Author: Rainbow Rowell
Source: Library Loaner
Genre: Contemporary YA
Publisher: St. martin’s Press
Published Date: September 10, 2013
A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.
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?
Dates Read: September 7-8, 2014
I finally read Mrs. Rowell’s Fangirl! This is actually my first book by this author. I’m going to read E & P but I’m actually interested in her adult work next. Fangirl was a fun read, but it felt really young to me. This is the first time I’ve read a YA (Fangirl is actually NA since the MC is in college) and felt this way and I’ve read quite a bit of YA in the past two years so it’s a strange feeling. I think I might attribute this to having finished Outlander the day before I started Fangirl. It would certainly explain this foreign feeling. (I just realized I accidentally created a pun there… HaHa)
Alright, on with the review.
Fangirl begins with our main gal Cath (Short for Cather. Not kidding.) walking into her new dorm and finding a guy inside. Her new roommate was elsewhere at the moment, but Cath doesn’t know that.
The opening was funny and really set the tone for the rest of the book. I wish I had taken better notes because there was a ton of fantastic, hysterical lines in this story.
Cath, Levi, Reagan, Wren were all incredible characters. My heart hurt for Cath and her twin Wren for the majority of this book, their resolution came not a moment too soon as I wasn’t sure how much more I could take. Levi is so awesome, as far as book boyfriends go, just super understanding and with the added bonus of bring out the best in Cath. Love that guy. Reagan, the roommate is another excellent source of comedic relief, as well as just a good friend to Cath.
This book is a bit chunky compared to what I’m used to, but the pacing was executed really well and I flew through all 433 pages.
I know what you’re thinking, what’s not to love. Well this book reads as a tribute to HP and fanfiction, in general. I’m a fan of HP and I even wrote a bit of fanfiction back in my day, but it never took up my whole life. The World of Mages, the fandom Cath writes for consumes her. In that way, I had a hard time connecting. One of my best friends in high school was that person, was just like Cath, for HP obviously. So I understood her and where she was coming from but since I was never that kind of fan I found Cath very frustrating.
This book is a good book for it’s intended audience. I, unfortunately, do not fall in that category and so I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. However, I did enjoy the characters, the author’s writing and relationships between the characters so I plan to keep reading Mrs. Rowell’s books. Don’t hate me
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