’t really there? I am a literal unicorn on this one. A person who doesn’t love and/or like Fangirl…I might as well be a mythical creature. Well, on to the next instance and example of ableism in Fangirl
Levi is the love-interest in this story, but for now let’s focus on Levi as a singular human being. Levi at some point confides in Cath that he doesn’t read books. 
"You’ve read the books?”
  “I’ve seen the movies.”
  Cath rolled her eyes so hard, it hurt. 
 “So you haven’t read the books.”
  “I’m not really a book person.”
  “That might be the most idiotic thing 
you’ve ever said to me."
Levi gets other students to read assigned readings to him. Often, that auditory assistance is from his ex-girlfriend and Cath’s current roommate, Raegan. He let’s Cath know that he has difficulty reading books, but is able to comprehend  and absorb the stories, if they are told orally.
"Of course I can read", he said. "Jesus Christ."
  "Well, then, what are you trying to tell me? 
That you don't want to?"
  "No. I-" He closed his eyes and 
took a deep breath through his nose.
  "-I don't know why I'm trying to tell you anything. 
I can read. I just can't read book."
  "So pretend it's a really long street sign 
and muddle through it."
Now, maybe, just maybe if Ranbow Rowell had left it at just this interaction I could have possibly been able to live this down, but oh no…it shall be brought up again.
 "This is why I can't be with Levi. 
Because I'm the kind of girl who fantasizes 
about being trapped in a library overnight
-and Levi can't even read."
Oh…oh, wow, okay then! You got any other opinions there Cath? 
 The fact that he misspelled "pumpkin" 
made Cath wince.
 I wish I had a physical copy of the book with me so that I could throw it across the room right now. Just bash it against a wall until I understand what everyone loves about this novel.
I am mentally preparing myself to say this next bit in a way that is coherent, concise, and that conveys why I could not ignore or gloss-over the “Levi can’t read books” portions of the story. Please can we just talk about the fact that although Levi is not stated to have any form of Dyslexia, that the author SHOULD have thought about how belittling and demeaning it is to suggest that someone who cannot “read”, or has difficulty reading written text is in any F**KING way less than anyone else who can “read”. OMFG!
Now…on top of that….Levi’s listening, instead of reading, the actual words on the page is a source of great dismay for Cath! Besides wanting to jump in the book and telling Cath to “f**ck off”, I would like to point out that there are people who are unable to read novels through what others think is the only conventional and correct way. What about readers who are visually impaired? Readers who rely on orated versions of stories to be able to consume them? Are you trying to tell me that there’s something wrong with those readers? Even people who just simply prefer to listen to stories instead of reading the written words….are they somehow reading something different? Does the audiobook of your novel leave out portions of the story which will prevent listening readers from grasping the story? Because that’s the only way I see this backwards a** outlook making any sense. 
 Honestly, I think Cath was not a great character. Ableism of the general overall story aside, she was one-dimensional and uninteresting. To consider her interesting, I would have to admit that her anxiety is a character trait and I am unwilling to consider a mental illness in that way. Mental illness is not there to make a character “interesting”, characters should have mental illnesses and that representation is necessary in literature because real humans have mental illnessesThe side/supporting characters are the saving grace of this novel! Even though those characters felt like accessories and were not adequately fleshed out, if it hadn’t been for the moments of humorous interactions between Cath and the other characters she would have been void of any smidgen of a personality. I legitimately do NOT understand what could have attracted Levi’s character to Cath’s. And considering what the truth in that question would be makes my head hurt and I’m angry enough already, so I’m just not going to delve into that!
 Cath and Wren’s father was an interesting character with a rather intriguing career. He was incredibly loving and supportive of his daughters. Wren was a rather complex character, it was interesting to see just how different she was from her twin sister. Wren often times felt a lot more emotionally mature than Cath, which I found interesting considering they had an identical upbringing. Levi, was a rather believable character, he  didn’t feel overdone or exaggerated. There are a few other side characters that add to the overall story and each bring an added level of interest, depth, and conflict to the novel. 
If you have no issue with the previous things that concerned and bothered me, are interested in a story about a girl who writes fanfiction, familial issues, branching out and trying to become your own person, coming of age, and that has mental heath “representation”  then you may enjoy this novel. I personally did not, and for a very long time I actually felt bad about not liking Fangirl, I considered never reviewing this novel. However, I ended up doing it in the end. My apologies for this turning into a rant. I really hope that my points came across through the outbursts of angry typing. I give this novel a rating of 2-out of-10 unicorn horns. Happy Reading!