Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary Women, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Fiction, Friendship, Love & Romance, New Adult, Psychological, Realistic Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on May 12th 2015
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This special edition includes fan art, a ribbon bookmark, a Q&A with the author, and an excerpt from her new book Carry On.In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, 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? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?A New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013 A New York Times Best Seller!
I read Fangirl in a time when I was panicking a lot about the things that College would bring to me on August. I had no idea what to expect, or what to do, and this book helped me get a perspective that gave me hope about it all.
I identified with Cath so much that it scared me sometimes. As a lover of stories and writing, I used to write fanfiction once upon a time, and I felt a bit of ache to those old stories I used to make about Twilight, Percy Jackson, The Avengers, and my longest yet unfinished one, one of the boy band One Direction. I knew from my own experience what it was like to manipulate those characters into doing things far from what the author sometimes intended to do. I felt like a thirteen-year-old again whenever Cath would describe her own love for Simon Snow. And would laugh at the comparisons some people made about staying all night reading fanfiction (GUILTY!).
Cath was an interesting character that I got to hold dear while reading. She had anxiety problems and would have trouble with change, preferring to stay with what she knew, a feeling I know all too well. She loved her comfort zone, and I liked seeing how her character would slowly change that zone with what was happening around her, yet staying true to who she was as a person.
There is no way to express my love for this marvelous book. It was like it spoke to me in a spiritual level. It was also a book that fought for how some people don’t understand whomever wants to major in English and prefers the fictional world over the real one sometimes. However, it also goes into understanding that the real one has endless great possibilities if we are brave to try them out.
My only problem with this book were the Simon Snow parts. I couldn’t care less about him and stupid Baz. Yes, they were interesting, but not when you shoved them down my throat when all I cared about was Cath! I was reading the book for her, not Simon. Gimme a Simon Snow book and I’ll happily read it because it would be of him. But Fangirl would have been a-okay without so many pages of him. It dragged the story one incessantly. I would’ve skipped those parts if I had known it was mot point into whatever was going on with Cath and the rest of the cast.
Other than that, it was a highly pleasant story that captured exactly many things that go inside the head of a freshman about to start college and the amazing world of fiction. It was beautifully crafted and thought-provoking with problems like depression, alcoholism, anxiety, and how some people can be deceiving when trying to reach their own goals. I particularly loved the surprise romance that bloomed there, specially with how subtle it was through the story. I just loved it so much. It made me fangirl many, many times.
Overall, it was once of my favorite Rainbow Rowell novels, though it still doesn’t win over Attachments (Lincoln <3). It is slowly paced, specially with the Simon Snow parts, but worth it nonetheless.
Rating: 4.5 stars
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