Title : Fangirl
Genre : Fiction
Author : Rainbow Rowell
Publisher : St. Martin’s Press
Synopsis : A coming-of-age tale of fanfiction, 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 fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from the 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 out of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend; a Fiction-Writing professor who thinks fanfiction 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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
Ok, let’s be honest. Rainbow Rowell, you have successfully blown me away as a first time reader of yours.
I will admit, I had some doubts because I wasn’t sure how the whole fanfiction thing would rub me. However, you proved me wrong because MAN did I loved the little excerpts from Cath’s fanfiction. I even learned about the series of Simon Snow which was also another reason why I was nervous to read this book. I thought that you would have to know at least a little bit (Which I don’t) about the Simon Snow series before you read this book, but thankfully, Rainbow wrote it so that readers could catch on quickly. This book was the perfect blend of new friendships, family hardships, realistic obstacles, and a hint of first (real) love.
One thing that I adored about “Fangirl” was how relatable it was. I’m an introvert. A total awkward, anti-social, bookworm. So when I read this book, I’m like holy cow. This.Is.Me. Honest to gosh, I probably would of done the same thing Cath did when she didn’t want to ask where the lunchroom was. ( I won’t say what. Trying to keep spoilers down to a minimum ) Then, she has family issues as well. I mean who doesn’t? I sure as heck don’t have a perfect family, but I learned from this book that love, especially in a family, can conquer anything.
There was one horrible, TERRIBLE, aspect to this book….It kept me up ALL FREAKING NIGHT!!! Haha did I get ya? On a more serious note, I did have one tiny dislike. (SMALL SPOILER) I wish that Cath and her mother had an epilogue where they make up with each other in some way that left them both content. The way they ended didn’t sit right with me. However, that is just my personal opinion.
All in all, this is probably in my top 3 favorite books. It has so much realistic hardships that anyone can read this and feel their own life snap in place with this book. It was honestly such a good, fun, and even deep read that you’ll lose track of time….and your life