Sunday, October 20, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Released: September 10th, 2013
In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, 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?
Fangirl is a fantastic coming of age story! I could relate to Cath so much! We both love reading, and we both don't like to socialize. This story showed Cath coming out of her shell and making new friends. However, I wasn't a huge fan of the little Simon Snow parts of this book. I loved how Cath was always there for her Dad and Wren. I loved Reagan's personality, and how Reagan and Cath became really good friends throughout the book. In addition, I thought Cath's and Levi's relationship was so sweet. Levi was there for Cath when she needed to walk home.
This book showed me that you should try new things. For example, Wren met new friends and went to parties, while Cath stayed indoors. It also showed me you should always be there for friends and family. Rainbow Rowell's writing style was very unique! This was a nice refreshing contemporary novel. Overall, I highly recommend this book!!