Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published September 10th 2013 by St. Martin’s Press
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 4/5 stars
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“From the author of 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”
This book was really good, when you look at it by itself. But compared to Rowell’s other books, it wouldn’t be her best. I think I prefer when she writes adult fiction, from my reading of Attachments, which I thought was really cute. However, that’s not to say that this wasn’t a good book, because I really enjoyed it and thought it was a great story. I absolutely loved seeing all the different aspects of Cath’s life and how she was not your normal girl you would come across in books nowadays. The copy that I had had some really cool illustrations of the characters, comic book style. I thought that was a fun little thing to add to it. It was nice that at the end of each chapter there was a little extract from a Simon Snow story, being from the actual book or a fanfic, so it felt like I was reading two story’s sometimes.
Looking at Cath as a character, I think she was formed really well. It felt like she was a real person who you could meet in the street, knowing that there was more to her than meets the eye allowed for a better understanding of the story. When she finds out that her twin Wren doesn’t want to be her roommate, the emotion was so real it just made me feel sorry for her. I was able to relate to her in some aspects, like with her anxiety. I can see where she’s coming from with her feelings about meeting new people and how college life was going to work for her without her sister to help her. As Cath starts to discover who she is without her sister, she begins to experience things for herself rather than in Wren’s shadow. The writing was phenomenal in this book and the characters were all really interesting. Regan, Cath’s roommate, was so much fun to read about, with her “I don’t care” attitude and curvy figure, she felt like a real woman. When she takes Cath under her wing and try’s to show her new things, how to live and what she should be doing with her life, I just started to love her even more. As you can tell I just love all of these characters, they were all written to so well and in such a way that you can’t help but be entranced. Now on to our lovely Levi, I wish I could talk more about him, but I feel like if I do then I will be giving the story away, which wouldn’t be good. So, all I’m going to say is that he is my new Book Boyfriend. He’s so cute and you just want to hug him anytime he’s in the story. He’s always so happy and nice to Cath, trying to get her to come out of her shell and try new things, I think we all need a Levi in our lives.
If you’ve read the book you’ll probably already know this, but the Simon Snow story’s are like a remake of Harry Potter. They are set in a wizarding school and there is a really smart female character that’s way ahead of her class, just like Hermione. The main kid Simon is like the chosen one and is meant to save the world or something. So yeah it was sort of funny that it was liked Harry Potter. It’s like in books or movies where there is something that is close to the real thing in reality but isn’t it and they talk about it as though it is the real thing, because it’s essentially replacing that thing. Simon Snow was like that, except for the part where Harry Potter is mentioned in the book. That sort of ruined it because it just didn’t make sense any more. Why make up a book series exactly like HP and then keep HP in that fictional world, it just doesn’t make any logical sense. But besides that there wasn’t anything wrong with this book. It was actually pretty great and I really enjoyed reading it.
I would recommend this book to people who like story’s with real life problems and cute romances. This book is suitable for readers 15+.