Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Released: September 10th, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
# of Pages: 445
Summary: 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?
– Via Goodreads
Rating: Five out of Five Stars
Let me tell you, I absolutely loved Fangirl. This is the first book I have read by Rainbow Rowell and I am 100 percent sure that I am going to read another one of her works very soon. The characters, the plot, as well as the short snips of the Simon Snow stories were all amazing. I have heard so many great things about Fangirl from other bloggers and booktubers alike, so I decided I just had to pick it up and try it and I am so glad that I did.
The book as a whole felt very real. The story takes place during Cath’s first year of college with her twin sister and I really enjoyed how Rainbow Rowell captures the whole college scene. From the dorm room, to the classes, and to the late weekend parties, I felt that Rainbow did a great job of setting the scene well. The characters themselves seemed very real to me too because I believe everyone who reads this story can at least find one character that they can relate to.
There were many different characters with many different personality types and Rainbow did a great job of representing each of them. I especially enjoyed the romance because the author didn’t rush it. One of the reasons why I was hesitant to pick up this book was because I thought it would include insta-love, but that is definitely not the case here!
I highly recommend this to lovers of YA contemporary, but I do think it’s an enjoyable story that anyone can read. I consider this to be the best book I’ve read so far and I will definitely be rereading it!