Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


From Goodreads: “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 did it again.. she put out another amazing book that had me so insanely addicted, I couldn’t fathom it ending! Fangirl follows a recent high school graduate who is heading off to college with her best friend: her twin sister. But the change of it all and the distance her sister puts between them, makes it difficult for Cath to embrace this new chapter in her life. She’s miserable and wants to move back home. Her only escape is in to a world of fiction with her favourite characters: Simon Snow and Baz.

I’ve never written fan fiction, and wasn’t sure if I would be able to relate to this book all that much. Having adored Eleanor & Park, I thought “to hell with doubts, I want to read this!” I am sooooooo very glad I did! Whether you write fan fiction or not, this book is worth a shot! The fear of starting college is all too real. Boys and love are way too complicated and scary. Fighting with a sibling is unavoidable. Moving in with a stranger is beyond awkward. Feeling inadequate happens. This book covered everything! It really resonates with the reader, using real life issues and fears to touch on. Who has never wanted to escape the world for a work of fiction? I sure have!

I wish I could find the right words to express my love for this book. It was just THAT amazing. It felt so easy to love, so believable, so real. And to top it off, it had some of the best characters I’ve come across in young adult fiction. I adored Levi! He was so sweet and adorable! A very caring personality with a big heart! Reagan had the best hard-ass attitude, who wouldn’t want her as a friend? Ally? Wren was a typical small town girl trying to find herself in a big town world, with questionable antics.. All. of. it. was. great! Seriously! This is definitely one of my favourite books of the year!

Pick it up!! and let me know how you liked it!

Rating – 4.5/5



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