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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?
I was so excited to read this book after enjoying Attachments and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I also admit, I listened to the hype surrounding it. A lot of book blogger friends have adored it and rated it 5 stars. Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed Fangirl, it wasn’t quite a 5 star read for me, but I’ll go into that later.
I really liked Cath as a protagonist. I think she is incredibly easy to relate to. I can certainly see a lot of myself in her. Although, I have to admit, I’ve only dabbled in writing fan-fiction once and that was a bit of a failure. Don’t ask! I’m also quite introverted but my hobby is reading and blogging! College is a very overwhelming experience and I think Rainbow Rowell has handled Cath and like-minded people’s feelings incredibly well.
Fangirl is very character driven, which I like. I loved Reagan, Cath’s blunt and fairly cold roommate. They developed an unusual friendship. I really liked reading their interactions with one another. I wasn’t a fan of Nick, although I don’t think anyone would be. Levi was a different story though. I think it would be hard for people to not like Levi. He’s such an adorable character. He’s friendly, funny and attentive. I can see many readers falling for him. I think Rainbow Rowell has created a very charismatic love interest, someone you’re rooting for. I actually liked how Cath wasn’t the stereotypical beautiful girl falling in love with the bad, ‘hot’ guy. It’s become all too common in books like these.
I also liked how the romance isn’t all the book is about. It has its deeper, darker moments which I appreciate. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of fluffy reading, but a book grabs me more if it has more substance to it. Family is a big topic in Fangirl. There are many issues going on in Cath’s family life. She falls out with her twin sister Wren, as Wren wants to be independent of her sister in college. This results in Wren leading the party life in college whilst Cath sits in her dorm room writing her fan-fiction. Cath’s father is a workaholic and also suffers from mental illness and Cath’s mother left her as a child. You might think that this sounds like too much drama, but Rainbow Rowell cleverly makes it work.
Now I come to the part of the book I wasn’t so keen on and that’s the fan-fiction snippets. I felt like they jarred the story for me, and I didn’t find it as exciting as Cath’s story. I loved how she was passionate about Simon Snow. I can certainly relate to being a Fangirl. I was just more invested in Cath’s life than Simon Snow’s.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Fangirl. Rainbow Rowell is becoming one of my must-buy authors!
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