Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
I honestly was not sure what this book was about when I first picked up – I knew there was a girl in college and that she was into fanfiction (hence the title) but that’s about it. I picked it up because it came highly recommended by my twitter book buddy Julie. There was the promise of a happy endings, and sometimes, you just need happy endings. So I picked it up.
Truth be told – I love this book. And not because of the ending – that just sort of helps rack up the brownie points – but because of its quirkiness and personality. The characters are so real and I feel like I could be friends with all of them. I love that Cath isn’t just a fluffy girl and like oh my god so perfect. She’s not perfect, she’s socially awkward and real. Just… No. No just. She’s real. Maybe part of the reason I like Cath so much is because I see a lot of myself in her
My only real complain about this book is all the Simon Snow bits – I get that they’re supposed to bring us closer into Cath’s world and understand what she and the other characters are talking about when they’re talking about Simon Snow and all that world but sometimes those bits were just a wee bit too long for my taste. I wanted to read about Cath and Levi and Wren and even Reagan, not Simon Snow.
Overall, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell book was great. It was real and refreshing. It is character driven and I loved the characters, so it was very easy to love this book – heck, I might read it again this week because it was that good friends. That good.