Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Review of Fangirl
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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
St. Martin’s Press
September 10, 2013
Finished copy from publisher
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? – Goodreads
Hi, my name is Tara and I’m addicted to Rainbow Rowell’s books.
I mean, but seriously, you guys. I loved Eleanor & Park, but I am obsessed with Fangirl. Straight to my favourites shelf it goes!
It’s been a while since I’ve really been able to sit down and read a book in one sitting. I’m in the worst and longest reading slump EVER, but I started Fangirl and that 400+ page book just drew me straight in. Could. Not. Stop. I probably would have read the whole thing in one sitting, but I had to eat and stuff, but whatever. It was so stinking good.
I was heavily involved with the Harry Potter fandom when I was like 12, 13, 14 or something, so I connected a lot with Fangirl. And I do mean a lot.
I want to fangirl Fangirl. I loved the pants off Cath – she was such an amazing protagonist, you guys. If you love a good coming-of-age story, you will love her. She’s kind of screwed up and has a lot of internal issues, but she’s passionate and interesting and loyal. I mean, apart from Bea in OCD Love Story, Cath is totally one of my favourite protagonists that I’ve read this year.
And all of the side characters didn’t feel like side characters. They felt like living breathing people that had their own stories, but also actually changed Cath and propelled her forward, rather than just being props for plot. I loved all of them – Wren, Cath’s roommate, her father. And freaking Levi. Yes, please!
So, yeah, go pick up Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and read it. Don’t be intimidated by the size, you guys. Fangirl is engaging and adorable and honest and the pages just fly by, truly. I was finished before I knew it and I’m already anticipating whatever Rainbow Rowell writes next.
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