Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. 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.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
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.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
Where do I begin? The only reason that this book took me a few days to finish is not due to the fact that it bored me or that I didn’t feel the need to keep reading. Quite the opposite, really. I NEVER wanted this book to end, you guys. Rainbow Rowell is an enchanting story teller. She makes fictional realism feel good. She makes me think that real life, in all of its possibilities, could actually be more than just survival. She made me want to climb out of my insecurities and my inhibitions and become someone important.
Let’s start with what I loved…Which may take a minute!
Why I Loved Fangirl
- The characters – they were so fleshed out. You felt like you were in the room with them when they were talking, and doing life.
- I loved that there was zero instalove. She and her romantic interest took their time in their relationship, and really developed slowly and surely.
- I related to Cath a lot, but I ALSO related to her sister Wren a lot. I re
lated to a lot of the brokenness within their family, and to a lot of the unhealthy and healthy ways that the characters managed stress.
- I loved the college atmosphere. I wish I could go back and experience college for the first time again. But then again, I was a complete nerd. You know, one of those people who actually like learning and going to classes.
- ^ Best character. Period
- This will be my last point, I promise. Although this main theme I believe was subtle (and I wish that Rowell had developed it more)…I really loved the idea that giving up was the easy way out of life. And how it sets a dangerous precedent for avoiding it. It’s how people fall into depression, and anxious living, and it doesn’t avoid pain – it causes it. Giving up avoids life. And life can be…it IS good.
There really isn’t a ton that I didn’t love about Fangirl. I wasn’t super into the Simon Snow excerpts, but other than that I really adored the book and gave it 5 stars.
GO OUT AND READ THIS…seriously. You won’t regret it. 5/5 stars on Goodreads.