Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlTitle: Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Published: September 10, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads): 

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?

Review: After reading Eleanor & Park, I knew Rainbow Rowell would make me fall in love with another one of her books. WIthout sounding too much like a fangirl, I have to say that I absolutely love Rowell’s writing style and the characters she creates. Each character is so relatable. Whether it was a piece of me or piece of somebody I knew in college, I could understand and empathize with every character. This book has just the right combination of heartache and humor. I was whisked away back to my freshman year of college with all the difficult choices you have to make and ever-changing relationships. While I’m not a huge fan of fan fiction, I did learn a lot about it. It is an interesting genre of writing that gives so many the opportunity to write about the characters they love. I think what I loved most about the book was the delicate balance of romance and family issues. Cath is dealing with so much in her new college life but Rowell keeps family in the forefront.

If you have not picked up a book by Rainbow Rowell, I don’t know what you’re waiting for!

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