Genres: Fiction, New Adult, Romance
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 fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to.
Now that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath that 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 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?
A delightfully fresh and smartly-written modern novel that can stand the test of time.
I loved reading FanGirl by Rainbow Rowell. I loved the story, the characters, and the writing, but most of all I just loved the simple act of reading this story, if that makes any sense. I loved holding it in my hands, looking at the words, and seeing it all transform to vibrant images behind my eyes; it was a completely enjoyable experience, from start to finish.
FanGirl is a book about a reader, and as is the case with all those types of books, I loved seeing the world through Cath’s eyes, since I felt and totally understood her fervor and zeal for reading. Cath isn’t just a reader; she’s a reader consumed and she’s unable to let go of the world her favorite characters live in, so she writes fan-fiction about them. It’s her life, her love, her obsession, and she’d much rather live in the world she creates than the real one. (I was drawn to concept for this book, because I’ve always been curious about the world of fanfic.)
Cath is shy and awkward, to the point of anxiety, and the only place she feels safe is in front of her laptop. She’s had the same routine for years, and has been safe and comfortable living in her twin sister’s shadow, but that all changes when she begins her freshman year of college. Cath’s sister doesn’t want to be around her anymore, and her new world is infringing on her dream world, making it seem small, silly and unimportant. But she isn’t ready to let go – she doesn’t want to deal with reality – and FanGirl takes you through the that first year of college when Cath has to balance the person she used to be with the person she is, and the person she needs to be.
This is my second Rainbow Rowell book (my first was Attachments <- brilliant book!), and I can officially say that I’m a fangirl for Rainbow. Her writing is just so clever, and fresh, and sneakily emotive. You see, this book was supposed to be a light read, a funny and entertaining one – a bit of bubbly. Which it was, but this book was also very meaningful and poignant. Cath’s story was truly heartfelt, with moments of deep feeling as well as humor. Cath goes through a lot during that first year, and I fell more and more in love with her as she experienced joy, sadness, disappointment, and triumph. I also loved all the characters that Cath interacted with. They were the right kind of quirky that you’d find on a smart sitcom – the ones that get plenty of memes made with their witty lines. And yes, there was love as well. The romance was sweet and earnest; it gave me butterflies.
Fangirl was just a wonderful book and it had some of my favorite themes. I loved rooting for Cath, as she was an underdog. I loved feeling the rush of first love, and experiencing the thrill and insecurity that comes with finding your place in the world. This novel is a gem, a sparkling delight, and I recommend that you read it.