Release Date: September 10, 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Amazon Vine
From the author the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park
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?
I probably shouldn’t even review Fangirl. It’s not like there was ever any question about whether or not I’d love it. I devoured Eleanor & Park and Attachments earlier this year and absolutely loved them. So I knew I was going to love Fangirl. It’s not even fair for me to review it but I’m going to anyway.
To be completely honest I didn’t really know what Fangirl was about. Like I said, it was love at first sight so I didn’t care. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that the book takes place in college. Cath just started her freshman year and her world is kind of crumbling around her.
Fangirl has so many wonderful layers. Family plays a big role. Cath has an unstable father, a wild twin sister, and an absent mom. Cath struggles with all those things and her crippling fear of venturing out into the world of college. There’s also a great subtle friendship that I loved.
Then there’s the romance. Oh my goodness. At first I didn’t know who the love interest was. I really appreciate that looking back on it because when it happened I literally SWOONED. Really, I did. The romance was so sweet. Cath and her swoon worthy boy don’t seem like the best match at first but they’re a beautiful fit.
I think all of us bookish, nerdy girls could see a little of ourselves in Cath. She writes fan fiction and has a healthy obsession with Simon Snow (a Harry Potter esque book series). She’s shy and would rather spend her time with people on the internet than in real life people. I don’t know about you but that sounds an awful lot like me.
Fangirl has so many elements to love. Rainbow Rowell captures all of them so well. If you’re looking for an honest portrayal of finding your place in the world look no further. Plus, it’s witty and just plain fun!