Lit Nerd: Manage the Feels and Read “The Fangirl Life”


If I’m being honest, this book has been on my summer reading list since December.  Licensed therapist, mental health journalist, and proud fangirl Kathleen Smith’s new book THE FANGIRL LIFE: A Guide to All the Feels and Learning How to Deal (TarcherPerigee; July 2016) is a book by a fangirl who, not only cares about fangirls, but happens to be one herself. Kathleen is a friend of the blog who reached out to us with this amazing project as she was working on it. I’ve been excited about reading The Fangirl Life for what seems like ages and I can’t wait to sit down with her and talk fandom at SDCC 2016 in a couple of weeks. I don’t know about you, but sometimes fandom can be mentally, physically and spiritually taxing. What better way to get advice on how to chill and enjoy fandom than from a board-certified fangirl?

With the lenses of both mental health and pop culture, THE FANGIRL LIFE is a personal, warm, witty guide to honoring imagination while also channeling fangirl passion into real-life goals. Fangirls will learn:

  • How can a character girl crush be useful instead of a waste of time?
  • How writing fan fiction can be a launching point for greater endeavors?
  • How do you avoid the myths that fictional romance perpetuates?
  • Real tactics based in mental health practice to decrease anxiety-driven tendencies.
  • Ways to turn those fangirl traits of devotion, strong emotions, attention to detail, and excellent memory into a stronger, more aware, and more kick-ass you.

Let me just say, since I read this book, I 1) have cut down my fic reading times to manageable hours so that fic life doesn’t interrupt my real life and when I’m tempted, I do something productive instead 2) have written a 4k word fic in a new genre that I am super proud of and not freaked out about sharing in the least 3) am currently working on focusing on my IRL relationships at least a wee bit more than fandom stuff, as in, I turned off a PLAYOFF hockey game to hang out with my hubby when he was feeling down. I mean, wow. The Fangirl Life isn’t condescending in its suggestions on how to navigate through fandom, it is helpful, comfortable and a hilarious read that I highly recommend.

If this sounds like a book you NEED to read, never fear, Diva is here…with a special copy just for you! I’ve got one to giveaway, so if you’re interested, let me know in the comments and I will mail it to you, free of charge, just cause I love you.

xoxo C. Diva

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