Published by St. Martins Press on September 10, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: Literary Lushes
*I received an arc from Brittany [Literary Lushes] - thank you!*
From the author 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?
Rainbow Rowell is the author of ATTACHMENTS. She has two novels coming out in 2013 — ELEANOR & PARK in Februaryand FANGIRL in the fall.
Rainbow lives with her husband and two sons in Omaha, Nebraska. Right at this moment, she is probably arguing with someone about something that doesn’t really matter in the big scheme of things — or trying to figure out how Sherlock faked his death.
What I Thought . . .
As a self-proclaimed fangirl for various fandoms, there was not a doubt in my mind that I needed to read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This is a book that any and every person who loves a fandom can relate to and will relate to. I was thrown into the world of Simon Snow, as if it was a world I knew just as well as the main character, Cath. I don’t personally write fanfiction, nor am I a published author, but writing and completing a book is something I aspire to do in my life. I admire Cath for her dedication to the stories and the characters that she has grown to love. I personally have a thing where I imagine the lives of the characters I follow so closely even after I have completed the actual book. I love to let characters live inside my head and go about answering the various “What ifs..” I have running through my mind.
I love that Fangirl takes place during a time where so many questions are left unanswered and so many people are discovering who they are and what they are to become. College. To me, not many books take place during this highly critical time in a young adults life. As one who is in my final (finally) year of college, Fangirl took me back to that very first year of college and the fear and excitement I felt. My freshman year was one of the best years of my life and one that introduced me to some very special people who I still call my friends. I loved being able to go back to that time in my life and relive it (vicariously) through Cath and her journey. Plus, what’s college without that very attractive, older boy?
Levi. Man, I love Levi and his contagious smile. I truly could not help by smile along with him whenever he made an appearance in the story, which was quite often. He is just the kind of guy you want to be around.
Like Cath, I was extremely shy my freshman year – who am I kidding…I still am. Sort of. She preferred to stay in her room and immerse herself in the stories in her head. I don’t judge her for that. In fact, I admire her for staying true to herself, but also for going out of her shell a little and allowing herself that time to grow a little and become her own person, outside of her twin sister, Wren. Oh yeah, did I mention Cath was a twin? Their names..are genius. Thumbs up Rainbow!
As for secondary characters, aside from the obvious Wren and Levi. I love Reagan, Cath’s roommate. She reminded me of Megan, Felicity’s roommate in the popular 90s TV show – Felicity. Basically, she came off as a little eccentric, but she was just the friend Cath needed.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and love the whole idea surrounding it. It really is the book any fangirl can relate to. Especially in this day and age where there are Twihards, Potterheads, and so on and so forth.
I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars!
From one fangirl to another…